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During the holidays many of us focus on family and friends to celebrate the season. It is also a time to reflect on gratitude and fostering a wider sense of community—so we often volunteer and give back. Our November/December issue, One Year Later highlights women who were inspired by the 2016 election to either run for office or become more engaged in their communities. These women have been giving back and making a difference in Chicago and in the lives of women—and for them we are grateful for sharing their stories with us.

One such woman, featured on our cover, is Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. She talks about her work reforming the way women are treated in the county’s criminal justice system, getting women and young girls involved in making a difference in their communities and much more.

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This month we’re delighted to announce our newest Executive Editorial Board Member, Cherilyn Murer, a lawyer and 32-year veteran business owner and transformational leader, who serves on a number of high-profile boards. Look out for her forthcoming column called Women’s Toolbox Essentials: The Nuances, Nuts and Bolts of Effective, Influential Leadership. Welcome, Cherilyn! In the spirit of the season, Chicago Woman thanks you for your support and for joining us in the ongoing conversation about the importance of women truly being there for one another. We know you have many options regarding how you spend your time and we are grateful that you have chosen to spend it with us. Happy Holidays! Jennifer Smith Tapp Director, Editorial and Brand Strategy jennifer@chicago-woman.com

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PWCC LUNCHEON WITH MICHELLE LARSON The Professional Women’s Club of Chicago will be hosting a luncheon with President and CEO of the Adler Planetarium, Michelle Larson, for a conversation titled, “Who Hired the Astrophysicist? Leadership Lessons from The Road Less Traveled.” 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org November 15 & 30, 2017

LEVEL UP: MASTERCLASS Chicago Woman magazine curates some of the city’s leading women to share insights on matters that will get you and your career or business to the next level. This year-long program of workshops kicks off with topics such as “Knowing Your Numbers” and “Harnessing the Power of Positivity”. Tickets $20. 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m., 1871, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, chicago-woman.com/masterclass November 17, 2017

FASHIONxCHICAGO: BEHIND THE SEAMS Chicago Woman magazine teams up with the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s for its first-ever fundraiser and marketplace cocktail hour supporting the local fashion industry in Chicago. Hosted at Revel Motor Row. Tickets start at $95. 5:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m., Revel Motor Row, 2400 South Michigan Avenue, chicago-woman.com/CFI

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CHICAGO CREATIVE WOMEN’S BRUNCH Learn the importance of using professional photography for branding your business at a networking brunch hosted by Creative Women’s Co. with speaker documentary lifestyle photographer, Melissa Ferrara. Tickets are $18. 10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m., Citygirl Events Studio, 639 West Diversey Parkway, creativewomens.co November 30, 2017

ADULTS NIGHT OUT: HOLIDAZE Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting a night of entertainment where the kids stay at home. Cash bars and live entertainment will be located throughout the brightly lit zoo. Must be 18 or older to enter after zoo hours. Tickets are $20. 6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 North Clark Street, lpzoo.com December 13, 2017

PWCC HOLIDAY CONNECTIONS The Professional Women’s Club of Chicago will hold a winter progressive luncheon where women can network and ring in the holiday season. 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.,

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 HOLIDAY EVENTS November 17, 2017

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY The 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place at Millenium Park for the second year. The tree will be on display until January and the park has several activities through the season if you miss the lighting ceremony. Free. 6 p.m., Millenium Park, Near Michigan Avenue & Washington Street, cityofchicago.org November 17, 2017 through January 1, 2018

December 13, 2017

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Andersonville’s Swedish holiday tradition begins with a torchlit procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street with the “Lucia Girls” wearing long white robes and beautiful crowns of candles and singing. Following is the Lucia celebration at the Swedish American Museum with entertainment and authentic holiday treats. 4:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Swedish American Museum,

See trees in a different light on this award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour through 50 acres of celebrated tree collections. Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. It’s an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music. Reservations are recommended. Tickets start at $9. 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, mortonarb.org

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CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD More than 50 uniquely designed trees are decorated to reflect a different member of Chicago’s diverse ethnic communities where different cultures and holidays are celebrated. School choral groups will carole along with the exhibit. Museum of

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CULTURE WATCH REWRITING HISTORY: PAPER GOWNS AND PHOTOGRAPHS Opening November 4, 2017 Fabiola JeanLouis’ works are an inquiry into social change and speaks to the shocking treatment of Blacks throughout history and the trauma inflicted on their bodies as juxtaposed with the abstract idea of Black freedom. Simultaneously, the body of work engages with a vision of the future—one of hope, strength, resilience, and beauty. The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, dusablemuseum.org

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DISRUPTIVE PERSPECTIVES Through December 22, 2017 The Museum of Contemporary Photography will showcase an exhibition exploring the social constructions of gender, sexuality, and queer identity. Disruptive Perspectives was co-curated by Allison Grant in Chicago and Nadine Wietlisbach in Switzerland and will be presented in both locations. Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 South Michigan Avenue, mocp.org

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ELLA FITZGERALD AND LENA HOME HONORARY SHOW

JOFFREY BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

November 17, 2017 Honoring the birth of two vocal icons, the Auditorium Theatre will host a night celebrating Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. The show will feature many Chicago favorites including E. Faye Butler and Tammy McCann, singing many of the songs that Fitzgerald and Horne made their own: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “The Man I Love,” and more. Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra will accompany. The show begins at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $29. The Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, auditoriumtheatre.org

December 1-30, 2017 Complete a perfect winter’s night with the boldly reimagined Nutcracker that takes place during Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. When young Marie and her mother, a sculptress who is creating the fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a holiday party, a surprise visit from the charming Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. A must-see tradition for a new generation that will get you in the holiday spirit and leave you feeling enchanted. The Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, joffrey.org

A CHRISTMAS CAROL November 18, 2017– December 31, 2017 The Goodman Theatre will present their 40th annual rendition of the beloved holiday classic that will remind audiences the true reason for the season. Larry Yando will portray Ebenezer Scrooge with Henry Wishcamper directing for his fifth year. Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street, goodmantheatre.org

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holiday shopping events THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHICAGO’S GAZEBO HOLIDAY MARKET November 10–11, 2017 This annual winter wonderland market features high quality and unique merchandise from carefully selected vendors from across Chicagoland and the country. Proceeds support the Junior League of Chicago, which empowers women and girls through active programs that engage in volunteerism, mentoring, and advocacy. Preview party tickets $75.General admission tickets $10. Embassy Suites Chicago, 600 North State Street, jlchicago.org

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December 10, 2017 DoseMarket’s carefully curated local vendors will bring holiday cheer to your friends and family. Come hungry and visit several food vendors while you load your sleigh. Tickets $10. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Morgan MFG, 401 North Morgan Street, dosemarket.com

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Decadent Dishes This holiday season get festive with friends and family by experiencing some of Chicago’s most splurge-worthy dishes. Or even treating that special client or work associate to a special meal during the season of showing our appreciation and gratitude. by Rachel Popa #THEMACALLANRAREJOURNEY EXPERIENCE COCKTAIL #TheMacallanRareJourney melds a virtual reality experience with a type of whiskey called “The Macallan Rare Cask,” which is made from the top one percent of all oak casks maturing at The Macallan distillery in Scotland, as well as 30-year-old Oloroso sherry. The cocktail is made tableside while the guest explores oak forests, vineyards, sherry bodegas and The Macallan distillery itself by using virtual reality goggles. “Women and younger generations are not always targeted in the scotch industry,” said Raquel Raies, the first female national brand ambassador for The Macallan. “Scotch has been inaccessible to women for some time. To my knowledge, there are no other VR cocktails in the U.S. right now. Taste, touch, sight and sound are all employed to make it immersive.” $95, Baptiste & Bottle, 101 East Erie Street, 20th floor of the Conrad Chicago Hotel

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NO REGRETS CAVIAR BURGER Offered only during happy hour, this wood-grilled steak burger is topped with 15 grams of bowfin caviar, bone marrow butter, a duck confit rillette and finished with a duck egg. “I absolutely love caviar, and the salty pop and texture brings joy to everyone,” said Chef Guy Meikle about the ingredients that make the burger splurge-worthy. “The duck rillette adds tons of flavor without needing to use mayo.” $30, Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, 2700 West Chicago Avenue

HIGH ROLLER SUSHI ROLL “I drew inspiration for the High Roller based on our use of top grade and premium ingredients,” said Chef Robert Juan, executive sushi chef at Katana. “We use these delicacies in all three of our kitchens, each representing a natural element— air (foie gras), land (Japanese A5 Wagyu beef) and sea (Maine lobster)—that when combined into one dish offers an especially unique culinary experience.” Price varies depending on current market values, Katana, 339 North Dearborn Street

THE EISENHOWER BUTCHER’S RESERVE STEAK This 40-ounce steak is cooked in a wood-fire hearth and dipped in the restaurant’s signature “beef butter.” “We decided to put this cut of meat on the menu because it’s a nice round balance of a filet and NY strip – not to mention it makes a bold statement when a guest orders it,” said Executive Chef Danny Grant, a two Michelin star-rated chef. “Did you know that when President Eisenhower wanted to celebrate anything with his generals, the Eisenhower was always a staple on his dinner table? What better reason to splurge a little than that!” $175, Maple & Ash, 8 West Maple Street

12 LAYER GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE With a dozen layers, including chocolate cereal crust, graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate cake, espresso cheesecake, toasted pecan and coconut caramel filling and chocolate buttercream, this dessert literally has it all. “I love chocolate, and I don’t want my palate to be overwhelmed after one bite, so this cake was designed with ingredients which provide balance through complementary flavors, textures and mouthfeel,” said Chef Shannon Morrison. $15, Moody Tongue Brewing Company, 2136 South Peoria Street

BEIGNET TREE This off-menu treat features warm, house-made beignets that adorn an eye-catching silver tree. It is served alongside a Nutella sauce and vanilla crème Anglaise. As for what makes the beignet tree a a dish not to miss, Chef Marc Lupino, corporate executive chef at Steak 48, kept it simple: “We wanted to make the beignet tree look as good as it tastes.” $8 - $11, Steak 48, 615 North Wabash Avenue

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HEARTS FREE Chicago-based Freeheart Creative co-founders Katie Wilkes and Dana Michelle Cook have launched the first season of a digital docuseries entitled Seeing Brave: One Woman’s Vision Can Change the World. Season 1 of the series features brave women who have started global initiatives in response to crises. Watch at freeheartcreative.com

Newly Appointed CEO The Chicago Community Trust announced it’s first female leader in its 102-year history — Dr. Helene Gayle—as CEO. Prior to her new role at the Trust, Dr. Gayle served as CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative. To learn more about the organization, visit cct.org.

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PHILANTHROPY SPOTLIGHT

Dara Munson

CEO, CHICAGO CHILD CARE SOCIETY WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR CURRENT POSITION AS CEO OF CCCS? My career in nonprofit began in Detroit where I served most recently as COO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Michigan and was president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters for seven years prior. At 33, I was the youngest to hold that position and earned the prestigious Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40”. Prior, I served as Senior Director with United Way Detroit after working in the adult and juvenile justice systems. The opportunity to take the experience I gained from building strong children and families in Detroit to the Chicago community was a challenge I wholeheartedly accepted. HOW DOES CCCS ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION OF PROVIDING PROGRAMMING FOR THE CITY’S MOST AT-RISK CHILDREN? 168 years strong, CCCS is the oldest social

services organization in Chicago. Today, CCCS addresses our community’s ever-changing needs, from early childhood development to teen parents and at-risk youth, stabilizing families while tackling issues of poverty, teen pregnancy and inadequate childcare and healthcare. IN WHAT WAYS DOES THE JUNIOR BOARD SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF CCCS? It’s so critical for young people to get involved in community and collaborate for the greater good. Our Junior Board does just that. They host several mission focused and fundraising activities to advance our efforts annually. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITH NONPROFITS? Be sure to connect with an organization whose mission aligns with your own. Don’t be afraid to be big and bold in your thinking. Just because the nonprofit sector has been around for hundreds of years, you can still lead with an enterprising spirit. WHO ARE THE WOMEN THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOUR THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER?

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Sarah Burrows Co-Founder of Modern Sprout shares her advice for launching a business while keeping your day job

Find a partner if your business idea lends itself to that. You’ll need a cheerleader, and you’ll need to force yourself to be a cheerleader, and that will be good for you. You’ll need someone to bounce thoughts off of, someone to relate to when you’re in the trenches, and someone to celebrate the small successes with. It’s a lot of work—especially when you are constantly having to push yourself through long nights and weekends. If not a partner in your business, then someone else who is also trying to start a business. Someone who you can meet at a coffee shop on a sunny Saturday, while your friends are frolicking outside. And join a networking group centered around business owners. You will indefinitely find resources there that will help you jump from point A to B quicker. Then - don’t get discouraged because you don’t have enough time. You never will and it’s okay. Walk, don’t run. Break down every step into bite-sized, achievable pieces. And pat yourself on the back often. Remember that you don’t need to have all the answers before you launch. So much of starting a business is smoke and mirrors. SO MUCH.

Lastly, develop habits to help you manage stress… now—before you start your endeavor. Carve time out for you and don’t sacrifice it. Work towards balance, always. That’s essential for sustainability. Once you feel that momentum... that you’ve got something that people want, and can financially swing it: take the plunge. You’ll be completely burnt out by this point, btw. And, you’ll be scared. I had to quit my job twice before I actually quit. I had an amazing job—I loved my boss, my team, my income. But even with that success—I wasn’t totally happy. I thought I needed freedom, but was petrified that once I had it, it still wouldn’t be enough. That “the grass is always greener” was just my M.O. But, I’m happy to report that I’m SO happy. For the first time in my life, there is nothing I would change... and that is the ultimate freedom. cw

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small BUSINESS LESSONS FROM A VETPRENEUR Ten years ago, I picked up a free desk off the street and started a business. Today, I serve 150 clients across the U.S. as a personal training and wellness coach. I’m a published author, compete as a fitness athlete, and travel the country as a motivational speaker. None of this would have been possible without the lessons I learned during my 12 years in the U.S. Navy. The military taught me valuable strategies that helped me realize my gifts and led me to a career that utilizes those skills. TAKE THE INITIATIVE In the military, initiative is expected. To build my business I had to figure out how to design a website and use social media to market my business. Take the initiative to try something new and you will be surprised what you can accomplish. There are also people out there who want to help. My friends at the Women’s Business Development Center offer programs and workshops for women, minority, and veteran business owners, including a Women Vetpreneurship Program. BE SELFLESS – BUT NOT TOO SELFLESS Life in the military is about the bigger picture and what you can do for others. Helping others is still the most important thing I do every day and it fulfills me more than

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any paycheck. When starting your business, there will be sacrifices but they are worth it when you remind yourself you are doing it to makes people’s lives better. Giving to others is a motivating force but you need to take care of yourself too. Setting strict boundaries with your business can help you ensure you’re not sacrificing your own well-being. STICK TO A ROUTINE When I first started my business, I worked 24/7. I was used to working long hours—life in the Navy was not a 9-5 gig—but when we went on leave, we fully disconnected from work. Disconnecting is essential, so, I’ve had to set strict “office hours” for myself. At 9pm every night my phone is put away so I can spend time with my family and recharge to be able to give 100 percent again the next day. Caring for yourself is just as important as caring for your business. There will be sacrifices. Taking the initiative to build your business will take hard work but, if you focus on the positive difference you are making and stick to a healthy routine, you will be amazed by what you can achieve. cw Staci Boyer is the award winning published author of Motiv8n’U, Founder & CEO of Motiv8n’U Personal Training and Wellness Coaching, a motivation speaker, and a fitness educator.

Representation Matters The sheer scope of choices currently available for streaming entertainment has led to what has been called a second “Golden Age of Television,” but authentic representations of people from the African Diaspora have remained few and far between. Recently launching out of Beta, kweliTV is a video streaming platform that curates independent content of the global Black community. Speaking about kweliTV, Founder and CEO DeShuna Spencer (left) says, “Through kweliTV, I’m on a mission to change the way people of African descent are portrayed in mainstream media.” Learn more at kweli.tv

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COMMUNITY THE NEXT GENERATION OF MUSLIM WOMEN LEADERS by K. Sujata

READING LIST It’s Messy: On Boys, Boobs and Badass Women For a certain type of woman who grew up in the 80’s, photographer and media personality Amanda de Cadenet was something of a counter-culture icon. Her memoir will be a must-read this winter. Available at amazon.com

Muslim Women’s Alliance (MWA) was one of three organizations chosen out of over sixty submissions to receive a #GivingTuesday grant from Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) in November 2016—supporting Muslim women and girls at a time when Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment was dominating national headlines, and contributed to the final grant, with matching donations from CFW’s board and staff. The grant was a “blessing” that made it possible for MWA to expand programming “to help more [women] in a greater capacity,” says MWA Executive Director Noor Hasan. MWA focuses on developing women as leaders, fostering community service, mentoring women to build confidence, and empowering the community through awareness and action on social issues. “We foster and create a safe space for girls to open up,” says one MWA mentor. The girls have the opportunity to explore their faith, their values and individual identities, and to develop “a clear understanding of who they are and what they stand for.”

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK The online plus-size retailer, ELOQUII, made its Michigan Avenue debut on September 6. As its second brick-and-mortar store, the brand is bringing their on-trend styles to Chicago woman size 14-28. Our tip: Book an appointment with a stylist and take advantage of the VIP suite with lounge and dressing room as you stock your wardrobe for the season! NORTHBRIDGE SHOPS, 520 NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR, ELOQUII.COM

Through MWA, girls are exposed to new role models, women who are defying stereotypes of what a Muslim woman can do or be. “For them to see different women that are out there doing different things is a big deal. There are amazing Muslim women out there that are doing amazing work,” says Hasan. One young woman said MWA had “opened up her eyes to the different career opportunities” she had. MWA offers one-on-one counseling for career development and the support to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). MWA is filling a need for culturally-specific and faith-based leadership development for Muslim women and girls in our region. According to MWA, only four percent of mosques in the U.S. report programming for women and girls as a priority. And 86 percent are rated fair to poor in creating spaces that are “female-friendly.” How do we improve the situation of Muslim women and girls in our country? By listening, uplifting their voices and letting Muslim women and girls lead the way. With 140 young women receiving mentoring and support through MWA, they are cultivating the next generation of Muslim women leaders across our region, changing the present and the future, not just for Muslim girls, but for all of us. cw To learn more about Muslim Women’s Alliance, visit mwachicago.com N OVEMBER/D ECEMBER 2017

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TECH NOTES

PRASHANTHI RAO RAMAN

THE PUSH FOR PARITY

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY, LYFT, INC.

by Kat Rokhlin, Community Engagement and Content Manager, 1871

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN SUPPORTING OTHER WOMEN…

I serve as both a mentor and on the Board of Directors of the PowHERful Foundation (powherful.org). The mission of the foundation is to send young women to college by providing financial assistance, mentorship, and wraparound services to help the scholars achieve their highest potential. ON GROWING FROM CHALLENGES… Being a woman

best advice Do something that you can wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of.

of color came with dealing ”It’s been the guiding light with many unconscious biases for me. Working towards and it made me question my Lyft’s mission of improving ability and even my competence. people’s lives through The ultimate challenge was transportation has allowed to not let those experiences me to stay true to that.” shape you or shake you. What I learned most from those experiences is that I belong and thrive in an environment that understands my talents and my strengths and works on my weaknesses with me. It’s why Lyft has been such a great fit. ON WHAT SETS LYFT APART… To me, it is the vision for the future and the focus on treating people better. Lyft was founded to be a model for what we want the world to be: diverse, inclusive and safe. WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST… My daughter. Her will for life, independence, unshaken confidence, and determination are constant reminders for me to persevere and remain focused and energized, all while having a smile on my face. ON LOVING CHICAGO… I am absolutely in love with this city. The people, the architecture, the culture. Everything about this city rejuvenates me, even in the winter. Chicago is an amalgam of art, history, diversity, people, beauty, architecture and FUN. ON DIVERSITY IN TECH… We have a lot of work to do to reach our goal of a workforce the is representative of the U.S. population, but we are making progress. Lyft just implemented a policy that for any position, director level or above, a female and a minority must be in the final round interview. ON IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS IN TECH… The world is changing and many believe technology is what will drive the most change. So just jump in. ON LYFT GIVING BACK TO CHICAGO…We launched Round Up and Donate earlier this year, which allows Lyft passengers round up their fare to the nearest dollar and donate the balance to charity. We recently partnered with Chance the Rapper to support Chicago Public Schools. cw

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One of the first things 1871 members hear from us, as early as the orientation where they get their key cards, is that diversity and inclusion need to be a part of their decision-making process; studies show that diverse perspectives are good for business, plus it’s simply the right thing to do. So when we found that women comprised only about 25 percent of our mentor roster, we knew we needed to practice what we preached. So we tapped our community for recommendations of women in their networks. And in August, we achieved “50/50” gender parity among our mentors. Why is diversity in an organization so valuable to everyone? Take it from Stella Ashaolu, an 1871 member and frequent mentee whose company WeSolv connects diverse MBA students with companies for real-world projects. The idea is that by removing biases of typical recruiting methods like resumes and traditional interviews, companies end up hiring more diverse candidates. “Diversity isn’t just important because it’s right or fair,” she told me. “There’s a real business case for diversity and it is a proven strategy. It’s been shown diverse teams are 35 percent more productive. The organizations that get it right will create significant competitive advantage and will lead the pack in performance outcomes.” With more equity among our mentors, it’s clear that the impact of community cannot be overstated. Our hope is that increased representation for women leaders will empower more women to start businesses, negotiate higher salaries, and reach out to lift other women up. cw To learn more about initiatives like these, visit blog.1871.com

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ISSUE by ISSUE

by Becky Carroll

After the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada, our country is in the midst of another debate between rights associated with the Second Amendment and the balance that needs to be struck to protect citizens from gun violence.

Most reasonable people can agree that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens, and especially women, from this epidemic. And one of the greatest threats and culprits to stemming the tide of this violence is access to illegal guns.

No one is impacted more by this debate than women. By far, they represent the greatest share of gun violence victims in our country, much of which is associated with domestic abuse. Female gun homicide victims in the U.S. outpace nearly every other country by nearly one hundred fold. And in the city of Chicago, many residents on the city’s south and west sides find themselves under the constant threat of gun violence.  

Illinois is poised to crack down on illegal guns through the leadership of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition (GPAC), which is the statewide nonpartisan effort to combat gun violence. They’re working to pass a law that would prevent a major source of illegally trafficked guns from entering our communities called the Gun Dealers Licensing Act (SB 1657). It’s a common sense piece of legislation that would give the State the ability to encourage better business practices

among gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable by requiring them to take a series of actions to ensure illegal guns don’t end up in the wrong hands. That’s why more than ever, we need legislators with a common sense approach to gun control. “The stakes are incredibly high in 2018 and we will do everything we can to support candidates who believe in common sense legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill and others who should not have them, and defeat those who don’t,” said GPAC’s Executive Director, Kathleen Sances. You may feel helpless in the fight against gun violence, but your vote you might just help save a life. cw

Becky Carroll is a two-decade veteran of high-profile political and public policy campaigns, serving in various roles in the Illinois Office of the Governor, Chicago Mayor’s Office, and the 2008 Obama for President Campaign, where she served as National Director of Women for Obama. She’s now president and CEO of C-Strategies LLC, a strategic consulting and public affairs firm.

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the art of giving For the art aficionado on your holiday list who appreciates Chicago’s unique urban landscape and rhythm—look no further! Award-winning local photographer, Gail Mancuso’s Chicago Synchronicity striking photomontage series celebrates the spirit of Chicago and will be sure to make an unforgettable impression all year long. Chicago Synchronicity Special 2017 Holiday Commemorative Edition comes signed and framed (25” x 11” for $375) and is available at gailmancuso.com/store.

GIFTING MADE EASY The holidays are all fun and games until it’s crunch time and you haven’t made a dent in your list. A new service called Loop & Tie might be the answer. Simply select a category of gifts, and then the recipient selects the gift that they want. With gift collections like Drink, Home, Bath, Eat and Lifestyle (along with several options of price points), there is little room for error, even if you are running short on time. Learn more at loopandtie.com

ON THE ROCKS Six generations in the making, this delicious craft, award-winning Irish Single Malt, aged for ten years in American Oak Barrels is the perfect gift for the guy who has everything. Egan’s Whiskey is still distilled and aged in Ireland, however home is in Chicago! $50, at Binny’s locations or visit eganswhiskey.com for a full list of stockists.

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LEADERSHIP BOX There is no shortage of subscription boxes on the market, but the way this one hits the perfect note between professional life and style is genius. Founder Rachel Green, a Human Capital investor, launched Leadership Box as a quarterly subscription service. Members will receive curated boxes from Lady Leaders in the fields of beauty, fashion, tech, marketing, healthcare and more with access to online quarterly success conferences featuring women leaders. Learn more at shopleadershipbox.com


BEAUTIFULLY DONE Fans of style maven Athena Calderone’s website, EyeSwoon, are in for a delicious treat just in time for the holidays. Calderone’s debut cookbook, Cook Beautiful, is part cookbook, part food styling manual. 100 recipes are paired with tips on presentation and entertaining. Available at amazon.com


Need health insurance but not sure where to start? Curious about your risk of certain health conditions? Stressed over finances? Visit our website to learn how to maximize your physical, mental and financial wellbeing! Don’t forget‌Open Enrollment for 2018 health insurance only runs from November 1st to December 15th this year! YWCA has partnered with health insurance broker GoHealth to provide free assistance in helping you select the right policy! Visit womenshealthexchange.org or call 1-866-223-9572 for info. @YWomensHealth

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THE POWER OF WOMEN Nonprofits, cultural institutions and organizations are supported by women in many ways. Here is a quick look at several boards that are solely driven by women that you should know about.

ADLER PLANETARIUM WOMEN’S BOARD

CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE WOMEN’S BOARD

• Since 2002, the Women’s Board has been the Adler’s lead partner in supporting science education programs, research, and community outreach. The Board is vital to the museum’s efforts to reach underserved youth— with a special focus on young women— in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

• The auxiliary’s primary focus is to raise funds for scholarships in Whitney M. Young, Jr.’s name.

• The Board consists of philanthropic and professional women, with significant experience in corporate or public service, representing a diverse range of industries including financial services, law, education, consulting, travel, and the arts. • Each year, the Board hosts two main fundraising initiatives: the Women in Space Science Award Celebration (WISS) and the Celestial Ball, which support the museum’s commitment to reach underserved public school students. Currently, the Adler serves students from 57 area schools, and anticipates serving upwards of 2,000 youth annually by 2019.

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO WOMAN’S BOARD • Since its formation in 1952, the Woman’s Board has devoted its efforts to helping the museum be accessible and responsive to the community, especially to young people. • Members of the Woman’s Board have embraced the museum’s mission by providing annual support and underwriting public, family, classroom, and other educational programming. • Membership is by invitation only.

• Founded in 1966 by Dr. Arnita Young Boswell, the sister of Whitney M. Young, Jr. • The auxiliary is a group of 17 philanthropic women who believe that “to whom much is given, much is required.” • “ By providing scholarships to students and supporting them along their educational journey, we are providing them the opportunity to gain the skills needed to be independent, critical thinkers, and productive citizens,” says president, Jasmine E. Guy. • They play an active role in advancing the growth of the Chicago Urban League through direct service and fundraising.

CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN • In 1984, Marjorie Craig Benton, Sunny Fischer, Iris J. Krieg, and Lucia Woods Lindley launched a series of planning groups that laid the financial and programmatic groundwork for what would become Chicago Foundation for Women. • Last year, they funded 150 projects in four counties serving 53,000 women and girls. • They’ve been around for 30 years. • They use investors’ money to bring about change in the Chicago area.

FOUNDERS’ BOARD OF ANN & ROBERT H. LURIE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO  • In 1882, Children’s Memorial Hospital founder Julia Foster Porter recruited a board to serve as the first Board of Lady Managers, later known as the Woman’s Board. In 2007, the Board officially changed its name to the Founders’ Board to reflect its leadership legacy. For more than 130 years, members have played an integral role in the hospital’s growth and in the establishment of its new home, Lurie Children’s, in 2012. • The Board works to help advance policy initiatives and actively communicate the hospital’s position on children’s healthcare issues. • The Founders’ Board is the hospital’s most enduring philanthropic partner. In the last decade alone, the Board has provided critical funds totaling more than $25 million for a number of endowed chairs for Lurie Children’s staff and faculty.

JOFFREY WOMEN’S BOARD • Founded in 2002. • “Advances the activities and prominence of The Joffrey Ballet as a leading cultural and educational institution.” • They host an annual luncheon and Spring Gala, which raises over $1 million each year. • They promote the Joffrey’s Community Engagement programs. cw

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GAME CHANGER

FIND YOUR TRIBE LEVEL UP MASTERCLASS

PETCARE PIONEER:

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As a child, Lisa Senafe learned to bring the stray or injured animal home, instead of asking permission. Her tenderhearted parents would be more likely to let her keep it.

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Her first profession was in finance, but it didn’t take long before her career went to the dogs… and cats. When Bentley, a Belgian Malinois and Chow-mix came into her life, she began to research canine nutrition. “I was surprised how unhealthy most commercial brands were and I wanted to share my newfound knowledge and healthier options with other pet parents.” She founded the first Bentley’s Pet Stuff in Arlington Heights in 2008, not the best time to start a new business. Her vision was to help customers feel confident choosing their pet food, knowing they were making a healthy purchase for their pets. After opening store number six, they were fortunate to woo investor Marcus Lemonis, aka The Profit, a valued ally and mentor. “Having an investor can be a great thing to grow your company. We are very aligned with our investor in our vision, growth strategy and even at a personal level. Trusting your partner can be key to your success,” says Senafe. Bentley’s Pet Stuff has expanded to 82 stores in 10 states with more than 400 employees. Customers at every store know they are purchasing all-natural pet foods that contain no wheat, corn, soy, or byproducts. Owned and operated by the Senafes, managers at each store are encouraged to make the best choices for their neighborhoods. All share a commitment to their communities, and regularly partner with local animal shelters and organizations. cw Visit petstuff.com for your nearest location. Delivery is free for online orders of $49 and up.


5 RED FLAGS Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Decline by Gwen Watkins, MA, LCSW We’ve all experienced intense anxiety or near panic when we misplace a bank card or realize that we missed an important meeting or conference call. But imagine if this was a daily occurrence, and simple solutions like retracing steps to find lost items, or being vigilant about checking calendar dates were no longer effective. Imagine if forgetfulness was gradually compounded by trouble communicating, or completing familiar tasks. As the holiday season approaches and we reconnect with family, adult children are often faced with the challenge of having difficult conversations about changes they’ve observed in an aging loved one. While the signs are often subtle, a steady decline in someone’s abilities or the emergence of unusual behavior can signal the beginning of cognitive decline. As families struggle with how to approach the subject with the older adult, becoming aware of the early warning signs of cognitive decline can help start the conversation. This checklist includes some of common indicators of early cognitive impairment, but there are other medical conditions that present with similar symptoms. If several of these signs are present, always consult with a medical professional for an evaluation and guidance on next steps.

Difficulty with Communication Problems finding the right words to express thoughts, substituting inappropriate words, frequent repetition of thoughts and ideas. Challenges with Memory, Focus and Attention Inability to recall recent events such as what they did on the previous day or what they ate at their last meal. Difficulty recalling the steps in complex tasks. Getting lost in familiar settings, or becoming disoriented while driving to a familiar place. Inability to retain new information. Difficulty recalling familiar names, inability to recall recent conversations.

Impaired Critical Thinking and Judgment Difficulty with problem solving, organizing and completing routine tasks. An accumulation of unopened mail may include overdue bill payments and overdraft notices, uncharacteristic for someone who had been fiscally responsible. May display vulnerability to financial scams despite warnings.

Personality Changes and Mood Swings Lack of interest in social engagement or withdrawal from activities. May experience episodes of apathy, irritability, mistrust or decreased awareness of social norms.

Gwen Watkins, MA, LCSW, Health Care Consultant, Wellspring Personal Care, Private Duty Home Care Agency serving the Chicagoland area. To learn more, visit homecarechicago.com

Changes in Day to Day Routines Neglecting self-care, personal hygiene and housekeeping chores. Noticeable changes in shopping and dietary habits. May be non-compliant with taking prescribed medications. cw

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LOVE + LIFE YOUR HEALTH

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When it comes to taboo topics, vaginal dryness, an inability to have an orgasm and an itchy vulva top the list. And while we don’t expect you to be the one to initiate these subjects at your next dinner party, it’s time to bring these taboo topics into the open. So who better to turn to than Chicago Woman Board member and Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, Lauren Streicher, MD? IS THERE A FEMALE EQUIVALENT TO VIAGRA? Despite the claims of ads touting products promising to revitalize a woman’s lackluster sex life, a female equivalent to Viagra has proven elusive. Flibanserin, (Addyi) is commonly called the “female Viagra”, but it is not. Viagra increases blood flow to the penis. Flibanserin increases libido by working on the brain to get you thinking about sex. I THOUGHT HOT FLASHES ONLY LASTED A COUPLE OF YEARS. IT HAS BEEN 7 YEARS OF WAKING UP 4 TIMES A NIGHT AND SWEATING THROUGH MY CLOTHES! WHEN WILL IT END? We now know that hot flashes can last well over ten years for many women. The good news is there are safe hormonal and non-hormonal options to put out the fire so you can function again. MY PERIODS STOPPED 5 YEARS AGO AND I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WITH MENOPAUSE. BUT NOW I HAVE TERRIBLE PAIN WITH INTERCOURSE. I ALSO KEEP GETTING BLADDER INFECTIONS! While other things can cause those symptoms (yes, you need to see your doctor), the most likely culprit is genitourinary syndrome of menopause, a consequence of estrogen-starved tissues. There is a long list of medications that will alleviate the symptoms in addition to an office laser procedure to restore normal tissue elasticity and lubrication. I WAS ALWAYS ABLE TO MAINTAIN A NORMAL WEIGHT, BUT SINCE I WENT THROUGH MENOPAUSE, THE SCALE KEEPS GOING UP. HELP! Sleep disturbance, hormonal fluctuations and stress create the perfect storm for putting on the pounds. Every individual is different, but usually dealing with the sleep, and managing raging hormones allows you to get back on track. cw To get all of your other taboo questions answered or to request an appointment, visit sexmedmenopause.nm.org or call 312.694.9676. 34

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THINGS YOUR DOCTOR DID NOT TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH

DIABETES may get in the way of your ability to have an orgasm. Sure, your doctor asked about numbness in your feet, but he or she didn’t mention that your clitoris might also lose sensation due to neurologic changes that commonly occur with diabetes.

BIRTH CONTROL

pills can dry up your vagina. Your Menopause may be years away, but if your vagina is more like the Sahara Desert than the waterfall it used to be you may be one of the three percent of the population that has this side effect from hormonal contraception.

VIBRATOR

won’t mess with your pacemaker. No way do you Your want to tell your cardiologist that you are terrified that sex with your regular partner “Bob” (AKA your “Battery Operated Boyfriend”) will cause a pacemaker malfunction. Rest assured, genital vibration will not un-pace your pacemaker.

VASELINE

as a lubricant can cause Using vaginal infections. Vaseline makes your chapped lips feel so much better, so it stands to reason that it would be the perfect product to keep your other lips moist as well. But unfortunately, petroleum jelly has been shown to double the chance of bacterial vaginosis, the most common cause of vagina odor and irritation.

INCONTINENCE isn’t just ruining your underwear. Many women who have involuntary loss of urine also have painful sex, or the inability to have an orgasm. The culprit is weak, and/or sometimes painful pelvic floor muscles. And there are solutions that don’t involve drugs or a trip to the operating room. cw

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COVER STORY

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GAINER Since taking office as a Cook County Commissioner for the 10th District (representing the North Lakefront and the Northwest side), Bridget Gainer has been a driving force in Chicago politics. Tall and elegant, Gainer is one of those people for whom everything she does has a specific purpose; her sentences are direct, her mannerisms even seem poised to immediately dispense with anything not absolutely necessary to getting something done.

The oldest of six children, Gainer grew up on the city’s southwest side with parents who were involved in the community. “My parents were active in church and in our neighborhood. That example was one of the reasons I have chosen the work that I do”, Gainer recalls. It was perhaps a quote from her father that cemented her path towards a career in public service. “Two things I learned from my dad was ‘show up for people and play the long game’” After college at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Gainer paid for college herself while working as a waitress), Gainer “felt compelled to do some service” and moved to New York City where she was trained as a community organizer.

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COVER STORY It was here that she learned that an effective community organizer is equal parts idealistic and pragmatic. “It’s great to have great ideas, but if you can’t get people to follow them, to make them their own, and move forward together, then it’s just talk.”, she explains. Gainer moved back to Chicago in 1994, landing in Uptown, where she created a community center at Senn High School. Her entrance into politics came via campaign work for other women. “I worked on Jan Schakowsky’s campaign, I worked on Dawn Clark Netsch’s campaign, and I was introduced to politics through these incredible women. And they were both channeling grassroots organizations and were able to mobilize people.”

“ ” It’s great to have great ideas, but if you can’t get people to follow them, to make them their own, and move forward together, then it’s just talk.

It is the issues that are important to Gainer; criminal justice reform, health care and the fate of the most vulnerable in our city that are directly addressed at the County Board. When a leadership opportunity presented itself there, she seized it. “It really is the safety net for the city. It is the place where either everything we do badly comes together or the place that creates the biggest opportunity for us to make real change that matters.” The County Board is also where Gainer’s experience as a community organizer came full circle, recognizing that building a coalition is where the true power to accomplish your goals lies.

A signature initiative is the Cook County Land Bank Authority. Started in 2013, the CCLBA has the mission of reducing the number of vacant properties in Cook County. “You started to see these houses sitting vacant during the foreclosure crisis, not because no one wanted to buy them, but because they were stuck in court, because the banks were nervous to lend.” Gainer says. The CCLBA is a public-private partnership that removes the obstacles to home ownership for the people in those neighborhoods (many on the Southside), ultimately fostering economic development. Another issue that is a priority for Gainer is criminal justice reform, specifically the way that women are treated while in custody. Incarcerated mothers face a bleak experience once caught in the system. “Of the women who are incarcerated nationally, 70 percent have minor children”, Gainer explains. Gainer has been working with the Sheriff’s office to reduce the instances of women (many of whom have not been charged with a crime), being separated from their children. “Outside of an instance of mental illness or possible harm to a child, we know too much about child development to know that it is wrong to separate a mother from her child after delivery. Part of me thinks, this is

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>>PUBLISHER’S NOTE because are poor, they’re not white and they are women. It is the trifecta of a lack of power in our society. We need to think about these things and talk about them honestly.” Gainer also credits Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her persistence on this issue and pushing for reforms that have “come out of a sheer force of will, on her part,” Gainer adds. In an environment that has seen many women feel compelled to become engaged with what is happening in their communities, Off the Sidelines (OTS) Chicago has been a valuable resource for connecting women with the causes that resonate with them. Gainer recalls, “I kept having conversations with people in Chicago; moms at school, women at work. And this topic kept coming up: I don’t know what to do or how to do it. I care about these causes, but I don’t know how to take the next step.” After a series of discussions, including with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who had just written a book called Off the Sidelines, Off the Sidelines Chicago was launched in 2014 with a breakfast event attended by 300 people, all wanting to select one issue and make a difference in a way that worked for them. To further close the circle of encouraging women to get active, The Young Feminist Conference was founded under the OTS umbrella to get young women, ages 14 and up, talking about issues that mean the most to them. So with what would be described by anyone as a career of significant accomplishment, what would Gainer say to her younger self? “I would say a couple of things: First, don’t be so quick to be a helper. Be a principal. It took me a long time to be comfortable not hanging back. I would also tell myself to invest in and keep up with your friendships.” cw To learn more about Off the Sidelines Chicago, visit otschicago.org

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS GROWTH SKYROCKETS

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WAS FOUNDED IN 1920 DURING THE CONVENTION OF THE NATIONAL AMERICAN WOMAN SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION. JUST SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE 19TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION WAS RATIFIED, GIVING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AFTER A 72-YEAR STRUGGLE.

by Chris Ruys For years, membership in the League of Women Voters’ Chicago Chapter membership remained at a plateau, but all that changed after the Presidential election last November. Frustrated voters–many of whom are younger women (and men)– joined the League in droves. Membership doubled to more than 300. “A lot of people began to realize that the civic work we do really matters,” says Annie Logue, a financial consultant and professor who is the League president. “Rather than posting their disappointment on Facebook or signing change.org petitions, people were looking for ways to take action. Just because your preferred candidate didn’t win doesn’t mean you have to give up your voice.” The League of Women Voters is a 97-year-old non-partisan organization whose mission is to encourage active participation in government through education and advocacy. Members can participate in a variety of ways, including voter registration drives, lobbying elected public officials, helping organize numerous events often featuring elected public officials, and serving as moderators for political candidate forums. Issues they address and take positions on include the environment, healthcare, housing, and better government. “We are also very concerned about attempts at voter suppression,” says Logue. “The President’s Advisory Committee on Election Integrity has requested voter records from all 50 states, ostensibly to investigate instances of illegal voting. Many believe they’re simply trying to discourage certain groups of people from voting. We can’t let that happen.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING HOW YOU CAN HELP, VISIT LWVCHICAGO.ORG

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REVIEW YOUR CREDIT REPORTS CAREFULLY

When you receive your credit reports, read through them carefully and look out for any information that appears incorrect, unusual or out of the ordinary, such as: – unfamiliar accounts or charges, – inquiries from creditors that you did not initiate, – claims made by creditors that you are not aware of, or – any inaccuracies in your personal information, such as home address or Social Security number. If you find any errors or wish to dispute any item, you should notify that consumer reporting agency and the information provider that is shown on your credit report. Even if you do not find any indications of fraud or misuse of your information, it would still be prudent to routinely review your credit reports.

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ON RESENTMENT: A ROADBLOCK TO EMOTIONAL INTIMACY By Dr. Anne Brennan Malec, PsyD, LMFT As a psychologist and marriage and family therapist, I often see couples who are facing an emotional chasm in their relationship. The chasm does not develop overnight, but is usually the result of long-simmering, mutual frustration and resentment within the relationship. Resentment can grow from relational conflicts, disagreements or hurt feelings that go unaddressed or are dismissed by a partner; and it is toxic to a relationship. When a partner continues to bring up a past event, it usually signifies the existence of unresolved emotional business. One partner’s repetitiveness can be exceedingly frustrating to another, but the underlying message is, “I need to talk about this and I need you to hear me, even if you disagree with me,” or, “You hurt my feelings, and I need you to know and be remorseful about it.” In my experience, one of the most frequent causes of resentment is that, when an issue is mentioned by one partner, the other grows angry and shuts down the conversation. Does this exist in your own relationship? Are there topics that you avoid from fear of bringing up anger, emotional escalation or creating emotional distance? Have your past attempts at resolving conflicts led to one of you leaving the conversation, either by physically exiting the room or by stonewalling and emotional withdrawal? Trying to avoid tense relational situations is an understandable desire. Sometimes a little time and refocusing on the positives of a relationship can allow the conflict to heal itself. But when conflict and hurt feelings do not resolve naturally with time, you should consider addressing it with your partner. Imagine, if you will, your resentments piling up in the corner of your marital bedroom. Over time the pile of resentments takes up more and more space in your relationship and life. You probably don’t want to spend time ruminating on the wrongs you have suffered, as this only results in more of your time being spent feeling hurt. What to do? Choose to engage differently with your partner. Face your fear and give your partner the benefit of the doubt that they also want you to be happy in the relationship. Remind yourself that you are confronting your fear in order to limit

your resentment, and this courageous step is intimacyenhancing. Some tips for introducing the topic in a conversation: take a gentle approach; admit that it is difficult to talk about; share that you continue to raise the issue because it feels unresolved; and ask your partner if or when is a good time to discuss the issue at hand. For instance, say you are concerned your partner is drinking too much alcohol, and you worry that he or she may become intoxicated at a work or family party, causing potential embarrassment, personally and/or professionally. Past attempts at discussion have led to anger and defensiveness so you have chosen to avoid the topic. However, just because you don’t talk about it doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist—it’s growing larger in the resentment pile in the corner. Being willing to face the issue does not mean that you will resolve it amicably, but it does mean that you are prioritizing your relationship—you are trying to protect and strengthen it. Your preamble to the conversation might go something like this: “I need to talk about an issue that concerns me. Please listen to me in full before you respond. I do not raise concerns about your drinking because I am trying to control you or criticize you, but because I care about your health. I fear you are drinking to excess more often than in the past. It scares me because of your health, because of the alcoholism in your family, and because I am concerned that you are struggling emotionally. I worry that you are drinking to dull a pain you don’t want to feel or to escape. I want to tell you what I see, think and feel, with the hope that you will take my concerns to heart.” This gentle approach can be effective because it demonstrates concern over criticism and focuses on your feelings and observations (“I” Statements) rather than on your partner’s character (“You” Statements). For more help in processing any feelings of resentment or in bringing them up with a partner, you may want to schedule an appointment with a counselor. Decide to work through that pile of resentments for your own good and the good of the relationship.

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Whistler played host to the ski events for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the slopes remain world-class. Between now and December 21, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has a fifth night free promotion to go with the Virtuoso amenities of breakfast for two daily, an upgrade on arrival (subject to availability) and souvenir martini shakers plus two signature martinis during your stay. How’s that for après-ski? The Four Seasons Resort Whistler has a third night free up until Christmas. Bring the whole family and receive daily lift passes for two adults and two children 12 or younger to go with daily breakfast, a complimentary resort shuttle and personal ski concierge for a stay of four nights or more between November 17 and March 17.

FRANCE Tucked into the Alps near the Italian border is the winter wonderland of Courchevel. This ski playground is home to four Virtuosopreferred resorts: L’Apogee Courchevel, Hotel Le K2, Hotel Les Airelles and Cheval Blanc Courchevel. L’Apogee has ski, romance and early booking specials including half-board, among other amenities. Le K2 is a selfcontained “luxury hotel village” boasting two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Kintessence. Inspired by an empress, Les Airelles looks like an alpine fairytale come true. Cheval Blanc’s ski service team will heat your boots before you go out, and after-ski stretching sessions keep you loose when you get back in. The food is so incredible there will be no shortage of calories to burn off. SWITZERLAND Like Colorado,

it has more than a dozen Virtuosopreferred ski resorts. Bucher Travel Inc.’s eight-day winter tour will pair you with private ski guides at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz and Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt with a farewell night at Baur au Lac overlooking beautiful Lake Zurich. Alpine Adventures has group departures to Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren in January and to Zermatt in February and March. But the pièce de résistance is their Ski and Safari with five nights at Mont Cervin Palace followed by eight nights in South Africa. Bet you’ve never gone shark cage diving on a ski trip before.

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I s my diet destroying my teeth?

Have you ever been excited and proud of yourself for choosing a grapefruit for breakfast instead of a bagel, only to take your first bite and have your teeth feel like they have been struck by lightning? Many foods are healthy for your body, but the acid and sugar content are eroding your teeth. This leads to tooth decay and exposure of the sensitive parts of the teeth, dentin (that is under the enamel) and the root surface. When you eat an acidic food, the low pH can cause acid erosion of the enamel. Enamel begins to dissolve at a pH lower than 5.5. Here are some common foods with a pH lower than 5.5: Lemon (2.0), Oranges (3.0), Apples (3.5), Wine (3-3.8), Diet Coke (3.3). Sugary foods and drinks have the same effect, think lattes, breads, granola. The bacteria in your mouth use the sugar to create an acidic environment in your mouth which erodes the teeth, leading to sensitivity and decay. So what can you do? The good news is that your saliva or water can neutralize the acidic environment in about 20 minutes. Milk is also a good neutralizer with a pH of 6.7. So if you drink your coffee with sugar, don’t sip it all day. Drink it, enjoy it, then brush or swish with water. Stimulate your saliva with chewing sugarless gum. Don’t continue to bathe your teeth with acid and sugar throughout the day. This is also true for children. Decay in children is starting to rise, and it is due more to their diet than poor brushing. Sugar drinks during sports, chewy fruit snacks, or sugary granola bars after the game keep an acidic environment in their mouths. This is especially harmful in sports where mouth guards are worn and the sugar is kept on the teeth longer, blocked from neutralizing water and saliva. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT DENTAL CARE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE ANSWERED IN THIS COLUMN? SIMPLY EMAIL SMILE@OZPARKFAMILYDENTAL.COM

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OF POLITICS AND BEDFELLOWS by Gemma Allen It’s one year later, and if we’ve learned anything, it’s knowing how to walk the tightrope separating our political differences and similarities in a relationship. It can be a perilous balancing act. In most elections, married couples tend to vote alike, but not in 2016! Many married couples spurned one candidate over the other, creating palpable tension in some households. Couples who didn’t support the same candidate admitted to arguing about it. Even singles were known to give a thumbs-down to a love prospect who supported the other candidate. With another election around the corner, how can couples with opposing political views preserve their union? For some, it may mean avoiding a conversation about politics. Others may want to find specific issues or causes they can agree to support. If heated arguments and hurt feelings become the norm, wise couples may decide to seek professional counseling. Most of all, a solution needs to be found because sadly, last year’s Presidential election is probably the new normal. Though differences of opinion are natural in a relationship, they shouldn’t destroy it. Honest communication and compassionate listening are proven ways to preserve the state of a couple’s union.

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IT CHANGES THROUGHOUT YOUR CYCLE.

The vagina becomes slightly more firm during your period. Due to cyclic hormonal changes, and a process called keratinization, the tissue is more protected from menstrual fluid which may be irritating.

BIGGER THAN YOU THINK. Your clitoris, the primary erogenous mechanism of the woman, is up to 9 centimeters (3 1/2 inches) long! ITS DELICATE BALANCE. The vagina is slightly acidic at baseline, with a pH of 3.5-4.5. This function serves to kill the weakest of the sperm, which are slightly basic and allow only the healthiest sperm into the uterus! Also, when this pH is put off balance, abnormal bacteria can grow which causes vaginitis. SENSITIVE AND STRONG. In addition to THOUSANDS of nerve cells, the clitoris also has muscle. During excitement, this surrounding muscle causes the clitoris to elevate and causes the covering of the clitoris, the hood, to retract. This facilitates the orgasm.

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NOT ALL PARTS ARE NEEDED. Your cervix has no sexual erogenous nerve endings. Contrary to some beliefs, removal of the cervix has not been proven to decrease sexual pleasure. THE FAMED G-SPOT IS REAL. Your G-spot is closely related to the bladder and contains tissue equivalent to the prostate in males! Pressure on this area during sex can produce a very intensely pleasurable effect. THE EARTH DOES SHAKE. The uterus contracts during

orgasm. In order to facilitate the uptake of sperm into the uterus where conception will occur in the fallopian tube. Some women experience mild cramping during orgasm, and it is known that orgasm can help to bring on labor in pregnant women.

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ONE YEAR LATER

One of the strongest narratives to come out of the 2016 election was how important it is for women to make their voices heard, regardless of party alliances. Get to know these five Chicago women who were inspired to get involved—either by organizing or running for office themselves. Interviews by Jennifer Smith Tapp

susan messer mcbride SPOKESPERSON, NASTY WOMEN ART CHICAGO/MAKE CHICAGO WOMEN

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HOW DID THE NASTY WOMEN ART CHICAGO EVENT COME ABOUT? Nasty Women Art Chicago on May 5th came about after I submitted artwork and attended the inaugural Nasty Women Exhibition show in Queens, NY in January just a few months earlier. Nasty Women is a global arts movement providing solidarity among artists who resist the threat to roll back women’s rights, individual rights and abortion rights. I came home excited and open to getting a Chicago show together and many people stepped on board to make it all happen. We had 14 main organizers and over 85 volunteers the night of the event: A ton of support from many individuals and a huge group effort.

Visit nastywomenartchicago.org to keep tabs on upcoming events and more.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE TERM “NASTY WOMAN” HIT SUCH A NERVE WITH SO MANY WOMEN? Trump’s pejorative use of the phrase ‘nasty woman’ during a debate with Hillary Clinton hit a nerve with many as it was an attempt to silence and discredit her voice. It was impactful, especially to those who find her far more qualified and deserving of the office of President. The term was immediately reclaimed and provided a powerful impetus for art-related activism: Nasty Women Art Chicago was just one of over forty events that took place across the United States and beyond, all independently run and organized. NASTY WOMEN ART CHICAGO HAS EVOLVED INTO MAKE CHICAGO WOMEN. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE MISSION OF MAKE CHICAGO WOMEN? While Make Chicago Women was formed in the process of organizing and producing Nasty Women Art Chicago, our mission is to empower artists and women to address gender equality and social justice issues in the Chicagoland area through artivism— activism charged with creation and art. cw

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>>PUBLISHER’S NOTE

lauren underwood CANDIDATE FOR ILLINOIS CONGRESS, 14TH DISTRICT WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW DID YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO RUN FOR CONGRESS? I’m a nurse from Naperville. I’ve taken care of patients and, through my personal experience with a pre-existing condition, I have seen first hand the importance of high quality, affordable health care. I also bring significant federal experience to this campaign, with a background working to implement the Affordable Care Act: setting up the Marketplaces, issuing the regulations that reformed our private insurance system, and improving healthcare quality. I also served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a member of the Obama Administration working on public health emergencies and disasters. Growing up in the district, I know we are bright and hard-working. So I’m stepping forward to fight for families who know that strong jobs and access to affordable health care will help get our region back on track. I’m running to represent our community in Washington, so that our neighbors will be able to count on their elected official to hear their concerns, fight on their behalf, and have their back. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE MORE WOMEN RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE? I come from a long line of strong, powerful, dynamic women who have inspired my approach to leadership. For instance, in 1950s Alabama, my grandmother was a teacher in a small rural town. She experienced injustice everyday, from segregated water fountains and restaurants, to limited professional opportunities at under-resourced “colored-only schools.” Despite threats of violence, my grandmother marched for justice, equality, and for full civil rights with some of the leading voices in the movement.

range of reproductive health services, and advancing pay equity, yet this agenda has stalled. Women are leading in every area of American life— financially supporting our families, starting and scaling businesses, and serving our communities through charities and nonprofits. Data from American University’s Women and Politics Institute shows us that women are equally likely to be elected when we run for office, but we don’t choose to step forward as candidates. As a result we see severe underrepresentation in Congress—women are 21 percent of the U.S. Senate and about 19 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives, despite being over half of our population. If we want to see progress, these numbers must change.

The women in my family made a lasting impact on their respective communities, but never even considered running for office. Sure, it was a different era, but they had the leadership ability to build coalitions, channel grassroots energy, and present a more inclusive vision for their communities. Imagine the impact over time if our dynamic sisters, mothers, and girlfriends served in elected office at all levels— our country would be in a very different place.

HOW DID THE 2016 ELECTION INSPIRE YOUR DECISION TO RUN FOR OFFICE? During his farewell speech in Chicago, President Obama said, “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy…to continually try to improve this great nation of ours because, for all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud type, the most important office in a democracy, citizen.” He went on to encourage folks to run for office. We all can do something to make our country more just and fair for everyone, whether it’s writing letters, making calls, marching. I am grateful for the opportunity to run for office.

We must step forward and lead, especially at this time when we need to support an economic agenda that helps families grow and thrive in each of our communities. For years, advocates have been working to pass common sense policies like affordable childcare and paid family leave, fighting to protect our access to the full

WHO ARE THE WOMEN THAT INSPIRED YOU? Oprah Winfrey and Senator Carol Moseley Braun. In the mid-90s, they were the two most powerful black women in the country and they were in Illinois. Both were huge role models and showed me that black women could sit at the decision tables. cw

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THE LIST ONE YEAR LATER ARTS & CULTURE

genevieve thiers CO-FOUNDER (WITH ELLIE BAHRMASEL), NEWFOUNDERS

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE LAUNCH OF NEWFOUNDERS? Post-election, a large number of us with tech, design and political expertise got together in a living room and saw a very simple thing—a broken system. Politics is about 20 years behind in terms of tech, design and usability. While we focus incredible effort on the usability of our phones, sneakers and homes, we focus hardly any effort on making politics easy to interact with. We began to build as a group, and along the way also began to interact with various new groups that developed in response to the election, and all this led to NewFounders. Our mission is to organize new leaders around rebuilding our most critical systems. The new wave of emerging leaders is extraordinary and quite strong, and we have incredible visions of what we’re going to do and build. The first system we turned our focus to was voting. Too many of us vote only in the Presidential and don’t know about the more critical local elections around us all the time. We raised over 250K over six months, talked to 12 data companies, snapped a few sets together, and built an API and an app and site. The EveryElection app has over 300K elections across the United States, from federal to local, graphed over Google Maps by district. With simple push alerts on your phone, the app tells you when, where and how to vote and includes the very latest information about incumbent, challengers and polling place! Bonus, you upload your address book to see elections near family and friends, and with one click email or text them to vote too! HOW CAN ORGANIZATIONS LIKE NEW FOUNDERS HELP SUSTAIN THE RENEWED INTEREST IN POLITICS? So I think that most of us are all so scared and worried that we are engaged, but the problem is that there’s a lack of bridges letting people act. There are some amazing groups that have done amazing resistance work, but we need to move past resistance as well into building change. We need to redo our messaging, rebuild our systems, push our new leaders ahead. We all know this. So we are balancing a long-term message with a short-term focus on 2018. We are working on social mapping tests around critical races, while also building tools that will help for 50 years or more. We need to keep this “high-low” focus to really succeed, and not forget that the entire city burnt down while we focus on local issues in front of us. EXPLAIN HOW NEWFOUNDERS HELPS WOMEN BECOME MORE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND POSSIBLY RUN FOR OFFICE THEMSELVES? We have a special focus on this. As we mentioned, one of the questions we are running hard at is how to get the leadership of this country to reflect the diversity of its people. We have a tool called The Bench that we hope to build next year, and it’s jaw-dropping. If we get it right, we might be able to directly control getting our leadership diversity to reflect that of our people over the course of five Presidential elections or so (about 20 years). But this is all hard and costly. We raised over $120K for our EveryElection app. We raised $15K for ChangeMaker. We will need to raise over $800K for The Bench next year to make it work. We’re hard at work talking to powerful donors (especially women!) now and we would love to show you what we can build, and what we see! cw

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GET INVOLVED If you are interested in taking action, reach out to NewFounders at gen@newfounders.us


ONE YEAR LATER THE LIST

FIND YOUR POWER The Women’s March’s Inaugural Women’s Convention—a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections. Detroit, October 27 –29, 2017. womensconvention.com

EXPLAIN HOW YOU FIRST BECAME INVOLVED IN ACTIVISM? I have been an activist and in the fight for social justice since I was a teenager growing up in Kolkata, India. I entered the world of activism fighting for the rights of sex workers and victims of human trafficking and their children, volunteering for a non-profit doing vital work in one of the most notorious red light districts in India. Fighting for the most marginalized and disenfranchished among us is not just an intangible concept for me, but the foundation and framework for everything I do. WHAT WERE THE ORIGINS OF THE WOMEN’S MARCH? The Women’s March is a grassroots, women-led, civil rights movement, that started as a spontaneous groundswell following the 2016 presidential elections. It became the largest coordinated single-day protest in history! We harnessed the power of women and femmes who felt threatened and demonized by the harmful rhetoric of the election cycle, and women and people of color who have been fighting against systemic racism and injustices for decades, to create the foundation of a movement wherein we fight together for our collective liberation. Dozens of organizers, the majority of them women, rose to the task of organizing their states and cities for local sister marches, and to organize people for the national march in Washington, D.C. (which was the epicenter of the coordinated global protests, comprised of over 700 marches). We organized with the help of social media, technology, countless hours of volunteer work, and strategic planning to make history together. CAN YOU POINT TO A MOMENT IN PARTICULAR WHEN THE MOVEMENT CAUGHT FIRE? There were so many! The first would be the sharing of the Facebook event that started it all— it went viral within 24 hours amassing thousands of RSVPs! WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE WOMEN’S MARCH MOVEMENT? ARE THERE PLANS TO HAVE A PRESENCE IN THE LEAD UP TO THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS? The Women’s March has only grown stronger since January 21st, but it may not be in the ways that one might think. Our strength is not

mrinalini chakraborty HEAD OF FIELD OPERATIONS AND STRATEGY, WOMEN’S MARCH NETWORK FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, WOMEN’S MARCH ILLINOIS just in numbers at a singular moment in history, but in our collective growth as a movement that is sustainable and continues to fight for the rights that we deserve! We have strong leaders in dozens of state and local chapters and our work is to focus on training and supporting them to continue to grow this movement. Women are not only overwhelmingly leading the ‘resistance’ to the Trump administration, but there are more women engaged in local politics and progressive causes, than any other time in recent history. We have organized numerous marches, protests, rallies since January, and have led in the fight to save healthcare, protect immigrant rights, oppose the Muslim Ban, oppose the toxic rhetoric of the NRA and the gun lobby, and more. cw N OVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

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THE LIST ONE YEAR LATER

nicole johnson EMERGING CIVIC LEADER WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW DID YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO RUN FOR ALDERMAN? I am a southside of Chicago Englewood native. I knew that my educational experiences were much different than my peers on my block. While in college, I participated in various student groups that worked towards holding the University administration accountable, to enhance the educational experiences of Black students. As I contemplated my course of study, I wanted to choose a field that would advance my understanding of the world around me, and how we can make it more equitable for disenfranchised communities like mine. My Englewood community had been economically depressed for decades, and my question is this: how can we change that? I believe the aldermanic role is one that can be the deciding factor in economic development, to improve the quality of life for residents. That is why I am running. WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE MORE WOMEN RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE? Research shows that female lawmakers introduce more bills. This means, they are building relationships with their constituents, have a real pulse on their needs, and show their commitment, by addressing those needs through legislation. Our communities, both urban and rural, are struggling. There is a dire need for leadership that is responsive, adaptive, and proactive, and women can do the job.

BE INFORMED Alex Niemczewski and Aviva Rosman are two Chicago woman behind Ballot Ready— a website ensuring voters are fully informed before heading to the polls. Simply enter your zip code and learn all about your local candidates. ballotready.org

WHY DO YOU THINK SO MANY WOMEN WAIT TO BE ASKED TO RUN, AS OPPOSED TO MEN, WHO OFTEN MAKE THE DECISION TO RUN ON THEIR OWN? We wait because we want to have the “right” amount of experience, it has to be the “right” time, having the “right” team, etc. Sure, having a good strategy is necessary, but it doesn’t take all day. We want to be “perfect”, but that doesn’t exist for humans. Further, there’s this thing called gender bias, where men are often more affirmed by others than women. And the confidence can take a heavy blow if we internalize that. This is something I’ve dealt with as I engage in my community: men are often taken more seriously than women, even though it’s evident that the woman has more qualifying credentials. But, even still, we must believe in ourselves, and tell ourselves that we are enough, and move forward. ARE THERE ANY FEMALE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE INSPIRED YOU? Absolutely: Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Senator Mattie Hunter. cw

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COOKING PUBLISHER’S WITH NOTE WINE >>TRY THIS AT HOME

BEYOND THE GLASS by Conseulo Martinez-Quattrocchi A glass of wine with a meal is one of life’s pleasures, but what about wine in the kitchen? In sauces, soups, gravies, stews, poached fish, braised meats and even desserts, wine enhances aromas and heightens flavors. Like a spice, wine is an ingredient; a splash brightens sautéed winter vegetables, adds savory depth to a marinade. As with drinking, the combinations of cooking with wine are endless and can be confusing. Here are six basic guidelines to follow:

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Follow the recipe, it will indicate if the wine be dry or not. Sweet wine sweetens a dish, dry wine will boost flavors.

Don’t add wine just before serving, it can overpower other ingredients and taste harsh. Instead slowly simmer in food or sauces over a low temperature. The alcohol gradually evaporates to a reduction with concentrated flavors (acidic or sweet) seasoning the dish.

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Wine requires time to reveal its flavors in food. As you aerate wine before drinking, wait 10 minutes before tasting and eventually adding more wine. Avoid supermarket wines labeled for “cooking”. Poor quality, loaded with additives and sodium, the cooking heat will intensify the elements and possibly ruin a dish.

Bottle or boxed? Either can be used, I was surprised to see Franzia boxed wine in the Chicago restaurant kitchen of a highly esteemed French chef. He explained boxed wine allowed him to use only the needed amount as the interior plastic bag comes into less contact with air, increasing the shelf life. Whatever you choose, recork unused wine and refrigerate, the chilled air decreases the chemical deterioration process.

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A rule home cooks and restaurant chefs abide by—only use wines in cooking that you would drink. If you won’t drink it, then don’t cook with it!

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in her words I FAILED, I LEARNED by Alisha Sommer I ate my feelings on the patio of Bar Siena while we waited for the results of the exam, my husband assuring me that even if I had failed, surely next time it would be easier because now I knew what to expect. I couldn’t really hear his reassurances through my ice cream slurps. All I heard was the voice of the Master Sommelier in its smooth southern drawl trying to pepper in some encouragement as I felt myself melting away in embarrassment. The service portion of the exam was to last for only 16 minutes, but I knew within the first 3 that I was done for. I almost wish I had failed in a more spectacular fashion like some of the others. Perhaps if I had doused the Master in Cava, or had toppled the ice bucket, or had broken stemware at the table, I would have felt better about the whole failure bit. But I failed quietly in all of my non-answers. I somehow managed to keep my head steady enough— and my stomach quiet enough—through the blind tasting and theory portions, only to reach the last and final part and watch myself crumble. Since then, I’ve been thinking about the many ways in which we fail throughout a lifetime. If you’re doing life right there will be a handful of failed relationships; jobs you wanted that turned out not to be a great fit; risks you took to live out a dream that just didn’t pan out. It can be so easy to let the mind translate your failure into a truth that you’re incapable to have or achieve what you want. But it’s how we choose to either rise for the next challenge or rest in unforgiveness toward ourselves that makes all the difference. It sounds so cliché, but clichés are based on some sort universal truth, and I’m choosing to believe the truth that we get a little stronger and a little braver HENRY FORD each time we choose ourselves and our dreams over the fear of failing (again).

Alisha Sommer is a freelance photographer and writer living in the suburbs of Chicago. She guides businesses and brands to their authentic voice, helping them to connect with their audience through engaging storytelling. She also facilitates online and in-person writing workshops and retreats. Learn more at alishasommer.com. Follow her on Instagram too: @alisha_sommer

“FAILURE IS SIMPLY THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN AGAIN, THIS TIME MORE INTELLIGENTLY.”

Mr. Ford and my husband are both right: The next time I take my certified sommelier exam I’m going to crush it. I know I am. I failed, I learned, and I get to try it again, this time with more knowledge about the test—and myself. And if I truly believe in myself as much as I say I do, then I will continue to rise, over and over and over again. cw

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WORK CAREER ADVICE

‘Tis The Season HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR JOB SEARCH DURING THE HOLIDAYS “Jingle Bell Rock” is playing on every station. Your neighborhood is decorated with plastic snowmen and dazzling lights. And talk of vacation, gift giving and celebration is everywhere you turn. For job seekers, the end of the year also screams panic: fewer job postings, slower/rescheduled/canceled interview processes, and depleted hiring budgets. Too many candidates throw in the towel once Thanksgiving hits, assuming that hiring comes to a halt until after the New Year. While it’s traditionally not the best time to land  a new job—don’t let that fool you. The holiday season is actually a natural and ideal time to “up” your job searching efforts! by Lisa Frank

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Invited? Say Yes!

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Holiday time is full of partying and celebrations. Sometimes job seekers shy away from these events, feeling unsure or unsettled about their current situations. I challenge you to do the opposite! Say “YES” to every invitation. There is no better excuse to get out there and connect, reconnect and meet new people in a positive, informal and fun setting! Before you head out, practice a few ways to organically and positively answer the “What’s new?”, “What do you do?” and “What are you looking for?” questions so you don’t feel defensive or put on the spot. But, as it comes up, don’t be afraid to let people know that you are looking, and what you’re looking for. Not only will some offer to help… you never know who you might meet that could lead you to your next opportunity!

During the holiday season, there are oodles of ways to give back to your community. But, how does volunteering help your job search? In 2013, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released its “Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment” report. It found that “Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work, than non-volunteers.” What are you waiting for?

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Make A Date In the spirit of reconnecting and catching up, are there people in your network that you would like to meet for coffee or a drink? Maybe those who haven’t had time in the past? While the holiday season can be super busy, some people actually have a little extra time on their hands—especially if this is a slow time at the office, or if they are trying to use up vacation days before the end of the year. Reach out and see if you can get a date on the calendar. You might find that your contacts are more open to meeting and helping during this time of year.

The Big Family Dinner This is the one you might be dreading the most. But maybe this is a good time to come in with a new approach. Although your family might be dysfunctional (and you are already planning your early exit strategy), they probably love you and want to help you be successful at the same time. Your 99-year-old grandma might not have the best advice on this topic, but what about that cousin you haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving? A nice chat over good food and a little wine might turn into your best gift of the year! cw

FRANKLY SPEAKING This time of year is all about being with friends and family, helping one another, reflecting on the months prior, and sharing plans for the New Year. Just because companies seem to be wrapping up—you don’t have to! Stay ahead of the game. There is plenty of opportunity to keep your search alive and going strong into the coming year. Lisa Frank is the CEO of LBF Recruitment Strategies, an executive search & career coaching firm. As a recruiter, connector and coach she offers a relatable and “Frank” approach to all aspects of life. Through her blog, Frankly Speaking, and podcast, “You Have No Idea!”

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STYLE 1 DRESS, 3 WAYS

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the holiday feast Whether hostess or guest, just add pink and a hint of sparkle for a touch of femininity.

THE HOLIDAY EDITION Don’t you love having that perfect dress that can be worn several different ways? We have found one that is not only versatile, but suits every body type. The Twist Front Dress in black silk by local designer, Azeeza Khan, will carry you straight through the holiday season. A few statement accessories are all you need, no matter the occasion.

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The twist front silk dress fastens with a tie in the front to cinch in the waist, so it fits every shape. Its effortless style is easy to dress up or dress down— for all occasions of the season. $595, AZEEZA.US

JACQUARD TAPESTRY VIVIENNE COAT Feminine embroidery adds a layer of decorative flourish to this ensemble. $1,625, stellamccartney.com ZOSIA LONG PENDANT NECKLACE This long necklace in rose gold combines removable charms. $125, kendrascott.com JENNIFER FISHER FEAR & LOATHING CUFF 14K rose gold-plated brass cuff compliments the look with an edge. $395, therealreal.com COMODO ENVELOPE A soft grain metallic gold leather with blush flap accented by gold hardware. $245, laudividni.com EDINA ANKLE STRAP SANDAL An Italian-crafted sculpted statement heel with a gleaming metallic finish. $750, shop.nordstrom.com

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1 DRESS, 3 WAYS STYLE

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Keep the executive aura with a striking blazer and accessories with enough shine to go from day to night.

Take this feminine silhouette, add elegant, structured accessories for a streamlined look to ring in the new year.

FAITH CONNEXION LEATHER PEAK LAPEL BLAZER Gold and black stretch lambskin in a slim-fitting, striking silhouette. $2,530, barneysnewyork.com SNOWFLAKE DANGLING CLIP EARRING & MATCHING CUFF Crystal, pyrite, and pearl bejewel these delicate, snowflake motifs. $395 and $325 respectively, alexisbittar.com STELLA MCCARTNEY VELVET FALABELLA BOX BAG Rich, warm burgundy with diamond cut ruthenium chain. $ 1,095, stellamccartney.com MANOLO BLAHNIK ‘HANGISI’ JEWELED PUMP These heels have just enough sparkle to fit a holiday party. $985, shop.nordstrom.com

GARETH PUGH DOUBLE-FACED FELT COAT This luxe, yet cozy coat will carry you well into 2018. $2,155, net-a-porter.com CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN 100 PIGALLE SUEDE PUMP A classic black pump, perfect for the season in suede. $675, net-a-porter.com 3.1 PHILLIP LIM ALIX CIRCLE CLUTCH A fresh take on the evening bag in a sharp round silhouette. $395, shopbop.com SMALL MODERN HOOP EARRING IN STERLING SILVER Understated and demure, these hoops quietly add just the right amount of glamour. $50, bluenile.com MAISON MARGIELA CHEVALIERE SPLIT BRACELET Add an simple flash of silver. $885, kavut.com

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INSPIRED STYLE

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PHOTO COURTESY OF FREDMAN DESIGN GROUP

Elevate your holiday gatherings with warm textures and soft lighting by embracing “hygge”—defined as “a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cozy and convivial atmospheres”. By including interesting focal points for discussion, make your home a winter haven that your family and guests wants to linger in—so the evening just keeps getting better. 58

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1 THE BOOK OF HYGGE The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by Louisa Thomsen Brits. $22, amazon.com

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2 STIKWOOD WALL DÉCOR Add these self-adhesive reclaimed weathered wood panels to an accent wall to warm up your space. Comes in four finishes, shown in “Reclaimed Barrel Oak.” $280 for 20 square feet, westelm.com 3 BOURBON POP CANDLE This cognac candle in a sleek reusable container has hints of plum, leather accord, birch tree, and cedar wood. $42, jonathanadler.com 4 KATTLA LAMBSKIN LONGHAIR HIDE Toss this soft, organic tanned lambskin from Iceland on your sofa, bench or floor to add a rustic Scandinavian charm to any room—plus it comes in four color options. $216, danishdesignstore.com 5 NATURAL BIRCH BRANCHES Lean full sized branches against a wall or shorter bundles near the fireplace. Specialty home garden stores will have the best selection such as Gethsemane Gardens in Andersonville or Lurvey’s in Morton Grove. 6 ELARA BRASS TRAYS These brass-coated trays bring warmth and function to your coffee table—use them for candles, flower arrangements or just as a catch-all for a collection of objects. Starting at $24, jaysonhome.com 7 MICHAEL ARAM POMEGRANATE PILLOW Sparkling bead-embroidered pillows amongst the natural textures add luxe and sophistication. $167, bloomingdales.com

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8 GRAY FAUX MARBLE VASES Cluster similar objects for the same effect as our inspiration, like these ceramic vases in a variety of shapes and sizes. Prices vary, smithe.com 6 8

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A DAY WITH LAUREN ASH

As the founder and executive director of Black Girl in Om, Lauren Ash fuses yoga sessions, an online publication and a podcast to encourage women of color to embark on their own wellness journey. BGIO’s mission is to be a one-stop shop delving into all wellness topics from self-care and mental health to mindfulness and nutrition. by Kate Baratta

PHOTO: ERIC MICHAEL WARD

8:00 A.M. It takes a lot of discipline, but I try to start with morning pages when I wake up, which really allows me to start the day off on the right foot. I write three pages of whatever is on my mind—stream of consciousness or a gratitude list or some intentions I have for the day. It really shapes my perspective. Then, I will make a smoothie and start to prioritize my day. Because I’m deemed a wellness influencer, I work a lot with different kinds of brands, such as Nike. I spend time creating content and collaborating remotely with our team of nine—our team members are in Chicago and New York. 12:00 P.M. At lunch, I talk to my best friend on the phone. We talk every single day, which I think speaks to the importance of sisterhood in my life. My work is so rooted in my passion and purpose, it’s also important for me to have a community of people outside of that.

CHECK OUT BGIO’S SELF CARE SUNDAY SESSIONS FOR YOGA, MEDITATION AND CONVERSATION. SEASON 3 OF THEIR PODCAST LAUNCHES IN NOVEMBER. WATCH OUT FOR THEIR FIRST RETREAT EXPERIENCE COMING IN 2018.

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2:00 P.M. My art director Deun Ivory and I have a sister brand together called Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash. We combine mantras and affirmations with illustrations into beautiful cards for women of color. We buckle down to finalize details on a custom project. 6:00 P.M. At the end of my work day, I love going to fitness classes with friends. Today is cardio kickboxing in Pilsen. After, my boyfriend and I make dinner and talk about our projects—he’s a creative too. We’re always giving each other ideas. Kate Baratta is a Chicago writer and blogger. Read the full stories about these movers and shakers at peoplewithpanache.com.

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8:00 P.M. I try to turn off my phone at least a couple hours before bed. As an entrepreneur, things don’t stop at 5pm, but that doesn’t mean I have to respond. I’m trying to be better about creating that boundary. I don’t have cable so we watch a show on Netflix or listen to jazz music by a local artist. cw


BEAUTY LIFE

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WINTER SKINCARE SWITCH-UPS by Tara Gardner

Freezing outside elements combined with indoor heating make the perfect storm for dry, chapped and cracked skin. Turbo-charge your regime with these hard-working, complexion comforters to help you face the season. 2

1 COCONUT MOISTURIZING CREAM, ADVANCED CLINICALS With a hint of hydration and a super dose of antioxidants, this multi-purpose coconut oil-based cream is the perfect skin shield. $15, advancedclinicals.com

2 CICAPAIR TIGER GRASS CREAM, DR. JART+ A mini first-aid kit in a tube, delivering a more targeted, intensive treatment for dryness and reactive skin, this plant and mineral-based wonder balm soothes, protects and restores. $48, sephora.com

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Your ultimate cold weather companion, brimming with natural healing skincare goodies. This cult multi-tasking balm can be used from top to toe. $27.49, target.com

4 PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZING LOTION, DIPTYQUE 4

Pamper and protect your skin from the elements with a little help from this intensive yet super lightweight flower-based lotion from the iconic Parisian beauty house. $72, diptyqueparis.com

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5 SUPREME MOISTURE MASK, NUORI Put the love back into distressed, dehydrated skin with this ultra nourishing, hyaluronic acid enriched treatment, boasting big on moisturizing and restorative properties. $89, available at credobeauty.com

6 RESTORING (ANTI-AGING) FACIAL OIL, TOWN & ANCHOR

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Harnessing the skin-loving properties of key botanicals including rosehip and geranium, handmade by this Chicagobased natural beauty brand, this potent oil is an essential for happy, hydrated skin. $22, townandanchor.shop

7 ANTI-AGING INTENSIVE MOISTURIZER, VENEFFECT A hyper-luxe complexion perfecting cream, it’s 7

packed full of nourishing ingredients to hydrate, refine and help restore skin’s natural glow. $185, Space NK Apothecary in Bloomingdale’s, Michigan Avenue or veneffect.com

8 SMOOTH + PROTECT EYE BALM, REMIX BY GISELLE WASFIE Laden with antioxidant treats including carrot seed, rose and vitamin E, this eye balm from the Chicago-based acupuncturistherbalist, is just the thing for tackling puffiness, dehydration and fine lines. $25, remixbygisellewasfie.com

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PHOTO CREDIT SHANNON MCKEEVER

PAYING IT FORWARD: WHITNEY’S WOMEN NOW IS THE TIME FOR GIVING THANKS AND LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW YEAR. MEET

Wendy Wilkins DIRECTOR, WORLDWIDE CENTRAL OF DRESS FOR SUCCESS WORLDWIDE, WHO IS KEEPING THINGS “MERRY AND BRIGHT” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON FOR WOMEN ACROSS CHICAGOLAND. Interview by Whitney Reynolds TELL US YOUR FAVORITE PART OF DRESS FOR SUCCESS? I have two favorites; my first is seeing the look on our client’s faces when she sees herself in one of our outfits or achieves one of her goals and my second is Dress for Success gives me so many opportunities to meet so many amazing people who want to lean in and help us to achieve our mission.

in women’s employment issues. We offer our suiting program, capacity building, workforce development, employment retention & career development. IS THERE A NEED FOR WINTER CLOTHES? We like to be able to provide our women with what they need for their jobs. The winter weather here in Chicago

WHY WOMEN? Of the 1.3 billion people worldwide living in extreme poverty, 70 percent of them are women and girls. One in three women will be beaten or sexually abused during their lifetime. I’m a woman trying to make a difference in another woman’s life. DRESS FOR SUCCESS IS MORE THAN JUST DRESSING PEOPLE. CAN TELL US ABOUT THE JOB TRAINING? Under the leadership of CEO Joi Gordon, Dress for Success Worldwide now provides a full continuum of services, suiting a woman from the inside out and uniquely positioning our organization as a global leader

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me throughout my career from my very first job and still do today. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEAL? My favorite holiday meal is Thanksgiving dinner. It’s truly a labor of love with my family members; we’re planning the menu, shopping and cooking the night before. I have a large family so we have

A world in which women do not live in poverty, are financially independent, are treated with dignity and respect and are directly impacting their lives and those of their families. —WENDY WILKINS ON HER VISION FOR 2018

can be brutal! So we’re in need of winter coats, boots, scarves, sweaters, gloves and tights. WHERE DO YOU FIND MOTIVATION? The women motivate me and my belief in a higher power. I believe it’s my life purpose to have this career and help other women. Women have helped

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the cooks, we have the people who set up and then the people who clean up. Everyone knows their role and stays in their lane. Everyone looks forward to my Aunt Mary’s sweet potato pies and my sister’s mac and cheese! cw

For more interviews, watch The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS, Mondays at 6:30 PM or visit whitneyreynolds.com.


MAKE HISTORY MAKE HISTORY

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SOCIAL SCENE JOFFREY BALLET GISELLE LUNCHEON October 2, 2017 Loews Chicago Hotel

Jamie-Clare Flaherty and Melissa Trandel of The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet hosted the annual luncheon with a discussion facilitated by Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and company dancers and coreographer from the Giselle performance. FROM TOP LEFT: ASHLEY WHEATER, LOLA DE AVILA, CHRISTINE ROCAS, PATTI EYLAR, AMANDA ASSUCENA; WOMEN’S BOARD MEMBERS ELLIE FORMAN, KATHLEEN KENEHAN; CO-CHAIRS JAMIECLARE FLAHERTY AND MELISSA TRANDEL WITH GREG CAMERON. PHOTO CREDIT STEVE BECKER

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MUSEUM’S RISA K. LAMBERT CHICAGO LUNCHEON September 8, 2017 Sheraton Grand Chicago FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: KATHERINE MALKIN, OF CHICAGO; CHAIRPERSON RABBI STEVEN STARK LOWENSTEIN, KEYNOTE SPEAKER MAZIAR BAHARI, AND CHAIRPERSON JULIE STARK LOWENSTEIN HOLD UP ELECTRIC CANDLES WHILE MAKING A PLEDGE.

CHICAGO WOMAN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 LAUNCH PARTY August 29, 2017 Larkin Hall at Blue Plate Catering FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: CHICAGO WOMAN PUBLISHER + FOUNDER, KENDRA CHAPLIN WITH FEATURED ARTIST GAIL MANCUSO; LOV CARPENTER, BLUE PLATE MIXOLOGIST, PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON CUSTOM CRAFT COCKTAILS. PHOTO CREDIT BARB LEVANT

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GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER CHICAGO AND NORTHWEST INDIANA’S EIGHTH ANNUAL SMART COOKIES AWARDS BREAKFAST September 20, 2017 Union League Club of Chicago FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: ATTENDEES; GIRLS SCOUTS VOLUNTEERED AS HELPERS FOR THE MORNING; NANCY WRIGHT, CEO OF GSGCNWI WITH HONOREES RITA SOLA COOK, MIDWEST REGION EXECUTIVE, GLOBAL COMMERCIAL BANKING, BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH; CHRIS-TIA DONALDSON, CEO, THANK GOD IT’S NATURAL; KATY LYNCH, CO-FOUNDER OF CODEVERSE; AND JENNIFER SHERMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, FEDERAL SIGNAL.

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Chicago Woman magazine November/December 2017  

Bridget Gainer, Cook County Commissioner, takes the cover. Inside the issue features women who are making difference through civic engagemen...