Kc mag october 2017

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After a long career in marketing, and serving as a former manager for a church-based education program, Cynthia Wade of Geneva found herself at a crossroad. She was facing a health issue and was unemployed at an age that employers might consider less than optimal. She could have easily decided it was time to retire, but – instead – she reinvented herself, and carved a new career path that led to helping countless other people. Wade is the founder of Do-over.me, a nonprofit career and community center that provides support to those who are unemployed, under employed or looking to make career changes. Since its launch in 2014, the organization has impacted more than 300 people, and it has connected many more via partnerships with other local nonprofits and organizations through which the company has offered free workshops on topics such as resume writing and interviewing skills. Throughout her life, Wade has always been someone to step up to spearhead a committee or take charge of an event. In creating Do-over.me, Wade utilized her skills in marketing, leadership and teaching. She inspires volunteers to share their talents and is encouraging to everyone she meets.

For many, Mary O’Connor is a role model. She demonstrates that both in business and through philanthropic efforts one person can impact many. As an event planner for more than 25 years, O’Connor has helped others to enjoy special occasions and celebrations. Her St. Charlesbased business, Mary O’Connor and Company works with organizations and businesses, from small groups to Fortune 500 firms. She and her team are able to offer creative solutions for meetings and events, and handle logistics and provide support, from the planning stages to hosting the event. As a mid-sized company, O’Connor uses her business to help others by supporting local charities with donations and by offering her time as a volunteer. Each year, her business hosts a holiday celebration for a local group of adults with developmental disabilities. She loves her community and makes a point to support other small businesses, too. Additionally, O’Connor often mentors others, from interns to business associates. She demonstrates a strong work ethic and social responsibility. Her leadership helps her to stand out, whether she is at work, lending her time or serving others.


Whether her clients are searching for their dream home or saying farewell to the community they love, Debora McKay of St. Charles is ready to work hard and find answers to their real estate needs. McKay is recognized as one of the top agents in the Chicago area and is highly regarded with her brokerage firm, Coldwell Banker. She earns honors as a top producer and has been recognized for having sold some of the most expensive homes in St. Charles. She has more than 20 years of experience in residential real estate. Along with the accolades, McKay offers a kindness and easy-to-work with demeanor. As a longtime resident of St. Charles, McKay offers an intimate knowledge of the community. As a professional, she inspires others. Her leadership has allowed her to build a strong team of professional Realtors – The McKay group. At the helm, she instills a high level of integrity and professionalism. McKay is known for her commitment to customer service. She works to guide her team, which happens to include her two daughters and son-in-law. She is a strong role model, and one that demonstrates that success is achievable through hard work and compassion.

While she has faced challenges, Wade tackles each event with determination and perseverance aimed at helping those around her do the same.