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The PWCC Blog provides a platform for our community to interact online so that we may deepen our connection with one another outside of meetings. Promoting PWCC’s mission to create a strong, vibrant network for professional women, the blog also offers individual members a unique opportunity for self-expression. Topics may range from advice on careers, financial matters, and work/life balance to personal observations or even humorous vignettes. Whatever the subject, we hope that all of our members will take advantage of this chance to support, inspire, and enrich the careers and lives of each other. If you’d like to write for the blog, submit your blog to admin@pwcc.org for review. All submissions are reviewed prior to posting. Information is posted regularly by the PWCC blog team, so check back often!

 

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Busy Woman’s Tips: You’re not really my type, but do you have a friend? Borrowed tips from speed dating to up your networking game.

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 7, 2017

Although going to a networking event is very different from speed dating, the expectations are similar; in both cases, you get a limited window to chat up a complete stranger with the hope of making a connection. Follow a few tips below and you will be surprised that people from totally different professions and backgrounds can provide you with different perspectives and sources of advice you may not expect.

 

Use pickup lines Nervous and not naturally chatty? Having a couple of pre-prepared lines can be quite handy. Whether it’s about the weather, a great new place to eat or “Hey, have we met? You look so familiar!”, prepared lines can be the best go-to technique to start a conversation. Be original if you can, and, if you find something that works for you, by all means use it more often.

 

Be clear about your “Ask” At the end of the day, it’s not just about building a network – it’s about building relationships. Having a million connections is awesome. But having someone to email when you have a question or need guidance is key. Think about what you really need help with, personally and professionally, and don’t be afraid to ask.Knowing ahead of time what you’re hoping to accomplish will help you stay focused.

 

Dress Up Dressing well reinforces people’s trust in us. For the purpose of networking, we suggest leaning toward the formal end of business casual. When you’re planning your outfit, pick something professional but also pick something that makes you feel good—a great dress or those new shoes you’ve been wanting to wear will help you exude confidence. Remember to also check out the dress code for the networking event you are attending.

 

Offer to help Find ways to add value to others without expecting anything in return.  When you do something for someone else that helps them in some way, they naturally want to reciprocate. the best question to ask when you meet an influential person is, "How can I help you?" Obviously, you should really be in a position to assist the person. But even if they don't take you up on your offer, they'll probably feel warmer to you for having asked.

 

Talk about something other than work What interesting hobbies do you have outside of work? Maybe you have a side gig selling artwork, or maybe you volunteer. You may be adding to their knowledge base, or it may be something they are also interested in.  

 

Ask a lot of questions People love talking about themselves. Asking lots of questions helps establish a bond and also harvests good conversation. How do you like working for your company? What’s your primary role at your company? What projects are you working on right now? How did you get involved in your field?

 

PWCC provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Additionally, the founders hoped to recruit women who represented a broad range of industries and services.

 

Written by Debbie Story, Corporate Identity, Inc. As a promotional products professional, my goal is to assist companies to optimize their branding through consistent use of their logo on branded promotional products.

 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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Member Spotlight: Anne-Alice (Annie) Homsy – Making the Most of Her PWCC Connections

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 7, 2017

This month we profile PWCC member Annie Homsy who joined in 2017.  Annie is the perfect example of how pursuing your interests and working with mentors can assist you in making connections in both your personal life and career. Annie attended DePaul University from 2005-2008 and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government. She graduated cum laude.  Annie and her sister Elizabeth (who is also a PWCC member) grew up in Chicago as the daughters of two environmental attorneys and they were lucky enough to travel the world.  Annie loves to travel and is fluent in five languages including Arabic, English, Filipino, French and Spanish, and is also in the process of learning two more.

 

To read more about Annie, her path to PWCC, and how it’s helped her personally and professionally, please click here. 

 

In addition to traveling and learning other languages throughout her life, Annie trained to sing opera in the Bel Canto style. She became addicted to the music and toured on stage for almost 10 years.  While she still loves opera, she traded in the financial instability of an artist for a career in finance.  She is still a member of the DePaul Choir, having joined during her undergraduate years.

 

After college, Annie held several financial-related positions as she moved up in her career.  Realizing she would need an advanced degree in order to achieve some of the top financial positions, she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at night with the goal of graduating in December.  One of Annie’s goals for joining PWCC and participating in the PWCC mentoring program was to focus on her job search and network for a new position.  She said her mentoring with PWCC’s Past President Karen Jones from U.S. Trust was invaluable and led her to a new position as Assistant Vice President at Bank of America.  Annie said Karen has also provided guidance on goals so she can be more focused.

 

Annie is also involved with the DePaul Graduate Women in Business Program and is now president.  The networking and social group meets once a month to discuss a wide range of topics.  In line with our "Making Connections" theme this month, Annie actually met Ellyn Caruso, Founder & Principal of Caruso Communications, LLC, at a PWCC meeting and invited her to be on the March panel of women executives to talk about how they have created successful careers in various industries. 

 

 

Annie also enjoys writing.  In fact, when she was in high school she wrote a book based on her Grandfather’s Civil War journal, where he wrote about his Union Army experience and his extensive travels.  Her sister edited the book, which was published, and can be found on Amazon:  “Grandfather’s Civil War Story.”  Annie still loves to write and is working on two other books (a cookbook of family recipes and her father’s experiences during the Vietnam War).

 

Annie is looking forward to receiving her M.B.A. in December so she can celebrate with a trip through Italy and then figure out what her next three goals will be for 2018.  She is also looking to get more involved with PWCC and to continue to help to mentor others. Look for Annie at our next event or connect with her through the Member Directory because you never know where a connection will take you.

 

Written by Sheryl Dineen.

 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

 



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Busy Woman’s Tips: Building Financial Strength by Saving for Yourself First

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 2, 2017
When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others.  Why is this an important rule for ensuring survival?  Because if you run out of oxygen, you can’t help anyone else with their oxygen mask. This is an important metaphor for those of you who run around taking care of everything and everyone else except yourself. Most advisers tell parents to prioritize retirement savings because you and your child can borrow for college, while nobody lends for retirement. 

 

If you're having trouble finding ways to pay yourself first, try taking these steps to get into the habit:

 

1. Figure out how much you can afford. If you take a close look at your expenses, you may find that even small changes in spending habits, such as bringing your lunch to work, making less frequent trips to the salon, or calling the cable company to ask about reducing your bill, can create big savings over time. If you know you can only pay yourself a small amount right now, look for opportunities to increase these payments in the future. 

 

2. Create a savings strategy. Once you’ve found the money you need to pay yourself first, it’s important to find a smart way to save those funds until they’re needed. You can start by moving money into a savings account once a month, before you pay your other bills. Speak to your employer about deferring a set amount from each paycheck into a savings account as well and ask about additional savings plans they may offer. Network with financial advisors at the PWCC luncheons for more great tips!

 

3. Teach your children about money. Children as young as three years old can grasp financial concepts like saving and spending. Create three jars – each labeled “Saving,” “Spending” or “Sharing.” Having them involved in their future savings will help them learn valuable money management skills that will have a major impact on their financial futures. Even if you can afford to fully fund a 529 for your child, it is best to involve them in the process and have them contribute.

 

First focus on yourself, your career, your business. If you’re successful, then you’ll have plenty to give back.

 

Written by Debbie Story, Corporate Identity, Inc. As a promotional products professional, my goal is to assist companies to optimize their branding through consistent use of their logo on branded promotional products.

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

 

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The Imperfect Work-Life Balance

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Imperfect Work-Life Balance

How do we serve clients, ourselves and those that matter most? 

 

At each of life’s stages, we are given choices – deciding how we spend our time, when and where we choose to invest in ourselves, how we build and rely upon our network of family and friends.  Although these choices are never easy, they often come up quickly and force you into a decision that will pivot the trajectory of your life, and yes, lead to more choices!

 

This is not meant to be a “women can have it all piece”; however, I do not believe that every choice comes with a sacrifice in another area. And, I believe you can successfully do both – be devoted and dedicated to your family and contribute to the workplace in impactful and meaningful ways. There is a ton of commentary about “work life balance” or efforts to answer the question “can women have both a career and a family without sacrificing on either end” or defining “how women can make an impact in male dominated industries”.  While I have figured out what works for me, the solution may be different for you. As a woman dedicated to my career, my family and myself – I live by three simple guiding principles.  And, it took me a while to not only get comfortable with these principles, but also to stop worrying about what others thought about my choices:


1. It’s ok to ask for help.

I have to ask others around me for help consistently, whether it’s a friend, my husband or the marketing team at West Monroe. What I have learned is that everyone has their own priorities, stresses and needs, and just because I have kids does not make me unique – everyone needs help! I consistently step up to provide support, advice and help to those around me, and it is ok for me to ask for the same.  I could not do what I do today, at home or at work, without the support of those around me. Try to think about life as a two-way street – as you provide support to others, they will feel compelled do the same for you!


2. Commit to what matters most…and, it is ok if it changes!

I could not be more grateful that I am a part of a company like West Monroe Partners, where it is encouraged to “start the conversation” about what I need at any given point in my career.  The first time I began this conversation was seven years ago when my mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer.  I approached my relatively new employer with a fairly demanding ask: to support me through my mom’s illness, so I could live my life with no regrets and be available to support my parents while at the same time not sacrificing my own career aspirations.  Little did I know that this conversation would be the first of many as I continued to shift priorities throughout my career, bouncing from full-time, to part-time, to full-time again! Everyone should ask themselves what will make their life meaningful at any given time and have the comfort to know that it can and will change.


3. Take time to celebrate your success.

Personally and professionally, most of us run hard and fast, leaving little time to celebrate our successes. It is important to remember to step back, evaluate what you have accomplished and take pride in your achievements.  Without moments of celebration, life becomes monotonous and unfulfilling.

What I have learned is that these choices, my support system at work and at home, and my confidence in my abilities as a marketer, friend, wife, and mother have allowed me to achieve success as I have defined it!

All life-decisions, transitions, and desires for change, come fast and while your choices may be overwhelming, it is important to make the best decision you can today and give yourself the flexibility to change your mind tomorrow.  While those are my three guiding principles – everyone needs to choose their own.  What are the guiding principles that you live by?

 

Written by Casey Foss, Marketing Director at West Monroe Partners.  PWCC is grateful for the support of West Monroe Partners as one of our corporate sponsors and for sharing their insight about relevant women’s issues with our membership.

                                                                                                                 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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The Rule of 3: How to Make Public Speaking a Walk in the Park (Sans Clowns)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 2, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Rule of 3: How to Make Public Speaking a Walk in the Park (Sans Clowns)

You may not like clowns but if you’re like 74% of the people polled in a survey on anxiety, you’d rather walk into a park filled with them than speak publicly.  (http://brandongaille.com/14-fear-public-speaking-statistics/). However…since you’re more likely to be asked to speak publicly – most likely at work -- than you are to walk with clowns, why not learn a simple way to develop a memorable speech quickly?

 

Consider these phrases:

  • Stop, Drop, and Roll

  • Liberté, égalité, fraternité

  • Veni, Vidi, Vici

  • Faster, Higher, Stronger

These recognizable phrases all follow the Rule of 3, a writing tip that’s aneasy way of generating ideas and organizing them intoa talk that your audience will remember.  This Rule works because it’s based on the fact that people find it easy to remember 3 things.

To apply the Rule of 3, divide the idea you want to talk about into 3 pieces, with each piece a subset of the main idea.  Remember this: each sub-idea must be clearly connected both to the main idea and to the other two ideas.

Let’s say you’re going to talk about why you don’t like clowns.  Your main idea might be “I’ve never really trusted clowns.”

Sub-set idea number 1 might be “To trust someone, I need to see her face and a clown’s makeup makes that impossible.”  You might add some details about clown makeup to explain this idea a bit.

Sub-set idea number 2 might be “Another reason I don’t trust clowns is that they dress in ways that are too fantastic.”  This idea continues to develop the idea of clowns not being trustworthy AND uses connecting language -- “another reason” -- that shows that this idea is connected to the one before it.

(The principle of creating connections between ideas is essential to effective public speaking as connections provide the roadmap your audience needs to follow your talk. There are many types of connection words that you can use, such as numeric [first idea, second idea], and emphatic [least to most important].)

Sub-set idea number 3 might be “The final reason I don’t trust clowns is their silence.” Idea 3 is still connected to the main idea and the two other sub-set ideas, with its connection emphasized by other connecting language -- “The final reason.”

Now that you’ve built the internal pieces of your talk, it’s time to think about how to begin it.

Telling an opening story is the best way to immediately connect with your audience and get them to pay attention to what you have to say. An example opening for your clown story might be: “Growing up I used to go to the Ringling Brothers Circus performances in the original Madison Square Garden every year.  Unlike the other kids who loved watching the clowns perform, I was never really enthralled.  And now I realize that my less-than enthusiastic response was because I never really trusted clowns. ”

You could finish your clown talk by recapping your main idea in a slightly new way: “Recently, news stories have connected clown sightings with people feeling scared.  As someone who never found clowns to be funny and who always distrusted them, I feel somewhat vindicated by this negative publicity!”

Regardless of how complicated the subject matter of your talk may be, following the Rule of 3 gives you the building blocks you need to put yourself on the path tobecoming a strong public speaker.

Written by Carol Jambor-Smith, Ph.D., Founder and Principle of Jambor-Smith Communications.Jambor-Smith Communications provides you with the strategy and training you need to execute internal and external communications that empower and motivate staff, build and retain clients, and inspire interest and confidence in your brand.For more information, contact Carol Jambor-Smith at carol@jamborsmithcommunications.com



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PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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Busy Woman’s Tips: Grow Your Relationships with Effective Networking

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Busy Woman’s Tips:  Grow Your Relationships with Effective Networking

 

If you are like me, you often feel invisible in social settings, what is the best way for an introvert with a busy schedule to network?  Even worse, what do you do when you waited too long to follow up, gathering a stack of business cards on your desk? Follow a few basic tips to get your networking back on track.

  • Look for networking opportunities everywhere, whether you’re at a trade show, conference, meetup, or even chatting with someone on your commute. You need to make the most of every opportunity because you never know who you might meet! A smile and a hello is all it takes to get the conversation started.

     

  • Attend PWCC events! Our luncheons are much more than "business card swaps.” They are designed to enable everyone at the table to interact and connect with each other, both on a personal and professional level. You’ll be able to meet potential clients, colleagues, employers, customers, friends, and associates each month. Our format makes networking with new professional peers as easy as lunching with close friends.  After attending just a few events, you will be surprised at how many people begin to recognize you and you them.

  • Your goal is to create awareness of your brand and your existence. Try to follow up in a timely fashion, usually within a few days to a week of the event. It will help keep you top of mind of your potential clients or business partners. Don’t worry though if you have waited too long, it is still OK to invite someone to connect, sending them a note saying, “It’s been a while since we met, I am hoping we can re-connect and say hello at the next meeting.”

  • Cultivate a genuine interest in seeing others succeed…. and help them do it! Introduce people to each other. Anytime you have a chance to introduce people who can benefit from knowing each other do so.  Sending a quick email introduction is a great habit to get into. 

  • Go the extra mile about how your businesses or connection can be mutually beneficial when you do reach out to someone. Take the time to research and understand what his or her company does, if you don’t know already. You can also research your contacts businesses and follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, when you do, the owner may follow you back.

Get your networking back on track, starting now!  Take notes on every business card you collect, look at your stack of cards within a week, and make some connections!

 

Written by Debbie Story, Corporate Identity, Inc. As a promotional products professional, my goal is to assist companies to optimize their branding through consistent use of their logo on branded promotional products.

 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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Member Spotlight:Debbie Pickus; Entrepreneur, Speaker, Coach, Fitness Professional, Martial Artist

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Debbie Pickus is the founder and CEO of the Team Fireball; a boutique consulting firm that delivers fitness-focused corporate team building and empowerment programs. Debbie’s creation of Team Fireball is no accident.  It is the product of equal parts passion, understanding people, experimentation, and discipline.  Her journey in fitness started in the early 90s by practicing Shotokan Karate while raising her three children. She received her black belt in 1999. 

 

From there, she began teaching Karate and expanding her fitness credentials. Along the way, she managed departments in health clubs and fitness centers, but she always envisioned owning her own club with an expanded mission of total mind and body fitness.  Toward that end she opened a franchise-based business, which provided a good transition to business ownership.

 

However, Debbie found the franchise model constraining in light of her aspiration to expand her services to corporate settings and to encompass mental and physical fitness.  She wanted a business that allowed her to blend her speaking ability, understanding of people and teams, problem solving skills, and passion for fitness. In 2015, she let go of the franchise and opened the doors of Team Fireball.

 

To read more about Debbie’s passion and how it fuels Team Fireball, click here.

 

Team Fireball offers fully customizable fitness-based team building sessions and workshops to companies of all sizes.  Her 20+ years in fitness and martial arts have given Debbie a unique perspective on the mind/body connection and how to use it as a power source. Debbie works and speaks with groups about harnessing this power to create confidence, energy, and success. 

 

She always starts her engagements by assessing and deeply understanding the business and their goals and pain points.  She then assembles the right mix of experiential learning to address their objectives.  Programs can range from one-hour to a full-day of experiential training sessions.

 

Debbie shares the business with her life partner, Bill Garcia who has deep experience in corporate project management and employee engagement. 

 

Team Fireball is a company with a social conscience mission to empower Domestic Violence Victims through fitness and personal safety training programs. Debbie plans to expand Team Fireball nationally and to continue to do what she always loved, i.e., to be a power source for growth, health, and success.

 

Written by Elaine Mikesell, Ph.D., Digital Consulting Principal, WSI.

 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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Busy Woman’s Tips: Getting Creative – How to Keep Those Juices Flowing

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 5, 2017

 

Have you noticed the impressive art hanging on the Union League Club walls and wondered what inspired the artist?  Or marveled at fashion designers, such as our featured speaker for January, Maria Pinto, and their ability to create original designs, not just year after year, but season after season?  Or maybe you are wondering how to reinvigorate your work at the office?  Even if you are not the least bit artistic, take a look at these tips to help transform how you think about creativity.

 

  1. Nothing is entirely original - there’s a lot of borrowing going on.  While it is true that some people are born with artistic flair or a seemingly endless supply of ideas, many neuroscientists believe that creativity is more about making connections than about originality.  “Creative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way – seeing things that others cannot see,” says Nancy C. Andreasen, Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. So, the pressure is off.  Don’t be stymied because you feel the need to be original in order to be creative.  Instead, just start building connections … read more, experience more, engage more.  Use this newfound knowledge to increase your ability to connect concepts and grow your creative spirit.

     

  2. Go for a walk.  Not only does exercise help the brain’s ability to think creativity, being outdoors and seeing various colors can also help.  Studies have shown that seeing either green or blue – the same colors as the grass and the sky – can enhance creative performance. Researchers say that the color blue is most associated with openness, peace, and tranquility while green is typically related to growth.  Professor Juliet Zhu, who conducted various color studies, says, “The benign cues make people feel safe about being creative and exploratory.”  Plus, the change of scenery can also help stimulate your mind.

     

  3. Get tired.  Remember that night over the summer when your college roommate came into town?  You stayed up way too late and talked the night away.  The next day, you probably wondered how you two got to talking about a particular subject – and were able to solve that troubling work issue or gain remarkable insight to the motives of your in-laws.  When you are tired, your mind wanders onto tangents and it becomes too difficult for your brain to dismiss distractions.  Unfiltered thoughts start popping up.  When this happens, you have more opportunities to make connections – and think creatively.

     

  4. Take notes.  Jot down some of your mind’s adventures.  Keep it brief so the act of writing doesn’t seem like a chore.  Instead, the purpose is to grab and identify the concepts and then make connections. 

     

    Good luck!  And be sure to tell us how the tips worked for you.  Members can comment on our blog and members and guests can post to our Facebook page.

     

Contributed by Annika Mitchell, Attorney, Mitchell Law Firm, LLC

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

 

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Busy Woman’s Tips: Charitable Giving – How You Can Help This Season

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Busy Woman’s Tips:  Charitable Giving – How You Can Help This Season

 

As the holiday season starts to unfold and you are still recovering from the emails and tweets about the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday (now Cyber Week) deals, it can become easy to get overwhelmed with everything you would like to do for your own family.  One of the ways to enjoy the true meaning of the holiday season is to try to balance your personal life with your charitable volunteer time or donations.  If you have children, including them in some of these activities will help them appreciate how much they receive each year.

 

Select a Letter to Santa – Operation Santa is located at the Chicago Main Post office at 433 W. Harrison Street at Clinton. Just go to the second floor lobby and one of Santa’s helpers will show you the bins of more than 10,000 letters to select from.  Last year the post office was only able to fulfill 6,000 wishes—many for just basic needs, so every bit helps.  The USPA will ship gifts until Saturday, December 17. 

 

Create Care Packages for the Homeless – Do you have a monthly Book Club or other type of club meeting? Use your December date to put together care packages for the homeless in baggies consisting of socks, bandaids, lotion, sunscreen, baby wipes and lip balm.  Food packages can contain beef jerky, applesauce and pudding cups, and soft granola bars. Take to the streets in groups of two to pass them out or drop them off at local shelters, churches or synagogues.

 

Adopt-a-Family, Stuff-a-Stocking – The Heartland Alliance coordinates a program to provide items from a wish list for a family in need in the Adopt-a-Family program, or provide smaller items for stockings for adults and children in residential housing in the Stuff-a-Stocking program.  Visit www.heartlandalliance.org for more information.  You can also visit any local churches or synagogue to see if they have local families you can help.

 

Consider an Office Volunteer Event before your Holiday Party – Contact local retirement homes in your community and ask their events director if your group can come in to carol and meet residents.  Even better if members of your group play instruments such as guitar or piano.

 

In addition, this month PWCC sponsor, Chicago Woman magazine, also profiles eight noteworthy nonprofits that empower women and girls on their website: http://chicago-woman.com/new_noteworthy/8-nonprofits-you-should-know-about-that-empower-women-and-gi/

 

And, last but not least, remember that PWCC and its Community Alliance Committee have selected the Women’s Business Development Center of Chicago as the recipient of our annual Giving-Back Project for December. The Women’s Business Development Center was the first women’s business center in the US and is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.  PWCC will be collecting checks at our December luncheon, so please consider making a donation to our selected charity. 

 

Enjoy the holiday season and go out and make a difference!

 

Contributed by Sheryl Dineen, Marketing & Business Development Specialist, Ice Miller LLP

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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Member Spotlight: Sherri Nelson, The Mom Project, VP - Partnerships

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Member Spotlight: Sherri Nelson, The Mom Project, VP - Partnerships

 

Sherri Nelson has had a life-long devotion to supporting causes that improve the lives of women and families.  Sherri currently leads strategic partnerships with universities, professional affiliations and research institutes for The Mom Project. The Mom Project is a Chicago-based digital talent marketplace that connects professionally accomplished women with flexible work opportunities at great companies. It is changing the way women work and redefining career structures by providing women with real jobs that are in balance with their personal goals.  This evolution will keep more talented, professionally accomplished women in the workforce.

 

A graduate of The Wharton School of Business, Sherri began her career in International Banking at Bankers Trust Company in New York City. After leaving banking to start a family, she became heavily involved with nonprofits and has served as a trustee on several boards of national organizations.

 

Throughout her professional career she has pursued various entrepreneurial and not-for-profit endeavors while raising four sons with her husband, Bruce.  Her family business, Roundtree Capital, is an investment and advisory firm that focuses on “special opportunity” investing, turnaround consulting and interim executive management.  Roundtree Capital also has organized several start-ups over the years.

 

A variety of experiences has enabled Sherri to connect with the business community to understand how corporations are adjusting their human resource strategies to better adapt to changing dynamics within the workforce, particularly as they relate to professional women.

 

Whether through corporate development work, serving on community boards or fundraising for non-profits, she has participated in causes that support and enable women and their families.  “I am excited to be working now with The Mom Project because of its mission to help women find meaningful work on a flexible schedule, enabling them to remain professionally relevant while balancing the demands of parenthood”.

 

Sherri has enjoyed attending PWCC events and appreciates the opportunities it has afforded her.  Recently, she was introduced by a PWCC Board member to a wonderful HR Manager at a large enterprise company, which subsequently became an important client of The Mom Project.  Sherri also had the good fortune to discover The Union League Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago (ULBGC) while attending one of the PWCC luncheons.  She is now a Board member of the ULBGC and is proud of the work the clubs are doing to support over 12,500 children in the Chicago area.  When not working or volunteering Sherri enjoys playing tennis, hiking, going to the theater and art museums, travel and visiting her family in California.

 

Visit the Mom Project and learn more about and how the company is helping women stay connected in the workforce with flexible, rewarding employment.

 

Written by Elaine Mikesell, Ph.D., WSI Digital Marketing Consultant

 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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