January 2018

Recap of Events 

December 6: Bring a Friend hosted by Andrea Muchin

On December 6th, EPWNG board member Andrea Muchin hosted a Bring a Friend lunch at her office, Schiller Ducanto and Fleck in downtown Chicago. 9 EPWNG members and 10 guests enjoyed a festive taco bar from Flaco's Tacos as members reflected on what EPWNG means to them personally and professionally. The energy in the room was outstanding. Thanks to Membership Recruiting Committee chairs Ellen Feldman for reviewing EPWNG's history and Randi Blume for providing info to guests on how to join our group. 

December 7:  Laurel Bellows Speaker Event

On December 7, 2017 EPWNG hosted a joint speaker event with the Women's Bar Association. We invited the dynamic Laurel Bellows of The Bellows Law Group to speak to us on How to Have Successful Negotiations. It was fantastic! Over 60 people attended from both EPWNG and the Women's Bar Association. Through Ms. Bellows' eye opening talk on the Art of Negotiation, a few pointers continue to resonate: Prepare, prepare, prepare; learn to be an excellent listener, and "remember that not every negotiation ends in agreement".

The evening was catered by After School Matters. The food was delicious and everyone was interested in learning more about After School Matters and perhaps using them to cater future events.

Special thanks go to the staff at 200 N. LaSalle Street for their assistance to help make the evening a success, After School Matters for outstanding food, and Andrea Muchin for all of her assistance and guidance.

Editor's note: Ms. Bellows explained why women don't like to negotiate.  "We think it's dumb and a waste of time. Why not just ask 'What do you need and what's your budget?' and we'll make it work! But ladies, you have to play the game." Having felt understood, I now resign myself to negotiating. Sigh.

Upcoming Events

January 25: Bring a Friend Happy Hour Debbie Pickus. This is an event for EPWNG members with guests only. Register HERE

February 6:
"The Humans" Theatre outing - SOLD OUT

Upcoming Events

January 25th - Bring a Friend to Team Fireball (Debbie Pickus)

February 6th - The Humans at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (Debbie Feldman)


Kudos go to the following EPWNGers this month:

Kathy Garlow for being named one of Crain's Most Influential Women Accountants in Chicago

Ilene Berns-Zare for becoming certified as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and a Certified Mentor Coach by the MentorCoach, LLC.

Congratulations, ladies!

Please send your awards and recognition notices to robin@epwng.com

Newsletter Committee:
Bonnie Shay
Kelly Luchtman



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