June 2016

Issue IV




July 14th 11:30 - 1:30pm

Ravinia Festival

Please note this event is indoors


Purchase Tickets HERE



 Dear EPWNG members:

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Executive Director.   This is my last newsletter at this time, as Executive Director, as I have decided to explore some of my personal passions outside of EPWNG.  EPWNG is made up of an incredible group of women whose goals to support one another personally and professionally are extraordinary, and I am honored to have been a part of it.   I admire all of your dedication and believe that EPWNG would not be what it is today without your participation and devotion.  

I am excited for EPWNG's future and hope to stay in touch with all of you.  
My contact information is below.

Thank you for your contributions and support.

With Sincere Gratitude -
[email protected]

   Making 'CENTS' out of EPWNG

NETWORKING WITH A PASSION! Network with Passion:  Bring your passion  to  your network and look for it in return.  Networking with intent is one of  the keys to successful networking outcomes.   Add your passions to it - What do you love? Where do you want to help? What drives you? - and you will find results that not only expand your network but bring you a greater sense of pride and accomplishment.

Special Welcome to our New Members!  The first tip to help you start your networking journey:  Find commonality.   People like to be around those that share a common trait or same friend or similar history.  Explore getting to know what you have in common with those you are first meeting and quickly you will find a connection! 


Today's Platinum Highlight:


Erin R. Cohn

Executive Vice President/Director of Treasury Management

First Bank of Highland Park

Tell us about First Bank of Highland Park.  What is the focus of your practice?  My focus is on Treasury Management and Personal Banking. As a privately owned Bank, our business with you is personal. We focus on building long term relationships with clients who are making decisions that work for the current fiscal year and the next generation. Our mission is to provide our clients with exceptional service coupled with competitive products without bureaucracy.

How did you become an expert in the field of Commercial Banking?I hold two business degrees, a BS in Business and an MBA, and a certification and former license: CTP (Certified Treasury Professional) and Series 7.

What are some types of projects you undertake/types of clients you love to work with?  I enjoy working with individuals, entrepreneurs, commercial clients, and large corporations. Team building projects are a favorite of mine.

What are some of the benefits of working with you and First Bank of Highland Park?  A superior client experience coupled with top-tier rates and banking solutions.

What trends do you see for 2016 or 2017 in your industry? Financial institution consolidation. Reduction of check payments with a move toward electronic banking.

In what ways has EPWNG been a support to your business growth? End-to-end, EPWNG has enhanced my personal and professional life.

From where do you draw professional inspiration? I draw inspiration from exceeding the expectations of my clients.

What activities do you pursue to keep your creativity/business sharp? I attend annual and local conferences, network through EPWNG, and stay current with trade publications for financial professionals.

 What suggestions do you have for anyone reading this who wants to learn more about your field?  If you have a passion for efficiency and technology this is a great field for you.












Social Gatherings & Events: 


We often hear from members that they would like additional ways to connect outside of the meetings.  Our Social Gatherings and Special Events are created with this in mind!  Come join us!


Concert in the Park - Millenium Park Concert: June 20th, 6:30pm.  Join EPWNG members for a pot-luck picnic dinner and enjoy the concert in the park.  RSVP

EPWNG BRIGHT PINK Luncheon:  July 14th at Ravinia Festival, Highland Park.  11:30am - 1:30pm.   Please feel free to bring guests and purchase multiple tickets.  We have a limited number of seats for this event and look forward to your participation! RSVP



Dinner at E&O:  Join us for dinner at E&O Food and Drink restaurant  in Mount Prospect, IL on July  28th at 6pm.  Invitation to follow.   

War Paint at Goodman Theater:  August 3rd 7:30pm.  World premier musical about two business titans, Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, and their rivalries.  Dinner prior to theater optional. (CURRENTLY SOLD OUT)


MECENAT BISTRO: All had a wonderful time at the May 19th Western Springs dinner. 

PSOE #Unstress for Success:  Thank you to the entire PSOE Comittee and Speakers for a wonderful luncheon filled with tips and tools for managing stress.  We would love to hear from you to plan for future PSOE events.

Regular Networking Meeting News:

Can't make your meeting?  Did you know that if you cannot attend the meeting you are invited to you may be able to attend another?  Please make sure to view the calendar at www.epwng.com to see other meetings in your branch! 

Invitations:  Please make sure to let us know if you are NOT receiving your invitations to your regular meetings!  You should be getting an invite the month before your next meeting.   Email [email protected] if you have missed a meeting due to not receiving an invitation.  

Potential Member:  Have you given your gift of membership?  Please make sure they go to the website to register for a meeting.  Its simple!  They just have to click 'attend a meeting' and follow the simple steps.   Plus - make sure to use your potential member cards!  If you need more please let us know!


Member Update and Announcments:

Adria East Mossing:   We congratulate Adria East Mossing on becoming the incoming 2016-2017 President  of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.  We are honored to have Adria as a member of EPWNG and and thrilled for her new position. 

Erin Rutman and Stephanie Hofman:  Erin and Stephanie, both residential Realtors with Coldwell Banker, are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to offer all EPWNG members and their family, friends and clients their combined real estate expertise.  We are thrilled that EPWNG brought us together as colleagues, friends and business partners!

Francine Brodsky, Freedom Home Care:  Francine's daughter, Sydney Brodsky, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Sydney, age 15, is going through treatments at the University of Chicago Hospital, where Francine will be spending a lot of her time. Sydney's friends have set up a Facebook page SYDSTRONG where you can find updates and show your support.   In the meantime, Francine would like you to know that if you need any assistance from Freedom Home Care, please contact the office directly.

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