October 2017

Recap of Events 

September 16: Lakeshore Walk organized by Amy Heller & Mary Beth Velzy


Organizer Mary Beth Velzy had this to say about the Lakeshore Walk: "We could not have asked for a more picture perfect morning in September to have the 2nd Annual EPWNG Fall Walk to Breakfast! This year we walked 2+ miles along Chicago's lakefront, starting at the Totem Pole and walking around the Belmont Harbor area among the boats, runners, bikers and walkers.  In addition to great conversation with each other along the path, we met a "professional" photographer who kindly agreed to take a few pictures.  Among the group was Andrea Muchin, Deanne Brown, Bonnie Lee, Nancy Tuzzolini and Mary Beth Velzy.  We earned our cinnamon rolls, walking over to Ann Sather's on Broadway. We all agreed it was a great way to start the day!"

September 26: Cocktails at Burberry, Michigan Avenue, Organized by Mary Beth Velzy

On the evening of September 26th, EPWNG hosted a shopping and cocktail party at the Burberry Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. In addition to providing cocktails, appetizers and a beautiful environment for 50 EPWNG members and guests to gather and network, Burberry graciously offered to donate a portion of the evenings proceeds to a charity of EPWNG's choosing. The EPWNG board unanimously selected the AKR Yellow Umbrella Foundation, which was created in memory of the talented Amy Krouse Rosenthal, EPWNG founding member Beth Kaufmann's sister. The purpose of the foundation is to fund Ovarian cancer research and child literacy, both issues that were extremely important to Amy. Attendee Andrea Muchin noted that hearing from Amy's husband, Jason Rosenthal, both about how important early detection is with Ovarian cancer, as well as allowing members to learn more about Amy Krouse Rosenthal's life and work, was a particularly memorable part of the evening. From the proceeds raised at this event, Burberry donated nearly $800 to the foundation. Photos by Andre LaCour photography.

September 27: Bring a friend lunch hosted by Karen DeRose

On September 27, Karen DeRose of DeRose Financial Planning Group hosted a bring-a-friend lunch at her office. 22 EPWNG members and guests did some high energy networking, and then Randi Blume did an excellent job outlining the benefits of EPWNG to the crowd. After explaining her services, Karen enacted one of the best EPWNG benefits by asking the crowd for recommendations for 2 new positions opening up at her expanding firm.  Several guests mentioned that they would be seeking EPWNG membership and/or setting up one-on-one meetings with members. Mission accomplished!

October 6: 
Roundtable Tea at the Palmer House, hosted by Trisha Daho

On October 6, Trisha Daho hosted and moderated EPWNG's first Roundtable event. The topic was "Sales and Networking Conversations that Get Results." Over delicious High Tea fare in the Palmer House Hilton's gorgeous historic lobby, 7 members shared insights about how to make the most of your networking and how to generate a meaningful stream of revenue from it. The event was focused and lively, especially for a rainy Friday afternoon.  Attendee Catherine Johns said that she enjoyed having a set topic and a moderator that kept the group on track. Trisha noted that the group really responded to the idea that, "It's OK to say 'No! I am done with this meeting. I don't think this is a good fit for our networking circles!' It was a 'close the notebook' moment."

Ed. Note-Due to the success of this inaugural Roundtable, EPWNG will be soliciting topic suggestions for future Roundtables. If you are interested in moderating, or have an idea for a topic, email Kelly Luchtman at [email protected]

Upcoming Events

October 24: The fall happy hour PSOE event "Aspiring to Reach Your Full Potential: Working with an Advisor, Consultant, Coach or Visionary" will be held at Catalyst Ranch in Chicago, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There will be a keynote speaker and 2 concurrent breakout sessions. Access the invitaiton at epwng.com/psoe. This event is open to the public so spread the word. Register HERE

October 25: Bring a Friend Happy Hour Martha Ableson. This is an event for EPWNG members with guests only. Register HERE

November 16:
Our annual Bring a Man event is one of the most popular events of the year. This will be our 7th! It will be held at Maggiano's Old Orchard, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This is for EPWNG members with a male guest only (no women guests). The men love it! Networking is interactive so bring a lot of business cards. Register HERE

December 6:
Bring a Friend luncheon organized by Andrea Muchin. Invitation to come.

December 7:
Laurel Bellows Organized by Debbie Feldman. Invitation to come.

Rescheduling/Date TBD: Cooking with EPWNG Organized by Iris Marreck will be held at Lakeview Kitchen in Chicago 6 p.m. -  9 p.m. There will be a cooking competition and then a walk around and mingle dinner of sushi and the appetizers prepared.

Platinum Perspective 

Lisa Koenigsberg, MSCCC-SLP
The Center for Speech & Language Development

The Center for Speech & Language Development, founded by Lisa Koenigsberg, is a boutique private practice specializing in a variety of diagnoses, disorders and delays in the pediatric population.  The center focuses on feeding and swallowing issues, oral motor strength and coordination skills, as well as language development and disorders. In 2017, Lisa's practice has grown to the degree that she needed to add practitioners.  The center has also rounded out to include a nutritionist and a developmental therapist. Lisa says, "Our nutritionist is amazing at constructing proper balance to adequately nurture the body. It is very important to heal the body internally as we develop skills externally.  The developmental therapist assists in guiding the child, through play based therapy, to gain social skills, play skills and improve attention and confidence." 

The center works with adults, too. Lisa is excited about her growing clientele of non-native or heavily accented English speakers looking to produce a more standard American accent. She says, "We are finding that companies are conducting business with a variety of different countries and languages. Highly qualified individuals are coming to this county yet due to accent barriers they are having difficulty expressing themselves."  The Center offers coaching through a customized program based on the client's business or social language goals. "For these clients the outcome can be life-changing and help them advance their careers or how they feel in social situations."

Upcoming Events

October 24th - PSOE evening event

October 25th - Bring a Friend happy Hour (Martha Abelson)

November 16th - Bring a Man annual event

December 6th - Bring a Friend Lunch (Andrea Muchin)

December 7th - Laurel Bellows speaking event (Debbie Feldman)

Cooking with EPWNG (Iris Marrack) being rescheduled. 


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Bonnie Shay
Kelly Luchtman



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