April 2018

Featured Interview

Elizabeth Ury, EPWNG Social Committee Member
By Kelly Luchtman

On May 16, EPWNG is sponsoring a unique event benefitting the non-profit Dress for Success.  I talked with organizer Elizabeth Ury about the event and why she chose Dress for Success as the beneficiary.

K: Tell me a little bit about the event.

E: It's at the Plunkett Furniture showroom in Wilmette, which we chose because it will be a beautiful, comfortable and fun atmosphere.  I'm going to give a short presentation on Dress for Success, so while we lounge on beautiful furniture, we will have a cocktail party and learn about the organization.

K: What does Dress for Success do?

E: It's an organization for women that are interviewing for first time jobs or are becoming economically empowered. They need appropriate clothes to do that.  Dress For Success needs clothing donations, but also funds for staff to act as personal shoppers, and to help women with interview prep, job search, and writing resumes.

K: Why did you choose Dress For Success?

E: When you go into an interview, the first three seconds are crucial. When you are dressed well you have a different air about you.It's difficult when you are raised in environment where you don't learn business strategies. We [EPWNGers] were raised in those environments. We were pushed to go to college, and that was an option for us. We are fortunate to have resources.

K: Besides coming to the event, how can EPWNG members help Dress For Success?

E: There will be clothing collection at the event, but there are other collection sites in all 4 areas that EPWNG serves. [See below for details]. Members can also donate money to the organization. [See below for details].

K: Why is this an event that EPWNG members won't want to miss?

E: It's Spring Cleaning time! What a better way to purge than to give it to those who need it? Also, we are having an Accessories exchange between members. Everyone should bring 2 accessories-purses, scarves, jewelry, etc. and we will lay it out. It will be fun for people to help others finish an outfit. We have other fun surprises in store too!

Please note that this event is open to EPWNG members with guests! Bring friends and spread the word. Details about the event and how to help Dress For Success are below.


DRESS FOR SUCCESS promotes the economic independence of women by not only offering professional attire, but also providing a network of support and career development tools, helping women to thrive in work and in life.

Clothes Collection Drive:   
Donate your gently used or nearly new business appropriate suites and separates (blazers, shirts, pants, skirts and dresses in sizes 00 - 26; handbags/purses; office appropriate shoes (greatest needs are sizes 00 - 2 and 18+). 

In addition to bringing your clothing donations to the Plunkett Showroom at the event on May 16th, please consider the following alternatives: 

Dress For Success Downtown Office:  70 E. Lake Street (Drop Off Hours:  Mon, Wed, Fri -  10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm, Saturday - April 14 - 10am - 2pm,  Saturday - May 12 - 10am -2pm)

For more convenient locations, please contact the following EPWNG volunteers: North Suburbs/Deerfield (Amy Cohen Heller: 847-204-9221); Northwest Suburbs/Buffalo Grove (Susie Raemer -Rodriguez: 847-867-7307); Western Suburbs/LaGrange (Barb Yong: 312-696-2034);  Chicago (Nancy Franks Straus: 312-696-1368).

Monetary Donationhttps://worldwidecentral.dressforsuccess.org/

$30.00 - provides a woman with her first career counseling session
$50.00 - helps a woman prepare for her job search with a mock interview
$100.00 - gives a woman the experience of her first suiting, complete with a personal shopper
$1000.00 - provides 50 women with a career counseling session, 20 women with mock interviews, 10 women with their first suiting appointment and 1 woman with Lifelong Learning Programs.

Recap of Events 

March 22nd Bring a Friend hosted by Sari Klein

On March 22 EPWNG hosted a Bring a Friend to Lunch at Sari Klein's office, 20 North Clark. Twenty vibrant, energetic women enjoyed a fabulous lunch, met new colleagues and genuinely enjoyed having the time to do what EPWNG does best-make connections and new friends.

Mara Heichman from Membership and Recruiting was joined by Board rep Ellen Feldman to provide an overview of EPWNG for our guests.

March 22nd Arizona EPWNG lunch meeting

The Phoenix group is growing! We have realtors, wellness consultants, an event planner, travel consultants, a nonprofit leader and other entrepreneurs. We are looking to expand (attorneys, CPAs, architects, engineers, mortgage brokers)! If you know of any terrific professionals in Phoenix, please give them the gift of EPWNG by simply emailing Robin Schwartz ([email protected]) with your friend's name, profession and email address. Robin will send the link to those interested in attending. The next meeting is on April 26th at Tommy Bahama's from 11:30am- 1pm. The cost is $30 for the meeting.

March 29th Second City: She the People

This was a perfect girl's night out! 9 EPWNG members attended the current Second City Show "She the People".  First, we met for dinner at Corcoran's, a pub/bar across the street from Second City. The sketch comedy show was hilarious, and made jokes about everything from women in TV commercials, to break-ups, to politics, to turning into your mother, etc. One particularly funny skit was a game show where the contestant didn't know what the acronym ISIS was, but knew the Kardashians! We all left on a high note to start off the holiday weekend. 

Upcoming Events

April 25: Bring a Friend breakfast (hosted by Kristen Givens) will be held at 1818 Fine Men's Salon's in Lombard 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. This is an event for EPWNG members with guests only. REGISTER HERE

May 2: Cinco de Mayo dinner hosted by Barb Yong at Emilio's in Hillside, 6:30 p.m.  REGISTER HERE

May 16: Dress for Success Charity Event (OPEN TO GUESTS) will be held at Plunkett Furniture in Wilmette, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Join us for a fun evening together as we learn about Dress for Success, enjoy drinks, and appetizers and participate in an accessory swap (i.e. scarves, purses, jewelry, etc.) with fellow EPWNG members. Cost is $35. Whether you are able to attend or not please consider monetary and/or clothes donations. REGISTER HERE

Platinum Perspective

Debbie Hopkins, MBA, CFP
Senior Financial Advisor, Kovitz Investment Group

Debbie Hopkins has worked with clients on their investments and financial planning needs for over 30 years. She believes that Kovitz' strength as a firm is that they focus almost exclusively on long term investing, and they calculate the value of a stock or bond a little differently. "Our goal is to purchase the stocks of good businesses we believe to be undervalued, and wait for them to be revalued to our conservative estimate of their 'intrinsic values', not based on what others think the market or economy is going to do," she says. 

Debbie feels that financial planning is most effective when it is implemented as part of a comprehensive strategy. "We believe much of our value is tying together the investments, the tax planning, the retirement planning and the estate planning.  Investments may help in 'how you are going to get there,' but if you haven't done the retirement planning part of it, you've lost sight of 'where you are going', she says. "I pride myself on assuming the role of quarterback for many of my clients by working seamlessly with their accountants, estate planning advisors and insurance advisors."

Most of Debbie's clients are referrals, and EPWNG has been part of that. "I took eight years off in the middle of my career to raise my children.  In the investment advisory field, it is very important to know accountants, attorneys and professionals from a variety of fields who can help your clients.  EPWNG has been instrumental in introducing me to experienced and educated women in a variety of industries," she says.  

Upcoming Events

April 25th - Bring a Friend Event hosted by Kristen Givens

May 2nd - Cinco de Mayo dinner at Emilio's in Hillside

May 16th - Dress For Success Charity Event

Newsletter Committee:
Kelly Luchtman
Rose Kostan-Schwartz
Diane Widman
Bonnie Shay - Board Liaison



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