Literature For All Of Us!

I am especially proud to give the Arts Award to Literature For All Of Us because Eileen Fisher first brought them to our attention and we’re sponsoring their annual Standard Club fundraiser in February.


Eileen Fisher and Girls in the Game Teaming Up

Congratulations to clothing retailer Eileen Fisher for being honored with the 2013 Team Spirit Award by nonprofit Girls in the Game.


This award was bestowed to highlight the generous, meaningful partnership between the two organizations.  Because of Eileen Fisher’s sponsorship, for example, Girls in the Game can host its annual Game Days in Highland Park.

The next Game Day will be held on Tuesday, June 11th from 9am to 12pm at West Ridge Park in Highland Park.  Girls in grades 3rd through 8th are encouraged to sign up and spend a fun day learning soccer and lacrosse.

Girls in the Game’s mission is to promote “sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls.”  The next Game Day will do just that–giving girls the opportunity to become good teammates and talk about healthy relationships!

See the flyer below for more information.




A Great Leader

A great leader attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Myself, Kim Austad, and Vanessa Genger

Kim Austad, center, of Eileen Fisher, is a great leader.

She introduced MIB to Vanessa Genger of Allendale Association, right, at lunch yesterday. And we look forward to helping Allendale spread the word about their work with children and to celebrating 50 years of its’ Women’s Auxilliary.

Kim also brought us treats from Highland Pop. (The caramel cheese popcorn is dangerously good!)

Kim praised the culture and values of her employer.

In other words, Kim helped or celebrated others with her every effort. She is a great leader and Make It Better is very proud of our partnership with Kim and Eileen Fisher.

And, by the way, I’m proud of all the compliments I received on the Eileen Fisher vest with a little sparkle I’m wearing too.

Working Success

Look what Re:Working your career can grow!

Keynote speaker Dr. Victoria Husted Medvec at Re:Work III at the Chicago Botanic Garden today, teaching our fabulous audience how to negotiate better for themselves. Wow! It’s a message every woman needs to hear. You can read a synopsis here:

More years ago than I care to admit, I knew that I needed a “What’s Next” plan for my life, and thought, “Hmm…I have the opportunity to practice what I’ve been preaching to my kids. Find what I love and the rest will follow.” The problem – I didn’t know what I loved – besides my family.

It took a lot of introspection, mentoring and resources to discover my calling to be a publisher in the digital age. (It’s ok to call me a slow learner.) But I love to write, make connections, help others and organize many moving pieces – so it seemed a logical, though daunting, career move.

Fortunately, I talked some very smart & savvy women into joining me on this journey, including Mindy Fauntleroy & Kimberly Carroll:

Mindy & Kimberly awarding prizes today at Re:Work III.

They helped launch and our print magazine. Soon thereafter we found our way to a great relationship with the Wintrust community banks.

Two years ago, the very smart ladies at the helm of North Shore Community Bank (part of the Wintrust network) recommended that we help more women reinvent or relaunch their careers. Thus the Re:Work Conference was born.

Today was the third Re:Work conference. We’re very proud of how Make It Better connected excellent sponsors and a sophisticated audience around powerful ideas. Thanks to sponsors and presenters:

Eileen Fisher
National Louis University
Coldwell Banker
Stella & Dot
Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute
Catherine Johns
Nicole Heinrich, Founder of Career Alignment Coaching Program
Entrepreneurs – Susan Neustrom (Leading to Action) Jule Roberts Blunt (Fresh Ideas clothing store), Carol Neiger (NeigerDesignInc), and Meg Schmitz (FranChoice).
Leanne Berry (Mom Corps Chicago)
Beth Facette-Dent (Dept 11)
Mary Beth Barrett-Newman (2nd Career Consulting)
Nancy Mackevich Glazer (Legal Launch LLC)

Thanks also to our amazing Make It Better media staff – particularly Michelle Weiss and Suzy Hilbrant – for organizing such an inspiring day.

Most importantly, thanks to the 160+ women who came, learned, shared and left inspired. Your participation helps us to grow our network & Re:Work our success. Please send us your follow-up success stories and recommendations. And thanks for helping me grow my dream!

Thank You Eileen Fisher, Kim Austad & Amy Evanko

Thank you Eileen Fisher and your amazing Highland Park Store staff

Kim Austad – Store Leader

Amy Evanko – Assistant Store Leader

MIB Editor In Chief Laura Hine, Publisher Kimberly Carroll, CFO Sandy Tsuchida, Ad Sales Director Michelle Weiss celebrating the fruits of their shopping spree at Eileen Fisher in Highland Park last night. Thank you Kim & Amy! Your values are our values and our partnership rocks!