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“Dream big, connect to Make It Better, and we’ll help.”

– Susan B. Noyes, Mindy Fauntleroy, Julie Chernoff, Kimberly Carroll, Sarah Philippart, Lindsay Roseman, Coco Keevan, Leslie Smith, Anna Carlson et al

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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: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/careers/4551-negotiating-tips-for-work-and-home

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 makeitbetter.net 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!

The Kiss & a Gorgeous Catsby CEO at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Thank you Lincoln Park Zoo Women’s Board for Zoo Ball 2012: The Great Gatsby. It was an amazing night dancing and dining under the stars, with and for the animals, to the music of The Village People. (Think “YMCA” and “Macho, Macho Man”). Make It Better is proud of our growing partnership and this event’s media sponsorship.

And we’re also proud of our stunning CEO & Publisher, Kimberly Carroll, who attended with her brilliant Gatsbyesque professor husband, Rob.

As always, our Director of Community Development, Sandra Miller, deserves a big kiss for her work bringing this partnership to life. And she got it here from her handsome husband, Eric.