Powerful Moms


From left to right: Susan Sholl (UNICEF’s Chicago Humanitarian Awards co-chair 2015); Sue Duncan; Wendy Serrino (U.S. Fund for UNICEF Midwest Board Chair); Susan Schmitt (UNICEF’s Chicago Humanitarian Awards co-chair 2015) “Mom’s philosophy was, ‘You are on this earth to make the world a better place…She built confidence that you could do anything, you could be excellent and she could help you get there.  She was, and is today, very powerful.”

Mom’s philosophy was, ‘You are on this earth to make the world a better place…She built confidence that you could do anything, you could be excellent and she could help you get there.  She was, and is today, very powerful.”  —Sarah Duncan, Honey Skinner and Keith Goldstein on Sue Duncan, Founder of the Sue Duncan Children’s Center.  

Honey Jacobs Skinner, Keith Kiley Goldstein and Sarah Duncan know about good moms and power.

As the 11th of 13 children, Honey could have gotten lost in the pack.  Instead, she graduated from Harvard and became a partner at Sidley Austin with a powerful lobbying practice even while she was raising 2 great sons and is supporting her husband’s high profile career (Sam Skinner was Chief of Staff for George H. W. Bush, among other powerful jobs). Illinois state legislators consider Honey an angel for children because of her thoughtful work on behalf of Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Keith Kiley Goldstein earned a Wharton MBA and worked in commercial banking and real estate before deciding to exercise more power on behalf of children through organizations like the Ounce of Prevention, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Civic Consulting Alliance while raising her two children and supporting her own powerful husband (Rodney Goldstein is a Managing Partner of Frontenac Fund).

Unicef Humanitarian Gala honoring Sue DuncanBecause they are inspiring women and moms in their own right, it really caught my attention when Honey & Keith wrote about Sue Duncan, because she so inspires them.

Sue raised 3 kids – including Sarah and current US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – with them working at her side in an after school tutoring center that she founded in one of Chicago’s worst neighborhoods.

Sue’s compassion, determination and dedication transformed the lives of thousands of children who most needed help.  And she raised amazing kids in the process.  Please learn more about Sue’s work and watch the inspiring documentary shown at the UNICEF event where Sue was honored.UNICEF humanitarian Gals

A great mom like Sue Duncan is a powerful person indeed. Thanks for reminding us all of that, Honey & Keith.

Part 7; MIB Top Fundraisers in Art, Antiques and Home Decor

With just two categories to go, this Part 7 post highlights MIB Supported fundraisers in that host art, antique and home decor galas. Don’t miss these- support the arts and attend!


1. Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show Opening Night Party (4/30-5/4/15) We are a proud sponsor of this event and it’s one to be remembered.

2. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Art in Motion (2/2015) We’re moving onto the 13th Annual Art in Motion fundraiser support the cause of Art Therapy. James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, selects exhibition participants and awards the most outstanding works submitted by hundreds of artists from around the country. Watch a clip on WTTW of this years event.

3. The Chicago Lighthouse Associate Board’s House and Garden Walk (6/2015)  The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the country’s most comprehensive social service agencies serving people who are blind or visually impaired. What a way to support them with this lovely spring garden walk.

4. Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Showhouse & Gardens Event (Spring 2015) Held by the Lake Forest Chapter, this is an amazing way to welcome the warmer weather and see amazing homes and gardens on the North Shore.

5. Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Designer Kitchens of the North Shore (5/2015) What a great cause to support and an amazing view of spectacular kitchens in homes across the North Shore with this Designer Kitchen event.

CooksTour26. The Winnetka Auxiliary of the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Cooks’ Tour (9/2015) We at Make It Better covered this event a few years back and it was a huge success. Read more about it.

7. The Auxiliary Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem American Craft Exposition (8/2015)

Please also take a look at the other MIB supported Galas in the past several blog posts;



If you missed my other Blog posts highlighting more MIB supported fundraisers by category, please click on links below.

Part 6; Top MIB Supported Fundraiser Galas

Part 5; Top MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas