Powerful Moms

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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 3; Best Annual MIB Supported Ladies Luncheons Fundraisers

Lynn Sage Cancer Research FoundationMoving along in our listing of MIB‘s Best Annual Fundraisers, we’re moving into our favorite pics for Ladies Luncheons. Help us support these fabulous events with dates listed. All links will take you to the site where you can register for the upcoming luncheons.

LADIES’ LUNCHEONS:

1.  Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Fall Benefit Luncheon (10/14/14)

We covered this wonderful Cancer research organization in MIB a short while back and support their mission. Learn more about this luncheon, as well.

2. Field Museum Women’s Board Women in Science Luncheon (5/2015)

Find out all the information you need to participate right here. This year’s theme; Caribbean Rhythms!Field Museum Women's Board Gala

3. Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award Luncheon (5/2015)

The Women’s Board does an amazing event at this Women in Space Award Luncheon. 

4. Young Women’s Leadership Charter High School of Chicago Girl Power Luncheon (4/2015) Chicago Women In Philanthropy Annual Luncheon (3/2015)

Next Spring, the YWLCS hosts this marvelous luncheon. Get all the details here.

5. The Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Spring Luncheon (5/2015)

The 2014 event was quite something, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel with keynote speaker Cokie Roberts. No doubt the 2015 event will also be amazing.

6. UNICEF Message Of Hope Luncheons (4/17/15)

UNICEF's Message of Hope EventThis year’s event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, bringing together over 370 guests and raised a record breaking $1.19 million for UNICEF’s work through The Eliminate Project!

Please join me in congratulating these fabulous organizations, the work they do and the amazing events they hold to bring all of us together.

Please also take a look at the earlier posts in this series;

“The Cornerstone Of Human Progress”

“Nurturing and caring for children is the cornerstone of human progress. Ensuring a child’s health, education and survival is our responsibility,” declared Martha Metz and Tina Trott at Friday’s Message of Hope Gala for UNICEF, which they Chaired.

Guests gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel for UNICEF’s Message of Hope Gala and After Party on Friday April 12. It is UNICEF’s largest fundraiser in the Midwest where, along with 530 guests, co-chairs Martha Metz and Tina Trott helped to raise over $900,000.  The theme of the evening was the importance of bringing clean water to developing countries where 19,000 children (under the age of 5) die every day from preventable causes. 4000 of those deaths are from water borne diseases.

Wendy Serrino, me, Tina Trott, Kathy Taslitz, Alexandra Nichols at the Four Seasons for UNICEF on April 12, 2013.

UNICEF President Carol Stern explained further, “ZERO children on Earth should die of preventable causes – like bad water, malnutrition, exploitation – or be deprived of education.”

These strong, smart, beautiful women are right. When the world follows where their hearts naturally want to lead, we will very quickly accomplish that zero, and create a better world for all.

On April 12, the same day as the gala, this video explaining the humanitarian crisis for children in Syria was posted.

With 91% of all funds raised spent on UNICEF’s mission, Friday’s event will make thousands and thousands and thousands of children’s lives better.

It made my life better too, just by being there.