Food, finance, fashion, smart females to fete. We’ve come a long way baby!

If you don’t already subscribe to Make It Better’s twice weekly “Better Letter,” you should.  It’s really good – easily scanned, up to the minute articles, tips, trends and recommendations that will make your life better – and easy ways for you to help others, too.

Our recent Better Letter from March 4th really proves my point.  Every article, every recommendation, every Sec in the Suburbswriter – just great!  I’m particular proud to see tv & radio stations working our Val Haller, who launched Val’s List in tandem with makeitbetter.net, and our super talented Sex & The Suburbs columnist Marjie Kileen highlighted in it.  And please note that Val included a video of a band singing about “Making You Better” in her appearance too.  Of course, I enjoyed the CNBCSusan B. Noyes on CNBC Closing Bell opportunity too.

But I also need to give big call-outs to EIC Julie Chernoff for her cooking class with the pros article.  Brilliant idea.  Want to do every one of these classes with family or friends!

And aren’t we all proud to see that our own Maura Flaherty not only remind us of International Women’s Day.  She recommends celebrating it by honoring other smart, inspiring females that have smashed glass ceilings at work, like Crate & Barrel’s Carole Segal and the first female chair of the University Of Chicago’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Department, Angela Olinto.

We’ve come a long way baby.  Women and Make It Better Media.

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Dim Sum and Then Some Shopping To Fight Pediatric Diabetes

With Alison McNally and Caroline Degenaars supporting this organization and event, it is sure to be fabulous. Shop to raise money for pediatric diabetes research at University Of Chicago’s Kovler Institute while having dim sum with friends.

Another great collaboration – founded in Chicago, of course

Dena Perry of Lake Forest; Dr. Karen Kim of University of Chicago and the speaker on ACS colon cancer reduction initiative in Illinois; Cathy Elward, VP Tiffany & Co. which sponsored the Leadership Circle launch; Maryann Rasmussen ACS IL – Leadership Circle; Mindy Fauntleroy, CoFounder of Make It Better Media

Once again, an innovative, elegant, collaborative, win/win idea starts in Chicago, and is likely to grow across the country. The American Cancer Society launched its first Women’s Leadership Circle this week.

The Founding Members donate $1000 each, knowing that 100% of the proceeds will support the ACS colon cancer reduction initiative. This group of busy, savvy women will meet occasionally to follow the progress of their pooled donation and further their mission to be ambassadors and stewards of the cause.

100% donation efficacy + no “busy work” + networking with colleagues = WIN/WIN/WIN for all

Particular kudos to Maryann Rasmussen for envisioning and bringing to life this forward-thinking initiative for ACS, and Tiffany for hosting the launch.

$675,000,000!! Raised by Women for Chicago

These awards were given to the Women’s Boards who have raised over $675,000,000 for Chicago’s cultural institutions. $675,000,000!! That’s power. Powerful women, powerful boards.

Kudos to the Chicago History Museum’s Women’s Guild President Joan Werhane for envisioning this and to the entire Guild for brilliant execution – bringing all the boards together for a beautiful celebration, which Make It Better Media proudly sponsored.

Also, congratulations to the following Women’s Boards honorees:

Adler Planetarium
Art Institute of Chicago
Bronzeville Children’s Museum
Chicago History Museum (Costume Council & Guild)
Chicago Horticultural Society
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Zoological Society
DuSable Museum of African American History
Field Museum
Goodman Theatre
Joffrey Ballet
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
Northwestern University
Ravinia Festival
University of Chicago