October 2018

 Recap of Events  

October 6:  Lake Front Walk and Breakfast by Mary Beth Velzy

Due to the rainy weather the annual Fall walk on Saturday, October 6th turned into breakfast only at Ann Sather's on Broadway, but six members had a wonderful time learning about each other and eating a delicious breakfast together. We will plan the walk again for next year and are hoping for clear skies! 

Upcoming Events 

October 23: Diversity Inclusion in the Workplace 11:30AM - 1:30PM
The EPWNG Diversity committee invites you to continue to expand your mind and business with our 2nd Diversity Inclusion in the Workplace event held at 1871 Technology and Entrepreneurship Center in Chicago. All of the outstanding panelists have agreed to return to lead breakout sessions in a Lunch and Learn. Invite a guest! REGISTER HERE

October 25: ZipFit Happy Hour 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Despite the name, this is NOT a fitness event-it's a denim event! Who hates shopping for jeans? Not this time! Join in a fun event where all attendees will have an opportunity to be custom fitted for jeans that you'll love and that flatter any body type. ZipFit claims to find perfect fitting jeans for you in 15 minutes. Let's put that to the test while we eat, drink and mingle. If you don't want to try on jeans, come for the company and a presentation on fashion trends. Address is 832 W. Superior Suite 202, Chicago.  This is a FREE event and GUESTS are welcome. REGISTER HERE.

November 8: Bring a Man Luncheon 11:30AM - 1PM
The 8th annual Bring a Man Luncheon will be held at Maggiano's Old Orchard. This is one of our most popular membership events of the year and the men love it! Bring your colleague, a mentor, someone who has influenced you, or a great male networker. Give him the gift of meeting the amazing EPWNG women and offer him the opportunity to share his work with us. If you don't work with any men, bring your husband, dad, brother or friend! This event is for EPWNG members and their male guests only. Save the date and start thinking about who you want to invite to this wonderful event. REGISTER HERE 

December 13: Wine Women and Wellness 6PM - 8PM
A free member only event will be held at SPYRL in Highland Park. For 
Gyrotonic demonstrations, massage, skincare, hair styling, lite bites, beverages and more. Join your EPWNG friends for a fun evening. Space is limited. Invitations will be going out soon.

Platinum Perspective

Kristine Givens, CPA
CEO and Owner, 18|8 Fine Men's Salons of Lombard

She doesn't actually cut hair. Instead, Kristine Givens is an entrepreneur who became a franchisee in a booming industry: men's grooming. Kristine spent over 20 years in accounting, and decided in 2009 that she was going to buy a business.  "My search led me to 18|8 (that's "eighteen eight") Fine Men's Salons, a franchise in southern California. Being a small business owner requires wearing many different hats, so I use all the skills and experience accumulated over my career. I've also had to gain knowledge about the men's hair and grooming industry, which is an ongoing process," she says.

For Kristine, the guest experience at her salon must be exceptional. Not only are her stylists well-trained and experienced, but her employees benefit from a supportive, drama-free environment. Clients have noticed. Once when Kristine answered the phone, a woman asked for an appointment for her father. When Kristine asked if she would prefer a certain stylist, the client said, "No. Several of your stylists have cut my father's hair. We come to you because you treat him with such respect and care. He has Alzheimer's."

Kristine values her EPWNG group for helping her strategize about how to grow her business, as well as providing her with referrals to use in both her business and personal life. She also appreciates her husband's point of view. She says, "He's an engineer so he processes things differently, which broadens my perspective."

Upcoming Events

October 23rd - Diversity Event

October 25th - ZipFit Denim Event

November 8th - Bring a Man

December 13th - Wine Women and Wellness Event

Newsletter Committee:
Kelly Luchtman
Rose Kostan-Schwartz
Diane Widman
Bonnie Shay - Board Liaison



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