Chicago Events Celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018

Ladies! This week is a good week to network and meet other amazing, entrepreneurial women in Chicago for International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, 2018. I went to a beauty event with the Tulle Project today and as we were introducing ourselves, one women shared the four, yes four jobs she has. Another woman, in awe, noted how ambitious Chicago women are. I wholeheartedly believe that. I encourage you to meet these Chicago girl bosses this week at one of the many Chicago events for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018. Look for events and opportunities to connect all month long for women’s history month.

Quick note: International Women’s Day theme is #PressForProgess.

Global Strategist Association Event:

The Global Strategists Association is hosting a luncheon in honor of International Women’s Day to discuss opportunities for women of color.

Details:

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: The DuSable Museum of African American History

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1871 Event:

1871, a Chicago incubator for startups is hosting a day of workshops and speaking events for women. 1871 is such a great resource that female founded companies like this 3D printing jewelry company, this beauty services company that is now offering company perks to GrubHub, and this designer clothes and accessories startup all used to help grow their business.

This event series has several sessions that you can drop into throughout the day. I’m personally looking forward to the Building Your Company’s Brand Panel Discussion.

Details:

Time: 8 am – 9 pm

Location: 1871, Merchandise Mart

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SheSays Chicago Event:

SheSays Chicago, a Chicago chapter of a national organization of women in creative fields, is putting together an event with Leo Burnett on Thursday, March 8, 2018 right after work.

I’ve been attending SheSays Chicago events for years and even spoke at one of the panels about networking. You can read about some of my past coverage of their events like Turning Passion into Profit and Networking Advice from Edelman, PR Agency.

There will be a panel discussion.

MODERATOR:

Jessica Papilla, Data Analyst at Leo Burnett

PANEL:

Monika Black, PhD, CPC | Chief Strategy Officer at DyMynd

Kayte Malik, CEO and Co-founder of Dresscode

Beth Sehgal, Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion for A.T. Kearney

Priya Shah, Founder and Executive Director of The Simple Good

Details:

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Leo Burnett Office

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Ladies Get Paid Event:

Ladies Get Paid, an organization that helps women achieve their professional goals and get equal pay, is hosting an International Women’s Day event at Ace Bounce. This looks like a causal event to get drinks and meet other professional women.

Details:

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Ace Bounce

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WeWork Kenzie Event:

WeWork Kinzie is hosting an International Women’s Day workshop for freelancers and female entrepreneurs. Over 150 people have signed up for this event. In this workshop, speakers will present four topics: (a) finding the courage to lead, (b) the foundations of entrepreneurship, (c) a woman’s story of finding her purpose, and (d) establishing a position of influence in a competitive industry.

Details:

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Location: WeWork Kinzie

RSVP ($20)

She Means Business Event:

She Means Business will be presenting a panel discussion and gender equality and female leadership in the workplace.

The Panelists:

• Naima Prince, Expert Budget and Financial Analyst at GSA

• Lindsey Branding, Controller at Hireology

• Colleen Wilson, Founder & CEO of Collaborate Chicago

• Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder at K+H Connection and Founding Co-Producer at Flourish

• Katharine Hebenstreit, President & COO at Link Capital

Details:

Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

Location: Topstep Trader

RSVP

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce:

If drinks aren’t enough for you, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting a dinner crawl. Get all the savory details below!

Time: 5 pm

Location: Edgewater, over 10 restaurants

RSVP

Conclusion:

I hope to see you at one of the Chicago events for International Women’s Day or you can join the conversation online using the hashtag: #PressForProgress.

How do you build a professional community in Chicago? Tag me on Twitter or Instagram @windycitycosmo.

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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New Coworking Space for Women Opens in River North to Fuel Your Passion

Collaboration over competition is a popular hashtag on Instagram and it’s the mantra for a new women only Coworking space in River North, evolveHer, that wants to fuel your passion.

From the moment you walk into 358 W. Ontario St., 5,000 sq. feet open concept workspace, you can’t help but feel like it was made for you. The founder and CEO, Alicia Driskill, wanted a Coworking space exclusively for women so that they could collaborate and build businesses and succeed in their career goals.

A Coworking Space For Her:

There is so much to love about this Instagramable space. The first is the artist, Laura Leigh Bean, who created a stunning wall filled with paintings of women when you first walk in. It’s something spectacular when you see a diverse wall of stylish and successful women in a business space. I seriously stood in awe for a good 10 minutes.

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Then, in the next room, she created wallpaper with women’s faces that is so chic. Bean has been working with other female empowering spaces like the new, Ezza Nails salon, which is having a hair and nails glam night event on March 7, 2018 that you can sign-up for here.

Beyond the artwork at this women only Coworking space, it’s simply inspiring and inviting. I love the comfortable office chairs, the long and vibrant couch, and extensive bookshelves with empowering books and cute trinkets. It simply feels like a second home.

Coworking Community:

One of the best aspects of this women only Coworking space in River North is the community. When I attended the launch party in January, I recognized so many Chicago female entrepreneurs like Michael Donnelly, who runs the FWD Collective conferences in Chicago and San Francisco for diversity. Then there was Lisa Nation who founded the Lisa App for businesses to offer beauty services to their employees. And then there was Silvana Favaretto, who founded the Tulle Project, making skirts for women to feel feminine and empowered in the workplace. And then Ari Krzyzek, who founded The Creative Women’s Co., a podcast, event series and community for female creatives and entrepreneurs.

Beyond faces I did know, I also got to meet the funny, charming and extremely talented Grace Lee of Love, Sugar, and Grace bakery. She made the most beautiful and delicious cake pops and macaroons but I have to admit I commented on her style at first when I met her. You can follow her witty and beautiful bakery bites on Instagram here.

Branding and Business Events for Women:

I think one of the best aspects of this women only Coworking space is the events because I love events and how they inform us and bring people together to share ideas. EvoveHer has an extensive events calendar including branding workshops and how to use Instagram for business. But they also have fireside chats like the She Did That documentary sneak peek on March 10, 2018.

Lastly, as a social media queen and blogger, I love the hashtag #fuelyourpassion and that they have a wall and glam light for women to take pictures and post on social media. I feel like women connect when taking pictures and commenting on Instagram and this was a nice added touch to the inspiring Coworking space.

Women’s Coworking Space Pop-Up:

EvolveHer is the first permanent space for women only. But I’ve been going to the Ladies Room, which is a weekly Coworking space inside the Coworking office, Coalition Impact, also in River North. That too, is a great area for women to collaborate every week and learn from graphic designers and writers and founders. The mains difference is that it’s only available on Wednesday’s and then a special free dat once a month (which if you follow my Insta Stories has amazing snacks and cocktails as well as good community.)

One of my favorite Chicago PR companies, Exclusive PR also has a space there. Once a month they offer free Coworking and then a mixer immediately following.

I really appreciate the community in Chicago that helps women succeed and having a space that can be girly and empowering and also inviting and propelling. It’s really exciting to see in Chicago.

How to Find The Right Coworking Space For You:

There are so many Coworking spaces in Chicago and the industry is only expanding. I would suggest to sign up for some events, see who you want to connect with or which area in the city that is best for your commute,and then explore. As a blogger who has spent way too much time at Starbucks, a Coworking space is truly valuable to grow your brand, find a mentor, and learn while your building your empire.

You can see a map of 50 Coworking spaces in Chicago that was created by Vertabiz.

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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Chicago Female Entrepreneurs Are On The Rise: A Look Behind The Success Story

While men are more likely than woman to become entrepreneurs, Chicago, in particular, has made great gains for female entrepreneurs. Chicago was recently named the world capital for female-founded startups, with 30 percent of startups started by women.

There’s a lot of advice from successful entrepreneurs, and I wanted to spotlight some advice I learned from one of Chicago’s newest female entrepreneurs Lakesha Rose, who recently launched her own online lifestyle magazine, Rose Phillips Online this year.

Rose is a 15- year veteran to the women-owned business world in Chicago. She discussed with Windy City Cosmo about the differences in being a business woman versus starting something new as an entrepreneur. We also discuss work-life balance, the importance of media, and how we all need that one person to believe in our vision as much as we do.

The Tears and Stress Behind Startups:

We hear so many success stories of how entrepreneurs are successful, but Rose gave me the truth.

“I lost sleep, I got grey hair and because in the early months of creating Rose Phillips Online I knew I wanted to showcase local businesses on a digital and broadcast platform to promote our local community commerce but getting there and presenting a viable product was a different story. Since I couldn’t really explain how this would work in the early days I couldn’t ask investors to be apart of my plan since I didn’t have the entire story so I funded the idea…the good and the bad.”

Rose started her career with the interior design business which she identified as an easier business for women to get into.

When Your Clients Believe in You:

“I was an entrepreneur (before) but not at the level and depth I am now, this process changed me as a human being. My god, if you want something, you have to keep pushing. I hit the brick wall three times.”

Rose Phillips Online is a multimedia online magazine that celebrates local business in digital and broadcast events in Chicago.

One of their most recent interviews was Julian Green VP of Communications and Community Affairs with the Chicago Cubs.

“It just takes that one person to open the door for you and believe in you,” Rose said, “I like how we are progressing.”

Rose mentions that with local TV stations, small businesses have limited visibility because they have to spread out their appearances to about every quarter or more with Rose Phillips Online you can appear as often as you want to be seen and heard.

But she still finds these platforms valuable in promoting her business. Rose has relationships with producers from You and Me This Morning who helped her promote Rose Phillips Online.

Every entrepreneur knows that creating a business is one part, but promoting it is another. Rose Phillips biggest platform is Facebook right now.

The Importance of PR for Startups:

After 13 months of building her platform with the person who helped get this project started her creative director, Rose now has a team of 10 people who help make Rose Phillips work. Rose hired a PR firm Samantha Frontera- Exclusive PR to help her with press coverage.

Building a Network Through Chamber of Commerce:

She also works on growing business relationships on her own. One of the greatest sources she looks to is the local chamber of commerce.

“If you want to get your name out there – go to every event. Everyone is there in that room for the same thing – how can we partner and support. their guard is down,” Rose said.

Finding support through business in invaluable. But so is having a home base of support.

Life is a Triangle: Work, Family, Social Life:

“My husband was my biggest advocate, he would hold my hand when I had a pity party moment and push me off when I needed to get started,” Rose recalls, “If you are an entrepreneur, you are married to your business. In the dynamic with my husband and I he was already successful. He was my biggest supporter – there was no tug and pull – he could stand and support. It’s the best partnership.”

While Rose developed her business and had the support of her husband, she also touched on the fact that when you are building your business there is a lot of sacrifice.

“Literally, I didn’t see my friends for the year,” Rose said.

“Life is like a triangle, you have work, your family and your social life. In order to have a successful career, you can only choose two while on your journey to what you want to achieve professionally, something has to be sacrificed in order to get what you want, so choose carefully.” Rose said.

Launch Party:

Rose Phillips Online will be having an official launch party at Zella Bar & Restaurant 1983 N. Clybourn, Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 6-9pm . For updates and more information, you can visit the website here. 

Are you a female entrepreneur? Windy City Cosmo would love to hear your story. 

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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Nick’s Socks: Chicago Fashion Entrepreneur

Fashion is in the details. And that’s how fashion stylist and now Chicago entrepreneur felt when he started his own line of men’s luxury socks, Nick’s Socks.

Nick’s Socks started in Chicago in November 2015. But, the socks are made with Egyptian Cotton in Italy right behind the Spanish Steps in Rome. The CEO of Nick’s Socks,Nick Bruce chose Egyptian Cotton because “it is a lot thinner and more breathable,” one of the main differentiates Nick’s Socks brings to dress socks. As a bonus, their machine washable.

The CEO of Nick’s Socks,Nick Bruce chose Egyptian Cotton because “it is a lot thinner and more breathable,” one of the main differentiates Nick’s Socks brings to dress socks. As a bonus, their machine washable.

Nick’s Socks has become a luxury icon for men as mentioned in Modern Luxury Men’s Book 10 Year Anniversary, he presented his collection after a fall fashion preview from Nicholas Joseph, a men’s line of  custom clothing (ladies, you can get custom clothes here).

Buce has made his rounds to several fashion shows including one of the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion, Pitti Uomo.

 

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Nick’s Socks are modern luxury socks made from Egyptian Cotton. Photo: Nick’s Socks

I sat down with Bruce, fashion entrepreneur at a Chicago fashion event, Style Chicago’s FashionChicago, at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop, where Nick’s Socks was one of 40 of Chicago’s top apparel, jewelry, and accessory designers.

We talked about breaking into the fashion industry in Chicago, finding high-quality fabric, and  of course being an entrepreneur.

Windy City Cosmo: What is the most challenging part of being an entrepreneur? 

Nick Bruce: Doing everything myself – all of the designs, all of the networking and at the same time I love it.

Windy City Cosmo: What is the one piece of advice you have for starting a clothing company?

Nick Bruce: Meet a lot of people.

Windy City Cosmo: Describe some of the design inspiration behind your socks.

Nick Bruce: I didn’t like how guys stripes have a bunch of stripes I make them gradual (like these).

Windy City Cosmo: How do you market to men? 

Nick Bruce: It’s interesting and unusual—60 percent of people who buy socks are women, and they buy for opposite sex.

Nick’s Socks luxury men’s socks are available online. 

Nick Bruce from Nick’s Socks and Amanda Elliott from Windy City Cosmo at Style Chicago in the West Loop of Chicago. Photo: Windy City Cosmo

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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The Relationship App Every Successful City Girl Needs

It’s not every day that women admit that they need help.

But cocktails with the girls usually turns to talking about men, and we all know the casual questions that lead to excessive Tequila shots later.

Who are you seeing?

What dating app are you on?

I wish this was cliché, but in my first night out this weekend, it was true for both my Saturday night chatter at the J. Parker  with friends and during a Sunday media brunch at Osteria La Madia.

Successful Women with Dating Problems:

We all have a life or are “working on ourselves.”

We are doing yoga, our jobs are better than average and so is our skin at this age. But why is it that we are always mentioning Brad from next door or sharing Bumble profiles and Tinder dating stories over our mimosas?

Well someone decided to do something about these routine conversations—make a relationship app at 1871, Chicago’s tech mecca.

LUV TALK Co-Founder, Gwen Washington, a thirty-something Chicago city girl with a background in counseling, has pulled together a team of fashion stylists, therapists, and (divorce) lawyers, or as she likes to call them “gurus,” to answer love’s toughest questions.

The gurus specialize in various age to help with relationships and life tips. The relationship app will allow a private mini session with the guru to ask anything you want.

Who Do You Go To For Relationship Advice?

So, who do you go to for dating advice?

“People laugh and say, ‘Google,'” says Washington, who found herself helping her friends with relationship advice.

“There’s a lot of ways to meet people, but when you meet them, what do you do?” Washington asks.

Every girl knows this dilemma. I was talking with a new guy once and my friend looked over at my messages.

“You sound too direct.”

“Be flirtatious.”

“Wait a few minutes to respond.”

“Are you wearing that on your date? Let me help you.”

I found myself not knowing I needed help, when I did.

In the dating world, saying what you want when you want to and just being you, doesn’t really work. It’s not playing games, it’s just dating.

“Women need relationship advice more than men, ” said Washington,”I think the most important thing in finding the one is [to] find someone that makes your life better and you can’t imagine being without.”

Developing a Relationship App: The Details:

LUV TALK is Washington’s first app.

And like most Chicago app developers, she found a void and is seeking to fill it.

To do this, Washington put together a diverse app team not only ethically, but also in terms of their relationship status, to help her build the LUV TALK relationship app.

The LUV TALK team will be moving into 1871 this spring to develop the app for a summer launch.

It will originally target single women or those in relationships in Chicago and then move into larger markets.

But, her team isn’t the only place that she is gaining insights and data for the relationship app.

She has also partnered with a friend’s meetup group in Chicago to gain insight from focus groups.

Calling All Single City Ladies:

Currently in the data research stage, Washington’s app idea, LUV TALK, is available in the desktop version for Chicago single women to start asking questions on forums.

If you want to be more involved, Washington is holding a LUV TALK Ladies Event over bottles of wine at Tango Sur (3763 Southport Ave.) in Lakeview on Saturday, March 19, 2016. You can RSVP directly on Facebook or by emailing: recommended-gwen@myluvtalk.com

LUV TALK Relationship App Launch Party:

Washington’s app will be available later this summer on Saturday, June 11, 2016,  at a launch party at the Public Hotel. For ticket information for the LUV TALK app launch party, click here.

 

 

 

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