Windy City Cosmo Wins Award for Female Entrepreneurship Coverage

I’m very excited to announce that after two years of interviewing Chicago female entrepreneurs, Windy City Cosmo joined the stage with Chicago publications and Chicago entrepreneurs that were recognized by liftUplift for being champions of women’s power.

LiftUplift launched in September 2015, and everyday acts as a catalyst that empowers female makers and entrepreneurs. Corielle Heath Laaspere, Founder of liftUplift, orchestrated this special evening on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Catalyst Ranch in the West Loop.

Chicago female entrepreneurs, from female publications to graphic designers and fashion designers as well as tech startups and venture capitalists, were all recognized with a liftUplift Ally Award.

All of the women awarded were interviewed prior to the black tie event.

During my interview,  I was asked, what inspired you to become a champion of Women Power?

“Women, like men, are amazing and driven individuals. I think it’s important that we have a community where we can specifically address our needs as female bosses and also simply help each other succeed, much like what liftUPlife does,” I answered. You can read the full interview here.

Chicago Female Entrepreneurs Recognized for Championing Women Power:

One of the awardees was Katy Lynch, Co-Founder of Codeverse. She was also recently nominated for two awards at the Moxies –  ‘Best New Startup’ and ‘Best Social Impact Startup’ (which you can vote for here).

Another awardee was Silvana Favaretto of The Tulle Project. Favaretto is a graphic designer (and she graciously designed the program for the award ceremony) who was looking for a project to inspire her creativity and take her art to the next level. She decided to wear tulle skirts for 100 days (see her whole story here) and that’s how the business started.

She wore a black tulle skirt that she made herself. Earlier that day, she was at Chicago’s annual show “One of a Kind.” P.S. you should check out her “Mommy and Me” collection for Mother’s Day.

Photo: The Tulle Project

Make sure to grab a copy of Chicago Woman magazine to read all of the profiles of the women who received Ally Awards.

liftUplift’s Story:

A smiling blonde, Laaspere, draws you in with her contagious charismatic personality, her spark for supporting women and her business acumen to turn her passion into a full-fledged tech startup. I first interviewed her in 2016 and you can read her whole story here. 

“I was born to do this,” are the first words Laaspere tells me.

“I never really worry about failure. I do in the way that everyone does with day to day anxiety. But, so much of liftUplift comes out of myself. I don’t worry that that will be taken away from me.”

In the past few weeks, she’s been to Russia and shares a bit of her journey to meet Danara Buvayeva the founder of IconicDress.ru, a fashion rental platform like Rent the Runway for Russia.

Last October, American Councils for International Education and WorldChicago placed her as an Intern/Fellow with liftUPlift for 3-weeks, as part of an international business leaders exchange program. Danara was inspired by how well women entrepreneurs are organized and supporting one another in Chicago. When we had the opportunity to propose a reciprocal exchange project for Danara and I to carry out in Moscow, we pitched a 2-day conference for connecting and empowering women entrepreneurs in the US and Russia. And THAT’S how the #W4W Conference was born!

This April, while in Moscow for the conference, I got to visit the Iconic аренда вечерних платьев -прокатshowroom and learn a little more about Danara’s business model. 

liftUplift’s Ally Awards sponsors included: Catalyst Ranch, Lime Red Studio, RISE Movement, and The Tulle Project!

Are you a Chicago female entrepreneur? Share your story with Windy City Cosmo by emailing Amanda at windycitycosmo.com.

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