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UCWBG Members Discuss the Role of Confidence in Their Lives


 
  On 8/7/2014, women from the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group came together to discuss a new book, The Confidence Code, written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. The book discusses the neuroscience of the human mind, how women are wired differently and how to use those differences to our advantage. Group members shared stories about work, home life and situations they may have handled differently had they read some of this research. Read more about this discussion.

 

Catriona Duncan, First Recipient of UCWBG Student Prize

    Meet Catriona Duncan, first recipient UCWBG's annual student prize. Catriona a second year student at Booth concentrating in Finance and Economics. “I’m flattered to receive this award,” she said. “It will help me finance my studies at Booth.” Read more about Catriona.

 

Sonja Brisard was named BookingExpress Franchisee of the Year for 2013

 

Congratulations! Sonja Brisard, owner of BookingKeeping Express - Southwest Chicago was named Franchisee of the Year for 2013. This prestigious award was announced on February 4, 2014 to all the BookKeeping Express franchisees as well as the Corporate Team. Sonja was recognized in the Transition category of the award. She has transformed her business model since opening her office in April 2012. Sonja takes full advantage of the various tools and systems provided by the franchisor. As a result, her business has grown tremendously over the last year. Sonja is currently the UCWBG VP of Finance, .

 

As a Leader, Know Your Tools

  Elene Cafasso, executive coach, President of Enerpace, Inc., and member of the UCWBG board, was a speaker at the Third Annual Booth Women Connect Conference last fall. Elene led the session, "Introduction to Coaching Skills for Female Leaders." Here's a quote from her presentation, "Strong leaders build a toolbox full of management techniques and have the ability to flex among them. Learn how to read a situation and react with the appropriate tool."

 

How to be Convincing: Robin Simon Gives Advice on Presenting Data

Robin Simon '89, UCWBG member, recommends keeping charts simple. "Sometimes you just have to stifle your inner Picasso - like when creating charts to clearly convey your key points about data." Here is her post on her blog, CPS Data Insights, "How to Be Convincing: Three Rules for Creating Persuasive Charts".

 

Teresa Seipel, In Memoriam

   

We were saddened to learn that UCWBG member Teresa Seipel, '82, passed away on April 27, 2013 at her home in Palatine, IL. Teresa was a valued member and had served as UCWBG President in 2005. Teresa spearheaded the first, and highly successful, UCWBG Women's Summit in 2005. Click here for her obituary.

 

Jennifer Dominiquini Interviewed by Incite Marketing & Communications

   

Jennifer Dominiquini '05, Chief Marketing Officer for Sears/KMart and UCWBG VP of Strategic Partnering from 2007-08, has been interviewed by Incite Marketing & Communications online magazine on "Measurement, Personal User Experience and More." Read the interview.

 

Franchee Harmon, In Memoriam

 

We were saddened to learn that UCWBG member Franchee Harmon '93 passed away on May 8, 2013. Franchee was a valued member and had served on the UCWBG board. She was the founder and managing director of Leaps of Thought LLC, a management consulting firm that helped businesses create strategies that use employee's talents to improve corporate performance and drive business innovation.

 

She Fights for the Financial Future of Chicago Teachers

 

Kudos to Carmen Heredia-López, former member of the UCWBG board of directors. An article in Hispanic Executive highlights Carmen in her position as the Director of Investments for the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund. Read the article.

 

Sonja Brisard Explains How Small Businesses Can Prepare for 2013

 

View the video in which Sonja Brisard, President of Bookkeeping Express and UCWBG VP of Finance, provides tips that small businesses can use to prepare for 2013.

 

Get on the C-Suite's Radar

  Elene Cafasso, executive coach, President of Enerpace, Inc., and member of the UCWBG board, has been quoted in the July, 2012 issue of Money Magazine on catching the attention of upper management. Read the article.

 

Congratulations to Agnes Roach, '80!

UCWBG members extend their congratulations, and thanks, to Agnes Roach, MBA '80, for receiving the 2012 Alumni Service Award from The University of Chicago.  Recognized among fellow volunteers as a visionary, Agnes cofounded both The University of Chicago Women's Business Group (UCWBG), in 1980, and The University of Chicago, Chicago Women's Alliance (CWA), in 2006.  UCWBG was the first alumni club established for Chicago Booth and laid the groundwork for reconnecting an underserved sector of the alumni population with the University.  CWA is an affinity group whose mission is to provide a forum for alumna to network and acquire new knowledge.

A CFP with more than twenty-five years of experience in her own financial planning usiness, Agnes is also a founding member of the Gurnee Women's Business Association (1994) and the Financial Planning Association of Illinois (2000). She has served in various capacities on several other association boards.

The award ceremony was held in Rockefeller Chapel on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

 

UCWBG Endows Student Prize at Chicago Booth

 

In support of Chicago Booth's efforts to honor exceptional students, UCWBG has endowed the UCWBG Student Prize Fund with $50,000. This Prize will be awarded annually to an MBA student. The Fund anticipates a prize of $2500 annually. Read the Chicago Booth press release announcing the prize.

 

 

Survey: Married folks more retirement-ready

Our very own Leisa Aiken was quoted in this Chicago Tribune article from October 7, 2011  Congratulations Leisa!

 

Author! Author!

The ever energetic Elene Cafasso, President of Enerpace and UCWBG VP Programs, has contributed a chapter to the e-book, "Living the Life of My Dreams."

 

The New Path to the C-Suite

The March 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review presents a new road map to attain those coveted C-suite positions. Food for thought.

 

Gen Y - Paving the Highway to the Future: The Expert Panel - held Wednesday, January 19, on WBEZ

Generation Y professionals, in their 20's, are the fastest growing segment of today's workforce.  Women of the World are sponsored a panel discussion on this demographic group.  Elene Cafasso, our own VP Programs, is one of the panelists!  Listen to the recording from WBEZ and learn about the huge social and economic impact and share valuable information on developing relationships and social responsibility.

 

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Here's an interesting video on women rising to the C-suite. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. View the video from the TED website.

 

Congratulation to Maggie Coleman!

Maggie Coleman, UCWBG VP Membership in 2009 and 2010, was married on November 13, 2010 in Rockefeller Chapel.
 

 

Managing Relationships in the Performance Improvement Process

Jane Ranshaw, President of UCWBG, has contributed a chapter to the Performance Improvement Handbook for ISPI.  Read the chapter.


The High Achiever's Guide to Being a Decent Parent

       UCWBG member and President of Chicago High Achievers, Jinnie English has published a new book. “The High Achievers Guide to Being a Decent Parent” is written for parents who want to raise healthy, independent, and self-motivated children who have common sense.  Here's the description from the book jacket: "Jinnie has taken the mystery out of parenting by distilling the lessons of being an effective parent down to the basics: Don’t aim too high. By addressing the unreasonableness of trying to be a “perfect” parent, she speaks to how the most successful parents just try to be decent parents. Being realistic in their own expectations allows their children to have realistic expectations of themselves. In the end, chances are, you and your children will exceed your goals. So, don’t overthink everything. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from your children – life is more fun that way!"

 

How to Take a Short Break From Working

Elene Cafasso '87 sends along some suggestions for how to take a 5 minute break in your day.


New Product Development and Forecasting Challenges

Robin Simon '89 discusses the challenges of developing new products to increase sales and profits in the Winter 2009-2010 issue of The Journal of Business Forecasting.  Read the article.


It's Cool to be Bald

Here's the video of a self-assured 6 year old, Maria, daughter of Elene Cafasso, UCWBG VP Professional Developmemnt, discussing a health issue important to her.

 

The ABC's of Point-of-Sales Data

UCWBG member Robin Simon provides insight into the sources of point-of-sales data in The Journal of Business Forecasting.  Read the article.

 

UCWBG Members Share Experiences with Booth Students

When students at Booth launched the "Mothers at Booth" group, UCWBG members Jennifer Dominiquini and Dina Ross were among those sharing their experiences on working and motherhood. Read more.

 

Networking Tips

Elene Cafasso, MBA '87, UCWBG member and President of Enerpace, an executive and personal coaching firm, was interviewed by NBC News on networking.  As Elene reports, "Networking is about forming authentic, mutually beneficial, long-term relationships.  Nobody is born knowing how to network."  Click here to download "The Top 5 Secrets of Great Networkers," networking tips of master connectors, from the Enerpace website.  Click here to view the NBC News interview.  Way to go, Elene!

 

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Printable Membership Directory is Available for UCWBG Members

A list of UCWBG members is now available in PDF format that members can download.  Two versions have been created:  by name and by city.  The listings will be updated every quarter.  Logon, then click on the Documents menu option to the left.

 

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