Gail Zelitzky has owned her own businesses since 1977: first, a multi-state franchise operation, then a worldwide catalog and e-commerce business. Since 2000, she has coached business owners in all stages of growth to make the leap to the next level. Based on 30 years’ experience, Gail developed SOAR for Success™ A System for Accelerated Growth. She is recognized for her practical, no-nonsense approach, astute perception of issues business owners face, especially women in business, plus her strategic and creative approach to sales and problem-solving. She consistently produces extraordinary results that are at the core of her success as a consultant. Gail is past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago (NAWBO), and 2005 Member of the Year; past director of Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA). She frequently publishes articles on business growth and is often interviewed by the media.
Gwen Trindl has too many community contributions to list. Gwen has been a leader and encouraged women to find their voice and express themselves through multiple venues including her leadership in the League of Women Voters. Gwen was also the first woman President of the Winnetka Village Trustees.
Jeanne Bishop is the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who was shot to death at age 25 along with her husband and their unborn child. Since the murders of her family members, Jeanne Bishop has been a prominent advocate for gun violence prevention, abolition of the death penalty, exoneration of the innocent and the role of faith in the debate over executions. On gun violence prevention, Ms. Bishop volunteers with the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, lobbying in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures for sensible gun safety laws. Her lobbying efforts helped convince Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a death penalty abolition bill into law in 2011. Jeanne also has a book, "Change of Heart," http://www.jeannebishop.info .
Julia Collins graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in History and Art History. She then spent several years in supply chain, earning a Master's in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from MIT. All the while, she pursued her love of reading and learning. In 2014, Julia found a way to draw on her formal and informal education and won 20 games on Jeopardy! and placed third in the Tournament of Champions, becoming the second most-winning person in the history of the long-running quiz show. She now spends her time speaking about her experience on Jeopardy!, and continuing to absorb new information wherever she finds it.
Katy shared: My practice as a certified professional coach serving professional and entrepreneurial women and leadership teams. I work with C-Suite level executives on leadership and career challenges and ongoing professional development; I work with stay-at-home moms who are considering re-entering work to join a company or work on their own as entrepreneurs: I work with entrepreneurs on profitable growth for their businesses and leadership challenges. I am also a motivational speaker and offer Workshops and leadership training. *I worked for years as a consultant to CEOs and Boards of Directors with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in their Chicago Office; as a freelance consultant; and as a commercial banker and corporate trainer with The Northern Trust Company of Chicago. *I have lived in Winnetka since 1998. I am married to Gerry Hansell and am raising three sons ages 16, 14 and 11.
Elizabeth I. Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Associates based in Chicago, a seventy-year old private real estate investment, development and management company with an approximately 3.5 million/sf portfolio, comprised of shopping center, office, and enclosed mall properties. Ms. Holland is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving as the Vice Chairman (2015-2016) and a member of the Executive Board and Board of Trustees. Ms. Holland is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of the Commercial & Retail Council - Blue. Prior to joining Abbell, Ms. Holland was a Senior Staff Attorney with the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, a Congressional commission charged with making recommendations to the Bankruptcy Code.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
On July 29, 1994, Marcia Cleveland became the 445th person to swim the English Channel. Winnetka mom Marcia Cleveland is one of the world’s top advisers and organizers for open water swimming. After numerous requests for her help with training for the Channel swim, Cleveland wrote Dover Solo about her experience crossing the Strait of Dover in 1999.
Mindy’s strategic vision and organizational skills led her to early career success at a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company and a Wall Street market research firm. The entrepreneurial bug bit when Susan described her community website vision in 2006, and a great partnership—and Make It Better—was born. Her happy, active home life includes husband, Bill; four great kids; dog Tootsie. Mindy’s motto: “Work hard, play hard, relish the moment.”
Raheela is a force within the community having been an active engager and facilitator on numerous boards. Raheela is a connector of people and implementer of process.Regional Executive Challenger Gray April 2012 – Present (3 years 3 months) Consultant Independent Consultant 2008 – 2012 (4 years) Managing Director Ziegler November 2007 – November 2008 (1 year 1 month)
Susan has worked in Food Service since the age of 13. She was the Director of Catering at the legendary Pump Room before becoming an original owner and 25 year partner of Food For Thought Enterprise, www.fftchicago.com . She helped to build the company from a small catering company to a food service industry specializing in upscale catering and café food service management. Susan is also an original member of Restorative Justice Evanston (RJE), www.restorativejusticeevanston.com . RJE is a non-profit organization in Evanston that works with youth and community on peaceful dialogue around harm caused, celebrations and conflicts. Susan is an Evanston resident, has been married to Tom Trieschmann for 26 years and has two children, Trevor and Anna who are both graduates of ETHS. She is passionate about giving youth a second chance and helping them create a positive future for themselves and their families.