NAPW Chicago, IL Local Chapter Wrapped Up 2012 with Charity Event at Square One and Makeup Application Workshop at ULTA

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National Association of Professional Women Chicago, IL Local Chapter raised more than $2300 at its quarterly Cocktails for a Cause event in November and hosted a professional boardroom makeover workshop in October.

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This quarterly Chapter happening is a unique social networking event designed to allow professional women to network while supporting local charitable causes in the Chicago area...Members and guests generously donated $10 per person...

The NAPW Chicago, IL Local Chapter wrapped up a productive and successful 2012 with two professional networking events. In November, the Chapter hosted its quarterly Cocktails for a Cause charity event, where the group of professional women networked and helped raised more than $2300 for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. This October, at ULTA Beauty in the Woodfield Green Shopping Center in Schaumburg, members and guests learned how to look their best in the boardroom with a makeup lesson from Celebrity Makeup Artist Mark Chi. That event was co-sponsored by ULTA and New York Life Hispanic Marketing.

Megan Wessels, President of the Chicago Local Chapter, was on hand to welcome the more than 40 attendees to the Chapter’s November 14th Cocktails for a Cause at Square One on Michigan Avenue.

“This quarterly Chapter happening is a unique social networking event designed to allow professional women to network while supporting local charitable causes in the Chicago area,” said Megan. “Members and guests generously donated $10 per person and all proceeds benefited the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.”

Mercy Home is a full-time residential program that provides around-the-clock care in a safe and stable home for 134 young people, ages 11 to 21. Children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and abandonment are given the opportunity to rebuild their lives and receive encouragement to realize their dreams.

The President thanked everyone for coming to the event and making a donation. Mario Tamayo from Mercy Home spoke briefly about the nonprofit and explained its mission to members and guests. Children that come in to Mercy Home may come in off the streets; some are from broken homes with drug-addicted parents. Many have never had a Christmas before and are overwhelmed with emotion when they open their gifts and see their wishes have been granted, he told the crowd.

“The November benefit netted more than $2300 in donations and proceeds from raffle prizes. Nearly $800 was raised the night of the event and additional donations were made by NAPW Chicago Local Chapter members who could not attend the event, as well as from Chicago-land companies,” added the President. “Special thanks to The Lakone Company in Montgomery who gave $750 and to Accurate Color and Compounding for donating $500.”

Additionally, eighth grade students at Glencoe Central School hosted a hot cocoa sale and raised $175 to help the Mercy Home Wish List. Their teacher, Kimberly Dwan-Collins, is an advocate for teaching her students that there are other kids who are not as fortunate as themselves.

“The students clearly enjoy working together to contribute to a good cause,” said Megan.
The previous month, the Chapter gathered at ULTA Beauty in the Woodfield Green Shopping Center for a professional boardroom makeover workshop with Celebrity Makeup Artist Mark Chi. The event was planned and co-sponsored by New York Life Hispanic Marketing and ULTA Beauty in Schaumburg. It was a fun evening, where members and guests networked and were given professional makeup lessons and advice on beauty along with skincare tips from Mark Chi and other beauty experts. All attendees enjoyed learning how to make a bold statement and present a professional look using makeup.

“The goal was to combine a professional networking event with a lesson in boardroom make-up application,” said Chapter President Megan. “Every woman deserves to look and feel her best. From the boardroom to your networking event, your professional statement often times begins before an employer has viewed your resume.”

Binh Nguyen, Managing Partner of the New York Life Insurance Company, Schaumburg office, is working together with the Hispanic Market and the Women’s Market of New York Life to make an impact in the Latino community. New York Life is increasing the growth of their Financial Professionals and Management Team in the Hispanic & Portuguese Market in Illinois.

Through the efforts of Binh Nguyen, Managing Partner of The New York Life Schaumburg Office, Monica Jovel, NAPW Chicago Local Chapter member and Senior Associate of Hispanic Market in Schaumburg, and New York Life’s Women’s Market, their financial professionals strive to be engaged leaders in the community focused on making a difference in Illinois regarding insurance and financial product awareness.

In the months to come, New York Life’s Schaumburg Office is looking to hire three Sales Agents and a Sales Manager. They strive to hire candidates that are self-motivated, eager to learn, and bilingual. Sales agent you will work to educate the Latino community on insurance and financial products. Qualifying Agents will benefit from one of the best training programs in the industry, with culturally relevant marketing support in-language, as well as a wide range of products and services to help position one’s self as a knowledgeable professional, with a trusted company. For additional information please contact Monica Jovel at 20 North Martingale Road Suite 400 Schaumburg, IL 60173. 847-407-5417.

Attendees at the Chicago Chapter’s Cocktails for a Cause event were: Adrienne Adams, Amelia Fulgham, Andrea Christ, Avis Gibson, Christina Nguyen, Christina Lyles, Christine Krieber, Francesca Salamone, Genetria Montgomery, Kellie Aamodt, Kim Walberg, Lisa Moore, M. Renee Jackson, Megan Wessels, Melissa Durham, Monica Joval, Nicole Miller, Pam Vandenbussche, Regina Alexander, Robin Schaltz, Shana Kircher, Tammie Taegeer-Turco, Tina Jackovich, TJ Gilboy, Anntonette Williams, Gloria Iglesias, Ernest Espinoza, Tirrell Paxton, Sherry Franklin, John Amarilio, Brian Weinthal, Mario Tamayo, Steve Ritzema, Danielle Leroy, Colen Perry, Bridget Outten, Kristie Palford, Jena Torres, Denise Moberly, John Nagler, Kristen Haraden, and Anthony Gawron.

Attendees at the October event were: Co-host: Monica Jovel (NAPW Chicago Chapter Member and Director of Hispanic Market of New York Life), Co-host: Binh Nguyen (Managing Partner of New York Life), Mark Chi (Celebrity Makeup Artist representing Lorac Cosmetics and Ulta), Megan Wessels, Robin Schaltz, Linda Johnston, and Lisa Horne – NAPW Members. Guests included: Monica Jovel, Alison Guarino, Ana Jovel, Diana Kahler, Julia Ceithaml, Karina Hansen, Marilu Henriquez, Marta Jovel, Patricia Henriquez, Venus Davis, Yolandra Jovel-Olivares, Yolanda Franklin-Watts, Areceli Henriquez, Monica DeAnda, Lisa Rosete, Clare Yang, and Karley Yang.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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