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Summer Retreat nuggets

“The ABC’s of Success: Attitude, Belief and Commitment.” ~Valerie Beck One perk of the Women’s Innovation Network is rubbing elbows with Chicago’s chocolate expert, Valerie Beck. As the founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours, she ensured that WIN’s 2012 Summer Retreat was sweetened at all times. We were even given a private Geneva Chocolate Tour, which certainly […]

Finessing Financing (Summer Retreat)

One of the most honest and popular workshops at the WIN Summer Retreat was Finessing Financing. After all, most entrepreneurs start a new business out of necessity, generally not because they have extra money laying around. Alison Clemens of Clemens Enterprises, Inc. and Fernanda Hopkins of KBBC, LLC shared tips on how to finance our […]

Top Tech Tips (Summer Retreat)

As Summer has blown by, I finally sat down to review and process all the notes from the Women’s Innovation Network’s Summer Retreat in Geneva, IL. We’re already anticipating our next big event, Creativity for Business Day during Crain’s Small Business Week. To learn more about this all-day event on October 2, 2012, click here. “The […]

Booklet-making at the WIN Summer Retreat

When I was in Geneva for the WIN Summer Retreat, we decided on a Pajama party with a craft project. After contemplating various ideas, I settled on a bookmaking project since it was simple, glue-free, and personizable. I had never ‘led’ a craft project before, so preparing for it was quite fun. When we started […]


So I went to Geneva laden with stationery to hand-write letters, drawing homework, and a small project idea. Little did I know that the minute I would step into my Herrington Spa & Inn hotel room, I would be enveloped in a cloud of relaxation, that had me forget all about work, to-do lists, and […]


“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation,  for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.  Go some distance away because then  the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance  and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” […]

Anticipating a local getaway

“There is a sort of natural atmosphere of dolce far niente about the whole place.” ~ 1879 Rand McNally travel booklet: “Summer Resorts of the Northwest” Summer time is retreat time for me this year. Just after visiting my family in Texas, I’m off on another excursion. This time a short train ride will bring me to […]

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