For our November/December issue, we decided to switch things up and do a double cover with two cover stories. The first features Loretta Rosenmayer, who was faced with the challenge of having to become the primary breadwinner of the family after illness forced her husband to stop working. With a loan from a friend, she started a utilities company that would eventually become INTREN, a business that now spans seven states. Oh, this was all after she raised four sons, adopted a daughter, and fostered 20 girls. We think you will find her story and her no-nonsense approach to being a woman in a male-dominated industry inspiring. The second cover highlights holiday tips and traditions from Chicago tastemakers Tom Kehoe, Mel Muoio, and Andrea Schwartz.
This issue also marks the inaugural editions of two regular features in our Career and Money section. Emilia DiMenco, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), will be giving our readers advice on entrepreneurship. Terri Brax, co-founder of Women Tech Founders (WTF), will launch a series of conversations with industry insiders on the local tech scene and the role that women are playing in its rapid growth. (Did you know that Chicago is the world’s number one city for female-fronted tech start-ups?) We look forward to reading both of these features in each issue, and we hope you will, as well.
Finally, the holidays are nothing if not an excuse to fix up and look sharp. In our fashion story, we offer some ideas about how to sidestep the predictable party-season looks and wipe the slate clean with winter whites accented with hints of metallic shine.
We hope this holiday season is a happy one for you and that you are able to carve out a few quiet moments all to yourself.
Jennifer Smith Tapp, Editor
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