As we enter into a new stage of growth, we called on our network for support in promoting the visionaries, movers and shakers, trendsetters and leaders that Chicago Woman is honored to call our community.
In an effort to strengthen and progress our mission to empower, inform, support and inspire women, we have been reaching out to some incredible individuals to become a part of a new initiative: The Chicago Woman Ambassador Board.
The Chicago Woman Ambassador Board serves as a platform for exceptional Chicago professionals, who are credible, authoritative voices in their respective fields and respected allies interested in the advancement of women.
We trust these individuals with our reputation and are proud to have them as a part of our tribe.
Please welcome the first members of The Chicago Woman Ambassador Board!
Entrepreneur, photographer, speaker and media's style savant about town, Ryan Beshel is the man to follow. Formerly catering his talents towards such positions as digital marketing lead for Purely Fashion, the first in-house publicist for the iconic 900 North Michigan Shops and runway model agent for Agency Galatea—Ryan is sought after to consult, support and develop fashion and hospitality brands and businesses. As Principal/Creative Director for SIX4 Creative and Co-Founder/Photographer for DEKA Productions—he is skilled at building engagement and creating content to inspire authentic awareness.
Amanda Boleyn is the host of She Did It Her Way podcast where she sits down with successful female entrepreneurs from across the globe to learn the ups and downs and go behind the scenes and uncover how they built their business. She Did It Her Way podcast has been seen in by Forbes, Huffington Post, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Tech Stars and other publications.
A true multipotentialite, Rebecca Borges is on a mission to create a better world. As local president of FemCity, one of the nation's leading networks of women in business, and designer and client relationship extraordinaire with Canadian-based Nadi Design, Rebecca works tirelessly to build communities that thrive. Whether the focus is on creating a network of women who support one another in business or developing land use strategies that adapt to our changing climate, the result is the same: implementation of solutions to obtain positive and sustainable social change.
Becky Carroll is the president and CEO of C-Strategies, a strategic communications and public affairs firm and was recognized by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of Chicago's 30 Under 30. Carroll also co-founded the social media campaign #StandWithAleppo which has gained recognition and heightened awareness of the situation in Syria.
Lauren Cohn is a 26 year Veteran TV News Anchor/Reporter & Radio Host. Currently Lauren is Co-Host WYCC PBS Chicago’s “In The Loop” , a weekly news/public affairs show. A three-time Emmy nominated journalist, Lauren has covered every beat including Politics, Business, Consumer, Health, Education and Breaking News for both local and national news outlets.
Lisa B. Frank is the CEO of LBF Recruitment Strategies, a woman-owned executive search and career coaching firm that helps local and national companies achieve their goals by hiring the right top talent. As a recruiter, connector and coach, Lisa offers a relatable and "Frank" approach to all aspects of her work and life.
Bela Gandhi is the President of Smart Dating Academy, a premiere date and relationship coaching firm that has resulted in hundreds of relationships and engagements. Called "The Fairy Godmother of Dating" by the Huffington Post and Steve Harvey, she is the dating expert on the Steve Harvey Show, the Today Show and Fox Chicago, and a frequent contributor to WGN, ABC, NBC, WCIU, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, The Wall Street Journal, Essence and JET.
Dāsha is an award winning lifestyle blogger and wardrobe stylist based in Hyde Park, Chicago. She uses her site, Windy City Wardrobe to encourage personal style and confidence, one colorfully curated quote and outfit at a time. Dāsha dedicates her creative energy to supporting community over competition.
Through her weekly web-series, A Better Day with Julie, and philanthropic efforts throughout her community, Julie is that helping hand, offering fashion and beauty tips for the everyday woman, empowering them to appreciate themselves and to embrace the confidence that comes when one’s outer beauty matches the goodness inside.
Andrea Metcalf is one of the nation's top fitness experts. Armed with an exercise science teaching degree, and many training certifications, she started helping people achieve optimum health and business success in Chicago and around the country. She has appeared on the NBC Today Show, Steve Harvey, USA Today, Oprah.com, Rueters Health Report, More.com, Better TV and local Chicago stations.
Shruthi is the founder and CEO of Reddy Set Yoga. Shruthi is a lawyer, yoga teacher and social entrepreneur who is passionate about solving social problems, particularly as related to health and wellness. Her mission is to improve the physical and mental health of kids and the adults in their world so everyone can perform their best in school and life.
Katie Schuppler has been a Personal Style Consultant and Style Blogger for her business, KS Style Consulting in Chicago for over five years. She loves to help others create their own personal style in this fast-paced world of fashion and just life in general. Katie is also a style and beauty writer for Chicago Woman.
Marc J. Sievers is a cookbook author, entertaining expert and savvy home cook with a passion for sharing his expertise, know-how and ideas for savvy cooking, entertaining and style. He published his first cookbook, Entertaining with Love, in 2012 and his second cookbook, Table for Two, in 2016.
Mika is the Vice President of C-Strategies and an Emmy award winning journalist and dynamic entrepreneur known for her creative strategies in executing media and communication campaigns. Throughout her career, she’s been recognized for her creativity, hustle and leadership, including winning an Emmy in 2008 as a Field Producer at CBS 2 News Chicago.
Lifestyle specialist and inspirational author, Maisha Wynn, gives credence to the mantra "a changed mind is a made-up mind." She heads up Live To Wynn, a company that provides aspirational and practical guidance for women and men who desire to live their lives more abundantly.