March is in full swing, and at Chicago Woman, we continue to celebrate National Women’s History Month with lifestyle specialist and inspirational author at Live to Wynn, Maisha Wynn. On Thursday, March 30, Live to Wynn will honor four incredible Chicago powerhouses that give continued promise to the vital legacy of women. During the event, Wynn will also be autographing her powerful book, “The Wynning Way,” the book sales of which will benefit the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. We are proud to be the event's print media sponsor and commend these exceptional women.
To give you a better sense of who these go-getters are, we asked:
In any given profession/job, almost all of us reach a moment when we feel we have plateaued. What do you do to surpass this time? What drives you to continuously strive for more?
Sidney Dillard, Partner, Investment Banking Division, Loop Capital Markets
I am the product of two parents who grew up in the south (Georgia), where hard work and excellence within it, was the mantra. When I hit a wall or a plateau, hard work and achieving excellence is what gets me through. I feel the responsibility to represent myself and my family to the best of my ability. As a first generation college graduate, over the years, I’ve added smart work…to hard work…to get powerful work!
Maria Kim, President & CEO, Cara
To surpass the plateau, I do something intentionally uncomfortable. For example, at a time in my career when my skills needed extra bite, I enrolled in business school—though I was near 40 at the time. My friends would call me more poet than quant, so business school forced me to double down on that which was not my natural forte. Only by doing what we think we cannot do, do we realize we are capable of so much more.
We have this infinite capacity in ourselves to stretch, to effectively downward dog into new opportunities of all kinds. Why not see how far we can stretch to make our families, our blocks and our firms uniquely better?
Diana Palomar, Vice President of Community Affairs, ABC 7 Chicago
Change things up professionally or personally. Both sides of your life need to be cared for to feed your spirit. Call a sister/friend. Take a breath.
Mary Pat Wallace, President, Chicago Luxury Beds
If you have plateaued, it means you are doing the same thing and getting the same result. You have to be innovative and take risks. Look at what you can change that will change your results. Sometimes it's the small things.
What drives me? The love of learning. There is always a better, faster, more productive way of doing everything. It's the time to strategize and implement those ideas that counts.
Celebrating Women Who Wynn will take place on Thursday, March 30 from 5pm to 7pm at Mariano’s West Loop, 40 South Halsted Street.
Lifestyle Specialist & 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. As a former size 20 who now maintains a size 4 through exercise and healthy eating, Wynn knows firsthand how difficult and rewarding it can be to transform your life. She speaks around the nation and provides uplifting editorial content to various media outlets. For more information about Wynn, visit livetowynn.com