Meet the Team

Meet the women behind Chicago Woman magazine, who work hard for you and this publication every Chicago-day! 

Kendra Chaplin

Kendra Chaplin

Kendra is the publisher and founder of Chicago Woman. With 15 years in publishing, her passion for magazines and the city has culminated in the creation of Chicago Woman. When not busy launching new media brands and hanging out in the West Loop, she spends her time running around after her two young daughters.

Jennifer Smith Tapp

Jennifer Smith Tapp

Jennifer is the editorial director of Chicago Woman magazine. She has been a writer and editor for more than ten years and lives on the northside of the city with her husband and daughter. When not working, she usually can be found trying to catch up on House of Cards or trying to make her way through a constant stack of unread books and magazines. Her favorite Chicago spot is Tiny Lounge, where the truffle fries and the wine list are the preferred cure for polar vortex fatigue.

Mahjabeen Syed

Mahjabeen is the Managing Editor at Chicago Woman. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including articles and essays in Newcity, the Chicago Tribune and Teen Vogue. Mahjabeen prides herself on reading voraciously and when she's not doing that or writing, she can be found around the city indulging her sweet tooth and love of food.

Alia Rajput Close

Alia manages the Chicago Woman social media strategy. With over 8 years of experience in editorial, marketing and social media management, she brings our content to social media channels. She also pens "Alia's List" and blogs on all things fashion and trending at Second City Style. Chicago born and raised, Alia lives with her husband in Lakeview. 

Andrea Markewych

Andrea Markewych

Andrea is a part of the business development team at Chicago Woman. She has more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing and enjoys the relationships that are formed while working in the sales field. When not working, she can be found at the gym, spending time with friends and family, traveling, or fostering dogs in need of loving homes. Andrea lives in Lincoln Park with her husband and is a self-described “city girl”- she loves everything about Chicago and could never picture living anywhere else (but wishes summer lasted all year long).

Molly Koeneman

Molly Koeneman

Molly is the Digital Media Manager for Chicago Woman. Focusing on the publishing industry, Molly has experience with e-marketing, social media, online advertising, project management, SEO and data analytics and has recently graduated with a masters in new media studies. She has previously worked for several B2B publications and media brands. She drinks questionable amounts of coffee and enjoys traveling.

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