All about our meetings and special events

We plan a full year of fun, informative meetings and events for your personal and business growth. All meetings are FREE for WSWE members! Many of our meetings are also open to paid guests. Tickets to our regular monthly meetings are $35.

Interested in coming as a guest? More info here.

Questions or suggestions on upcoming events? Contact our Programming Chair.

MONTHLY BREAKFAST MEETINGS

Third Thursday of each month, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Locations throughout the west suburbs

8:00 – 8:30 Networking and breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Announcements and member introductions
9:00 – 10:00 Program

Cost: Members FREE | Guests $35 in advance

EVENING GET-TOGETHERS

Third Thursday in June (Annual Dinner), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Second Thursday in December (Holiday Party), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All evening locations, costs and other details to be announced


Upcoming meetings

Thurs.
December
14

Our annual holiday celebration

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Well, that’s what we think about any time we have the opportunity to gather together and celebrate!

Join us at Francesca’s in LaGrange for some delightful appetizers and good cheer! As a holiday bonus, the first hour of wine + beer is on WSWE!

Holiday charity initiative: We invite our guests to bring new or very gently used books to support Reach Out and Read, an organization that partners with medical organizations to supply books to kids at every well visit between birth and the start of school.

Note: Cash bar after 7:30 and for all alcohol outside of beer and wine.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 5th.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Francesca’s Bellezza, La Grange | Members FREE | Guests Welcome ($50) | RSVP Now

Thurs.
January
11

January happy hour

Now that the holiday buzz has slowed down, join us for Happy Hour! Come as you are for a drink, conversation, and a chance to exhale! We will meet in the bar area of Pinstripes.

Free event – Guests welcome! Cash bar.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Pinstripes, Oak Brook | FREE Event | RSVP Now

Thurs.
January
18

It’s a new year: Get yourself together!

Time to wake up from the holiday food coma and get organized at work! Learn tips and systems to keep your office running efficiently so you can work smarter, not harder.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Butterfield’s Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace | Members FREE | Guests Welcome | RSVP Now

Thurs.
February
15

Heart health for women

Shake off those winter blues! Join us to learn about heart health, nutrition, and stress reduction tools.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Counter Coffee, Forest Park | Members FREE | Guests Welcome |  RSVP Now

Thurs.
March
15

Members-only insight session

An open conversation led by a WSWE member Gina Spada regarding her business, The Law Office of Gina M. Spada, P.C.

What is an insight session? WSWE members can design and host their own open discussions, focusing on any aspect of their working lives where they need help. Looking to improve cash flow, sales, or employee engagement? Wondering how to super-charge that tired old marketing strategy? This custom conversation will deliver a wealth of ideas and solutions that flow from the shared expertise of the group.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Butterfield’s Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace | Members FREE – No guests at this meeting | RSVP Now

Thurs.
April
19

Women sharing wisdom: What’s your passion away from work?

What feeds your soul when you step out of the office? We want to know! Come out for a morning of conversation about what recharges you.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Solstice, Western Springs | Members FREE | Guests Welcome | RSVP Now

Thurs.
May
17

Tech talk

Bring your tech challenges and your favorite time-saving apps. We will compile top tips to distribute after the meeting!

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Egg Harbor, Elmhurst | Members FREE | Guests Welcome | RSVP Now


Past meetings

Thurs.
November
16

Members-only insight session

An open conversation led by a WSWE member Tanesha Watkins regarding her business, Tee Tee’s Sweets & Treats.
Solstice Restaurant, Western Springs

Thurs.
October
19

Less for the IRS and more for Y-O-U

You still have time to get organized for 2017, and it’s an even better time to plan for the year ahead. With our favorite tax expert, Barb Vondra.
Butterfield’s Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace

Thurs.
October
12

Fashion wisdom for ultra-busy women

An exclusive night of fun and fashion, FREE for women business owners at Team Blonde Boutique & EcoSpa. Hosted by West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs and sponsored by Beyer Brofman Design!
Team Blonde Boutique & EcoSpa, Forest Park

Thurs.
September
21

What’s in a name? Will your branding bring you business?

With Pamela Krikorian, freelance graphic designer, and Sarah Corbin of Free Fly Marketing
Solstice, Western Springs

Thurs.
August
17

Summer biz book club

(1) Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Matter, E.F. Schumacher
(2) 
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Counter Coffee, Forest Park

Thurs.
July
20

Women sharing wisdom: Successful business presentations

What does it take to make a presentation that wins business? Great tips, strategy and problem-solving.
Counter Coffee, Forest Park

Thurs.
June
15

Our fabulous June dinner

Celebrate a great year, meet the 2017-18 board and our new PRISM Scholar!
La Cabanita, Burr Ridge

Thurs.
May
18

Women sharing wisdom: It’s vacation time

An open discussion of ways to relax, renew and escape the daily grind
Solstice Restaurant, Western Springs

Tues.
April
25

Our FREE spring mixer

A relaxed, fun evening for members & prospective new members
DigRightIn Landscaping, Westchester

Thurs.
April
20

Members-only insight session

An open conversation led by Pamela Krikorian
Butterfield’s Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace

Thurs.
March
16

March Madness: How to score more leads

A Mastermind session on generating new business
Solstice Restaurant, Western Springs

Thurs.
February
16

Healthy woman, healthy business

With Beth Fuchs of Organized To Perfection, Maria Onesto Moran of Green Home Experts and Betsey O’Brien of Pen & Hand
Sponsor: Freyja Conrad, DigRightIn Landscaping
Krave Restaurant, Elmhurst

Thurs.
January
19

Should you be doing something else?

With Laura McAdam, MSOD, CPA, CIA, of Profitability NOW
Counter Coffee, Forest Park

Thurs.
December
8

Our festive holiday party

Come on out and relax with us!
Lucca’s Pizzeria, 108 W. Burlington Ave., La Grange

Thurs.
November
17

Facing the future of your business (without the fear)

With Katherine Tipper, co-founder of Hunter Benefits Consulting Group
Sponsor: Su Jang, New Rose Catering
Butterfield’s Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace

Thurs.
October
20

Holiday gifts and greetings that build your brand

A Mastermind Session
Sponsor: Judy Shoup, JTS Jewels
Special Presenter: Michelle James, Apprize Promotional Products
Blueberry Hill Pancake House, La Grange

Thurs.
September
15

Sales success through the gift of GAB

With Conor Cunneen, The Irishman Speaks
Krave Restaurant, Elmhurst

Thurs.
August
18

The brainy businesswoman’s guide to corporate structure

With Barbara Vondra, CPA, Carol Kalins of The Security Makers and Jack Kennelly of Kennelly & Associates
Sponsor: Becky Brofman, Beyer Brofman Design
Counter Coffee, Forest Park

Thurs.
July
21

Who’s your business hero?

A Women Sharing Wisdom Session
Sponsor: Betsey O’Brien, Pen & Hand
Butterfield’s Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace