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WeWork Grant Park

332 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60604

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Join MALA and WeWork Grant Park for a panel discussion featuring three successful - but uniquely different! - founders and their stories about overcoming the personal and professional challenges that stem from starting a business while raising a family. You will hear about triumph and failure, but most importantly, you will learn how their ability to #hustleharder put them on top.

Join us for cocktails, food, and the chance to have an open and honest discussion with our three mompreneurs!


Speakers

Michelle Mekky - Michelle Mekky is a true media and PR veteran, with more than 20 years of experience both as a broadcast journalist and PR executive, leading award-winning marketing and PR campaigns for some of the nation’s biggest brands and diverse businesses - from start-ups to global powerhouses. With great drive, work ethic and enthusiasm, Michelle is a master connector and has a natural skill and personality that creates success for her clients. She launched her own company Mekky Media Relations in 2016 to bring her brand of PR to the market to cut through the clutter and generate powerful publicity.

Michelle is a graduate of Northwestern University, achieving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the renowned Medill School of Journalism. She has always had a passion for writing and telling stories, first falling in love with broadcast television, where she spent over a decade as a Senior Producer and news writer for Fox-TV in Chicago. She created compelling content for the morning shows, producing live lifestyle and news segments featuring a wide range of guests from famous chefs to politicians to actors to athletes. She also worked as a news writer at NBC and reported for WISC-TV in Madison Wisconsin while finalizing her Master’s program in Washington, D.C. After her years as a veteran journalist, Michelle transitioned into a career in public relations and marketing, spending over ten years at agencies in Chicago where she was able to use her insider media knowledge and widespread connections to achieve success and top-tier media coverage for the clients she managed.

She has led PR strategy in multiple industries including non-profits, hospitality, technology, retail, B-to-B, culinary, entertainment, healthcare, fitness, legal and more. Top client experience includes Susan G. Komen Chicago, Illinois Office of Tourism, Turkish Airlines, Porkchop Chicago, Big Game Air, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Four Corners Tavern Group, Wealth Management Group and much more.

Career highlights include performing as Master of Ceremonies for multiple client events, including a launch press conference where she interviewed Kobe Bryant in front of an audience of reporters, and hosting multiple international press trips with top-tier editors. She is also a media trainer, with the innate ability to prepare spokespeople to know exactly how to master their moment in front of the spotlight. She has expertise in crisis communications, social media campaigns and branding development.

Michelle is a believer that with positive energy and determination, anything can be accomplished.

Lisa Gunderson is a MALA Council member and the Founder and Lead Social Media Strategist of LMG Chicago, a social media management marketing agency that creates and shares awesome content in the worlds biggest continents (i.e. Facebook's 2 billion daily users!). People who have worked with Lisa often call her their "Social Media Hero." Lisa leads her social campaigns with one thing in mind—creating customer conversations that turn into offline leads. In addition to creating and sharing content, Lisa and her team monitor, respond to and generate new reviews for clients across the world wide web. In 2017, Lisa began a second adventure by creating Tea Time Socials, a traveling tea party that inspires children to be kind and initiates conversations. She’s built a fun, engaging business that gets kids away from technology and helps build social skills while making potential life-long friends. Reflecting the traveling tea party, Lisa will be launching her first book "The Day the Tea Party Traveled," that is about a little girl who travels the world and welcomes friends to join her table. When Lisa is not working on her businesses, she is reading bed time stories, running to baseball games and ballet classes, and pretending to be a chef with her little ones Emma and Matthew. And with absolute necessity, Lisa gives passionately a great deal of her time to non-profit organizations here in Chicago such as The Holiday Heroes, The Daisie Foundation for women and children, and the ICAN Foundation, to name a few.

Reem H. Odeh Reem Odeh is a lawyer and an advocate for the Arab American community and is the Founder of the Law Offices of Reem Odeh, a leading litigation firm in Chicago, Illinois. As one of six children, she was born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Palestinian immigrants. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and mass communications from Saint Xavier University and her juris doctorate from the John Marshal Law School. Reem speaks and writes Arabic fluently and is a member of the Arab-American, Illinois State, American and Chicago Bar Associations. She has worked with Amnesty International and remains active in human rights causes and organizations, including the Arab American Democratic Club and the Palestinian American Women’s Association. In 2008 Reem was nominated as a Delegate for the Democratic National Convention to represent the 13th Congressional District. She has been featured in several books and articles including I Speak For Myself and Drew Peterson, Exposed. She was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and she regularly represented the State of Illinois in a full range of property condemnation proceedings in Cook and Will counties. Reem has represented clients in high profile cases, including her vital role in the case of People v. Drew Peterson in Will County, Illinois.


Moderator:

Megan Wessels is known throughout Chicago as a networking master and the Connector Extraordinare. While she was President of the Chicago Chapter for the National Association of Professional Women, membership grew from 250 to over 1400. Megan helped the Chapter raise over $18,000 for local charities, earning her the National Charity Award in 2013. She spent 11 years in plastic manufacturing sales as the top performer and left in 2015 to launch Powerful Partners, Inc. Through Powerful Partners, Inc, Megan creates opportunities for her network to generate business through human connection. Each month women from her network are invited to her exclusive Powerful Partners Dinner Party, where she partners with women-owned businesses in the food and wine industry to create a unique experience for her guests. With only 10 seats to fill, they often sell out in less than 24 hours. Her specialty lies in teaching her unique strategy for turning connections into clients. https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganwessels/

Agenda

  • Networking - 5.30 - 6.30pm
  • Opening Remarks - 6.30 - 6.40pm
  • Panel Discussion - 6.40 - 7.40pm
  • Q&A Session -7.40 - 8.20pm
  • Closing Remarks - 8.20pm
  • Event concludes - 8.30pm


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