• Groups: Women in Business

  • The Women in Business Affinity Group is a group of strong, smart and supportive business professionals who meet monthly to network and foster personal and professional growth. Different professional development topics are discussed each meeting, facilitated by a group member or local expert.

    Connecting business to business and business to community.  Get to know us and make an impact on your business.

  • Women in Business Affinity Group
  • When Does this Group Meet?

    Generally, the Women in Business Affinity Group meets on the third Friday of every month from 9 am - 10:30 am.

    Where Does this Group Meet?

    COVID-19 UPDATE - As of April 2020 we are meeting in the virtual world of Zoom! Check out the listing below to see how you can connect with us - we may start meeting in person soon! 


    REGULAR SCHEDULE (pre-Covid)

    In most instances, we meet at the Main Branch Library at 834 Lake Street in Oak Park, IL. The meeting room is on the second floor, behind the gallery space.

    Occasionally we have evening social gatherings, or meet at the regular time in another inspiring space in the Village. Please check the Chamber's Community Calendar for details and to confirm the location.


    Want Regular Updates?

    If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates on what the Women in Business are up to, just send an email to Mark Walden (mwalden@oprfchamber.org) to get added to our mailing list.


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  • Discussion Topics for 2020

    COVID-19 UPDATE - Since March 2020 our regular schedule has had to change! Our gatherings are now being planned in accordance with CDC Guidelines and the Illinois 5-Phase re-opening plan, so things are still in a little flux.  Although we have events listed below, we encourage you to please check the Chamber's event calendar to confirm the details of our next gathering.

    JUNE 19, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) Measuring Success - Assessing the Year to Date CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Christine Barnard, Chief Advisor, What Now Advisors


    July 17, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) Pros and Cons of Hiring a Business Coach CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Lucia Gascue Carol, Owner, Serenity Interior Solutions


    AUGUST 21, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) No More Being Taken Advantage of at Work: Manage up with Confidence, Consistency and Clarity CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Peg Dowling, Owner, Our Planet Automotive


    SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) Ask an Expert Session - Improving Your Skills through Continuing Education - CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Jacqueline Evette Gordon, Assistant Director of Career Services, Triton College


    October 16, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) Women in Business Collective Hive does a "360 deep dive" into the workings of a Women Owned Business - CLICK HERE to register.

    Featured Business - TBD


    November 20, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) Referral Sources and Networking - How to refresh and a discussion of what NOT to do! - CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - TBD


    December 18, 2020 - (9:00am - 10:30am) De-stressing the Holidays & 2021 Topic-palooza - CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - TBD


    Do you want to be a Presenter?

    Do you see a topic that you could teach the group about? Or do you have another topic that you would like to see presented? Then email Julie Thompson right now and tell her why you are amazing and how you can help other women be amazing now! 

    Email Julie at bosslady@myawesomeboss.com


  • Meet the Leaders!

    (from left to right)

    Julie Thompson, owner of Back Office Service Solutions,

    Theresa Clancy, owner of Theresa Clancy Law, and 

    Alison Ver Halen

    all welcome you to the Women In Business group, an OPRF Chamber of Commerce affinity group.



    "The Women in Business Group at the OPRF Chamber is fantastic! Not only do our meetings focus on professional development, the networking and support I've found is solid and meaningful. The meetings are always a highlight of my week, and I leave full of ideas and enthusiasm."

    Tracy Litsey, The Children's School