• 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.

  • When Does this Group Meet?

    Starting in January 2022, the Women in Business Affinity Group will meet on the second Friday of every month from 9:00am - 10:30am.

    Where Does this Group Meet?

    COVID-19 UPDATE - Our plan for 2022 is to meet in person every month at The Sheridan of River Forest. However, we always have the "plan B" ready in the virtual world of Zoom just in case! Check out each listing below to see how and where you can connect with us.

    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 our staff liaison, Diane Cranford (dcranford@oprfchamber.org) to get added to our mailing list.

  • Meet the fabulous co-chairs for 2022!

    (from left to right)

    Carla Taylor, Baird & Warner

    Lou Anne JohannessonOak Park District 97 

    "Welcome to the Women in Business group! We are ready to hit the ground running, make 2022 memorable and help you be the best that you can be!"

    These leaders want to hear from YOU, so if you want to get involved, have ideas or burning issues you think would make great topics, reach out directly to either Carla (carla@chomenow.com) or Lou Anne (louannejohannesson@gmail.com). 

    "We hope to see YOU in 2022!"

    CLICK HERE to see a welcome message from our Co-Chairs!


  • Meet our Special Guest

    We have partnered with the the amazing team at Riveredge Hospital to start each meeting with their Mindful Ten segment - nourish your soul and feel the LOVE of the group before we dive into the heart of the discussion.


  • 2022 Meetings

    January 2022

    January 14, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    Join us to start your year right! CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

    Missed the meeting or just want a refresher on what we talked about? CLICK HERE to get the full scoop!

    February 2022

    February 11, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    We all need a little more love in our lives, especially for our day jobs! CLICK HERE to see more info and to register.

    March 2022

    March 11, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    Join us as we honor Women's History Month. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

    April 2022

    April 8, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    In conjunction with Earth Day, join us to learn about Sustainability practices for your work place. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

    May 2022

    May 13, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:0am

    Help us stock the Oak Park Community Fridge with tampons and diapers for families in need! CLICK HERE to get more information. 

    June 2022

    June 10, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

     Join us for a yoga mini-retreat at YogaSix and learn some easy relaxation tips you can use at the office. CLICK HERE for more information. 

    July 2022

    July 6, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Beat the July heat with some retail therapy at Jayne Boutique in Oak ParkCLICK HERE for more information.

    August 2022

    Summer Reading List 

    No August in-person meeting so there's more time to bury our faces in good books! CLICK HERE to access the WIB/OPPL Summer Reading List. Enjoy - and share with your friends and colleagues! 

    September 2022

    September 9, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    We are back! Leora Dowling Public Speaking Coach will be joining us. CLICK HERE for details and to register!  

    October 2022

    October 14, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    You won't want to miss this - Maura Mitchell of WBDC will be joining us! CLICK HERE for details and to register!

    November 2022

    November 11, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    A day of remembrance - what a gift to be meeting on this day. Check back soon for more info!

    December 2022

    December 9, 2022 - 9:00am - 10:30am

    December is made for parties! Join us as we close out the year together. Check back soon for more info!




    "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