Monthly collections will begin the first day of the month
until the last day of the month.
A box will be located for designated collections.
Bernie’s Book Bank – September collection at Women’s Exchange
Children’s books: Bernie’s Book Bank will collect and process to distribute quality new and gently used children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
During September only, gently used children's books will be collected.
We are a monthly, ongoing book group welcoming new participants to our lively discussions. Book selections vary from an occasional short story to recent novels to classics to memoirs to biographies, written by women. Participants take turns leading discussions of the book, the author, and critical reviews.
Monthly, First Wednesday, September 6, 7 to 8:30 pm. $50 annual fee.
This is the perfect time to join our friendly and enthusiastic group as we begin a new book, The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories,edited by Daniel Halpern. Participants always come away with a deeper understanding of the stories and an enhanced insight into the minds of people from other cultures.
8 alternating Fridays: from September 8 to December 15, 10 to 11:30 am.
$100 for series or purchase a punch card at first class good for one year.
SHORT STORY SCHEDULE
September 8 “The Child Screams and Looks Back at You” by Russell Banks – United States
September 22 “Cortez and Montezuma” by Donald Barthelme – United States
October 6 “Jacklighting” by Ann Beattie – United States
October 20 “First Love” by Samuel Beckett – Ireland
November 3 “Action Will Be Taken” by Heinrich Boll – Germany
November 17 “Do Stay, Giraffe” – by Wolfgang Borchert – Germany
December 1 “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges – Argentina
December 15 “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen” by Tadeusz Borowski – Poland
Join the fun and help hospitalized children. All you need is the ability to stitch two squares of cloth together by hand. Sewn strips of colorful cloth are turned into finished quilts that are donated to Project Linus. Conversation around the table is reminiscent of the quilting bees of old. Most times: First Monday of the month.
Monday: September 11 [due to Labor Day], October 2, November 6 noon to 2 pm. No charge.
Facilitator Michelle Fellman will show us how to use journal writing to explore various aspects of our lives, ourselves, and our relationships with others. Using the book by Kathleen Adams, a pioneer in the use of writing as a tool to personal growth, this course will help participants discover the writer within. No writing experience necessary.
4 Tuesdays: September 12 to October 3, 10 to 11:30 am. $80
Making life flow with ease, and feeling your best, is about far more than physical health. It is also about having a healthy emotional life and a robust spiritual life. In her newest book, Christiane Northrup, MD, helps you acknowledge the deep connection between your beliefs and biology, and tune into the Divine part of yourself. Join Harriet Porter, LCSW, for an in-depth discussion.
10 Tuesdays: September 12 to November 14, 1 to 2:30 pm. $200
Think of this workshop with audiologist Sue Sherman as preventative medicine. You will learn the nature of hearing loss, some coping strategies, and the best approach to hearing aids, to minimize the effect of hearing loss on the brain.
Exciting new Women’s Exchange volunteer opportunities come in three-one week modules. Sign up for one module, two or all three. Projects include updating mailing lists, sending birthday cards, preparing welcome packets, hanging posters around town, stamping envelopes, sorting library books, stuffing envelopes, organizing photos etc. Each day, assigned tasks will be set and ready to go! Coffee, tea, nibbles and chit chat in abundance.
Module 1: September 14, 21 and 28, 1 to 2:30 pm
Module 2: October 10, 16 and24, 10 to 11:30 am
Module 3: November 2, 9 and 16, 10 to 11:30 am
To best prepare, registration is encouraged.
WE will celebrate our volunteers on Thursday, December 7, with a special Thank You luncheon.
Do you have lots of photos on your phone or computer? Would you like to make an album or share them? In Part I of this workshop, Jessica Jolly, digital coach, will explore the different computer programs for storing and organizing your photos. Part II is a chance for hands-on technical support, so you can dig in using the program you’ve chosen. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Part I Explore Choices: Monday, September 18, 11 am to 1 pm. $30.
Part II Technical Support: Monday, October 9, 11 am to 1 pm. $30
At times, to add meaning to our lives, we need to determine ways in which we can give back and grow personally. This might involve work, relationships, lifestyle, or service. To move forward in the most fulfilling direction, we need to recognize our gifts and do some soul-searching to design our next steps.
In Life Planning, facilitator Dee Kane, in her 10th year with Women’s Exchange, takes a step-by-step approach in three consecutive workshops: LP 101 Insights to identify your gifts, LP 102 Vision to imagine the possibilities, and LP 200 Action to plan and guide your steps.
When participants have completed LP 200, Women’s Exchange offers opportunities to Explore in limited practicum placements.
LP 101 Insights
4 Tuesdays: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 10 and 17, 9:30 to 11:30 am. $200
LP 102 Vision
4 Tuesdays: Oct. 31, Nov. 14, 21 and Dec. 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am. $200
LP 200 Action
4 Tuesdays to be scheduled in February 2018, 9:30 to 11:30 am. $200
Facilitated by Anne Wieboldt, MBA CFA(R) CFP(R), and Nancy Wieboldt, MBA CTFA(R), to help you to become a more confident financial services consumer. You will learn how to tackle a number of common financial concerns and how to solve new concerns as they arise.
We will start with a review of financial capabilities and proceed through specic product and service shopping information.
Each class covers an independent topic so it is appropriate to join in at any time. About half of every class is devoted to discussion so that women present can build on each other’s experience and wisdom. No products or services are promoted.
Wednesdays 4:30 to 6 pm. $25 per session
Getting It Together: Financial Wellness Boot Camp
September 20 Record-keeping
September 27 Budgeting
October 11 Saving and Investing
October 18 Financial Product and Services Comparison
Does the idea of editing your digital photos intrigue, but scare you? Do you need a little guidance? In Part I, join Jessica Jolly, digital coach, to explore the various photo editing software packages. Learn basic editing software for cropping, sizing and enhancing your photos. Part II is a chance to dig in with technical support.
Feel free to bring your lunch.
Part I Editing Software: Wednesday, September 20, 11 am to 1 pm. $30
Part II Technical Support: Thursday, October 12, 11 am to 1 pm. $30
As our world appears increasingly divided and chaotic, are you feeling the need for supportive spiritual community? You are invited to join Therese Evans and other like-minded women in a Circle ofOne, to explore and integrate life-changing principles of mystical Truth that are the foundation of Unified Consciousness. This discussion/ meditation healing adventure offers an opportunity to open your heart, illuminate your consciousness, and connect with the Divine Presence within.
5 Wednesdays: September 20 to October 18, 3 to 4:30 pm. $100
As moms, we spend years preparing our children for the one task they must successfully do: walk out the door. Most of us aren’t prepared for the crash that often happens on our side of the door. Join Letitia Suk, author, speaker and coach, to design an enriching ritual to cross this bridge while learning 10 essential tips for empty nest blues.
Join us in an effortless practice of healing and restoration with yoga instructor Becky Kopec. There are no difficult poses; simply lay on your back or sit in a chair, and you will be guided through varying breathing, body awareness, and relaxation techniques to progressively enter into a deep relaxed awareness. This systemic healing process provides stress relief on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. Please bring a yoga mat, or pillow and blanket.
Monday, September 25, 10 to 11 am. $15. (this class will continue pending registrations)
Join Rachel Dranoff and step into the world of improvisational comedy. Borrowing from the philosophies of The Second City and the iO Theatre among others, this workshop welcomes everyone into the fun, collaborative, goofy art of improv. The funniest things are the most truthful things, and by harnessing the cathartic act of play, we arrive at the heart of truth. No experience necessary (and in fact, no experience is preferred!)
Are you ready to do something meaningful with your talents? And do it in a way that feels like you (oh and ideally fits with your schedule, tapes into your creativity, uses your intelligence and makes a difference in the world?) You're not alone! Join Debbie Sipowicz as she presents Your Next Big Adventure...How to Add Sparkle to Your Life & Value to the World!where you'll discover the real secrets to a soul-satisfying second half.
Wednesday, September 27, 4 to 5:30 pm. $20. Date Change from September 15
Learn how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off. This class is for true beginners. Beth Kelly, with the patience of a saint, will get you ready to launch into projects that will have you learning, growing and sharing with confidence.
Thursdays beginning September 28, 10 to 11:30 am. $20 per session.
We all have stories to tell. We tell stories to transform ourselves: to learn about our history, to transcend our experiences, to make a difference in our world, to broaden our perspective, to see further than normal, to act beyond a story. This fun and interactive workshop with Carol Moss, LCSW, storyteller, coach, singer and author, will help you develop your skill as a storyteller, culminating in an "open mic.” (beginners encouraged).
4 Thursdays: September 28 to October 19, 3 to 5 pm. $100
The Handmaid’s Tale,by Margaret Atwood, has been made into a film, an opera and a ballet as well as a TV series, but none are as good as the novel. Join the discussion of this timely book with Connie Garner, former humanities professor and WE board member.
In the The Power of When, Dr. Michael Breus uses the new and popular science of chronobiology to show an important key to unlocking our full potential. Get back in sync with your natural rhythm for sleeping, eating, exercising, and learn the best time for your body clock. Join Harriet Porter, LCSW, to discover and discuss chronobiology. The short chronotype quiz is available at www.thepowerofwhen.com. Please complete the quiz for the first class.
3 Fridays: October 6, 13 and 20, 1 to 2:30 pm. $60
This Salon is a must for those who are considering down-sizing or right-sizing their own home or that of aging parents. Suzanne Newman will share her experience and knowledge on this challenging transition. Topics include: the physical and emotional complexities of moving to a new, smaller space; essential elements of organizing and packing; repurposing unwanted family treasures; resale and removal resources; and finding a style that will make you feel good in your new home.
Be enlightened by the wisdom of Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. This three-week book discussion, facilitated by Kathy Fink from the Counseling Center of the North Shore, will review Chittister’s belief that the purpose of aging is to learn and practice to live in the present. Her emphasis is on looking inside ourselves rather than outside to address our concerns, bringing a purpose to later years and a greater understanding of aging gracefully. Do secure a copy of the book for advance reading.
3 Tuesdays: October 10, 17 and 24, 3:30 to 4:30 pm. $45
LinkedIn has expanded. Michael Gershbein from Very Smart People will show you how to use the extended social networking site to connect with other professionals, find a job, and keep on top of business news.
What is feminine? It is a magnetic quality. What is presence? A quality that makes people feel more trusting of you. Challenged with confidence and not being heard? An empowered presence matters, and is needed in our world. Join facilitator Sarah Karnes to learn to navigate transitions to more authenticity, joyful expression, and impact in the world.
3 Wednesdays: October 11, 18 and 25, 6:45 to 8:30 pm. $60
Join us when Debbie McGowan, psychotherapist and marriage counselor, examines the friendship of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Long recognized as the fathers of modern psychology, they were fast friends from 1907 to 1913, and then never spoke again. How do their theories affect our thinking today? Why was there a dramatic break in their relationship? Debbie also will look at their complicated relationships with the many women in their lives. Their stories are shocking, turbulent, inspiring and never dull.
This course, facilitated by Diane Kacprzak, is based on The Artist‘s Way by Julia Cameron. This workshop focuses on weekly readings and self-selected activities that encourage time for one’s self during the week. Class time allows participants an opportunity to share thoughts and discoveries. Participants will need the book and a journal. Please read chapters 1 and 2 for the first class.
6 Mondays: October 23 to November 27, 10 to 11:30 am. $120
Joe and Rose Kennedy’s beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. Yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful family. New sources—Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, letters from teachers and doctors, and family interviews— bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored, but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Holly Marihughof “BooksLive!”will present Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson, with an accompanying slide show.
Wednesday, November 1, 12:30 to 2 pm. $40 with box-lunch OR $25 presentation only.
Let’s have fun with Suzanne Newman, from Find Fashion Happiness, who will help refine our makeup techniques with new tips. Learn to choose the right products, where to buy them, and what items are worth the extra money. We will discuss eyebrows, and colors that look fresh and natural. Then you will do your own make-up step-by-step to bring out your best look. Please bring your make-up and a make-up mirror to class.
Our culture is obsessed with youth, thinness, and having the perfect body. It is no wonder that our daughters have a 1:8 chance of developing an eating disorder in their lifetime. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things we can do as mothers, aunts and grandmothers to help our girls navigate through their world with healthy body esteem. Led by Denise Hamburger, a "Be Body Positive" facilitator, this discussion focuses on seven practical steps we can take to encourage healthy body esteem in our daughters and all young girls.
Beth Kelly, PhD, from DePaul University, explores the remarkable life of Abigail Adams, who was the wife of one president, John Adams, and the mother of another, John Quincy Adams. Although denied formal education, she left a rich legacy of letters in which she documented the issues faced by women in the 18th century. She served as her husband’s closest counsellor and staunchest supporter throughout his service as a founding father, as a diplomat in Paris and London, and as the nation’s second president elected in 1796.
Life takes on an ease and flow as we listen and trust our inner wisdom. This class with Nancy Creely, intuitive consultant, is an experiential journey to help you learn to recognize your intuitive signals and trust their message. Acquire tools to build positive energy and transmute negative energy. Carl Jung said, “Intuition is perception via the unconscious that brings forth ideas, images, new possibilities and ways out of blocked situations."
3 Tuesdays: November 7, 24 and 21, 10 to 11:30 am. $75
Worried about the types of information that is being collected by internet companies and advertisers as you surf the net? Michael Gershbein from Very Smart People will tell you what you need to know to keep yourself secure.
In this workshop, Suze Solari, personal stylist, will present strategies to help you be more creative with your wardrobe, with t-shirts and jeans and blouses and skirts. Learn that how you dress affects the way you feel, and then contributes to the results you get. Understand how to have the optimal components in your closet - the right silhouettes, fit and proportion - so that getting dressed every day is joyful, timely and productive.
Every business has customers, but only a small percentage have fans -- real advocates -- who not only support you on a regular basis but evangelize your ‘work’ to friends, family and co-workers. Could you benefit from building a fan base? In this lunch-time workshop, author and international presenter Jill Salzman will reveal her proven tips to keep customers, clients and friends coming back, while getting them to share your good news with everyone they know: be it your business, NPO, board of directors, PTO or even your amazing book group!
Friday, November 10, 11 am to 1 pm. $35 includes a lite lunch
iOS 11, the new operating system for iPhones and iPads will be here in September and like previous versions, it offers both cool new features and substantial changes in the way that you use your device. Mike Gershbein of Very Smart People will offer a look at everything that iOS 11 has to offer, for people who have already upgraded as well as those who are getting ready to do so.
In this two-hour interactive workshop with Hélène Tragos Stelian, life coach, speaker, and author, you will dig deep into the roots and consequences of perfectionism. Learn a four-step process to overcome perfectionism by focusing on self-compassion, challenging irrational beliefs and unattainable standards, to reclaim your lightness and joy.
This history reveals how wealthy women shaped the women’s movement, funding the fight for the right to vote, higher education for women, women’s labor activism, and birth control. Author Joan Marie Johnson, PhD, of Northwestern University explores the empowering advancement of women’s rights, as well as the tensions caused by inequality in a movement for equality, issues that are relevant to women today.
Join in this unique opportunity to hear Sunita Vira, chef and founder of the Raw Food Center in Chicago. She will share ancient wisdom from around the world as she crystalizes and simplifies important steps and strategies to bring healthy eating into your lifestyle. Tasting samples and sharing recipes will help you discern what to eat and what not to eat.