Join in Monday and Thursday mornings from 8 to 9 am to walk the Green Bay Trail. Group meets outside the front doors of Women’s Exchange. Join the email list to stay in touch in case of weather or meeting location changes.
We are a first Wednesday eveningof the month, 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.
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.
Mondays: January 8, February 5, and March 5, noon to 2 pm. No charge.
Let’s write! We will start with a warm-up activity offered by facilitator Kim Grahl, followed by a writing prompt, with time to write for 30 to 40 minutes. Afterward, share individual writings with a specific set of rules for feedback. Confidentiality is protected: anything read in the session is never discussed outside of the group, not even with each other. Limited Enrollment.
6 Tuesdays: January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 6 & 20, 3 to 5 pm. $150
Join us for this educational, informative talk with Carol Morehead, director of the Northshore TM Center. We will learn why transcendental meditation (TM) is so effective for stress and anxiety, how TM improves brain function and memory, why it is easy to practice, and why it works, right from the start.
While most people say their goal in life is to be happy, and that more money is the key to that happiness, the research disagrees. One of the key factors in increasing happiness is living a life of purpose. But how do you identify your purpose? This workshop will help you do just that.
In this 2-hour interactive workshop, with certified life coach Hélène Tragos Stelian, you will learn a step-by-step process, based on the best purpose research, to identify how you are meant to spend your time and energy. You will become clear on your unique gifts and personal interests—and how you can leverage them to contribute in a meaningful way. You will come out of this workshop with a personal mission statement that will guide your decisions and empower your actions moving forward.
Join us January 11, 1 to 3 pm. and start living your best life!
Pre-work: Identifying your gifts
•Contact 3 people who know you well and ask them: What are my greatest strengths or unique gifts?
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.
Part I Explore Choices: Friday, January 12, 10 am to noon. $25
Part II Technical Support: Friday, January 26, 10 am to noon. $25
Nearly 10 million Americans have their identity stolen every year. Don’t be one of them. Join Mary Fanara and Maxine Manely from Legal Shield and ID Shield, who will educate us on what it takes to keep your identity secure. Identity theft is very difficult to unravel; it can take up to 12 years even to realize it has happened to you.
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: January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 10:30 to noon. $80 [book $10 paid in first class]
Putting Dr. Mario Martinez’s wisdom into action, we can transform the unhealthy, culturally based language we might have learned into a mindful language to bring about health and vitality. Join Harriet Porter, LSCW, as she discusses how the author goes a step further than most by incorporating the profound effect culture has on our well-being.
10 Tuesdays: January 16 to March 20, 1 to 2:30 pm. $200
Join Marianne Griebler to write an engaging, authentic LinkedIn profile essential to meeting your 2018 goals for your business or next career move. In this workshop you will get tips, tools and confidence to make sure you stand out and shine! You will go home with a good start on a new profile.
Wednesday, January 17, 11 to 1 pm. $30. [If you like, bring your lunch]
Confidential support group for six weeks of TLC with facilitator Pam Tansey, LCSW. For women involved in the process of divorce or separation. is opportunity will allow you to meet and connect with others who are going through the same process within a supportive, nonjudgmental environment.
6 Wednesdays: January 17 to February 21, 7 to 8:30 pm. $150
Beth Kelly, PhD, of DePaul University, continues the women's studies series. This term she will discuss The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. A classic dystopian novel was first published more than 30 years ago, but is perhaps even more relevant today. Read the book(s) or not and join the discussion.
February 21 - Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey, Then Comes Marriage: How Two Women Fought and Won Equal Dignity For All.
March 21: Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened
Wednesdays January 17, February 21, and March 21, 6:30 to 8 pm. $60 per series of 3 or $25 per session.
Intro to ThetaHealing®: A powerful energy technique to clear limiting subconscious beliefs and move your life forward
Do you feel stuck in your relationship, family, or career?Are you experiencing fear, anxiety, or health challenges? Looking to let go of trauma, anger or grief?
Join in for one, two or three workshops with Julie Sanford.
ThetaHealing® is a meditation technique that allows you to train your mind and body to clear limiting beliefs, so you can experience more love, freedom, and expansion. It effectively addresses a wide range of physical and emotional issues. In this series, you will learn how to access a Theta state (a relaxed brain state), connect to the Creator of All That Is, receive a group healing of unconditional love, and identify beliefs keeping you stuck.
Thursday, January 18: Self-love and empowerment, 10 to 11:30 am. $25
Thursday, February 15: Relationships with others, 1 to 2:30 pm. $25
Join us as we look at the work of three woman artists with Debra E. Levie, art educator. In this Friday Salon, she will introduce you to the magnificent artwork of Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, and Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun.
A unique series is designed and 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.
Participating in the Financial Wellness series, you will learn how to tackle a number of common financial concerns and how to solve new concerns as they arrive. No products or services are promoted. Each class includes a review of a basic financial skill or topic, a current events-type article, and plenty of discussion time for individual concerns. About half of every class is devoted to discussion so that women present can build on each other's experience and wisdom.
January 24 -Record-keeping - Learn what to keep and how to keep it.
January 31 - Budgeting - Learn top down spending awareness; a critical lifeskill.
February 7 - Saving and Investing - Learn how to make your money work, so you can worry less.
February 14 - Financial Product and Services Comparison - Learn consumer skills for personal finance and how to cut through information overload.
March 7 - Evaluation of a Stock or Mutual Fund - Learn to use public information sources to research possible investments.
March 14 -Planning for Medical Costs - Learn how to quantify and cope with rising medical costs.
6 Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 am. $125 for series, $25 per session.
Feel lost at the computer store? In this class with Michael Greshbein, hewill help you buy the right computer for your needs. From Macs to PCs, from laptops to desktops, he’ll tell you what’s available and what to look for, with numerous options.
Get rid of fears and misconceptions about selling or asking for money. Join us when Melissa Ford shares the good news that you do not need to be that natural salesperson to have a thriving business. Come learn a powerful distinction that will allow you to relax and enjoy creating clients/customers to grow your business!
Organize on paper and forget technology when Shari Hartman introduces you to the colorful and functional variety of paper planners currently on the market. You will be amazed by what’s available in the rebirth of this tool for optimizing organization.
Learn to further customize your planner in the Planner 102 class on February 9.
Friday, January 26, 10 to 11:30 pm. $25. Take both, $40
Technology is not going away or even slowing down. In fact, what used to take a generation to catch on might now take a nanosecond. Come join us for this Friday Salon as we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of staying plugged in. This won’t be a how-to technical discussion, rather we will talk of creativity, connection and empowerment with Jessica Jolly, digital coach.
If you are curious about what your animal companions are thinking or trying to tell you, join professional animal communicator Linda Roberts, when she provides insight into this natural communication between species.
Monday, January 29, 1 to 2:30 pm. OR Wednesday, February 28, 7 to 8:30 pm. $25
F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his masterful novels, but he also was an accomplished short story writer. Join Connie Garner, former humanities professor, for a discussion of his life and of his short story, “A New Leaf,” while enjoying coffee, tea and pastries.
Join board member Catherine Borowski as she shares her personal perspective about the ABCs of India (as in Aarti, Bengal, Chana). Discover exotic India: the sights, sounds, smells, colors, foods, animals and insects; and learn about travel to India.
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 full filling direction, we need to recognize our gifts and do some soul-searching to design our next steps.
In Life Planning, facilitator Dee Kane, 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. LP 101 and LP 102 are completed with Dee Kane before enrolling in LP 200.
When participants have completed LP 200 Action, Women’s Exchange offers opportunities to Explore in limited practicum placements.
LP 101 Insights
4 Mondays: Feb. 5, 12, 26 and March 5, 9 to 11 am. $200
LP 102 Vision
4 Mondays: March 12, 19, April 2 and 9, 9 to 11 am. $200
Through a discussion of the latest research, financial consultant Felicia O’Malley will explore the cognitive biases in our decision-making. We will discuss how biases impact our decisions, from what shoes we buy to how we invest our money.
Are you frustrated that your digestion is “off ” and you keep hearing nothing is wrong? Or you simply don’t feel right? In this interactive talk with Karen Raden, MS, RD, CCN will shed light helping you get to root causes of some digestive issues that you can help yourself to support.
Join Shari Hartman as she further demonstrates how to customize your basic day planner to make it work for you, using colorful stickers, washi tape, and colored pens and pencils. Bring your paper planner for this hands-on workshop, which is the follow-up to the Planner 101 class.
Friday, February 9, 10 to 11:30 am. $25.
[Planner 101 - Friday, January 26, 10 to 11:30 am. $25]
The mysteries of love are revealed, as Midge Wilson, PhD, emeritus professor of women and gender studies at DePaul, sheds light on what social scientists have learned in their decades-long investigations. She will discuss theories about the development of passionate love in humans, the physiological and emotional differences between romantic love and companionate love, and the courting rituals of humans versus other species.
Discover what your subconscious mind really believes about the words you think, speak and hear. Words can empower or create resistance. Bring two goals to class and Nancy Creely will help you find the words that will inspire you to take action.
Do you have lots of photos on your phone or computer? Would you like to make an album or share them? Join Jessica Jolly, digital coach, for hands-on technical support, so you can dig in using the photo program you’ve chosen.
Beginners, discover a new appreciation for learning to draw with artist and teacher Marla Synder, who will lead us in an easy step-by-step drawing process. All supplies provided. You will feel so accomplished by noon after the first class.
2 Thursdays: February 15 and 22, 10 am to noon. $50
In August 2016, Kate Coughlin, Women’s Exchange board president, took a leap of faith, leaving a good job and taking a year off to discern what was next. Join Kate as she shares her story of what the “gap year” became, from unimagined joys to unexpected frustrations. Learn about traveling as a solo woman, and reinventing a career as a midlife job searcher. Is a gap year something to consider? Learn firrst-hand about one woman’s experience.
Join Elizabeth Christopher, physical therapist, for a discussion of the pelvic pyramid muscles, which contribute to postural stability, balance and pelvic health. Learn about behavioral and dietary changes that can assist with maintaining or regaining urinary control (continence).
Siri, Alexa and Cortana are the biggest names in tech right now. Join Michael Gershbein when he shares how virtual personal assistant devices are battling their way into our phones and homes in order to make our lives easier.
Join Rachel Drano and step into the world of improvisational comedy. 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!)
Wednesday, February 21, 2 to 3:30 pm, Part II, February 28, $40. Try first class only: $25
Cyndi Burman brings the same logical, problem-solving skills and attention to detail which she developed and used in her legal practice to serve her MAT and personal training clients. The purpose and function of muscles, the biomechanics of movement, how muscles interact with the nervous system to create and control movement of the skeletal system, the concept of “muscle inhibition”, i.e., what happens when the optimal interaction between muscles and the nervous system breaks down.
Take a second step into the world of improvisational comedy with Rachel Drano . Picking up from the lessons introduced in Intro to Improv, this class encourages participants to ask themselves: What interests you? What do you like to talk about? What characters, questions and topics hold your attention? Open yourself up to meeting new people and enhancing the collaborative art of conversation. Open to anyone, though Intro to Improv experience is recommended.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, escaped to the North, and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom. People called her “Moses.” She was a leading abolitionist and she worked as a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. In 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department chose Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Beth Kelly, PhD, of DePaul University will explore Tubman’s life and remarkable achievements.