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SINCE ITS FOUNDATION Seven years ago, Hinsdale Living magazine sought to empower local women with a longstanding commitment to engaging, inspiring, and nurturing the leaders who build, nurture, and inspire our communities. Please join us in celebrating some of the most powerful women in the Hinsdale area and all that they contribute personally and professionally to the villages we call home. This new annual feature highlights Hinsdale's most influential women in a variety of fields – artists, agents, designers, boutique owners, business owners, finance managers, matchmakers, health professionals, community leaders, and philanthropists. We believe that the hand that shakes the cradle also rules the world and with that in mind we invite you to offer a toast as you turn these pages to all of the amazing women in our midst.







If you like what you see on these pages, please know that this feature has been received with great enthusiasm and will be a recurring annual feature. Contact our team if you'd like to recommend a Power Woman from the Hinsdale area for our 2021 feature.

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don't just sit around raising questions and pointing out barriers. "- TINA FEY


To the DR. MIRA ALBERTAs the founder of Brush Pediatric Dentistry and a children's dentist, it all started with a sweet tooth – her own. "Thanks to that, I've spent a lot of time with my pediatric dentist." Her own Hinsdale practice continues to remind us today of young people with a unique vision of making the experience fun and promoting the success of every child's dental health. Dr. Albert earned her bachelor's degree and doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Michigan, and a master of science degree in oral sciences and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently earning an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at rthwestern University. She is also a national spokesperson and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a diplomat and examiner of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Her role model in growing up was her mother, a woman she describes as extremely committed, loyal and unconditionally loving. Their business style is all about collaboration. "I love working with my team, other specialists – like the many orthodontists I work with – and the families I treat," she says. "My motto is teamwork makes the dream come true!" Brush Pediatric Dentistry is located at 911 N. Elm Street, Suite 228, in Hinsdale.

For more information, call 630-504-2223 or

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"Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it." – CHARLES R. SWINDOLL

LAURIE P. BARRY, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional and Senior Vice President-Wealth Management at Barry Wealth Consulting Group at UBS Financial Services Inc., says her best teacher may have been her own mother. "I started balancing my mom's checkbook when I was 9 and if I hadn't gotten to the point my mom would make me start over!" says Barry, a University of Illinois graduate who has been helping clients meet their financial goals since 1991. “It helped me keep figures and work through budgets.” Barry had a particularly close relationship with her mother, who was divorced and legally blind but raised five children. “She taught me right and wrong and always told me how special I was,” says Barry, describing her own business style as conservative but approachable and with a touch of flair. "That early experience definitely drew me to this career and helped women like my mom patiently and thoroughly work through their finances."

Laurie P. Barry can be reached at 312-525-4393. For more information about the Barry Wealth Consulting Group, please visit

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"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to swim!" – JON KABAT ZINN


Long before HGTV became popular, KRIS BERGER and her husband renovated their homes and helped friends realize their dream home visions. The Hinsdale born real estate agent at Compass and more than 20 years veteran of the industry says Hobby opened the door to her thriving real estate career. “I really like being in touch with all of my clients and being there for them when their life changes,” says Berger, who studied art and photography at Arizona State University and Columbia College. She has many role models, but says it was her father who raised her to “really be mindful of time management and never burn a bridge”. She also refers to her fellow women as inspiration. "I've been mentored by a lot of real estate agents that I really admire – particularly Laura Murphy and Tina Porterfield, who taught me the importance of integrity."

Kris Berger is a luxury real estate agent at Compass, 1 Grant Street, Suite 201, in Hinsdale. Further information is available by calling 630-975-0088 or at

“The good doctor treats the disease; The great doctor treats the patient with the disease. “- SIR WILLIAM OSLER


Everyone has a moment with a lightbulb, the tipping point where the path you wanted to take becomes crystal clear. To the DR. MEAGHAN BOSTON DALYAs an internal medicine concierge doctor at Harper Health, she grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, during her teens. "I was a young student who volunteered in the cardiac cath lab and was still trying to decide if I wanted to be a doctor one day," she says. “The patient we were treating went into cardiac arrest and the staff jumped into action quickly and efficiently. You saved his life! When the patient stabilized, I found that the other student who was with me had passed out. But instead of being scared, I felt energized and had a new sense of purpose. “She attended Cornell University, then Tufts University School of Medicine, and did a residency at rthwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Her role model during this time was Dr. William Osler, who took medical students out of the classroom and into bedside for clinical training. "Since then, I've never thought of pursuing my dream."

For more information about Harper Health, call 855-947-7371 or visit

"Be so good that they can't ignore you." – STEVE MARTIN


When LESLIE BOWMAN As a little girl, she “built” houses out of shoeboxes covered with newspaper clippings from beautiful rooms. "I used to dream of one day making those shoeboxes a reality, but when it was time to go to college I decided to study accounting because I was told that women couldn't be architects," says Bowman, who earned a BS in Accounting and became a CPA before finally pursuing her dream. Her path led her into the real estate development industry as CFO, which changed dramatically when she divorced with three young children (under 6). “It was difficult to get a divorce when they were so young, but I was inadvertently given a sense of trust that I still have today. It made me who I am and I realized that there is nothing that cannot be overcome. “She reinvented herself, earned an MA in Interior Design, and became an Interior Designer at the age of 44. Today, Bowman is the founder and Design Director of the Design Bar in Burr Ridge, a seed of an idea that made her one of the best residential accents businesses in of the nation in three years. "That's how I became real," says Bowman, adding that Alison Victoria of HGTV's Windy City Rehab is one of her role models she inspires me not only professionally but also personally. The support she has given me over the past year was unexpected. ”When you step on the design bar you may understand why this is not only expected but also deserved should.

The Design Bar is located at the Burr Ridge Village Center, 880 Village Center Drive, in Burr Ridge. For more information, call 630-734-0000 or visit

“The hardest part is deciding to act. The rest is just persistence. “- AMELIA EARHART


LARYSA DOMINO, a Hinsdale-based real estate agent with @properties who came to the industry from a broad corporate finance background. Domino has grown into the leading agent by volume in Hinsdale in four short years. One thing Domino wants to model for their own daughter is that there are choices in life. “I made a career change in my late 30s, which is especially difficult as a single mom,” said Domino, a CPA with a BA in Economics from rthwestern University and an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from Kellogg from rthwestern University School of Management . "My daughter has always been my" why "and I wanted to teach her that from any moment life throws yourself up, you can stand up. The choice is yours – and with zest for action, good luck and a lot of hard work you can Make your dreams come true. "Domino inherited this gogetter attitude from her father, a self-made man who immigrated to America with very little." He taught me grit, honor, gratitude and generosity, "she says." I have his hugely successful one Career and his ability to keep his feet on the ground always admired. He encouraged me to take risks and dream big while always valuing family and relationships for wealth. His hard work ethic definitely had an impact on me. "Larysa Domino is a real estate agent at @properties' office at 30 S. Lincoln Street in Hinsdale.

For more information, please call 630-561-8331 or

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"Anything is possible for those who believe." – MARK 9:23


RHONDA POLICANDRIOTES (BSN RN CANS) began her medical training as a nurse in the intensive care unit. Standing on the front lines of the hospital was a challenging job, but she was also exposed to the transformative power of aesthetic medicine – she laid the foundation for the profession that led her to work with Dr. Cindy Brooks to work together to create the Bella Vita Med spa and wellness center in Hinsdale. The two are a dynamic team – Dr. Brooks focuses on customers' internal health while Policandriotes focuses on external beauty. “I fell in love with the art of combining science and beauty,” says Policandriotes, who graduated from the University of St. Francis with a degree in nursing and medical aesthetic training from the Aesthetic Advancement Institute. She received her CANS (Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist) certification from the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN) and studied with leading plastic surgeons, dermatologists and injection masters across the country as well as with international pioneers in aesthetic medicine. Policandriotes was also recently voted the country's “Top 100 Injector”. For them, however, it's more than just a career. "My passion is empowering patients with an education-based approach to achieve their aesthetic goals." The Bella Vita Med Spa is located at 950 N. York Road, Suite 102, in Hinsdale.

For more information, please call 630-432-9333 or

"The thoughts we think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives." – LOUISE HAY


DR. CINDY BROOKSThe founder and medical director of the Bella Vita Med Spa and Wellness Center in Hinsdale knows from experience that wellness for the whole body requires a holistic approach. "I not only trained on a disease management model, but also always believed in a prevention and wellness model that is supported by science and evidence-based medicine," says Dr. Brooks, a graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine. completed her radiology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a Women's Health Fellowship at rthwestern Memorial Hospital. “The BioTE hormone optimization program embodies my philosophy of prevention and wellbeing. t only does it help you live longer, but it also helps you live healthier and happier, which is changing the face of healthcare. We outlive our naturally produced hormones. BioTE allows me to optimize your hormones with the help of bioidentical hormones, which means that they are exactly the same hormones that your body makes. I spent the first 10 years of my career diagnosing and treating diseases, but now I realize that I can make the biggest difference in preventing diseases before they happen. “In collaboration with business partner Rhonda Policandriotes, Dr. Brooks that the duo is a perfect match so that customers feel comfortable from the inside out. "I focus on your inner health, while my partner Rhonda focuses on your outer beauty so you can really look, feel and live well."

For more information, sign up for free webinars through the website at or visit the Bella Vita Med Spa at 950 N. York Road, Suite 102, Hinsdale for your free book on hormone replacement. Phone 630-432-9333.

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; It is the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your fate. “- ARISTOTLE


If you ask for it JULIANN GELDNERGiven her style of business as chief operating officer and legal advisor at the Geldner Center in Hinsdale and Chicago, you're likely to get a nuanced response, praising her uncanny talent for pairing the art of collaborative participation with a shot of aggressive persuasion when necessary. JuliAnn would rather put her personal hero and role model in the spotlight – mother-in-law Dr. Barbara Geldner, a Holocaust survivor who endured Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belzen. Barbara then attended medical school and became a successful ophthalmologist after emigrating to the United States with her family. "Barbara Geldner is my role model because she was a survivor, broke impossible barriers, and was very committed to her freedom, family, and profession," said JuliAnn, who has her JD at the University of Illinois Law School and her LLM at the university of Illinois Law School has acquired Loyola University Law School. JuliAnn is enthusiastic about her family and her community. She has held numerous volunteer positions over the years and is currently volunteering as the president of her synagogue, Temple Har Zion in the River Forest. She and her family are third and fourth generation members of the Har Zion Temple.

The Geldner Center, which provides plastic surgery and aesthetic services, is located at 12 Salt Creek, Suite 315, in Hinsdale and has an additional office in Chicago. Further information is available by calling 312-981-4440 or at

"Love wins, love always wins." – MITCH ALBOM


LISA HUTCHERSONThe vice president of customer relations at Selective Search Matchmaking believes that an opportunity often comes when you least expect it. "A casual conversation at a cocktail party years ago became a passion to help my clients find true love," said Hutcherson, a graduate of the University of Iowa. "Every day I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to join the Selective Search family." Lesson learned? Say “yes” to every opportunity. Hutcherson sees a crew of loyal friends as role models. "I'm inspired daily by some really tough and dynamic women who work hard, run businesses, and are the CEOs of their families," she says. “Your wisdom and words are amazing and an important part of my life. You know who you are. “Your business style is timelessly classic, with a twist. “I travel to meet customers across the country, so it's important that I be comfortable. And never forget that you only have one chance to make a first impression. "

To find the love of your life, contact Lisa Hutcherson at 630-234-4664 or visit

"ne of us are as smart as all of us." – KENNETH H. BLANCHARD


JULIE JORDAN LAUX If she learned something building J. Jordan Homes LLC in Hinsdale, there is no secret to success. "You need to surround yourself with a talented team and focus on the task at hand," said Laux, a Miami University graduate and founder of Hinsdale-based luxury real estate company. Laux continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the village of role models around her to “try things and achieve everything that they set out to do”. And if that accomplishment has anything to do with turning their home dreams into reality, Laux is likely part of it. It's her personal passion and it shows. J. Jordan Homes serves Hinsdale and the surrounding communities – all with her in charge. Your business style is to be fearless. "You have to think things through, collect your trust and decide!" She says.

J. Jordan Homes LLC is located at 112 S. Grant Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-455-0855 or visit @ J.Jordanhomes on Instagram.

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"Work hard stay humble." – BRAD MELTZER


Hinsdale native ASHLEY KILLPACK has been an entrepreneur for most of her life. As a teenager, she made and sold personalized Christmas dough decorations. After her BA from Southern Methodist University and a period in advertising, she discovered calligraphy – a talent that opened the door to custom stationery and wedding invitations. Her business, Ashley's Custom Stationery, started around the same time she was raising four children. This is no small thing, but one that blames her for being as successful as it has been for the past 20 years. "Perseverance in growing my business and achieving my goals for success while I have and raise four children has shaped the businesswoman I have become," says Killpack. Modeling everything she does under the influence of her father, Killpack has developed a practical business style that pays personalized attention to each customer and creates a wide range of custom paper products. As the industry has changed over the past two decades, Killpack continues to evolve and shift its business from retail to custom-made. One thing that will never change is their lifelong love for paper. "I love working with my clients to help them set the tone for their special occasion and nothing does that better than a custom invitation or letterhead."

Ashley's Custom Stationery is located at 107 S. Vine Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-794-0804 or visit

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“I believe that laughter is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the most beautiful girls. I believe tomorrow is a different day and I believe in miracles. "- AUDREY HEPBURN


When LYNN LAPALERMO When she was 23, she went to her father and told him she wanted to buy a small skin care and makeup studio in Lombardy. He said to her, “If you do that, you have to stick with it. I don't want to own a cosmetics store in six months. "That was 35 years ago and today LaPalermo owns one of Chicago's premier eyelash, eyebrow, microblading and permanent makeup studios. She credits both of her parents for instilling strong work ethics, morals and values ​​that she instilled in her As a result, she says her own style of business is to lead her team while mentoring. "I was fortunate enough to have two incredible mentors early in my career," says LaPalermo, who trained in visual arts, Aesthetics, permanent makeup and paramedical makeup included. "A gentleman who was the chief makeup artist for Playboy magazine and the woman who was one of the founding legends of Aesthetics America. They were both advocates of quality and customer service. I think that's why my desire for mentoring comes from quality, not mediocrity. "

The Tatting Lash & Brow Studio / Tatting Hair Institute / Tatting Institute is located at 17W580 Butterfield Road, Suite G, on Oakbrook Terrace. For more information, call 630-785-6668 or visit

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." – ELEANOR ROOSEVELT


Regulars at Cafe La Fortuna and Chicago Artisan Roasters Inc. in downtown Hinsdale know this local treasure is a throwback to TV hit Cheers. "Everyone knows your name," explains ANGELA LAVELLIwho opened the popular Cafe and Java Emporium in 2012 – based on the experience of roasting coffee and running a small cafe in Colonia Roma, one of the most popular neighborhoods in her hometown of Mexico City. “I like to see my business as an extension of my kitchen where family and friends come together. We would like to greet our customers by name in order to create a positive and charming environment here at Café La Fortuna, ”says Lavelli, who obtained CPA certificates from the renowned ITAM in Mexico City. “Since I've invested a fair amount of my day in this business, I want to make it as optimistic as possible. We are known as the hidden gem of Hinsdale and that is our ultimate goal – to be the one stop shop. "She counts her mother among her role models and says that she is inspired every day by her children Alejandra, Marianna, Sofia and Sebastian. They are also the reason for her personal motto:" Always smile. "

Café La Fortuna is located at 46 Village Place in Hinsdale. For more information, please call 630-537-1586.

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"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I don't have a single talent left and could say," I used everything you gave me "." – ERMA BOMBECK


Behind every successful woman there is usually another successful woman, and in the case of COURTNEY MCCARTHYThis co-founder and owner of Elysian Travel was her grandmother. "I have a lot of role models, but what stands out is my grandmother, who was the definition of grit and grace," explains McCarthy, a Hinsdale resident who started a multi-million dollar luxury travel agency who lived and worked for years in Europe with Starwood Hotels and ran marketing campaigns for various Fortune 500 brands around the world. Your references were earned on the street. As she says, it was "just a multitude of twists, turns and pivots – good and bad – that taught the precious lessons of life" that were required to start their own business. McCarthy, a graduate of Xavier University, says her most valuable education lived in London for five years and traveled non-stop. "Seeing and experiencing other cultures, languages ​​and people far exceeded anything I learned in the classroom."

For more information on Elysian Travel, call 630-373-0809, 703-946-6813 or visit

"The only way to do a great job is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't calm down." – STEVE JOBS


Already before MEGAN MCCLEARY As a Principal and Luxury Real Estate Broker at McCleary Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, she began on a path to real estate success. She was anchored in the community she loves and which she now serves. After working with internet start-ups in the corporate world, she took a career break to raise her children in Hinsdale. “We built a wonderful house when we moved here, and when our needs changed we built a second house that we still live in 13 years later. I loved every minute of the building process, ”says McCleary, who gave back to the community by serving on several executive boards including the PTO, Hinsdale Junior Woman & # 39; s Club and the Infant Welfare Society. “As my children got older and more independent, I longed for work again. Obsessed with real estate, I knew my unique combination of business and community experience translates well. I put together a business strategy and put my energy into building the McCleary Group. “She admires all of the people she has worked with over the years and regards them as her collective role models. "I admire strong, successful women who have worked hard, overcame challenges, and have integrity – especially Oprah Winfrey, whom I have met personally," says McCleary. Professionally, she takes pride in being professional and honest. "I concentrate on a narrow geography and offer a high level of personal service."

The McCleary Group is located at 35 S. Washington Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-780-1913 or visit

"Be a voice, not an echo." – ALBERT EINSTEIN


The visionary work that ANDREECE NIKUDINOVSKI dedicated as a woman and a person the color has never been more relevant. As the co-founder and marketing director of The Hourglass Collective, a theater organization dedicated to creating diverse opportunities for minority voices on stage in the greater Chicago area, she is in a strong position to make meaningful change happen. „Nach Jahren der Zusammenarbeit mit Theaterkompanien, die nicht wussten, wie man Farbkünstler kleidet, wie man einen sicheren Raum für uns schafft, nicht zu unseren Grundfarben passen, nicht wussten, wie man unsere Haare stylt, und nicht. Da keine Mitarbeiter in ihren Kreativteams die Schauspieler widerspiegeln, die sie eingestellt haben, habe ich beschlossen, einen Vertrauenssprung zu machen und zusammen mit zwei anderen erstaunlichen Frauen in Farbe mein eigenes Unternehmen zu gründen “, sagt Nikudinovski. „Die Community war bisher unglaublich empfänglich und unterstützte unsere Mission, was wunderbar ist. Wir beschlossen, nicht mehr nach einem Platz an einem Tisch zu suchen, der nicht für uns entworfen wurde, sondern stattdessen unseren eigenen Tisch zu bauen! Und wir sind so froh, dass wir das gemacht haben. " Eines ihrer Vorbilder ist die legendäre Sängerin, Songwriterin, Musikerin und Bürgerrechtlerin Nina Simone. „Sie wusste, wer sie war und was sie wert war, und gab nicht nach, wenn sie misshandelt oder weniger gegeben wurde, als sie verdient hatte“, erklärt Nikudinovski. „Ich bewundere ihren standhaften, unerschütterlichen Geist. Sie war auch eine Künstlerin, die glaubte, es sei ihre Pflicht, die Zeit zu reflektieren und bewegende Kunst für ihr Volk zu schaffen. Das ist etwas, was ich auch in meiner eigenen Firma und Karriere anstrebe. “

Weitere Informationen zu The Hourglass Collective finden Sie unter

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„Gib der Welt das Beste, was du hast, und es wird vielleicht nie genug sein. Gib der Welt das Beste, was du sowieso hast. " – MUTTER THERESA


In einer Welt, in der Frauen weiterhin doppelt so hart kämpfen müssen, um die Anerkennung zu erhalten, die sie in der Belegschaft verdienen, DR. TAMARA OWEISDie Leidenschaft für Bildung war der Treibstoff ihres Lebens. "Seit ich ein junges Mädchen war, habe ich davon geträumt, eine starke, unabhängige Frau zu sein, die in der Lage ist, mich selbst zu unterstützen und Menschen in meiner Umgebung zu helfen." sagt Dr. Oweis, Kieferorthopäde und Inhaber von Band & Wire Orthodontics und Pediatric Dentistry in Clarendon Hills. Sie erwarb ihr kieferorthopädisches Diplom und ihren Master in Oral Science an der University of Illinois in Chicago. „35 Jahre später hat mir meine Leidenschaft für die Kieferorthopädie geholfen, meinen Traum zu verwirklichen, nicht nur ein schönes Lächeln zu erzeugen, sondern auch die Mittel zu schaffen, die anderen Ursachen helfen, in unserer Gemeinde zu gedeihen.“ Es war eine andere starke, mutige Frau, die sie auf jedem Schritt motivierte – ihre eigene Mutter, die sie als entschlossenes Vorbild beschreibt, das drei erfolgreiche Töchter großzieht. Dr. Oweis hat einen persönlichen Geschäftsstil, der es ihr ermöglicht, sich an Veränderungen anzupassen und jede Situation mit offenem Verstand und offenem Herzen anzugehen. "Zuerst als Mutter und dann als Geschäftsinhaberin ist es mein Ziel, meine Tochter zu ermutigen, nach den Sternen zu greifen und meine beiden Söhne über die Bedeutung der Auswirkungen von Frauen in unserer Gemeinde aufzuklären."

Band & Wire Kieferorthopädie und Kinderzahnheilkunde befindet sich in der 433 E. Ogden Avenue in Clarendon Hills. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie unter der Telefonnummer 630-320-8888 oder unter

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"Wenn ich am Ende meines Lebens vor Gott stehe, würde ich hoffen, dass ich kein einziges Talent mehr habe und sagen könnte:" Ich habe alles benutzt, was du mir gegeben hast. "- ERMA BOMBECK


Was passiert, wenn das Leben dir Zitronen gibt? Sie machen nicht nur Limonade; Sie öffnen einen Stand. Als KIMBERLY PACE-ARQUILLA die Geschichte erzählt, wie sie ihre Work + Shop Boutique in Hinsdale gegründet hat, könnte ihre Eröffnungslinie nicht passender sein. "Auf dem Weg zum Scheidungsgericht ist etwas Komisches passiert", sagt Pace-Arquilla, ein Absolvent von Texas A & M. „Ich wurde Single und im selben Jahr ein leerer Nester. In dieser Zeit wurde mir klar, dass die meisten Frauen gerade Kinder großziehen, sich um ältere Eltern kümmern und versuchen, ein Geschäft mit wenig Zeit zu führen, um mit anderen Frauen in Kontakt zu treten. “ The Work + Shop Boutique, filled with products designed, manufactured, or represented by women entrepreneurs from our community and/or global giving companies, was born. “I wanted to create a space where women could evolve into their next phase of life where their business ideas could be supported. Thankfully, I am surrounded by a beautiful group of girlfriends who believed in the idea.” In addition to providing an event space for women to support, educate, and connect, Work + Shop hosts a podcast room, small conference room, and a monthly gallery showing of a local female artist. It’s no surprise that Pace-Arquilla’s role model is Carolyn Leonard of Dy-mynd and her business style is to just do it. “I’m a believer that we’re stronger together and life it is too short to stop learning, laughing, and expanding our comfort zones!”

The Work + Shop Boutique is located at 14 W. 1st Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630- 568-5653 or visit

“Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.” – MOTHER THERESA


MARIEL PAIN might be described as a rebel with a cause. “As a barre3 studio owner, I am a fearless rebel in the fitness industry with a mission to create a culture of good health, where clients feel balanced in body and empowered from within,” says Pain. “I have a radically different approach towards exercise than what is found in other boutique fitness studios,” she explains. “Barre3 is a workout that combines strength conditioning with cardio and mindfulness, which unlike regular exercise, encourages clients to focus more on how they feel than how they look.” Pain, who earned a bachelor’s degree from rthwestern University and an MSW from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, says her background as a social worker inspires her to view barre3 studio ownership as an opportunity to give generously. “During the year I was building my studio, I personally taught over 100 free community classes.” That good deed is being repaid now, as Pain is adapting her practice to continue to support clients through the pandemic. “I’m full of gratitude for the generosity of the Clarendon Hills Park District and Hinsdale Park District because during my extended studio closure since March, my team has been providing 34 classes per week in the same beautiful outdoor spaces we were using during the summer of 2017. My studio community has been growing stronger despite our closed doors. I absolutely love hearing from my clients that they are practicing more barre3 now than ever before during these challenging times, recognizing the way our style of movement makes them feel stronger from the inside out and empowered to approach their day as the best version of themselves.”

Barre3 is located at 158 Burlington Avenue in Clarendon Hills. For more information, call 630-819-5112 or visit

“Reputation is everything.” – JAN FIELDS


What does it take to build 30 years of success in real estate? Zum CHRIS PEQUET of the Chris Pequet Realty Group, a real estate broker and top agent in Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty’s Hinsdale office covering the Western Suburbs of Chicago, it’s all about acknowledging the moments to grow. “After many years in the business, I sold my own family home of 22 years,” says Pequet, who earned a BA in communications and advertising from Michigan State University. “My outlook on the stress and pressure involved in selling and/or buying a home changed and gave me new vision through my clients’ eyes. It has made me a better and more empathetic realtor for the last 20 years. I truly take every transaction personally.” This hands-on approach is part of a business style and strategy that ensures she is involved in every step of a client’s real estate journey. Pequet’s role model is a longtime friend she describes as the hardest-working woman she knows. “She is always upbeat and has a passion for charitable work, friends, and family,” she says. “Her loyalty is unmatched and anytime I am around her, she makes me want to be the best person I can be.”

Chris Pequet Realty Group is part of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, located at 330 W. Chestnut Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-327-5175 or visit

“Hard work beats talent.” – TIM NOTKE


GINA PONGETTI ANGELETTI is a living example of her mission in life and in business—“Luck and hope are great, but hard work and grit are better,” says Pongetti, co-owner and Sports Medicine Director at Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute. “You have to make opportunities for yourself and give back equally to do the same for others.” A former gymnast and accomplished triathlete, Pongetti received a BA in Communication Studies and MS in Physical Therapy from Marquette University, where she served for years on the USA Gymnastics National Health Care Referral Network. She also earned a MS in Health Communication from Michigan State University. Today, through her company and her work, she takes care of the nation’s top gymnasts, including local Elites, National Team members, World Team competitors, NCAA Champions, Olympians, and Pan American Champions. Her business style is to be driven, compassionate, and full of community. “We demand excellence in all areas for our staff—technical and medical knowledge but also kindness and gratitude.” She points to her father as her role model and inspiration. “He was the most amazing combination of dedication and love, empathy for others, and selflessness,” she says. “His struggle with cancer was full of grace and appreciation, never fear.”

Gina Pongetti Angeletti is co-owner of Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute, with locations throughout the Chicago area, including 6300 Kingery Highway, Suite 204, in Willowbrook. For more information, call 630-891-3980 or visit

“thing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – RALPH WALDO EMERSON


MISTIE PSALEDAS LUCHT does not know the meaning of the word “fear.” When she got the idea five years ago to start a registry for children’s lost teeth, it at times felt impossible. “It took me five years to bring Wiggle: Tooth Fairy Registries to life as Creator and Founder, and I will never have the regret of not trying,” says Lucht, a Hinsdale mother of three who now sells tooth registry kits through her Etsy store, and works at two other jobs—Kids Manager at Life Time Fitness and Owner and Trainer at Fit Force. “What I learned is that whenever you are overwhelmed, just chunk the work. And never be afraid to pursue your wildest ideas.” Lucht also works at Life Time Fitness and Fit Force, utilizing her credentials as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor—truly embodying the concept of “doing it all.” She recently received a coveted promotion as Kids Manager and loves overseeing a team in an amazing company that is very supportive. She says her business style is more of a coach than a critic, leading her team by example. As a fearless mom and entrepreneur herself, she says any “momtrepreneur” who just “goes for it” is her role model— particularly Jill Salzman, creator of the Founding Moms, empowering all moms in business and entrepreneurship.

For more information about Wiggle: Tooth Fairy Registries, contact Mistie Psaledas Lucht at (Email protected).

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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – CORINTHIANS


Zum KATYA SIDELNIK, owner of Inner Jasmine in downtown Hinsdale, the yogic journey is as personal and unique as our DNA. “Whether you’re just learning more about your favorite aspect of yoga or diving deeper down a new path, I create custom plans and training programs to meet your individual needs,” says Katya, who holds the credentialing of an expert registered yoga teacher ERYT-500 and programs are registered through the Yoga Alliance as an RYS (registered yoga school). Her goal at the boutique-style Inner Jasmine Yoga Academy wellness and yoga studio is to help people find peace and calmness in a world that is never stable. “My hope is to help others find their balance and give them the opportunity to understand how their body and mind fluctuate in order to create awareness,” she says. “I truly want Inner Jasmine to be a community with people interested in learning and growing. I aim to ensure that everyone who walks through my door knows that they are supported.” Her inspirations in life, and in her business are the women in her family—particularly her mother and grandmothers. “I started yoga as a frustrated student but had incredible mentors on and off my mat,” she adds. “They taught me the importance of patience and showed me I could do anything I put my mind to.”

Inner Jasmine is located at 45 S. Washington Street, Unit 302, in Hinsdale. For more information, call 773-963-3252 or visit

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles … the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” – THEODORE ROOSEVELT


JULIE SUTTON, President of The Julie Sutton Group in Hinsdale, jokes that she once thought real estate would be “a great part time job.” But today, this real estate expert and “staging guru” specializing in the Hinsdale area and surrounding Western Suburbs is devoted to her career 24/7. “Little did I know I’d be working seven days a week,” says Sutton, who came to the industry from a strong marketing and advertising background with a bachelor’s in marketing and a decade of experience at DDB Chicago Advertising. Over the years, she’s cultivated a business philosophy grounded in customer service and excellence. “This job is easy if you love what you do, have a passion for providing exemplary customer service, and work hard every day to ensure you’re meeting your clients’ needs,” she says. Sutton’s role models? “All the grandparents who tirelessly worked multiple jobs, who never complained, and were always grateful for the opportunities.” It’s no wonder she reads her chosen Theodore Roosevelt quote every morning.

The Julie Sutton Group is located at 1 Grant Square, Suite 201, in Hinsdale. For more information, call 312-909-9561 or visit

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – ELEANOR BROWNN


DR. CARA VANWORMER- HARTMAN (DC, DABCI, DACBN) of Therapeutic Health Associates in Hinsdale says she’s been fascinated with medicine for as long as she can remember, but it was one turning point that changed her life forever. “After watching my Mom’s battle with ovarian cancer, I was committed to diving deeper into root cause medicine,” says Dr. Hartman, who graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Magna Cum Laude, from the National University of Health Sciences, and founded Therapeutic Health to fill a missing piece in medicine. “I focus on healthy longevity through addressing the underlying problems, restoring positivity and hope, and having compassion and patience with the journey,” she adds. Her role model is Dr. Tom O’Bryan, author of The AutoImmune Fix and You Can Fix Your Brain. “I had the privilege of accompanying Dr. O’Bryan and a group of clinicians on a trip to Switzerland where I was able to experience and learn European biological medicine in preparation for our own clinic’s expansion,” explains Dr. Hartman. This is reflected in a business style devoted to providing an objective, professional opinion without agent or bias for the betterment of her patients. “I’m ‘real’ with my patients, and I care deeply about them.”

Therapeutic Health Associates is located at 230 E. Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-537-0758, visit, or follow on Instagram at @therapeutichealth.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – WALT DISNEY


DR. CARRIE H. THANGAMANI, owner of CHT Orthodontics in Hinsdale, has been on the quest for how to “live your best smile” since she was 12 years old. “My passion and interest in orthodontics started as I began my own braces journey,” says Dr. Thangamani, an orthodontist who earned a BS from University of tre Dame, a DDS from University of Michigan, and an MS in Oral Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago. “I was fascinated by how, as my smile transformed, my self-confidence also grew over the years. From the moment my braces were removed, I knew I wanted to become an orthodontist!” She says her parents have been a guiding force from the beginning. “I can attribute my dedication and work ethic to them,” she explains. “They always encouraged me to follow and fulfill my dreams early on.” In her practice as an orthodontist and business owner, she has cultivated a style that is detail-oriented, thorough, attentive, compassionate, and empathetic. “Over the years, I have curated a wonderful team that help me to do what I do each and every day. They are a huge part of what makes CHT Orthodontics such a fantastic practice,” she says, adding: “I also continue to look up to and admire all of my female friends, both professionally and personally. Women truly can do it all!”

CHT Orthodontics is located at 1 Grant Square, . 101, in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-323-1201 or visit

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“We never know how high we are till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the skies.” – EMILY DICKINSON


CATHY WALSH, an 18-year real estate veteran currently working with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty in Hinsdale, says nothing about her path to success as a businesswoman was a straight road forward. “Sometimes it was windy, and sometimes an expressway—with occasional sharp turns—but always headed towards a destination.” Currently a broker, real estate advisor, and interior design expert, she credits her parents, Joe and Shirley Dolack, for giving her the upbringing needed to develop her honest, direct, and dedicated business style. With a BSN from the College of St. Teresa and an interior design degree from Harrington Institute, Walsh prides herself on helping clients navigate the current real estate market with an eye on design and insider knowledge of the Chicago metro area. And in case you were wondering, this Chi-town native’s favorite food is north side Polish, and when it comes to baseball, she’s Cubbies all the way.

Cathy Walsh is with the Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty office at 330 W. Chestnut Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-452- 6210 or visit

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