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News


President's Message
April 2014

We have quite a terrific month of great news as we look forward to spring finally getting here!

I’m pleased to report that our first time NAWBO Advantage Event: Green on the Green at Top Golf last month was a great success! We officially announced, and then raised money for, NAWBO Chicago’s brand new Spirit Foundation, while also networking and having fun. And what a pleasure it was to meet some wonderful women who were “first timers” to a NAWBO program.  Thanks to all for coming out to this inaugural “Green on the Green” event.

NEWS FLASH – Our largest Signature event of the year is filling up fast! It’s the Annual Celebration of Achievement Luncheon on Monday, April 28 at the Fairmont Chicago. Thanks to Morgan Stanley for sponsoring Carla Harris, business leader, chair of the National Women’s Business Council, and author of Expect To Win!, as our Keynote Speaker. 

Click here to read full Message.

Benefit Spotlight:


Business Xchange Groups are a FREE benefit offered by the NAWBO Chicago Chapter for NAWBO Chicago members who want to meet with others for various reasons. There is NAWBO in your area - join a Business Xchange!

Events





April 28: 31st Annual NAWBO Chicago Achievement Luncheon

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May 9: NAWBO Connects - Barrington

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May 9: NAWBO Connects - Chicago

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May 13: NAWBO Connects - Rosemont

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May 15: NAWBO Connects - Mokena

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May 20: NAWBO Connects - Naperville

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For a full list of events,click here.

Member Spotlight


Laura Olsen
A Joyful Sound, Inc.

I’ve always liked to fix things. I’ve always loved music. I am a “people” person. Who knew these skills that would make me ideally suited to be...a piano technician? 1985 I found myself a pregnant, single, mother of two sons. I needed a job. I needed a job that would work around children. I wanted to be there when my children got on the school bus in the morning and there when the bus dropped them off in the evening.

As is so often the case with women, a friend told me about a school for piano technology in the Chicago area. My sister and parents watched my boys while I went to audit a class. I was thrilled! The piano mechanism made sense to me. I could do this! I enrolled. My baby was due in Oct., I would graduate the end of September. I would tune for friends and acquaintances if I could bring my baby along. Luckily, I had a wonderful support group of friends and family and by the time the new baby was in school all day, I had developed clientele enough to keep me busy during school hours.

I joined the Piano Technicians Guild. In 1985 women represented about 4 % of all piano technicians. Today we have increased to about 10 %. Traditionally, piano tuners have been men. I found continuing education, friends, networking opportunities and contact with piano manufacturers through the PTG.

I have been servicing pianos now for 28 years. It has been a wonderful profession. I love my job, I have the best customers. Quick story: I got a call Valentine’s evening. A pianist and violinist were performing in a local club house. The piano needed help! The performance started in 90 minutes. I was at the location in 15 minutes. I performed some triage and started to work. Tuned and repaired, I turned the piano over to the pianist 20 minutes before the performance. They had time to rehearse! I was invited to stay for the concert. What a joy! The performance went off without a hitch. As I left, the violinist stopped me with a hug and whispered in my ear: “You saved the night!”
Do I have a great job, or what?



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