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Steans’ women’s fair will offer ‘Information for Inspiration’

Steans event flyer 112917CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) will host a women’s fair Wednesday evening to bring together local service providers and have a discussion about issues women face in the workplace and in pursuit of success.

The free event will feature two panel discussions and vendors from an array of organizations that support women, including Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood and Edgewater Village.

The first panel will include local female entrepreneurs who will discuss their experience starting their own business. Panelists include: Mary Morten, president of Morten Group; Sonat Birnecker Hart, founder of KOVAL Distillery; Karen Rose, owner of City Olive; and Miss Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will feature women who have been successful in their careers. Panelists include: Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart; Jean Franczyk, CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Peroulas, clinical nurse manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

What:              Women: Information for Inspiration

When:             4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6

Where:            St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road

Who:               State Senator Heather Steans, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Greg Harris,
                        48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman, organizations that support women, panelists.

Senator Heather Steans

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7th District

Years served: 2008 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I (Chairperson); Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Environment and Conservation; Executive; Government Reform; Human Services.

Biography: Born May 8, 1963, in Lake Forest, IL; B.A. in Urban Studies from Princeton; M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; former budget director, WI Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations and former strategic planner, Chicago Public Schools; married (husband, Leo Smith) with three children.