Beer, Women and Speednetworking

Last Thursday we had a blast speednetworking at Shannon’s Irish Pub for Beer Women and Wellness.


The Network of Entrepreneurial Women gathered in Glen Ellyn to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with pints and pub grub.


When our first round of beverages was ordered (we have our priorities straight!), we engaged in 4-minute introductions of our businesses to each other.


After the bell we switched places to meet the next person, until everyone had met everyone.


All that talking needed to be fortified with dinner, which won rave reviews. Shannon’s Irish Pub offers fantastic service, delicious food, and a well-varied bar.


Some of us lingered over beer and dessert afterward.


Join us for more meet and greets at our next Meet & Munch among beads. We will return to Glen Ellyn on Wednesday, April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at A Bella Bead. Open since October 2013, the store offers beading supplies for jewelry making, including loose beads, strand beads, clasps, findings, Swarovski crystals and lamp beads. Owner Sharon Dotson also provides a venue for beading classes, such as Resin Jewelry, Wiring, Stamping, Beading and Crystal. You can come in and fix jewelry at open table sessions, or throw a private BYOB party.


Join us as we learn about crystal clay and spark our creativity with sparkly, colorful jewelry accoutrements. A Bella Bead Boutique is located at 485 Main Street, Banyan Tree Mall Unit D in Glen Ellyn, Il  60137.

Speednetworking with chocolate

We had a blast closing out Galentine’s month at Anna Shea’s Chocolate Lounge last week.


In spite of another polar vortex front several suburban ladies were lured by the chocolate bar, and we cozied up to the fireplace to imbibe.


The Pistachio Pomegranate cupcake was delicious, and I opted for a Bailey’s Chocolate cocktail this time.


Erica and I had done some chocolate research and found some great nuggets to present as chocolate trivia.


Then Karen launched us into speed networking, which was energizing and inspirational. Due to an odd number of attendees I sat out most rounds, which introverted me didn’t mind at all. It was great watching the energy build and connections grow.


We are super-duper excited to celebrate Women’s History Month with a women’s history expert, Barbara Joan Zeitz for our Meet & Munch on Wednesday, March 12.


Spending time with my Galentines is always so uplifting.


Seeing Curly Girl Design represented was a bonus surprise.


Here’s to a delightful week for everyone.

Photos by Maike’s Marvels and