2014 EYPN Scholarship Winners Announced

ClumsyChefsElgin Young Professionals Network is happy to announce the recipients of its 2014 Elgin Clumsy Chefs scholarships, benefitting students from Elgin High School’s award winning culinary program.

Elgin High School senior Aracely Villagomez, received a $500 scholarship to Elgin Community College.

Joseline Sifuentes, an Elgin High School graduate and one of three inaugural Clumsy Chefs scholarship recipients from 2013, also received a $500 scholarship to continue her culinary education at ECC.

Scholarship applications were reviewed by a judging panel of EYPN members.

For the past two years, the Elgin Young Professionals Network has awarded scholarships to students participating in the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs program lead by EYPN member Ann Leider, with an eye towards pursuing a Culinary Arts degree at Elgin Community College.

The scholarship program helps foster and empower the next generation of young professionals while promoting the value of higher education.

EYPN congratulates its 2014 scholarship recipients.

Elgin: Home for the Holidays 2014 Introductory Meeting

ehfth14For the second straight year, Elgin Young Professionals Network is excited to present Elgin: Home for the Holidays, an endeavor which brings together dozens of area organizations in a collaborative effort to promote all of the wonderful holiday events Elgin’s non-profit community has to offer.

We invite representatives from all Elgin area non-profit organizations to join us for our EHFTH 2014 kickoff meeting on Tuesday, June 17 at 2pm at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in the Elgin Room.

The meeting will be lead by our two new EYPN co-chairs for EHFTH 2014, Brittany Mitchell of PADS of Elgin and Elaina McCalmont of Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care. The purpose of the meeting will be to brainstorm new marketing and promotional ideas for the 2014 campaign as well as potential new programming and attractions for the 2014 EHFTH kickoff at Gail Borden Public Library in November, which annually attracts thousands of visitors.

Elgin Home for the Holidays is a shining example of how organizations working in collaboration can unite and strengthen each other as well as the Elgin community.

To RSVP for our June 17 meeting or for more information about how you or your non-profit organization can get involved with Elgin: Home for the Holidays 2014 or the Elgin Young Professionals Network, please e-mail ElginYPN@yahoo.com.

EYPN Cash Mob at Herb’s Bakery

HerbsOn Saturday, June 21 from 7am-12pm, please join the Elgin Young Professionals Network in supporting Herb’s Bakery, 1020 Larkin Avenue in Elgin at our semi-annual CASH MOB.

The cash mob is an event intended to create an influx of revenue for a local business by organizing a mob of people to go and spend at least $20 on a designated day. It shows our support for the “little guy” not the big box stores!  They carry coffee, donuts, cakes and other yummy baked goods. This will provide an immense amount of support for the selected business, often surpassing a local shop’s earnings for a month or more in one day!

But we can’t do this without you!

Tell your neighbors, friends and family. Post it on Facebook, Twitter and text it! We plan to “mob” at least twice a year, targeting a different Elgin business each time. Spacetaste, Elgin Books and others have already profited from our mobs; and we helped them accomplish some of their most prosperous Saturdays ever!

And when you check out, please let the owners know that you are part of the Cash Mob.

So please, come support Herb’s Bakery on Saturday, June 21 between 7am and 12pm, spend at least $20, and take the time to support the businesses that make Elgin a community!

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Northwest – Elgin

HolidayInnThe newly renovated Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites and Bennigan’s, 495 Airport Road in Elgin, are in search of enthusiastic candidates who take pride in customer service, while creating a great environment for all team members and guests.

Current Positions:

Full Time: AM Shift Houseperson- Housekeeping dept.
Full Time: PM Maintenance Engineer- Maintenance Dept.
Full Time: Room Attendants- Housekeeping Dept.
Full Tme: PM Line Cook
Part time: Dishwasher / Prep cook –
Part time: Servers Bennigans
Host Bennigans
Floor Supervisor Bennigans
On Call: Banquet Servers

The Holiday Inn Elgin has deluxe accommodations, friendly service, and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits our guests. This Holiday Inn Elgin is a full service 250 room hotel off of hwy 90.

To apply, send your resume to the email using link above or complete an application at the front desk. Address: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Northwest – Elgin, 495 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123

Mission Statement:
To create a Legendary brand experience for: every guest, every meal, every day and, to be known for our remarkable people, our chef-driven food, innovative drinks and warm, friendly hospitality.

Professional Development Series: The Benefits of Being Part of a Board

cropped-eypn1.jpgThis June, Elgin Young Professionals Network continues its Professional Development Series for young professionals and community members with its newest seminar entitled, “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board.”

The session takes place on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00-7:00pm at Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court in Elgin. The event is free and open to the public. (Feel free to dine or grab a drink during the session!)

Our guest speakers are Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now, who will explain the skills necessary to be a successful board member and the benefits and responsibilities of such roles. Active board members are critical to the organizations they serve and the skills they develop can further their own careers.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event page.

EYPN’s quarterly Professional Development Series will enable our members, and the public, to learn about important topics relevant to young professionals or learn valuable skill sets from a wide array of seasoned pros. Future sessions will take place in September and November of 2014.

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About Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Chair of ICCVB for 5 years, currently Legislative Chair and co-chair for the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism, Kimberly Bless chaired the Chicago and Beyond Regional Tourism Development Office for three years. Current Board Member for the Northwest Executives Club of Chicago. Member of the Illinois Delegation for the 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. Past Board Member for the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. Past Executive Committee and Community Advisory Board for Roosevelt University. Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2020 Northwest. Board of Directors for the Greater Woodfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Board of Directors for the Northern Kane County Workforce Development Board. Board of Directors and Secretary for Northern Illinois Business PAC. Contributing Writer for The Business Ledger newspaper. recipient of the Today’s Young Professional Award and recipient of the Professional Women in Business Award.


About Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now!

Denise W. Barreto is a dynamic marketing leader who has spent all her career building relationships with consumers on behalf of brands such as US Soccer Federation, AT&T, Miller Brewing Company, the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team, United Airlines, Pella Windows and Doors and Sears Holdings Corporation. Her over 19 years experience analyzing consumer data and using it to build actionable marketing campaigns to mobilize and engage consumers and internal corporate audiences alike, make her uniquely qualified to lead Relationships Matter Now.

Denise is an expert in the art of influence. As a life-long marketer and political junkie, she has studied consumer and human behavior and specializes in ways to motivate towards goals while simultaneously adding value to their lives. With her down-to-earth personality and laid-back style, she quickly connects with audiences to help them absorb her messages.

Join Us at Our May EYPN Meeting

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Thursday, May 22 at In the Neighborhood Meet Market, 310 River Street, East Dundee at 6pm.

This event is open to anyone interested in joining or learning more about the leadership building and community service opportunities available with EYPN.

Among the topics to be discussed will be our next Quarterly Educational Session in June, our first Cash Mob of 2014, and more.

Our meetings are informal so we invite you to come for the meeting and stay for dinner and friendly conversation with some fantastic young professionals.

Please RSVP on Facebook or e-mail Board President Becky Hardekopf, becky@grandvictoriafdn.org or Board Vice President, Krisilee Murphy, kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com for more details.

Congratulations EYPN Leader Luncheon Nominees


EYPN members: (Left to right) Katie Michel, Stacy Michel, Ann Leider, Becky Hardekopf, Krisilee Murphy, Laura Valdez, Kari Christensen, Jason Pawlowski

The YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon Awards annually recognize the best and brightest women in Elgin who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in leadership. This year’s extensive list of Leader Luncheon award nominees proudly boasted three Elgin Young Professionals Network members:

Becky Hardekopf – Business Category

Ann Leider – Education Category

Kari Christensen – Communications/Technology Category

Please join us in congratulating these three amazing women and all of this year’s deserving award winners and nominees. Thank you for all that you do for the Elgin community.

EYPN’s Hardekopf Receives Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award

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EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf with EACVB Director of Marketing and EYPN Board VP Krisilee Murphy.

Congratulations to Grand Victoria Foundation Program Manager and EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf, who received “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award at the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon on Monday, May 5 at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

Becky was chosen for her exempliary efforts as a brand ambassador for Elgin thru the EACVB’s #ResidentRec program, which encourages visitors to rave about and share the positives of local restaurants, bars and other tourist attractions in the Elgin area thru social media.

The 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon event was attended by nearly 100 guests and local dignitaries and helped kick-off National Travel and Tourism Week in the Elgin Area.

The Elgin Young Professionals Network congratulates our fearless leader, Becky Hardekopf, on receiving this well-deserved honor.