Creative Women's Co. Newsletter

A Creative Directory














Jennifer Sailer

I have a background in the arts but am now a creative entrepreneur based in Chicago focusing on design, brand management, and digital content. I also love to travel and make candles!

Jen Martensen

I have a background in the arts but am now a creative entrepreneur based in Chicago focusing on design, brand management, and digital content. I also love to travel and make candles!

Jennifer Boylen

I have a background in the arts but am now a creative entrepreneur based in Chicago focusing on design, brand management, and digital content. I also love to travel and make candles!

Vara Saripalli

Hi! I’m a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with women who are experiencing anxiety as they try to do big, bold, and new things. I help ambitious women break free of patterns of “stuckness” to make powerful choices that change their lives.

Cindy Specht

The spaces we dwell, work, and play in have a profound impact on the quality of our lives. Our homes, offices, and communities can either enhance or restrict our lives—functionally, aesthetically, and financially! Making a real estate investment or divestment goes beyond basic check boxes, words, and numbers on an MLS sheet.

Sharon Ringier

I’m Possible Women’s Empowerment Collaborative, Inc. was designed to help female entrepreneurs grow their businesses and themselves to their fullest potential. We produce conferences, ultimate masterminds, small business panels, networking events just to name a few. Lady leaders become members to move their dreams forward. We work our mastermind principles that work every time for everyone. We are so effective in the principles by which we create our masterminds that our ladies call it the supermind. And the supermind solves all problems, gets all solutions and creates a harmony and balance that women have been starving for.

Viviana Anaya

I’m a UX/ visual designer from Chicago. I aspire to create intuitive and delightful experiences that enrich people’s lives. Currently, I work at Sears as a visual designer for Sears and the Kmart customer reward program, Shop Your Way. Prior to Sears, I freelanced for respectable companies such as Orbitz, Rewards Network, and Allscripts, amongst others.

Agnieszka Wojtowicz

I’m Agnieszka, the face behind WojoImage. I photograph all kinds of love at all stages of life. A pregnancy, a birth story, a newborn baby, children, families, adoption, pets, or just because… I specialize in lifestyle and portrait photography, serving the Chicago and Seattle areas. I strive to document families in natural settings and love capturing the raw, real and intimate emotions. I love capturing stories and the people within them and strive to document moments in their purest form.

Fun things about me: I was born in Poland and moved to the Midwest when I was 13 years old. I am happily married to my amazing husband and 6 months ago we became parents to our beautiful baby girl. She’s our whole world! We’ve been together for over ten years and had the opportunity to live in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Washington State and recently moved from Seattle back to Chicago. We currently live in the Chicago area, but travel back to Seattle every few weeks so I’m still booking sessions in Seattle. If I’m not capturing stories for my clients you can find me with my little family traveling, exploring new areas and trying out all the coffee shops the Chicago has to over.

I love adventure and am available to travel!

Melanie Husk

Melanie Husk is the Founder and President of MEL Consulting CO. She has worked for some of the best firms on Wall Street, including Legg Mason, Goldman Sachs, and Raymond James. During much of her career, she partnered with financial advisors to interpret the markets by providing research and insight. Additionally, she educated them on investment solutions and portfolio construction. Her strong knowledge of traditional and alternative asset classes allowed her to build risk-managed, globally diversified strategies to address specific needs, such as replacing an income stream or providing for downside protection.

Lauren Ramsey

Lauren Ramsey is a Social Story Teller. Throughout her life, she has lived in five countries and visited thirty countries across four continents. At a young age, she not only knew how to adapt to new environments, cultures, and ways of life, but she did not see it as anything other than normal. Throughout her life and career, this unique skillset has complimented her analytical mind and helped her to adapt to new teams, understand problems from a different point of view and find new ways to tackle and solve any problem.

Leslie Castromayor

Leslie is a content creator and independent style consultant living in Chicago. By day you’ll catch her handling the complexities of digital marketing, while in off-hours she’s a freelance stylist, tailoring shoots and consulting for various retailers.

A graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art, she’s fused with Chicago’s arts and tech community, enthusiastically supporting women artists and tech entrepreneurs in articulating their visions.

Emily Merrell

After spending 5 years of my career focused on Special Events and Marketing at Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and INTERMIX, I created Six Degrees Society ( a women’s networking organization that focuses on taking the guesswork out of networking for women professionals through monthly programming in NYC, Chicago, LA, New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, DC, Boston and Philly.

At each event I handpick every connection that the attendee meets during the 2 hour event. The programming varies from speed networking (4 matches) to workshops workshops such as wine tastings, career panels, SEO and branding presentations. For more information about the organization and upcoming events in your area check out our website and reach out ([email protected]) if you’re interested in partnering together!

Alicia Driskill

Alicia Driskill has a wide range of experience over her 18+ year career. Alicia is the Founder & CEO of EvolveHer, Chicago’s first creative workspace designed for women.

EvolveHer serves as a catalyst to start, incubate or grow your business and connect with a diverse community of women. The EvolveHer team also provides marketing consulting and business development for entrepreneurs, corporations, women’s initiatives and purpose-driven campaigns.

Prior to launching EvolveHer, Alicia worked at a number of top digital and entertainment companies, most recently as Vice President of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG and others such as Live Nation, & E! Online. Over the past 1.5 years she has served as a strategic advisor and consultant for Pearl xChange, Girl Starter and SCHOOL.

Alicia is also an active Luminary Member of Step Up, a non-profit organization that helps girls from under-resourced communities fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Alicia has a strong drive to help other women and support the next generation of female leaders.

Dannie Fountain

Dannie Fountain is a  marketing & PR strategist focused on fresh ideas and goals that really work for busy creative entrepreneurs who seek to never stop learning or exploring. Her main priority is to ease your workload so you can build awareness and increase sales without having to give up doing what you love. You truly can have a plan for taking your business to the next level without all the added stress and it’s easier than you think.

Dr. Kelly Page

Dr. Kelly Page is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), and founder of the social design studio, Live What You Love, LLC and the social initiative, Grateful4Her. She also serves as a team lead consultant for the Arts and Business Council (A&BC) of Chicago.

A social and digital innovator, entrepreneur, ethnographer, educator and learning consultant, and research fellow, Kelly has a PhD in the Psychology of Web Knowledge and an obsession with social digital storytelling. She has over 18 years experience working at the intersection of social innovation, social design and learning of mediated social experiences for Startups, Universities, Schools and School Districts, to Fortune 500 companies. She believes that at the heart of social innovation and entrepreneurship is creating truly social cultures, brands, and leaders.

Michael Donnelly

Michael Donnelly has been planning memorable experiences since her 7th birthday party at Leaps n’ Bounds. While consulting for clients nationally on marketing initiatives, sales, sponsorship, events, operational strategy, increasing revenue, or as Founder of the FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective, a community dedicated to professional inclusion, she carries the same tenacity as her 7y/o self, leading with the idea that “business gets done when people have fun.”

Sharokina Pazand

Sharokina Pazand is the Event Director and Experience Visionary of Citygirl Events, a full-service event planning firm in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Sharokina takes pride in her holistic and methodical planning approach. She draws from each client’s cultural background, individual style, and unique history to create an unforgettable and unparalleled occasion. Recognizing that her clients are busy professionals, she utilizes cloud-based communication and project tools to ensure a smooth and stress-free process.

Sharokina is also a leading innovator in Chicago’s event-planning industry. She was among the first planners to offer comprehensive proposal-planning services and often facilitates event management for people around the world, including those serving in the armed forces.

Nicole Yeary

Nicole Yeary Website | Instagram | LinkedIn Founder and CEO at Ms.Tech // Keynote Speaker // Investor Nicole has led Ms.Tech, a Chicago-based company focused on seeing more women start and scale technology companies, as the founder since 2014. She has spent over...

Ari Krzyzek

Ari Krzyzek Website | Instagram | LinkedIn Creative. Mentor. Speaker. Branding Addict. Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web,...

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