Ok so I’m a bit behind in my postings and I’m trying to catch up….bear with me…I’ve also got my photos ready now so I went back in and added some to past postings – you can do a search by Oprah Updates I believe to see them (with pics!) in chronological order if you’re interested.
Last Friday, October 24th was my last full day in Chicago and it was the day to spend with a bunch of fabulous eWomenNetwork members from all 4 chapters in the Chicago area – all hosted by my new buddy Marie Hale. (here’s Marie and I to the left after a long day of networking and night of girl time)
My goal for the day was to make a bunch of new contacts, be an inspriation to many, chat with Sandra about conference and having me be one of her speakers and also to have a great time and go out with the girls later!
So, my client (and now good friend) Marina Collazo (in the middle) picked me up with another friend of ours, Renate Knippen (On the right) – they drove me to the meeting spot but first we stopped for a quick bite to eat and coffee…I hadn’t had my coffee yet when they arrived (not good if you want me to network and talk to people)
What do you know…it was right across from Rigley Field??? Fun to snap a couple photos there; I guarantee that will never happen again!!
Ok so during the eWomen event I met a gal Neille Hoffman, she is one of Oprah’s graphic designers!!! She was the one who was trying to reach me earlier in the week (if you read the last couple posts) and connect me to Oprah or a producer while I was at the TV show taping….which was the day before this!! Oh my, I seriously thought I’d missed the boat.
But Neille called her contact who called me (during ewn) and who arranged for me to come BACK to the Oprah Winfrey Studios and get a back stage tour!! (that day, Friday, at 3 pm.
So, off I ran from ewn right after it was over, in a taxi (cuz that’s all there are in Chicago) to the studio. I arrived there just in time, waited a bit (didn’t see anyone important unfortunately) and the TV producer gal came out (out of breath mind you – she’s a busy gal) and took me on a whirl wind 10 minute, fly through the backstage action type of tour….wow. It went by fast. I think I was only inside for 15-20 minutes tops! So, no meeting Oprah but I have some connections now at least….and I’ve already started my follow up!!
Ok so that was it, back in a taxi, back to the ewomen event where a bunch of girls (and one guy) were hanging out (not just waiting for me) but socializing more because a bunch of us were set to do a Girl’s Night Out Chicago style!
We had a few drinks and then it was time to eat again of course, our lunch had worn off so we found a quite (ha ha) little bar right next to Rigley Field (lots of men for them to gaggle over…of course I wasn’t lookin’) where we ate, drank and got to know each other more. Here’s a pic of the 7 of us that went.
From left to right it was Pat, Christie, me, Marina, Renate, Marie and Lysa – some great girl talk.
I gave them my take on Match.com and all those sites cuz some of them were single….since that’s where I met my honey!!
The night ended a little earlier than I had expected; I was worried these ladies would have me out until dawn…but nevertheless; I got a decent night sleep before my trip home.
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