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Jo Miller, author, CEO of BeLeaderly
April 30, 2020 | 8:00 AM CDT

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March 2020 RNPW Newsletter Print

President's Message

March is Women’s History Month and this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, recognizing that women had the right to vote. Don’t forget to exercise this right on March 17th!

Join us on March 16th, with Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Collins, as she speaks about listening to the difficult truth from your Tribe. This luncheon builds on this year’s series, “The Power of a Tribe.”

A huge thank you to Pam Timmons and the Scholarship Committee for beginning the scholarship review process. We had nearly twice as many applications come in than last year! The scholarship winner will be announced at the Professional Development Workshop (April 30th), awarding a deserving woman $2500 for her continued education. Our guest speaker will be Jo Miller of BeLeaderly, sponsored by Anderson Automotive Group, who will share “5 Ways to Lead When You’re Not in Charge.”

Have you purchased your ticket or better yet, purchased a “Member Sponsor” package that includes 2 tickets? Bring your friends and colleagues! Be part of the wonderful Rockford Network Scholarship tradition which began in 1994 and has contributed to more than 35 amazing women’s education!

So do you have these events on your calendar? I’ll be there and hope you will be, too!




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Member News and Events


Professional Development Workshop

Five Ways to Lead When You're Not in Charge

REGISTER NOW- on Go to the meetings/events link and scroll to the April meeting and register as a member or a guest.  Members have the added benefit of becoming a member sponsor to receive an extra ticket, advertising, and the opportunity to provide a promotional item! 

"Roses are red.  Violets are blue.  Don't just kick open doors.  Hold them open and invite others to step through." - Jo Miller

The RNPW's annual Professional Development Workshop promises to be an inspiring, dynamic and engaging morning packed full of learning!  Join us on Thursday, April 30th from 8:00-11:30 at the Illinois Bank & Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club, when award-winning author and internationally sought-after global speaker, Jo Miller, will present "Five Ways to Lead When You're Not in Charge".

Jo delivers more than 70 presentations each year to government, nonprofit, and academic organizations, including Bank of America, BP, eBay, GM, MetLife, Microsoft, Princeton University, the USDA and Verizon.  

What people are saying about Jo.....

"The highest marks we've gotten for any speaker!"   - Network of Executive Women

"You rocked it Jo!" -LinkedIn

"A fantastic speaker- engaging and dynamic." -Cisco

"Rave Reviews!" - Amazon

"An amazing experience to ignite change." -Medtronic

2020 Cheater's Spelling Bee

Round up your friends for the biggest test of your knowledge, memory and nerves of steel ever held in the Rockford area – the Cheater’s Spelling Bee, benefitting Family Counseling Services!

That’s right. We said it. A SPELLING BEE. Not just any spelling bee, but one that is focused on adults.

And not just any spelling bee format, but one where you can purchase “cheats” to help you advance in the competition.

Join Kathy Velasco and Mary Jo Hare – get a team together and join us on April 16th at the Lombardi Club.  Check out the details at:

Enrich ~ Encourage ~ Strengthen Help us Bring Joy

The mission of the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation is to enrich, encourage, and strengthen the faith and hope of our young adult cancer warriors.  During a period of time where good news is difficult to find, the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation is able to provide a helping hand by granting a wish that can truly change the life of the young cancer warrior and their family.   In 2019 the Foundation delivered 54 wishes in 19 states!!!    

Through your participation in this fundraiser, you will be helping to fulfill the mission of the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation.  We are not asking for donations.  We are just asking that you consider shopping at a different store for basic essentials that you are already purchasing somewhere else.

Nik’sFoundation will benefit, month after month, year after year, when you become a Melaleuca customer.  It is common that once customers enroll many remain members for life due to the exceptional quality and value of the product line. This fundraiser will create a residual income stream for Nik’s Foundation indefinitely. 

To learn more about becoming a member of the Online Shopping Club to support Nik’s Foundation please contact Carol Lamb, 815-624-4485, [email protected]  

It is an honor and privilege to be working with Kelli Ritschel-Boehle and Lydia Bainter on this project and hopes that you will join Nik's Tribe in supporting this very worthy cause.  

Let's help the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation grant wishes to young cancer warriors.  

Could you use an extra $300, $500, $1,000 per month, Residual Income?

Do you enjoy helping people?

I am looking for 10-20 Project Drivers to help me create a residual income stream for the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation.  My goal is to build a customer base of 400 customers under the Foundation.  For one person to do this it would take a period of time.  But, for a TRIBE of women who like helping others, this could be achieved in a short amount of time.  Twenty people, telling twenty people, and the mission is accomplished.  Everyone benefits.  You benefit because you made the referral and the foundation benefits because of your referral.  It's a win-win!  

Let's help the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation grant wishes to young cancer warriors.  

Carol Lamb - 815-624-4485 – [email protected]   

5K Shamrock Beer Run/Walk

Lace up your shoes and sip some brews for Nik’s Wish!

Sip and sprint (or walk) your way to granting Wishes for young adult cancer warriors. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, join Nik’s Wish for the 5k Shamrock Beer Run/Walk. The course, at Rockford Speedway (9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, IL), boasts five beer pitstops. At each pitstop, sample a three-ounce brew courtesy of one of our local craft beer sponsors: Generations, Granite City, Lena, Pig Minds, & Prairie Street. All registered participants will receive a souvenir beer glass, a Shamrock Beer Run long-sleeve T-shirt, and a medal for completing the course. The race is not timed, but a race-clock is posted so you can check your time. Festivities begin at noon and the Run/Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. A post-race party, lasting until 4:00 p.m., will be held indoors, where all five breweries will be set up to serve participants and all who purchase beer tickets.

On race day, the cost to register for the Shamrock Beer Run/Walk will be $60 (must be 21 or older); however, a significant discount is available for those registering in advance. The spectator fee is $20 on race day, but just $10 in advance. Register online at Beer tickets can be purchased during registration, before the race, and during the party. Proceeds benefit Nik’s Wish, whose mission is to BRING JOY to young adults (18-24), and their loved ones, fighting cancer.

In March, 2012, Nik Ritschel, battling Synovial Sarcoma, inspired the creation of The Nikolas Ritschel Foundation (a.k.a. Nik’s Wish). Nik's dying wish was to help other young adult cancer warriors who missed-out on receiving a Wish. They missed-out because they were diagnosed after turning 18, which made them ineligible for Make-A-Wish type programs. Since 2012, Nik's Wish has granted over 175 wishes in 32 states. The majority of these wishes have been in Northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area. Once a wish is granted, a volunteer Wish Maker works directly with the Wisher and their loved ones to make all the arrangements. This relieves the Wish Family from worrying over all the details, and allows them to focus on their precious, memorable time together enjoying the wish.

To learn more about this Rockford-based 501(c)(3) charity, and to see how you can help young adult cancer warriors, please visit our new website at or our Facebook page at

Contact:  Kelli Ritschel Boehle, Executive Director - Nik’s Wish, The Nikolas Ritschel Foundation - (815)-262-8825  [email protected]


Free Weight Loss Class

Want to learn more about weight loss?  Jody Perrecone, NC will be teaching the class, Is There More to Weight Loss Than Calories In - Calories Out? on Sunday, March 29th at 1:30 PM at Choices Natural Market, 6718 Broadcast Pkwy, Loves Park.

In this class we'll discuss information about losing weight that is not generally talked about.  You will develop a greater understanding of weight loss and how the body works, which can change they way you approach weight reduction.  It doesn't take a big weight loss to make a difference!

The class is free, but you must register at

We've all been on diets - numerous diets.  Sometimes they work, but more often than not they don't.  Join me for one that will!

How to Make Q2 Your Best Quarter Yet

How would it feel if you surpassed your annual goals before the end of July? Would you invest a few hours now to free up an extra 260 hours in your year? 

In this free virtual accelerator group, you can learn the secrets to implementing a plan that actually works for the upcoming quarter with an expert coach. You'll be reaching your annual goals before the year is up. You'll be creating the time to hike with your family, read a good book with a cup of tea, or perusing the art museum with friends.

I'll teach you my fool-proof method to plan for the next quarter, and we'll spend time masterminding other business questions. Participants have the chance to submit their questions, and the other women in the group can brainstorm, provide feedback, and make suggestions. 

Register here:



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Calendar of Events

Meeting/Event Information

The RNPW program year is September through June of each year. Our meetings are typically the 3rd Monday of each month. However, in September we kickoff the program year with an evening reception that is a bit more relaxed so that members can renew contacts, meet new friends, and learn what the upcoming year will have for informational and inspirational speakers.

2019 - 2020 Theme: The Power of a Tribe

Each year our Program Committee works diligently to invite exceptionally dynamic women from the region to speak on their achievements—both the successes and challenges in reaching their goals. Read the "More Info" on each month's topics and register before the cutoff date to void a late fee.  

Non-Members/Guests are welcome to attend at any time up to 2 meetings before membership is required -- member referral is not a requirement to attend or join.

Meeting General Info/Tips

Weather Cancellation Policy

Click here for our cancellation/refund policy.


February 17, 2020 Luncheon - Recreating Your Tribe

February 17, 2020
11:30 AM CST - 1:00 PM CST

Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club
5151 Guilford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
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Kerry Frank - Comply 365

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Welcome New Members

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS in February 2020


Masha Roberts, Global Commodity Manager at Woodward

Kellie Thelen, Paralegal at Sosnowski Szeto, LLP

Megan Reff, Paralegal at Sosnowski Szeto, LLP

Roxanne Sosnowski, Partner Attorney at Sosnowski Szeto LLP

Wiktoria Goscik, Attorney at Sosnowski Szeto LLP





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Thank you for reading!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome!


Jeaneil Lanza

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Communications Chair, Rockford Network of Professional Women

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