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Suburban Influential Women honored for rock-star work

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  • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comKeynote Speaker Mary Lynn Fayoumi of Management Association talks during the  Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards ceremony at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center Wednesday.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comKeynote Speaker Mary Lynn Fayoumi of Management Association talks during the Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards ceremony at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center Wednesday.

  • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comPaula Amenta of Elgin community College was honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards ceremony at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center Wednesday.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comPaula Amenta of Elgin community College was honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards ceremony at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center Wednesday.

  • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Luisa Buehler of The hire Solution in Oakbrook was honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards ceremony at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center Wednesday.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Luisa Buehler of The hire Solution in Oakbrook was honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards ceremony at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center Wednesday.

 
By Richard R. Klicki
rklicki@dailyherald.com

Eighteen suburban women executives were treated like rock stars for their achievements during the 19th Annual Influential Women in Business Awards, hosted by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners -- Chicago Area Chapter.

More than 130 people attended the event at Northern Illinois University's Naperville campus Wednesday evening to celebrate the honorees.

The awards are presented to women executives who excel in business, civic and personal arenas. The honorees' businesses must be located or have a major presence in the Business Ledger's primary editorial coverage area of suburban Chicago. Honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of Daily Herald Business Ledger staff members.

Likening the honorees to rock stars, Management Association President & CEO Mary Lynn Fayoumi outlined a number of qualities that mark people of influence. Those qualities range from seizing opportunities to being resilient and optimistic, but Fayoumi stressed the abilities to being passionate with what you do, as well as being yourself.

"There are lots of different ways you can have influence," she said. "And a lot of times, your personal style and your experiences, or the people that you have been mentored by, influence how you influence others."

Many of the honorees reflected on those who influenced them, attributing friends, family and faith to their individual success.

"We are influenced by those we love, those we respect, those we admire and trust," said Luisa Buehler, president of the Hire Solution of Oakbrook Terrace. "And we reflect that influence through everything we think, say and do."

Linda Alberty, president/founder of Cultivate Excellence in Lisle, spoke of "the excellence on the inside."

"Even those things that make us all so different, these are the things that make us excellent," Alberty said.

Shauna Weatherspoon, president and CEO of Weatherspoon and Associates in Naperville, closed with an African proverb.

"When you educate a man, you educate an individual. But when you educate a woman, you educate a nation," she said.

Detailed profiles of the honorees will be is a special section of the Dec. 12 issue of the Daily Herald Business Ledger. This year's awards are sponsored by Northern Illinois University College of Business; B. Gunther & Co.; the Management Association and Focus Capital Advisors.