Concordia-Chicago co-hosts IFWBC Career Event for women in the workplace


Concordia University Chicago College of Business and the Illinois Federation of Women’s Business Clubs/Downtown Chicago are co-sponsoring a career development event on Saturday, May 12 entitled “How to Climb the Ladder of Success in 2012.”

Basic training begins at 8 am in Room 120 of Krentz Hall on the Concordia University Chicago campus at 7400 Augusta, River Forest, Illinois and continues until 12:30 PM.  

This event came about as a result of former Dean, George Vukotich, College of Business at Concordia University participating in an IFBWC chapter event in Downtown Chicago that addressed the challenges that women face in today’s work force.  “Working together,” Dean Vukotich explains, “the college and the IFBWC will be able to offer our students, their members and the community at large presentations on resume writing, networking, salary negotiations, and job search strategies. Everyone benefits.”

Wendy Lalli, a career coach and former columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Southtown, and Star newspapers will facilitate a presentation on resumes. “This is a great opportunity for working women not only to learn valuable job search skills,” she observes, “but how to network with and support each other.”

The second workshop on salary negotiations will be facilitated by Barbara Yong, a partner in the law firm of Golan & Christie LLP. Ms. Yong is a past State President of the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women (now known as the IFBWC) and an expert on the gender gap in compensation. In 2011, she organized Chicago’s first annual Equal Pay for Women Rally in 2011.  “Unfortunately, when it comes to getting equal pay for equal work,” Ms. Yong cautions, “women are just as disadvantaged today as they were 40 years ago.  That’s why they need to understand how to negotiate their salary before they accept the job - not after.” 

The morning will conclude with a panel discussion on how to fully utilize the services of recruiters - whether they are with staffing agencies or work onsite for corporations.  Judi Wunderlich, President and co-founder of the Wunderland Group ( and Melinda Holm of Melinda Holm and Associates ( will be participating on the panel, sharing their insights on what decision makers look for when making full time hires.

The event is free to Concordia students and IFWBC members. Non-members (male as well as female) may attend for an entry fee of $15.  A continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Space is limited, so call (312) 696-2034 or email for a reservation no later than May 5.  Attendees can also register for the event online by going to


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Name: Wendy Lalli
Organization: Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs/Downtown Chapter|
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