New in February 2018

New recommendation by one of our flying PIGs.  

"Cynthia K. Wade is a force for positive change. She encourages clients to set realistic, measureable career and/or life goals. Cynthia helps her clients break these goals down into concrete action steps. She has a deep knowledge of how to market oneself in a positive, honest way. Most importantly, she listens to her clients and serves as a nonjudgmental guide in their journey towards determining what will bring the most life satisfaction."

We're in the news again!  Check out page 47 of the February Issue of Kane County Magazine.

"You (Cynthia K Wade) spoke at the Lisle job club and I thought you were passionate, inspiring and knowledgeable. I have been making a career transition.  Job hunting has been really frustrating.  I have the energy and really want to make a change.  Can you point me in the right direction?"  ~  Sean H

 Now offering FREE Virtual LinkedIn Profile Reviews.  Click    here  and scroll to the bottom for details.

Now offering FREE Virtual LinkedIn Profile Reviews.  Click here and scroll to the bottom for details.

New in January 2018

Why IMPROV?  Check it out here. And here.

Guiding Lights - our new mentor program.  Ingite someone's life.  Illuminate someone's path.

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Do you want to make a practical and immediate difference in someone's life?  Check out our new volunteer program, Guiding Lights.  Click here to learn all about it.

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."  ~ Albert Schweitzer




Face of the Fox Logo with

Faces of the Fox is in the News! 

Are YOU a Face of the Fox?

Discover the diversity that is the Fox Valley.  Click here to learn about our exciting new interactive community photography installation that will showcase the rich diversity of the population of the Fox River Valley.





Casulaties of the Most Recent Depression are profiled by Jessica Bruner in Nomadland.  Read more here.

We are in the news again. Discover a new you in 2018!  Cover article in Kane County Magazine

Click here and read the cover and pages 8-11 to discover how and help you with a new you in 2018!

Introducing in Elgin

Beginning in February, will have office hours at the Elgin Towwnship Offices at 729 South McLean Boulevard.  We will be there on the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 - 11:30 AM and again on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  No appoinments are necessary.  Please stop by and let us know how we can help you.  Check out the calendar for more details.

Winter Weather Policy


As a regional NFP, with many people traveling to get to us, we do have a policy for winter weather:
•    If the wind chill in the greater Chicago area is colder than 20 degrees below zero, or if travel advisories have been issued because of snow or wind, we cancel all events.
•    If you're not sure about the severity of the weather, please check with the office.
•    When in doubt, please stay home!

New in December 2017

Check the January calendar for lots of great new programming that will help you get your new year off to a great start.  Here's a sample:

Career Tool Kit - College Edition on Saturday, December 30

Creating Goals with Soul - January 6

Discover Your Strengths with Strengthsfinders - January 27

A recommendation from staff - 

"Recently my son had an opportunity to interview for a job he really wanted.  It was a job which was going to have quite a bit of competition due to the salary and and opportunities it would present.  Needless to say he wanted to nail the interview.

I asked you if you could take a few minutes and offer me any advice I could pass on to him about how to prepare.   You kindly took the time to offer advice on some great questions he could ask and ways to “sell” himself so they would know he was exactly what they were looking for.

I shared all your advice/suggestions with my son.    The interview day came and he felt it went really well and they told him that they would be making a decision in a few days.   They called him the next day and offered him the job!   They said it was a difficult decision between him and some other very qualified individuals but the deciding factor was how prepared, put together and polished he was.

I just want to say THANK YOU!   I believe it was your advice that helped him to stand out above the others."


Join us for our 3rd Open House on December 1 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Let's celebrate our success and usher in the Season of WOW with lights and merry making.  Check the calendar for details.

New in November 2017

In the Kane County Herald on November 1.  New partnerhips announced.  Read all about it here.

New in October 2017

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Unfortunately, many colleges really don't prepare their graduates with the real life tools that they need to get a job. Coming in November - Career Tool Kit - College Edition.  For more information and to register, click here.



Our founder, Cynthia K Wade has been recognized by her community as a 2017 Woman of Distinction.  For details, click here.

 Tickets are on sale now for Dinner Date 4 on Friday, November 3.  For details and to order click  h  ere.

Tickets are on sale now for Dinner Date 4 on Friday, November 3.  For details and to order click here.








Our founder, Cynthia K Wade is one of nine local women honored as a 2017 Woman of Distinction!

The Women of Distinction Award will be presented to women who have been chosen as representative role models and leaders in their fields and communities. Honorees are:
Cynthia Wade      Debora McKa     Esther Roby     Halle Cox     Karen Schock
Mary O'Connor     Sharon Schmidt     Tara Burghart     Theoni Limouris.

Join us October 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the St. Charles Country Club for the Awards Luncheon!  A welcome reception will provide networking opportunities preceding lunch and the award ceremony.  The award ceremony will honor the 2017 Women of Distinction and provide honorees with an opportunity to share their stories.

New in September 2017

Returnships.  What are they?  Is one right for you?  Watch for more information coming soon!

New in August 2017

In the News, again.  Voyage Chicago recently interviewed our founder, Cynthia K Wade.  You can read the whole article here.

We have some new videos to share courtesy of Dean Vernon of DV Productions.  Dean is a self-taught videographer from neighboring Batavia.  He's great to work with.  We've been filming and editing for a few weeks.  Now we're ready to share.  You can find an introduction to by clicking here.  To view three client testimonials, click here.

From the Washington Post on August 7 - She needs a job.  The economy is in great shape.  It should be easy, right? No, it's not.  Read the full article here.

New job posted on August 2.  Check it out here.

Save the date for Dinner Date 4 - Friday, November 3. Join us for craft cocktails, a Hispanic fiesta of flavors and chocolate pinatas.




New in July 2017

New job posted on July 20.  Check it out here.

In the News again - Check it out. shows growth.

"This is an extremely unique and powerful program that will go on to be a great blessing to many more. We are fortunate to have a program of this caliber in the Fox Valley. This is a program worthy of your support.
Keep up the great work!"  - Michael Cobb"

From Laurence Bradford, a contributor at Forbes - Read about 14 In-demand Tech Jobs Employers Are Struggling To Fill

While starting a new job is always exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wracking. These 19 companies boast awesome new employee programs that will help you learn about your workplace, meet your colleagues, and have you feeling right at home in no time.  The best part? They're all hiring right now. 


New in June 2017

St. Charles East High School Business Honors Club and partnered for the 2016-17 Business Honors Community Project. The clothing drive collected 185 pieces of professional clothing for men and women of all shapes and sizes.  Read the complete article at


New recommendation from a Flying PIG.  Click here.

New Job Posting.  Click here.

More in mainstream media about the benefits of IMPROV.  Click here.  To learn more about IMPROV at, click here.

Neat new concept and site.  Gamechangers  Check it out.  Some pretty well known companies have joined this league. Most of them are based in California. I found two based in Chicago (Thought Works and Greenlight Planets).

Want to know how to generate income in retirement?  Check this out.  

Courtesy of the students in Miss Denise's class at The Brenham Community Center in Texas.  They found us on line and reached out with this information.

New in May 2017

Check out these at-home career opportunities at AETNA.

These Are the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S

Forbes Best Small Companies.  Check it out. Three Illinois companies made the list.  The names might surprise you.

Check this out! Discover what you're worth‎.

New jobs are being posted frequently.  Please visit here for more information.

Our annual sailboat raffle is coming soon!  Watch for details.

Founder and Managing Director, Cynthia K Wade is the guest speaker at WorkNet DuPage on Friday, May 12.  This Job Club Presentation is open to the public.  It begins at 8:30 AM with networking.  The presentation is at 9:30 AM.  The location is 2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302, Lisle, IL 60532 (map)

New in April 2017

Dinner Date 3 was a huge success.  Check out all the photos of the fun here.

Crain's Chicago Business has named the Best Places to Work in Chicago.  Check it out.

 In an effort to better serve our clients, we are creating a group of specially selected and trained volunteers who will be designated as "Guiding Lights."  In the words of Albert Schweitzer, these individuals will help to rekindle the dimming light in the clients we serve who light has dimmed in the face of the challenging transitions that they are facing.

Going forward, all clients of will have access to a Guiding Light.  In order to make this possible, we are actively seeking individuals who are willing to volunteer in this capacity.  You will be trained and have guidance.  You will be expected to "connect" with your "person" weekly via text, email, telephone call, and/or F2F visits.  You will partner with a Case Manager to help support the unique needs of the client.  If you are interested in this vounteer opportunity, please reach out to us.  Someone will follow up.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 returns on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AM. This two-hour workshop is facilitated by Kim LeClair, who is trained and certified by the Gallup organization to teach this long-standing method of identifying your signature strengths and learning how to put them to best use.  This class is for anyone aged 16+ who is interested in learning more about leading with your strengths. Please visit the calendar for details.

 Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 PM at Abby's in St. Charles

Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 PM at Abby's in St. Charles

New in March 2017

We're in the news again!  Check out this article in the PrimeTime section of the Chicago Tribune on March 17.  

Join us to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary at Dinner Date 3 on April 8.  Click here for more information.

Another PIG is flying.  Read about the details here.

New in February 2017

 PIGs are flying!!!

PIGs are flying!!!

FREE Resume or LinkedIn Review on Saturday, February 18 from 11AM - 1PM.  Click here for the calendar and go to February 18 for more information.

Professional Headshots Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, February 24 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.  Click here for the calendar and go to February 24 for more information. 

Book of the Month is The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.  Click here and check the calendar for dates and more information.

New in January 2017

Intro to IMPROV and 4-week classes begin on February 6.  

FREE Resume or LinkedIn Review on Saturday, January 21 from 11AM - 1PM.  Click here for the calendar and go to January 21 for more information.

Discover your strengths with a Strengths Finders 2.0 Workshop beginning on Saturday, February 11.  Visit here for the calendar and then go to February 11 for more information.


New in September 2016

We've finally been able to post the link to the 7 minute interview we did on BATV.  You can watch it here.

SAVE the Date - OCTOBER 15

We are pleased to announce Dinner Date 2. 

Our first dinner date in February
was so successful that we are planning a second on
Saturday, October 15 - 7:00 PM
at Abby's in St. Charles

Tickets go on sale Monday, September 12.

(click here for photos and more information)

New in August 2016

Samantha and Omar Meija and Andrew and Sue Arnold!!!  Congratulations to both couples on winning the Summer 2016 sail boat raffle!  Each couple, and their two guests, will be welcomed onto the 34' Halcyon by Captain Mike Jandacek for a 2 hour sail on beautiful Lake Michigan.  Watch for more photos coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who supported by purchasing raffle tickets.


IMPROV!  Our July/August classes with Bill Russell were so successful that we're doing it again in September.  More information can be found here.  

Here's some photos from the class and some comments from the participants.

"Tonight was the greatest and most informative session I've been too."  "I'm coming back because I needed to laugh and I did!"  "It's super fun x 1 thousand; just fun; adult play!"  "I'm coming back because it teaches me tools to make me a better friend and there's nothing better in life than to have lots of friends." "It helps me keep things in order in my mind and also forget about the things that don't matter."  "Everyone is nice."  "It's comfortable, not scary."  "I like the variety of games."  I get to practice and realize that I'm learning to do it better."

Save the Date - Saturday, October 15 for Dinner Date 2!  The first one in February was so successful, we're doing it again.  Details coming soon.

Another PIG is Flying.  Here's the details.  And here's what his parents have to say.

CUBs Ticket Auction Updates - Wednesday, August 10 at 1:26 PM - Opening Bid - $100 for two!!!

We're in the news!  Specifically the Daily Herald on Sunday, July 31.  Check it out!

New in July 2016

WIN a 2-hour sail for 4 on Lake Michigan aboard the 34' Halycon.  

Tickets are only $25 each and only 100 tickets will be sold.  For more information and details, click here.


Step out of your Comfort Zone - Adventure is Out There

Join us Thursday, August 4 at 6:45 PM at the Chilled Palette in Geneva 

Enjoy a relaxing evening painting and socializing with friends.  Appetizers will be served. Beer and Wine are available for purchase.  To save your spot, please register and pay at  then click on the Private Event listed on August 4th


New in June 2016

We received a great recommendation from the mom of a client.  Check it out here

New books have been added to the Book List under Resources.  Have you reviewed it lately?

New IMPROV classses are being taught in July by Bill Russell.  Look here for details.


New in May

More PIGs are flying!  Check it out!  You can too!  Join us at the Introducing events on either Wednesday, June 1 or Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 AM to hear more and learn how to get started.

New IMPROV classes beginning in June.  Sign up for a 4-week session for as little as $40.  

Comfort Zone Crushers brings Laughter Yoga practitioner Sandy Kilowski to lead us all in belly-busting laughter on Friday, June 3 at 6:00 PM.  Don't you need more laughter in your life? 

Our May book of the month is Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success One Relationship at a Time.  Join our discussions on either Wednesday, May 4 at 11:30 AM or Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 PM.  You don't need to have read the book to participate.

New in March

Professional HEADSHOTS to benefits just added to April calendar.

IMPROV classes starting in April!  Click here for more info.

We're celebrating our 2nd Anniversary on March 23, 2016 is celebrating our 2nd Anniversary today!  The past two years have been incredibly busy.  We have welcomed over 200 people into our offices at 1141 Commerce Drive in Geneva.  Some of these individuals have been clients; all are friends.  They have participated in a myriad of different workshops, book discussions, improv classes and other programming.  

We have served over 36 different adults as clients, supporting them as they navigate a new road forward after a significant life transition.  Many of those people have succeeded in reaching their goals. These are our flying PIGs and include, Mary E, Charlotte C, Alicia T, Mary Z, Paul G, Lisa S, Renae L, Dave B, John F, Camille S,  Jeff F, John M, Omar M, Michael G, and Kevin K.  Others are still working with us.  Every day they strive to move forward with joy and intention to their chosen goal utilizing many of the different supports that offers. is a cutting edge concept.  We supply support to adults in transition that includes the development of both hard and soft skills.  This is a safe space where individuals can find the tools that they need to succeed - however they define success.

Transitions are left deliberately vague because they can include career changes, health scares, divorce, death, empty nesting, even something as simple as transitioning from who you are today, to who you want to be tomorrow.  The truth is that we are all growing and changing. actively promotes the growth mindset that we all should adopt to be the very best we can be,

Take a minute to visit our web site, especially our calendar.  We have many interesting programs coming up.  Which one is of interest to you?  Pick one and stop over to experience the exciting and ever evolving world of 

We will end our second year, as we did our first, in the black.  Not much in the black, but at least in the black.  That is because of the continuing support of the community.  Every donation, however small helps.  You can donate on line by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued support.  Stop by to see us soon.

See photos from our Dinner Date Fundraiser and check out all the sponsors 

New in February

IMPROV!  It can change your life.  FREE workshops coming in March prior to new classes starting in April.  Read more about it and you'll see why everybody is doing it.

New in January

Happy 2016!!!  

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Feed the Senses:

Connection Through Cooking

A fundraiser* for featuring chefs Sara R Snelling and special guest, Baker Hotel Executive Chef, David Hassan

February 9 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM

at the Demonstration Kitchen at Northern Illinois Food Bank

At, we do things differently, including dinner. Join us for an interactive cooking demonstration, enjoy specially selected wine pairings and learn to create a one pot meal that will be sure to delight your senses!

Plan now to join us for this intimate evening. Tickets* are limited because of the interactive nature of the event.  To guarantee your spots, reserve and pay for your tickets now,

Tickets available at $125 per couple*  Bring a spouse, a significant other, a friend or simply a fellow food-lover, because at, we do couples differently too!


Success! Another PIG is flying!

do-overs are hard work.  They take time and tears and lots of grit and hustle.  With the support of, our clients find their successes and fly in the direction of their dreams.  

Alicia T and Mary Z, both clients since November started new jobs this week! That's fabulous news.  It proves that with hard work, tenacity, confidence and faith that we can achieve our goals.  Congratulations to you, ladies!  We're proud of you.

Here's a great song about learning to fly and the person you can always count on to support you.  Courtesy of Sandra Boynton and Ryan Adams.


Featured Book of the Month -

Do Over: How to Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff

Join us on Wednesday, January 13 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM OR on Tuesday, January 23, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.You do not need to have read the book to participate.  There is no charge for members.  Others are asked for a small donation of $5.  Click here for more information.  To register, click here. 

The complete list of featured books of the month by year.

New in December

Two of our clients are in the process of negotiating job offers.  They are both anticipating December 1 start dates!  Watch for more details coming soon here. is celebrating its 1st anniversary at 1141 Commerce Drive in Geneva with an Open House and
you're invited.

We'll be introducing our Board of Directors, our advisors, friends and supporters, and most importantly, our Flying PIGS, the clients who have achieved success with us.
We will be celebrating, sharing good news and saying thank you to many people in many ways.  One lucky person will walk away with a beautifully hand crocheted afghan in's signature colors.  

Please join us for munchies and punch, cake and coffee anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 PM.  At 6:30 PM we will be doing introductions, saying thank you and sharing the success of our Flying PIGS!

We will also be anointing WIZARDs, those very special people who are empowered to give the gift of a do-over!  Don't miss it!  Didn't you always want to attend the anointing of a wizard?

Please take a minute to RSVP and help us plan for party!

Winter Weather Closing Policy

As a regional NFP, with many people traveling to get to us, we do have a policy for winter weather:
•    If the wind chill in the greater Chicago area is colder than 20 degrees below zero, or if travel advisories have been issued because of snow or wind, we cancel all events.
•    If you're not sure about the severity of the weather, please check with the office.
•    When in doubt, please stay home!


Link to 99U Speech - Grind 'N Pray

Cynthia presented alongside Improvisor and Comedian Susan Messing and NFP Director, Matt Stienstra at 99U on Wednesday, September 16.  Her talk, about the birth of and the three necessary ingredients for succes was called GRIND and PRAY.  You can watch it here. 

New in October

You are invited to join a select group of people from the Fox Valley area to discuss the future of work with author, Dr. James B. Huntington.  This special breakfast meeting on Friday, November 6 at 8:00 AM will follow Dr. Huntington's presentation at Waubonsee Community College on Thursday evening.
What:  Breakfast with Dr. James B Huntington
Where:, 1141 Commerce Drive, Geneva, IL  60134
When:  Friday, November 6 - 7:30 Coffee and Continental Breakfast; 8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast Meeting
Why:  The world of work is changing...quickly.  We all will experience a more secure future if we better understand how it is changing and more importantly, how the changes will impact us.  This breakfast will provide opportunities to a select group for a personal dialogue with Dr. Huntington.
PLEASE RSVP to 630-402-0429.  Space is limited.  To ensure a seat, please make your reservation as soon as possible.
The first 10 people to RSVP will receive a FREE ticket to the Thursday evening presentation at Waubonsee Community College and also be entered into a raffle to receive Dr. Huntington's books, Work's New Age: The End of Full Employment and What it Means to You and Choosing a Lasting Career: The Job-by-Job Outlook for Work's New Age.  You must be present to win.
For more information on Dr. Huntington, please visit his profile on LinkedIn or his web site at   His books are available there and also on Amazon.



Please help us welcome Batavia resident, Lori Holm who will be teaching our Thursday night IMPROV classes.

Daniel Perez has nominated Cynthia as a Community Champion.  She has been chosen as a finalist and will be honored, along with 17 other nominees on Thursday, October 1 at  the Compassion Foundation banquet at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora.  More information is available here.

New in September

Join us on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 PM as guest facilitator Gail Tattersfield leads us in a NEW class - Life Stories.  Check out the description on the calendar to see why this class is a must for everyone!  This class will meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month.  

Cynthia presented alongside Improvisor and Comedian Susan Messing and NFP Director, Matt Stienstra at 99U on Wednesday, September 16.  Her talk, about the birth of was called GRIND and PRAY.  Above is a graphic representation by Dusty at the INK Factory of the three presentations.  

Listen to Cynthia discuss on Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 PM on Afterhours with Rick Kogan on WGN - 720 AM.

Check out our newest recommendation from Renae LeBoutilier!  She got a job!

New in July

Update - This event is canceled because of lack of advance registration.  We are considering rescheduling and will post new date as we decide.

Butterfly Adoption Party - July 12

- partners with Butterflies Everywhere and Kimmer’s Ice Cream to host Butterfly Adoption Party on Sunday, July 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at 1141 Commerce Drive in Geneva.  

This is a community event to build awareness of the challenges of transformation and the need for support.  Whether you’re a butterfly or a person, everyone deserves a do-over.  Monarch butterflies are losing their fight to migrate, reproduce and survive because their habitat is being killed off at a rate of acres per day.  Vicki Serrato of Butterflies Everywhere will provide a brief explanation of the plight of monarch butterflies and why raising healthy butterflies and ensuring the right food for them is critical for their survival.  Cynthia Wade will provide some information on how adults in transition can be supported by the programs offered through

Children and adults who adopt a butterfly will receive an adoption certificate and will have the opportunity to make a wish and release their very own butterfly into the world.  They will learn how to track the general migration through the central US to Mexico.  Everyone will enjoy Kimmer’s Ice Cream Sandwishes!  And there will be a coloring contest for the children.   The cost to participate in this event is $25.  Participants must register and pay in advance to ensure that there are sufficient butterflies and ice cream for everyone.  Only paying participants will receive a butterfly, adoption papers and ice cream.  Additional ice cream will be available for purchase.

This event is held out doors.  In the event of rain, it will be rescheduled.  If you have provided contact information when registering, every attempt will be made to notify you if the event is rescheduled. You can also check back here and on Facebook for announcements.

New in June

When you need a laugh, watch this.  Eight golden retriever puppies discovering a pool of water.

Celebrate Kimmer's Ice Cream Grand Opening in Wheaton on Sunday, July 14 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and a percentage of the proceeds will go to


New in May

When you need some inspiration and maybe a smile, try this.

Visit our Chair-ity entry in front of Kimmer's Ice Cream at the corner of Illinois and First Streets in downtown St. Charles from now until Labor Day!

Trending on Facebook and Trib Local -  Think 'N Drink discusses Personality Assessments

FREE Insights into Emotional Intelligences program added on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 PM. 

Watch for news about our next community event on Sunday, July 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM!  Adopt a Butterfly!  and celebrate with Kimmer's Ice Cream Sandwishes!

I met Patti Vasquez, comedian extraordinary and WGN on-air personality at INSPIRE U at Harper College on Saturday, May 2!  She was an amazing keynote speaker.  So REAL!!! Like life, Patti took me from laughter to tears and back to laughter again...always moving forward with a smile.  Thank you, Patti.

New in April 

Mama dogs plays with pups

Watch for details coming soon on a new class - The Art of the Interview!  It's new and NOT what you expect!

I met Dan Pink, author of my favorite book or 2014, To Sell is Human at Aurora University on April 9.  For photos and more details check out our blog.

Now working with college students.  

Whether you are a fresh grad or have a year or two to go, let support you to position yourself in the best possible place to get that great job offer that you have been dreaming of.  We can work with you virtually.  We've worked with

Andrew Masters, Office Manager at Fabbri Sausage Mfg Co

"As a career coach, Cynthia does more than make your resume compelling and effective. She asks you tough questions. She gets to know and understand you. She calls you before an interview and goes over each detail of the play-by-play like a coach before a championship boxing match. She does all this to evoke the very best you have to offer."

Pat Bannon, Inside Account Manager at Waste Management

"Cynthia will take the time to truly understand what it is that makes you valuable, and then help you put that in writing. In my case, I needed my resume to really convey the breadth of experience I knew I had, but was struggling to put on paper. The end result is a resume that I can proudly show to any potential employer, and a sense of confidence that my resume will get me noticed. I highly recommend Cynthia's service to anyone who would like to look their best. Cynthia will get you there."

Timothy Lipman,Admission Counselor and Event Coordinator at Illinois Institute of Technology

I approached Cynthia for help with my resume and general career assistance. I recently graduated college and was having a hard time figuring out what to do. She was very helpful in talking with me on the phone and helping me to think about the future and what I can do to lay the ground work for my career. She took a look at my resume and made great suggestions that I implemented, after discussing how I wanted to market myself. After talking about career searching and improving my resume, I applied to many places. She helped me with the next step as well, by doing interview prep, such as what to expect at interview, and some really useful tips to use to make the best impression. At the end of this process, I was offered a full time job and I would like to say Cynthia definitely helped to make that a reality. She helped to prepare me for what would happen at each step in the process and what to expect, helping calm my nerves. I would definitely say Cynthia Wade is an expert in her field and is very friendly and helpful!l

Let us support you too!


New in March - National Women's History Month

Did you knew that is perfectly poised to support college students in marketing themselves successfully for both internships and full time jobs?  Check it out!

We're having a party and YOU're invited!  It's Sunday, March 22 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  

We will enjoy yummy fingers foods, sparkling, refreshing beverages and a delicious cake!  There will be games, an IMPROV performance, a 50/50 raffle, toasts, recognition of significant contributions, sharing of success stories, prizes and raffle items.

Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $50 at the door and only 50 tickets will be sold.  We have a few left.
The party is at Chesapeake Commons Homeowners Associate Clubhouse at 1490 Geneva Drive in Geneva, IL 

Please  make your reservation and pay for your ticket.  Indicate in the section asking for the class name - First Anniversary Party.  If you have any questions, you can call 630-402-0429.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.  Look for the balloons!

We're celebrating with a couple special events.

Our featured book of the month is The Confidence Code" The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.  Join us for Lunch 'N Learn on Thursday, March 6 at 11:30 or for Think 'N Drink on Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 PM for an insightful, interactive discussion.  You don't need to have read the book.

On Monday, March 9, we will welcome Dr. Maurine Patten to lead an interactive presentation on Women and Negotiating.  Did you even realize that women do things differently from men?  Duh!  Well yes, we do.  Let's learn with Maurine to negotiate effectively.

And don't forget our party on the 22nd!  Tickets are selling quickly so please reserve yours today!

New in February 2015

Check out our new recommendations!  Thank you, Richard, Dave and Jeff!

Help us celebrate our First Anniversary on Sunday, March 22 is celebrating it's First Anniversary with a party and YOU are invited!

We will enjoy yummy fingers foods, sparkling, refreshing beverages and a delicious cake!  

There will be games, an IMPROV performance, a 50/50 raffle, toasts, recognition of significant contributions, sharing of success stories, prizes and raffle items.

Tickets are $30 per person and only 50 tickets will be sold.
Join us on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 PM at the Chesapeake Commons Homeowners Associate Clubhouse at 1490 Geneva Drive in Geneva, IL to celebrate with food, fun, entertainment and prizes.

Please  make your reservation and pay for your ticket.  Indicate in the section asking for the class name - First Anniversary Party.  If you have any questions, you can call 630-402-0429.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.  Look for the balloons!

Lombardi Time - 

Basically, it works like this: Lombardi expected his players and coaches to be 15 minutes early to meetings and practices. Not on time — 15 minutes early. If they weren’t, he considered them “late.” Thus, it came to be called Lombardi time. operates on Lombardi time.  We start and end our meetings and events on the time that they are called for, not 15 minutes late to allow for late arrivals.  We won't lock the door, but you may miss something important if you're late.  We don't go back and repeat ourselves.

At we are always up and ready for early arrivals, at least 15 minutes before the actual start of the meeting or event.  Please feel free to arrive on Lombardi time, have a cup of coffee and talk a bit before the meeting or event gets started.  

For more information on Lombardi time visit

Back by popular demand - Dan Pink's 2014 book - To Sell is Human.

A repeat workshop has just been added to the calendar on Monday, February 9 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  This workshop is a MUST for everyone, because EVERYONE is in sales.

New in January 2015

There are so many new events on the calendar now that the calendar has turned from 2014 to 2015.  Check it out!  Please join us.  I guarantee that you will laugh and have fun and learn a few things along the way. is a happy inspiring place where you can go to have your dreams supported!

New words and phrases to keep you in the know.

Our first networking event of the year is Wednesday, January 8 from 11;45 AM - 12:45 PM.  It's FREE!  It's Just Coffee!  Meet new and interesting people.  Grow your network.  Learn new business skills.

Lunch 'N Learn moves to its new spot - First Thursdays and welcomes Wheaton Business and Career Coach, Vickie Austin to talk about Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Lavoy.


New in December 2014

New programming coming in January!  Check out the calendar!  Take a look at Your Toolbox!

Buying a gift for a child during this holiday season?  Check out our new patient...scroll through..Books for the Child in us all..

I LoVe Blake Grigsby!  Check out his newest video, the Mistletoe Kissing Contraption.

New registration/cancellation/refund policy for events

In the news!  Daily Herald December 1, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 noon.  Please join us to celebrate!

New in November 2014

Shelene Bryan, author of Love, Skip, Jump shares her thoughts on succeeding at ALL the wrong things.

Check out all the new calendar items!  a second IMPROV class is being added after the first of the year.

Learn about on this special podcast.

Introducing is now scheduled every month - usually on the first Monday and the first Saturday.  Check the calendar for the next available date.

We moved into our new space at 1141 Commerce Drive in Geneva!  Please come and visit.

New Networking Groups on the first and third Wednesdays and the fourth Friday!  Check out the calendar.

Prayers for those who are exhausted.

Check the calendar frequently!  We're adding lots of different options.l

Two new pigs are flying!  Check out the success stories of Omar M. and John M.

Winter Weather Closing Policy

As a regional NFP, with many people traveling to get to us, we do have a policy for winter weather:
•    If the wind chill in the greater Chicago area is colder than 20 degrees below zero, or if travel advisories have been issued because of snow or wind, we cancel all events.
•    If you're not sure about the severity of the weather, please check with the office.
•    When in doubt, please stay home!

New in October 2014

 Our Covenant of Behavior address expectations for all who participate in out events and use our space.

Lunch "N Learn - November 4 11:30 at's office at 1141 Commerce Drive in Geneva featuring Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Introducing - Think and Drink on Thursday, November 13 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at's office at 1141 Commerce Drive in Geneva featuring Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

New YouTube video - Pharrell Williams reminds us to be happy.  I dare you not to smile!

It's Official!  We're moving into our new home and we can sure use your help.  Check out these moving day updates and let us know when and how you can Make a Difference!

Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 25!  How are you making a difference?

Meet our newest Board Member - Natasha Keifer!  


New In September 2014

2 Minute Follow Along Mindful Tai-Chi Practice with Robert Rivest. Start your day with a smile. Robert Rivest is an internationally admired performer and teacher. 

Partner Agencies and Other Resources!  An extensive list of local resources to support people in transition.

Introducing our newest coach and facilitator - Kathy Regganie

Introducing our newest Board Member - Kathy Kremen Underwood

Our second pig is flying - Success story #2 - Charlotte C.

Check out this new book - Dream Year!  Make September the beginning of your new dream year!

YouTube on Westies!  Fun and informative!

Fall IMPROV classes are starting NOW!  Contact us for more information or to register.

Check out this amazing Learning Link and prepare to be motivated.  Hold onto your seat, don't blink your eyes for a second!  This is amazing; seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video reproduction.He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into two minutes.  He took pictures from the internet, added the track “Mind Heist” by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception)and then he got something like this.

September 6, 2014- Come see Ms. Cynthia Wade present at the 2014 TheosoFest in Wheaton. The presentation The Artist's Way - Doing It Over, along with other interesting presentations, will give you a new perspective on the highs and lows of life. 

New In August 2014

Great new video reminds us to laugh...and why we all love our dogs.

New books are being added all the time.  Check out Knock 'em Dead: Social Networking for Job Search and Professional Services by Martin Yate

We've made the news!  Check us out and spread the word!

Plan NOW to attend out Lunch "N Learn on September 9.  We'll be talking about The Desire Map: Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

Secrets of Life by Jim Carey - A short but very powerful video that provides lots to think about.

August 21, 2014 - Do you remember when you were a kid playing hoops or hopsotch with your friends?  Remember when you made a mistake, did something that you knew you could do better?  Do you remember calling do-over? Sometimes, as an adult, you wish you could do the same thing with some decisions you have made. Well, you can. Now, as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Do-Over.Me is re-introducing itself to the community as a resource available to everyone who wants a second chance at life.

August 6, 2014 - Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the demographic of your work place? How can old and wise veteran employees, born as early as the 1930's, work side by side with the fresh faces of Gen Y? Come learn how to excel in this new and diverse world with the "Four Generations in the Workplace."

August 6, 2014 - What is Age Discrimination and how does it affect you and your job opportunities. Find out all about this issue on Thursday, August 6, at 10am. Register at


New in July 2014

Introducing our newest coaches and facilitators.

Introducing our newest Board Member - Kimberly Gotches

July 31, 2014 - Improv continues with a special event. Meeting the Congregational Church of Batavia at 8:30 am on the last Thursday in July, we will learn not only improvisation, but also skills for life. We welcome regulars at our Improv classes, as well as first-timers

July 25, 2014 - New Phrase - "techno determinism"

Reinventing Yourself

Interactive Addiction Presentation      Come learn about neurotherapy and all of the wonderful effects it can have when treating addiction. This will be a hands-on demonstration, filled with information and excitement.                                                                          

July 23, 20134 - New Phrase - "extreme proactivity"

Calling out Compliments on YouTube

Our 501 (c)(3) status has been approved effective July 9, 2014!!!  No more pending!!!  It's so exciting!

Turtles can be fun!

IMPROV continues in July and August

There’s increasingly more evidence that suggests that businesses, who are in business to measure things, usually the bottom line, are in fact, measuring the wrong things.  Can we sustain ourselves going down this path?  Can we modify our purposes slightly by redefining success to include happiness?  Watch what hotelier Chip Conley thinks and then let me know what you think.

IMPROV:  It's not just about laughter on Monday, July 14 and Thursday, July 31

Lunch 'N Learn set for August 5 -

Who's getting my kisses?