Career Girl Network Staff
Marcy Twete, CEO and Founder
Marcy Twete is the Founder and CEO of Career Girl Network, whose mission is to provide for women clear paths to career success and a large network of women to nurture, mentor, and support their goals. Born and raised in rural North Dakota, Marcy now makes her home in the Chicago Loop with her husband Charlie.
Linda Konop, Director of Social Media and Web Content
Linda Konop brings to Career Girl Network a wide array of experience in events, social media, and marketing in the nonprofit, for profit and agency realms. Linda is a long-time Chicagoan. You can find her at Chicago restaurants and coffee shops, especially those that cater to her high maintenance toy poodle Olga. A native of Detroit, Linda completed her undergraduate degree in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and her Masters in Education from DePaul University in Chicago. In 2011, she received a Certificate in Social Media Marketing from Flashpoint Academy and looks forward to bringing her ideas and background to Career Girl to serve the needs of our network!
Kathi Toll, Vice President of Operations and Business Development
Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor.
Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.
Career Girl Contributors
Danielle Bilbruck, Contributing Writer
Danielle Bilbruck is an achievement-oriented and energetic professional in the sales world. She is dedicated to increasing efficiency and productivity in order to maximize profitability. Known for her ability to master a position quickly, Danielle has moved up the ladder several times in each company she has worked with. She is a direct and clear communicator, both in written and oral disciplines, and is excited about being a contributor to CGN. She is dedicated to motivating women of all ages around her toward excellence – simply because she expects it from herself.
Michele Cocouture, Contributing Writer
Michele is a goal oriented and overachieving career gal, style blogger and artist. She spends her days closing deals for a Fortune 500 company. Seeking a creative outlet, Michele combined her business savvy with her love of fashion and started a personal style blog for the sophisticated career gal with the goal of inspiring other career women one pencil skirt at a time. Michele holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Learn more about Michele’s style by visiting her blog at http://cocouture.org or you can follow her on https://www.facebook.com/cocouturedotorg.
Melissa Foster, Contributing Writer
A productivity coach for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives… and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa’s hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website: http://MelissaFosterCook.com.
Kelley Long, Contributing Writer
Kelley Long is a CPA and CFP® who believes that the true meaning of financial security means having choices in life. Formerly the head of her own practice, KCL Financial Coaching, Kelley parlayed the knowledge and experience gained from starting her own business into her dream job as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Chicago-based CPA firm Shepard Schwartz & Harris. She’s also a volunteer and media ambassador for Feed the Pig and 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy and teaches BodyPump® in order to make sure she works out at least three times a week.
In Kelley’s perfect world, everyone would feel great talking about their money concerns, fears, questions and problems, because then everyone would see that we ALL have those concerns, fears, questions and problems. Kelley lives in downtown Chicago with her sweetheart Matthew and their cats Miles, Izzy and Groucho.
Barbara Mednick, Contributing Writer
Barbara K. Mednick is Associate Director of Corporate Communications for KPMG LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a passion for workforce issues/trends, particularly as they relate to women. Previously she ran a successful, Twin Cities-based PR and marketing communications consultancy and held senior account management positions at several top Twin Cities PR and marketing agencies. Barbara began her career as a journalist at a daily newspaper and holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a Mini-MBA Certificate from the University of St. Thomas. During her career, Barbara has written numerous articles and posts for various print and online media. She has garnered a number of industry awards for writing and successful PR and marketing communications campaigns conducted for clients. Also, she has taught a number of writing workshops for professionals and she blogs on the intersection of PR, marketing communications, and social media at http://bkminsights.blogspot.
Monica O’Connell, Contributing Writer
Monica O’Connell is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her practice, she spends her career cheering on “Career Girls” as they learn how to get the most out of life. Monica works with arguably some of the most successful, intelligent, inspiring women in the Twin Cities who tackle self-discovery, career success, and what’s getting in the way of their true desires. She shares her favorite moments as those “best described not by words but by the stomach aching, face soreness that comes from spending an entire day laughing with loved ones.”