Members can visit our members only page to find resources and materials from past meetings.  Materials from the April and March 2020 presentations are now available.  You can also find the March 27 program presented for WIDN members by Giving Tree Associates on this page.


“Becoming More Visible: Get “Radar-Ready” for Conversations with Executive Search Firms, Hiring Managers and HR Recruiters”

Speaker: Laura Weinman, Vice President, Kees –Executive Search Group

Do you regularly receive calls and outreach from Executive Search Consultants, HR reps, or Hiring Managers?  Are you open to conversations but just not seeming to “hit” the radar of those looking for qualified candidates?  Why do your colleagues seem to get all of the attention, when you’re a great candidate?

Join Laura Weinman, Vice President at KEES for an interactive conversation that will share tips for:

  • Learning to work effectively with an Executive Search Firm, HR rep, or Hiring Manager
  • Positioning yourself as a standout current/future candidate.
  • Positioning yourself as a resource.

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

 These are extraordinary times and we have reformatted this meeting as a webnair to meet the needs of our members.  Many thanks to Laura Weiman for her support and willingness to present in this manner.   Zoom meeting link will be provided prior to the meeting.

Biography:   Laura served more than 20 years in Development and Marketing roles in the Association and Nonprofit sectors before joining the world of Executive Search.  She has broad experience with development, staff recruitment, staff management, career coaching, grant writing, major gifts, planned giving, prospect research, strategic development planning, event management, sponsorship, volunteer management, and annual fundraising. She has been with KEES since 2012 and has previously served on the Board of
Women in Development North.

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Attendance is free to Women in Development members who pay $50 annual dues.  Guests may attend one free program before joining.

Join Women in Development!

WIDN offers rich programming and networking opportunities to Development Professionals. Membership dues are a great bargain – only $50 for ten monthly programs featuring dynamic speakers on topics ranging from career planning to corporate giving.  The meetings are also a great opportunity to learn from colleagues.

Women in Development North meetings are free to members who pay annual dues of $50 per year ($55 after October 1). Guests may attend one program  free of charge prior to joining.

Earn CFRE credits by attending meetings.  Track your progress by utilizing this 2020 CE Tracker form.

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Founded in 1985, Women in Development North is dedicated to advancing professionals in the development field by providing educational and networking opportunities.  We also welcome those in transition as well as individuals with other professional ties to development.

WIDN provides members with monthly meetings on key development concepts and issues. We hold our meetings in various locations throughout the northern suburbs so that you will find them easily accessible.

Women in Development North is an approved provider of continuing education credit for the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential. Most of our events are eligible for CFRE points; see program descriptions for details.

Our reasonable annual membership ($50) and our emphasis on timely topics has translated into a robust organization.

As the co-founder of WIDN over 30 years ago, I am both delighted and impressed to see how the organization has grown and continues to provide such wonderful support for development professionals.  The varied topics presented at our meetings are so important, as they increase our knowledge and sharpen our abilities to raise funds for our nonprofit organizations and clients. -Francine Friedman, CFRE


Keys to Success – Webnair Presentation by Laura Weinman from KEES
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
‘Accomplishments and Confessions: A confidential sharing of successes and disasters!’ @ Illinois Holocaust Museum
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

We invite you to browse the WIDN website and contact us for more informatiON.

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