Below is a list of some places to get some food and drink. From the super easy (delivery!) to a little more of a trip (emphasis on little!) here are a few places for food and drink to relax in the evening :)
Rosemont (Train - Blue line stop, minimal walking)
Further Out (Train & Walking more)
Conference is all about meeting up with different sisters from around the country, learning new skills and even getting to explore a new city! But it is also about networking! With so many sister representing almost every possible major out there (I don't think we've seen underwater basket weaving yet!) what better way to get your foot in the door, bend someone's ear on an idea you may have or even maybe find out about a job opening than through your very own sisters!
The best way to get your name out there is is with two things; a good pitch & a great business card.
"The Elevator Pitch"
What's the elevator pitch? According to Forbes it is "the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate."
Woah that's a lot of info to fit into 30 seconds! But here is what you should do to prepare:
1) clarify your job target - what are you looking for?
2) put it on paper - write out what you want to say.
3) format it - now remove unnecessary info.
4) tailor the pitch to them not you - is this for a possible mentor? Possible boss? Those two would require different info
5) eliminate industry jargon -
6) read your pitch out loud - make sure it sounds good!
7) practice, practice, practice! - give your pitch to your mom, your sisters, your mentor, your coworker, the lady in line...you get the point. Like your teachers or coaches always said practice makes perfect
8) prepare a few variations
9) nail it with confidence! - always be confident! Don't feel it yet? Fake it till you make!
Check out Forbes for more details on each step
So you got the pitch down but what about a lasting impression? This is where an amazing business card comes into play.
Business cards are an inexpensive and effective way to provide a potential contact with all your information and to get theirs to do a follow up.
Your business card design depends on your major. Business major? Make sure your card is simple, professional & clean. Majoring in the arts? Use your business card to show off your talent with color & design while still focusing on making the text legible, clean & professional. (See a theme here?)
So what should your card include?
Name: an obvious one but make sure it stands out from the rest of the info and is in a legible font/color
Address: this is important if you are searching locally for a job. If you move often (such as student housing) this can be more general such as a city & state.
Degree: share this major accomplishment! Many degrees connect with not so obvious careers.
Major: haven't graduated yet? Put this instead with your expected graduation date
Graduation date: recent graduates should also place this to show you're ready to move on to the next step.
Professional objective: This is where you're business card turns into a mini resume. Short & sweet, take your resumes objective & place it on here to get your goals across to potential connections.
So you know what you want to put on it but conference is only two weeks away & you need them! There are many quick & low cost places to order business cards in time for conference.
Office supply stores such as Staples, Office Depot, Office Max
Online places such as Vista Print, Got Print, UPrinting, etc.
All these places offer inexpensive quick options to provide your information in a simple and professional way to push your career forward!
Caitlin Boyle is the author, blogger, and motivational speaker behind OperationBeautiful.com, a self-esteem movement for girls and women. The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post positive messages in public places for strangers to find. Since the site began, hundreds of thousands of notes have been posted.
Caitlin is also the author of three books, including two books about Operation Beautiful and an anti-diet guide for healthy living.
Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Today Show, and in numerous print outlets, including USA Today and Glamour magazine. Caitlin is a runner and triathlete who juggles her many hobbies while running her small business and being a mother.
Kappa Delta Chi is excited to have her join our quest this year at conference in Perpetuating Powerful Women.
Hi! My name is Alicia Bustillos and I’m from the Iota Chapter at New Mexico State University. I currently work at Base 5 Retail Partners in Albuquerque, NM and am the Director of Marketing for Kappa Delta Chi conference 2015. Got a blog idea that you would love to see? Email me at conference.marketing @kappadeltachi.org.
Making a list, checking it twice…
Anyone else still on the making a list part of that? Yeah me too :/ I’m still getting over that thanksgiving food coma! But one of the great parts of Christmas is seeing the happiness in your loved ones face when you give them a great, unique gift! But sometimes it’s tough to come up with a good, meaningful gift. Well with conference being in Chicago this year why not get a few things to get excited for conference. Below are a few ideas that can work for anyone.
Anyone that likes to eat :)
This popcorn is literally world famous. Since 1949 they’ve been using only the highest quality ingredients from local producers as they handcraft their gourmet Popcorn in old-fashioned copper kettles. They hot air pop their signature blend of kernels, which is then mix into the secret family recipes. Every batch is handmade throughout the day and the result is an irresistible snacking sensation, which has generated lines of historic proportions outside of our retail Shops for decades. http://www.garrettpopcorn.com.
Your lil sis (…and your big…and your class sis… and chapter president…lol)
This is the easiest way to a KDChi’s heart!
There are many stores and price ranges where you can find penguin anything! Now is the time to take advantage and stock up for future littles too. If you want something a little more personalized check out our KDChi vendors. The Jewelria has some beautiful necklaces & bracelets to suit anyone’s taste.
Of course you can never have too many letter shirts. And if you need a quick turn around, order from Collegiate Greek to make sure you get it in time for Christmas! These are only two of many official KDChi vendors. Check out the Kappa Delta Chi website for other places to load up on KDChi gear. And this will make it easier to plan ahead for conference in July too!
For any and everyone while supporting a sister!
There are so many sisters hustling out there selling some awesome products. Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Avon, Younique, there are so many options out there to shop for while supports sisters small businesses. Not sure if a sisters sells? Just go to the sisters only page on Facebook and ask. Any sister is willing to help you pick the perfect gift.
The ultimate gift that keeps on giving – Conference! Conference is the way to your very own heart. Sometimes a sis needs to spoil herself! Just go to conference.kappadeltachi.org, choose a payment plan, grab a warm cup of hot chocolate and dream up plans for warmer days in Chicago this summer.
Chicago is definitely my kind of town! My name is Crystal Gonzalez and I am an alumna from the Alpha Omega Chapter at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Even though I went to undergrad at SIU, I was born and raised in Chicago. I moved back because I could not stay away from the city too long! I am also attending graduate school here in downtown Chicago.
I joined the Conference Committee to help bring different ideas as well as show how amazing Chicago is. Below are some of the top places to visit, I hope you enjoy! Be sure to keep a lookout for what else is in store in Chicago! I look forward to seeing you all!
Willis Tower (Skydeck)
Many Chicagoans still call it the Sears Tower. I still do.
Visit the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! The Skydeck has amazing views of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and neighboring states from the 103rd floor! If you’re not afraid of heights, be sure to step out onto the glass ledge that extends from the building! For more information: theskydeck.com/
John Hancock Center
I have heard people sometimes confused for the Sears Tower...I mean Willis Tower ;)
John Hancock Center also has amazing views of Chicago, the lake and neighboring states! It has a new feature called TILT, where a glass tilts and extends out from the building! You can also check out their Café on the 95th floor for some refreshments while you view Chicago! For more information: 360chicago.com
(View of the Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountain)
Millennium Park is home to the iconic Cloud Gate or “Bean” as many call it. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Crown Fountain, a reflecting pool in between two glass towers. The glass towers are also video animated. Another feature in Millennium Park is the Pritzker Pavillion. If you’re lucky you may be able to enjoy free entertainment on the Great Lawn. For more information: Cityofchicago.org
(View of the city from Museum Campus)
Museum Campus is home to three of Chicago’s well known museums: the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Planetarium. It is also home to Soldier Field football stadium. It is also a great place to view the majority of the city’s Skyline! For more information: tripadvisor.com
(View of south end of Navy Pier from Lake Michigan)
Navy Pier is a pier that extends out to Lake Michigan. It has rides, such as a Ferris Wheel, musical carousel, Wave Swinger, and the Light Tower Ride. It also has an IMAX movie theatre, The Children’s Museum, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows and many sightseeing tours. For more information: navypier.com
Clarence F Buckingham Memorial Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. It is in operation from April to mid-October. It also displays a water show every hour. The center of the fountain shoots 150 feet into the air! When its windy and hot out, the water breeze feels amazing! Another feature is the beautiful lights shown at night! For more information:chicagoparkdistrict.com
Magnificent Mile is located along Chicago’s Michigan Ave adjacent to downtown. There are many high end department stores, , restaurants, hotels, luxury retailers and companies. Mag Mile, as it is also called, has many historic landmarks and historic places. One of them being the Chicago Water Tower (not Water Tower Place), which is one of the few buildings that survived after the Great Chicago Fire. For more Information: themagnificentmile.com/
Chicago Cultural Center
(Tiffany Dome. Photo credit to City of Chicago website)
The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. It hosts many free programs and exhibitions throughout the year where many international, national and local artists, musicians, and performers showcase their work here. It is also home to the world’s largest stained glass dome. For more information: cityofchicago.org
Perpetuating: To preserve from extinction or oblivion.
Powerful: ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.
Women: the female human being
Perpetuating Powerful Women
July 9th – 12th
Three words that hopefully become a part of every sister's daily life. That is what we hope to accomplish at Kappa Delta Chi's National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL this year.
This weekend will be all about leadership, strength, beauty and of course sisterhood! So get excited because we will have all the info needed to get ready for a weekend you will never forget.Come back regularly for updates on travel, eats, strolling and all the things needed to be prepared for the experience of a lifetime in the windy city! Got a question that you think would make a great blog topic? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back 9/1/14 for exciting updates!