Major colleges and universities finally are taking an aggressive approach in boosting female enrollment in computer science. Initiatives like the Hour of Code are getting students, both male and female, interested in computer programming, a field which continues to be dominated by men. Silicon Valley’s brogrammer culture is being slowly dismantled as more women are entering the field.Read More»
Born 91 years ago to a hardworking Polish immigrant family living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Stephanie Kwolek lost her father when she was only 10 years old. Her father’s love of science and nature had struck a note with her, however, and that love would shape the rest of her life.
And, as it turns out, countless other lives as well.Read More»
I am excited to announce that Carla Harris will give the keynote address at National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago area Annual Celebration of Achievement Luncheon Gala. Carla is Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. She recently was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America.”Read More»
I recently had the opportunity to speak with George Blaise on his weekly public affairs program, Now.Chicago, on WCIU.
I appreciate every opportunity to share my passion for women entrepeneurs and especially for encouraging young women to pursue careers in science and technology.Read More»
There are many famous women in the field of chemistry, but when I say the name Hazel Bishop, what do you think of? Does the graphic to the left inspire you?
She was born in the U.S. in 1906 and died in 1998. She isn’t famous for any cancer treatments or medical devices, nor did she invent any way to solve the problems of pollution and industrial waste. (But there are women chemists who have!)Read More»
The Bunsen Burner itself is a very simple device. In a long hollow tube, a combination of gas and air form to make a flame that powers the burner. This makes it very easy to control the amount of flame and heat… just adjust the mixture of the two compounds.Read More»
From my speech celebrating NAWBO Chicago’s leadership team:
We are a team working together to serve our members. We are here to provide a foundation for success.
Without a strong foundation you can grow quickly but you might fall.
Without a strong foundation you might build something beautiful but realize later that you forgot a key component that might prohibit your growth.Read More»
On June 14, at All Chicago’s Annual Fundraising Gala to Celebrate the Emergency Fund’s 40th Birthday, I was honored and thrilled to have presented the Emergency Fund’s prestigious “Community Partner” Award to Erica’s Jewelry.
Almost three years ago, Karyn Montecello and I met with Carolyn Wine at her Jewelry Store to talk about our “Symbol of Hope” idea. Carolyn was immediately on board and not only did she offer to make the beautiful necklaces and pendants from our Emergency Fund logo, she also wanted to give back by donating the proceeds on each sale to the Emergency Fund!Read More»
Last week, I was honored to be Commencement Speaker for MacCormac College’s Class of 2013. I thought I would share my comments to these outstanding young people here:
Thank you so much for inviting me to be here with you on your very special day. I also want to thank Mac Cormac College for the community, fellowship and excellence that you provide to these students you have had the privilege of teaching.Read More»
On Thursday, March 13, 2013, NAWBO hosted and facilitated a roundtable discussion with five women entrepreneurs from Belgrade, Serbia, and a facilitating staff member from the U.S. Embassy. The delegation was participating in the congressionally sponsored Open World Program in Washington D. C.Read More»
I was honored to be able to speak with more than 80 high school girls and their Mothers on Sunday, January 27, 2013 during their Benet Academy Mother Daughter Celebration.Read More»
We have so much to be thankful for during this Holiday Season. With the recent Sandy Hook tragedy, our hearts go out to the families and community of Newtown. We cannot imagine the pain, suffering and sorrow that the families of this community are dealing with.Read More»
On Oct. 1, during the National Association of Women Business Owners’ NAWBO Day 2012, I had the opportunity to sit down with a panel of women business owners who know a little something about success. The panel, called Wintrust Shines a Spotlight on Success, was the NAWBO Day Keynote Luncheon Session.Read More»
I had the privilege of working with Joan Gand, co-owner of Gand Music & Sound, back on April 29th as we staged a concert to benefit The Emergency Fund in Chicago, a group that helps the working poor. The “Women in Business Helping Women in Crisis” concert focused on female blues musicians, performing in front of a crowd of about 250 people at Viper Alley.Read More»
Some people might say that kids today have too much time on their hands, with all of this tweeting and facebooking. And then there are ALL those apps they have on their smart phones. It’s a techno generation that’s losing touch with reality. But just when we think there is no hope for them, along comes a story like this…
Meet Brittany Wenger, 17, from Sarasota, Florida. She recently competed in the second annual Google Science Fair and was this year’s grand prize winner, for writing a computer program to help doctors diagnose breast cancer less invasively.Read More»
My thanks to Mark Biel,executive director of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, for providing some terrific insight into just how important the chemical industry – and paints and coatings in particular – is to our economy. Mark reports, for instance, that for every job in Illinois’ chemistry industry, 5.2 jobs are created in the state. Chemistry in other states also creates additional output and jobs in Illinois and vice versa.
As a result, the chemistry industry generated an additional 253,594 jobs in Illinois among the industry’s suppliers, the suppliers’ suppliers and industries supported by household expenditures from employee’s wages. That’s nearly 300,000 Illinois jobs generated by the chemical industry! Talk about a chain reaction!
Check out Mark’s updated industry statistics by visiting our Industry Stats page.
I recently came across a website for the organization Women in Bio. Women In Bio was established in 2002 to help women entrepreneurs and executives in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia area build successful bioscience-related businesses. Today, WIB aims to serve all women in the bioscience industry. Chapters are opening across the U.S. and internationally.
What most interested me was a book mentioned on their event page titled How We Lead Matters – Reflections on a Life of Leadership.Read More»
Imagine this . . . an online Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) that is taught by women, for women. Add to that, a diverse faculty made up of attorneys, CEOs, CFOs and entrepreneurs that deliver in-depth studies of the nuance of female-driven leadership. Well, such a program really exists at the Benedictine University. This graduate degree program is delivered online and includes guest lecturers that include both women and men. All of these lecturers are well-versed in the unique qualities of women’s leadership in today’s male-dominated business culture. You can visit here to learn more about these lecturers.Read More»
I was so very honored to receive the NAWBO 2012 Business Women of the Year Award. The very criteria that allow a person to be nominated for an award like this have been the basis on which my father and I, along with my brother, Todd, and sister, Lisa, have chosen to run our business since its inception… the most important being leadership and commitment to our community.
At times like these, I am reminded of the deep history and ongoing perseverance of the TH Hilson company.Read More»
Did you know that women created almost twice as many businesses as men from 2002 to 2007, (Census Bureau) or that 40 percent of all business in the U.S. are owned or co-owned by women? (Center for Women’s Business Research) I guess that’s good reason to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. When we look at where we (women) were 100 years ago, we’ve certainly made leaps and bounds. But our work is not finished.
March is Women’s History Month. I recently read an article about women business leaders and how there is still so much to learn about the unique role women play in the business world. In this article, eight women were asked three questions. Their answers offered great insight into how these women feel about being a business owner, and being a woman.Read More»
Having been a mentor to young women and participating in job shadowing programs for young women, it seemed that becoming a Certified Woman-Owned Business was long overdue. But last month, TH Hilson became one of a very small group of companies in the chemical industry to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Over the past few decades, the role of women in the workplace, and in business, has gone through quite a transformation. And to find a woman holding a majority ownership in a business, especially in the chemical business, is still rather rare.Read More»
NAWBO Chicago and the Emergency Fund are hosting a “Women in Business Helping Women in Crisis” Family Concert Benefit on April 29, 2012 at the Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, IL.
NAWBO Chicago is participating in this collaborative event with the Emergency Fund to bring awareness of our outreach and charitable commitment to helping women in crisis.Read More»
I was invited to participate in NAWBO Day 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago, during Crain’s Business Week, as the newly appointed Director of Charitable and Community Outreach for NAWBO Chicago. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to talk about the amazing things that have happened in my life since I took an action step and started to give back to others in need.Read More»
At my house, we spend a good deal of our holiday season talking about why we are thankful. Since Thanksgiving, our conversations centered on relationships: we’re thankful for family, friends, and loved ones.Read More»
I was quite honored when Melissa Tolla, Chairperson of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Cosmetic Chemists, invited TH Hilson Company to sponsor the student poster scholarship competition at the MWSCC’s 2011 Technical Symposium, called “The Many Faces of Cosmetic Science.”
Melissa thought of TH Hilson due to our community outreach work in promoting opportunities in the chemical industry to universities and students.Read More»
Helen Levinson of Desert Rose Design recently posted on her blog a terrific piece just for entrepreneurial moms called The Secret Sauce of CEO Super Moms.
I was interviewed for this piece. Specifically, I was asked ‘how do you balance career and family?’ (which is always tricky!) It is especially tricky when you are running a business and have six children/stepchildren ranging from ages 24 – 3 with most of the kids being teen-agers. The 3 year old is what keeps us grounded, that is for sure!Read More»
The last week of August, my brother, Todd Hilson, was invited to speak at the NACD’s OPSEM 2011 conference in Sacramento, CA . NACD selected TH Hilson as an example of their “Practices of Excellence” for our community outreach program. As always, we’re committed to working with other industry leaders to encourage young, enterprising people to get involved in our exciting field.Read More»
A few weeks ago I had the privilege to meet with Mark Biel and Lisa Frede, Executive Director and Education Chairman, respectively, of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois. This organization is doing great work in promoting the chemical industry with its “You Be the Chemist” program and Education Program at the Science & Industry Museum for Jr. High and High School students.Read More»
Be sure to visit wendyslookbook.com and thank her for featuring The Emergency Fund’s Symbol of Hope on her fashion blog last week. Wendy’s blog has a tremendous following, and I am so thankful for her willingness to share about The Emergency Fund and the Symbol of Hope.Read More»
I used to say “no” a lot. I thought I was just too busy to say “yes.”
Not because I didn’t believe the cause was worthwhile. Not because I didn’t want to participate. Like most people, my life was already full of commitments — I had a family to care for, children to raise, a business to run. There was barely time to spare a few minutes for myself!
But, over the past few years, I’ve made a commitment to myself to say YES to the opportunities that felt right with me.Read More»
Back in April, I had the opportunity to teach a group of Girl Scouts how to make Wacky Gak. If you’ve never heard of it, think sort of a cross between “slime” and Silly Putty. Mostly slime.
My oldest daughter, Morgan, was my lab assistant, and we stayed late to ensure that every Girl Scout who wanted to had the opportunity to make her own batch of Wacky Gak. Who knew so many young ladies would have so much fun making a chemical reaction!Read More»
It’s been my honor to be a part of the Emergency Fund. Serving on the organization’s board of directors has allowed me to help people in our community in ways I never thought possible. I owe John Varanas, president of the Emergency Fund, a great debt of gratitude for inviting me to serve.
The Emergency Fund helps low-income people in the Chicago area with financial assistance when they are in crisis. Simply put, since 1973 this organization has been helping families meet immediate needs when they have nowhere else to turn.Read More»
The chemical industry is a world most high-school and even college-age students never imagine, even though it touches almost every aspect of our lives. But there is a disconnect – today most students don’t even consider a career with a chemical company. If that trend continues, where will we be in 20 years?
There are bright spots. Some companies, like TH Hilson and many of our supply and manufacturing partners, are beginning to realize that we have to find new ways to recruit and train our industry’s next generation.Read More»