AICI Chicago Midwest Chicago Midwest Chapter of The Association of Image Consultants International Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AICI Chicago Midwest 32 32 FREE Webinar – “How to Get the Most of Your AICI Membership” Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:08:42 +0000 Did you know that a professional certification gives you an advantage in attracting high-dollar clients? That’s why AICI offers three levels of certification to members. This teleconference provides the road map for earning the first level “Certified Image Consultant.”  You’ll also learn about all of the benefits being part of The Association of Image Consultants International, the world’s premiere image association, how to get the most of membership in the Chicago Midwest chapter, and exciting details about April’s International Conference, “The Business of Style”, in Rosemont, IL, attracting hundreds of image industry pros from around the globe!

To reserve your space, please email Genelle Beyer at

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm CT
Price: FREE
Location: (you will be sent an email with details)

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New Member Spotlight – Eric Ewing Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:24:10 +0000 Meet one of our newest chapter members: Eric Ewing from Denver, Colorado. His company Ewing Advisory Group, focuses on executive coaching and consulting services from image consulting to business exit planning. We asked Eric a few questions so we can all get to know him better…

AICI: Your business offers executive coaching services. Tell us how Image consulting fits into your “Total Situational Awareness Program”?
ERIC: “The Total Situational Awareness” program gives leaders and aspiring individuals a complete 360 perspective of their gaps and opportunities. An individual’s image of themselves and how they are perceived by others is a part of that equation. I have discovered with my clients that even minor adjustments in attire, presence and style have equated to increased opportunities, effectiveness and income potential.

AICI: We don’t have many former Army intelligence officers in AICI (if any!). What skills did that career bring to the table when you decided to switch to executive consulting?
ERIC: My 23-year military career, beginning as a young U.S. Marine Infantry Sergeant and finishing as Military Intelligence Commander for a Special Forces unit, have given me invaluable insights and experience with regards to leadership, teamwork, calmness in the face of adversity, and most importantly being able to relate to people. I have had extraordinary opportunities to work with people from all walks of life, cultures and status. I’m able to relate, understand and empathize with my coaching and consulting clients and bring a unique perspective to their issues.

AICI: In your experience, what is the most common thing holding people back from achieving their goals and what advice do you give them to overcome it?
ERIC: I have found the most common things holding people back from achieving professional and personal success are (1) taking action, and (2) not having a trusted advisor who can see the things that they don’t see and offer continuous feedback. I advise my clients that vision boards should be action boards with specific action steps to achieve their visions. I have found too often that people have great ideas or visions but do not put in the work or actions to make them reality. To complement taking action is having a trusted advisor or coach that can be an accountability partner. A coach or advisor can help a client stay focused on their goals and objectives and help them avoid all the distractions, pitfalls or excuses that prevent them from achieving success. Today’s headlines are filled with successful high performers, who have fallen from grace in their respective professions in part from not receiving direct and honest feedback from someone who cares about their success. My clients don’t have that problem.

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WEBINAR – Online Tools to Grow Your Business – January 23rd! Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:43:27 +0000 TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm CT
0.1 CEUs
Price: $20/AICI Members; $30/Non-members

Save Jan. 23rd for Ann Reinten’s new 90-minute webinar – “How to Grasp The Wealth of Online Technology with Both Hands!”

There has never been a better time in history to be an image consultant than right now and things are only going to get better.

Why? Because of the Internet’s ever-evolving and utterly amazing tools and resources. And many are free or close to it! With so many incredible resources, not only can your in-person consultations amaze your clients, they’ll open up the world of online consultations and passive income streams to you.

Don’t be left behind! Take this opportunity to discover some of the best tools out there and how easy they are to access and use. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve opened up an entire new chapter for your business.

• Marketing and Media Resources
• Blogging Resources
• Website Resources
• Productivity Tools
• Where to Find Fast and Affordable Help

You’ll also receive a comprehensive e-book of over 60 remarkable resources complete with links, prices, and video tutorials. This will only be available to those who attend the session.

Ann Reinten, AICI CIP, has been an image consultant for over 35 years. In 1995 she founded her own company which today is known as Image Innovators. Ann has created many style and colour products for men and women including My Private Stylist and Men of Style. Her products are sold in over 14 countries to over 400 image consultants by 3 master licence holders. In 2010, Ann was awarded AICI highest award, an IMMIE for product Innovation. Ann is also the author of the popular blog, Style Clinic, which has a readership of over 20K.

Date: Tuesday, January 23rd 
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm CT
Price: $20/AICI members; $30/Non-members

To register, please email Kelly Duggan, Chicago Midwest Chapter Treasurer, at

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Eyewear Extravaganza Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:23:26 +0000 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2017
Price: Only $20/AICI members; $30/non-members

Join the Chicago Midwest chapter for a day of eyewear education. Our afternoon will begin with a behind-the-scenes factory tour of State Optical Company, a brand of luxury American eyewear being manufactured in Chicago. We’ll learn about the intricacies of luxury frame design and production and learn the various levels of quality in eyewear.

We’ll wrap up the meeting where our own Jill Dellert-Herbert, AICI CIP, certified Optician and Image Consultant, will discuss Best Practices for Facial Shape & Eyewear Selection along with eyewear fitting guidelines and the latest trends.

After the event, plan to stay for a casual dinner at a restaurant in the area (not included in event fee). And if you’d be interested in seeing a production of “Newsies” at the Marriott Theater across the street, let us know. Perhaps we can get a group that would like to go together. Tickets are $55.00.

Location: State Optical Company, 255 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Event: 1:30 pm-5:00 pm

Hotels: There are many hotels in the Vernon Hills area including the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, as well as in downtown Chicago and around O’Hare airport. Let us know if you plan to stay downtown or at the airport, as we’ll try to arrange carpools to the event site.

If you’d like to register, please contact Kelly Duggan, Chicago Midwest Chapter Treasurer, at

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Can You Handle the Heat? Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:09:45 +0000

Check out the latest blog post of Chicago Midwest chapter member, Dawn Stebbing, AICI CIC.

Click HERE to read it!

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Meet Your Board! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:10:51 +0000

Meet Your Board!

Introducing the Chicago Midwest Chapter Board of Directors for 2017-2019

PRESIDENT – Jill Bremer, AICI CIP, Lombard, IL
TREASURER – Kelly Duggan, AICI CIC, Kalamazoo, MI
SECRETARY – Leslee Hill, Fort Wayne, IN
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Dawn Stebbing, AICI CIC, Vadnais Heights, MN
VP PROGRAMS & EDUCATION – Jill Dellert-Herbert, AICI CIP, Winfield, IL
VP MEMBERSHIP – Mona Rich, Carmel/Zionsville, IN

As you can see, the Board is from all over the Midwest, just like you! We’re very excited about the year ahead and we’ve already started strategizing and making plans to bring value to your membership. Contact any one of us if you have questions, ideas, or want to volunteer to help us! You can find our contact information via the “Members” tab above.

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