Leadership Team

WESOS is a dynamic entity that supports each and every woman in developing her business and relationships. Executive Leadership for WESOS is here to be a steward of the WESOS intention and to create an environment in which collaboration flourishes and authentic relationships grow.

Executive Leadership Team
Jean LaVallie
Chief Executive Officer/Founder

After 25 years as a stay at home mom, and loving every moment of it, when my kids grew up, I knew I wanted to get back out into the workforce and give back to society. I knew I had a determined mindset and was willing to work hard and a quick learner. Unfortunately, I discovered quickly, that for some companies, women have an expiration date for being hired as a newbie.

So, not one to stay long in the pity pool, I looked for other ways to “get myself out there”. Some one suggested networking to me, and all I I could think of was, “What is Networking?”. In the years at home with my kids, the only “networking” I did was with the school and my kid’s friends’ parents!

So, I found places to network. I was intimidated and nervous. Every time I had to stand in front of a group and share my passion and business, my knees went weak and my stomach turned.

Until I found a little group called “Women Entrepreneurs’ Secrets of Success”. These ladies were different! For the cost of my breakfast, I met some really nice women that encouraged me to be confident, and assured me everyone starts out like me. What a relief.

To make a very long story short, I ended up becoming the organizer of that group, and it grew. It grew under the intention that every woman that walked through the door to our meetings was there to build relationships and help out others that might not be at the same success level as they were.

I built WESOS for the simple reason that I wanted a safe, supportive, friendly, inexpensive and fun place to network. Turns out I was not the only one looking for that.

WESOS and it’s membership is my main focus of business today. I love entrepreneurs and the life they breathe into society. I especially love women entrepreneurs because they understand that success is just that much sweeter when you succeed with collaboration and support. Success is that much sweeter when you succeeded and so have your friends!

I am an empty nester now, living with my life long buddy (from high school) my husband, Scott.
I look forward to meeting all the members of WESOS and finding out how WESOS can help each of entrepreneur succeed!

I created WESOS as a place that I felt comfortable networking and now I’m thrilled that thousands of women fell the same way!

Founding Sister

Denise Schmidt
Chief Operations Officer/Partner

After 3 decades of successful serial entrepreneurship, plus management of Chambers of Commerce and membership organizations, I’ve made WESOS my home. I’m the  Chief Operating Officer of Women Entrepreneurs Secrets of Success which simply means that I’m the “nuts and bolts” of WESOS    (Jean’s the “heart and soul”)

My passions are connecting our members and educating them to be successful, profitable and engaged business owners. My function in WESOS is to provide a platform that supports those goals and gives our sisters a place to learn and grow. Women see business in a different way. We are more collaborative than transactional in our approach. I’m here to make sure that approach is honored and used to build a thriving community of women lifting each other up while we grow our individual businesses.

On a personal note, I’m married to an amazing man I met on a wrong number (send me a note and ask for the whole story – it’s a hoot!), I’m originally from Chicago but have been to all 7 continents and flown more than 2 million miles, I’m a voracious reader and a pretty good amateur chef. I’m always available for questions, concerns or brainstorming. Feel free to drop me a note!

Why do I love WESOS? Because I’m surrounded by vibrant, authentic women who value their relationships as much as their businesses. They understand that what makes them unique is what makes them valuable.

Founding Sister


Chapter Leadership Team

Missy Juarez

Aurora Chapter Leader

Primerica

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Jean LaVallie

Chicago Chapter Leader

WESOS

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Kathy Kessenich

Evanston Chapter Leader

Massage Therapist

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Deana Lanham

Geneva Chapter Leader

Edward Jones

Lifetime Member

Julie Quigley

Kankakee Area Chapter Leader

Build Financial Wellness

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Mary Wu

Lisle Chapter Leader

Social Media Consultant

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Cindy Sellentin

Orland Park Chapter Leader

Closets, Life & Style

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Terrie Vanover

Plainfield Chapter Leader

Choosing to Rise

Lifetime Member

Kira Swanson

Portland Chapter Leader

Alchemy Change Agency

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Kimberly Montesinos

Schaumburg Chapter Leader

Crystal Klear Cleaning

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Heather Schmidt

South Naperville Chapter Leader

RE/MAX

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

Amy Dunn

Woodridge Chapter Leader

Nerium International

Founding Sister

Lifetime Member

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