Leadership Team

WESOS is a dynamic networking group that supports each and every woman in developing her network and her business.

The WESOS Leadership Team is a guardian of the WESOS culture and facilitates an environment in which we support each other, share resources and authentic relationships grow.

Executive Leadership Team

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WESOS womens networking founder Jean LaVallie

Jean LaVallie

Chief Executive Officer/Founder

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

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!

Chapter Leadership Team

WESOS womens networking member Missy Juarez

Aurora

Missy Juarez

Primerica

Missy is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS. Missy leads the Aurora Chapter with Barb Hollock.

Barb Hollock is a member of WESOS Women's Networking Group.

Aurora

Barb Hollock

The Cocoa Exchange

Barb is a lifetime member of WESOS. Barb leads the Aurora Chapter with Missy Juarez.

Jean LaVallie is the founder of the WESOS womens networking group.

Chicago

Jean LaVallie

WESOS Network

Jean is the founder of WESOS.

Grace Lundqiust is a member of WESOS Women's Networking Group.

Crystal Lake

Grace Lundquist

Juice Plus & Tower Garden

Grace is a lifetime member of WESOS.

phyllis benstein

Denver

Phyllis Marlene Benstein

TranSPAmation/Monat

Phyllis is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Kathy Kessenich is a member of WESOS womens networking group.

Evanston

Kathy Kessenich

Massage Therapist

Kathy is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS. Kathy leads Evanston Chapter with Judy Sachs.

Judy Sachs

Evanston

Judy Sachs

Alphay

Judy is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS. Judy leads the Evanston Chapter with Kathy Kessenich.

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Frankfort

Sharon Newman

The Right Choice Home Care

Sharon Phyllis is a lifetime member of WESOS

Tracey Pirozzi

Fort Myers

Tracey Pirozzi

Pirozzi Organization Development Solutions, LLC

Tracey is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Jen Hall

Geneva

Jen Hall

Jen Hall Aromatherapy

Jen is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Mary Wu

Lisle

Mary Wu

Social Media Consultant

Mary is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS.

Cindy Shroba

Morris

Cindy Shroba

Open Eye Communications & Tower Road Microgreens

Cindy is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Julie Renner

Naples

Julie Renner

Julie Renner Photography

Julie is a one year member of WESOS.

Alison Ver Halen is a member of WESOS Women's Networking Group and our Oak Park Chapter leader.

Oak Park

Alison Ver Halen

Alison Ver Halen Marketing

Alison is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Cindy Sellentin

Orland Park

Cindy Sellentin

Closets, Life & Style

Cindy is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS.

Nicole Domico

Park Ridge

Nicole Domico

Accurate Pitching School

Nicole is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Francesca Vanderwall is a member of WESOS Women's Networking Group.

Plainfield

Francesca Vanderwall

Edward Jones

Francesca is a lifetime member of WESOS.

Phyllis Gutierrez

Plainfield

Phyllis Gutierrez

Town Center Insurance

Phyllis is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS.

Mystery Woman

Portland

Could this be you?

Our Portland Chapter is looking for a leader! Apply here.

WESOS womens networking member Kimberley Montesinos

Schaumburg

Kimberly Montesinos

Crystal Klear Cleaning

Kimberly is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS.

Ellen Cleary

South Naperville

Ellen Cleary

Advancing Global EDU

Ellen is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS.

WESOS womens networking member, Mary Wu

Virtual

Mary Wu

Social Media Consultant

Mary is a founding sister and a lifetime member of WESOS.

Mystery Woman

Wilmington

Could this be you?

Our Wilmington Chapter is looking for a leader! Apply here.

Amy Dunn

Woodridge

Amy Dunn

Tranont

Amy is a founding sister and lifetime member of WESOS.

Mystery Woman

Yorkville

Could this be you?

Our Yorkville Chapter is looking for a leader! Apply here.

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