Women In Transition To Watch!

Highlights women who are using experience, passion, and drive to pursue the next phase of life! 


 This month’s WIT to Watch includes:

  • Sheryl Sandberg, a nationally recognized leader in technology 
  • Barrington’s Kathi Volante, marketing and public relations expert turned “Cupcake” entrepreneur 
  • Connie Rogers, "da Mayor” of the Chicagoland Club in The Villages, FL 
We welcome your comments on women we highlight as well as recommendations for future WIT to Watch!

Women To Watch on the National Front:

Sheryl Sandberg
  • Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer and first woman board member of Facebook.  
  • Sandberg is also the author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, a book written to encourage women to “lean in” to positions of leadership.
  • We are especially pleased to highlight Sandberg’s successful transition to COO in the predominantly male technology industry.       
    Source: Lean In Women, Work and The Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, publisher Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2013. 

Women To Watch in Barrington, IL   
Cathi Volante
Cathi Volante is the owner of Couture Cupcake Café, Inc., a cupcake boutique that “promises an unyielding commitment to quality, serving handcrafted cakes & desserts made with the finest artisan ingredients.”  Inspired by her children, Volante traded a career in public relations & marketing for something much sweeter - a life of baking sweet and savory cakes & pastries with her family. In 2013, the business expanded from the original location in Kildeer with 2 new stores in Palatine and Wilmette.  Through “Cupcakes with a Cause”, her company contributes 10% to local charities and organizations.
Source: Cathi Volante was featured in the November/December 2013 issue of Quintessential Barrington Magazine in the Article “Cupcakes from Heaven” written by Lisa Stamos.

Women To Watch in TheVillages, FL
Connie Rogers
After many years of hard work and raising  a family in a suburb of Chicago, Dave and Connie Rogers moved to TheVillages, FL.  Interested in staying active, Connie transitioned into her new life by making connections with other Chicago transplants.  She started the Chicagoland Club in 2007 after a disappointing turnout of Chicago Bears fans at a Superbowl matchup with the Colts. 
Today, the club has 750 members with a waiting list of 150.  Connie, “Da Mayor” of the club, has combined a strong spirit of fun with effective coordination and negotiating skills to make Chicagoland Club one of The Village’s most successful organizations.
Source: Connie Rogers was featured in the November 2013 issue of The Villages  Magazine in the Article “Are You Ready for Some Football?” written by Matt Cote.