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The Dames of Chicagoland

Prepare to meet women who are incredibly supportive and encouraging of one another. Women with zero sense of competitive. True collaborators, who show up for one another in all the best ways. We're your spirited cheerleaders, here to lift you to the top (but you won't have to wear one of those funky uniforms!).

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You will only meet women playing at your level

- that's a guarantee.


To ensure that you will make high-caliber connections, we require that our members are women who:

  • Lead and grow their own 6, 7, and 8-figure companies and nonprofits
  • Or women in Director/equivalent and higher roles in large organizations

And also women who:

  • Take consistent, aligned action toward and celebrate personal and professional growth equally
  • Trade high-stress for high-caliber and ceaselessly confront the myth of the "virtuous hustle"
  • Desire to "get out of serious," knowing that laughter and joy are vital to limitless growth
  • Influential and collaborate fearlessly, share vulnerably, and thrive in authentic connection

Meet Francesca Vanderwall

Chapter President

Francesca Vanderwall is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) professional who can't say no to a good leadership role. She loves helping to facilitate heart-led communities that provide meaningful growth opportunities. She is at her best when she is supporting people who don't want to fit in the little tiny box that society tries to impose. And she throws a killer dinner party! Francesca is also famous (infamous?) for using food analogies to help her clients understand complex topics. 

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Join The Dames of Chicagoland

 Just $117/Month or $1,287/Year!

Strategic Matchmaking Service

Don’t leave it to chance or waste precious time! You go through our Dames Power Partner Process to inform us who you need to know and what goals you want to achieve, and helps you learn how to build and nourish these long-term relationships, and then we match with your fellow Dames so you can collaborate (think: cross refer, mastermind, increase your footprint) powerfully!

Dames Connect Hours

Get advice, spotlight your business, ask for what you desire/need, and make connections for others/have your connection needs met to expand and deepen your network within The Dames and beyond!

Enriching Conversations

Deep connection, fierce collaboration, engaging conversation, and a whole lot of fun as we dive into celebration, sales, leadership, and how to shamelessly bring our brilliance and true unique selves to table! We’ll be using the power of collaborative intentions and energy to spark change and connect on a deeper level.

Next Level Skills Trainings

Skills you actually want for the stage of business you're in. You request the topics and we source invaluable content from leaders nationwide! Develop yourself, professionally and personally, with the help of our carefully-selected subject matter experts.

Million Dollar Power Hours

Join our seven-figure business owner “Dames of Influence” for virtual lessons on how to get your business to that million dollar mark and beyond. Learn from their pitfalls, achievements, and raw, “non-PR -scripted” stories. Why reinvent the wheel? Let our community of award-winning, statistic-slaying business owners lay a foundation for you!

Mastermind Calls

These intimate, connected, think tank style Dame-to-Dame sessions are structured to help members at the $250K, $500K, corporate leader, and seven-figure levels to achieve goals and solve problems with input and advice from the other group members. From hiring and retention, leadership and culture-building, this is your problem-solving think tank. On these calls, supporting one another in achieving our goals is the #1 objective, and gaining feedback on challenges with a sounding board at your level who understands the inherent challenges, is paramount.

Members-Only Facebook
& LinkedIn Groups

Be sure to join so you can stay up on the latest of your fellow members, share your wins, big asks, and more! This is where many referrals are requested, so please check in frequently!

Digital Learning Library

When you join our community, you’ll get instant access to every Power Hour, Virtual Hug & Huddle, and Growth Session we’ve ever recorded. Cut your learning curve with essential solutions and skills you can use to tackle the challenges we all face in the today’s economy.

Your Local Chapter Happier Hours & Extravaganza Events

To us, laughter isn’t just medicine—it’s a catalyst for building relationships and crushing through obstacles. Our local chapter events harness this power at every turn.

Other Chapter Extravaganza

& Happier Hour Events

Link, level-up and laugh with fellow Dames from other chapters by traveling to attend their Chapter Extravaganza and Happier Hour events. As a member, you get a 20% discount on your event ticket purchase.

What to Expect From Your
Chicagoland Chapter

& The Dames


We’re here to pour into you so that you can break through what’s holding you back. Our Chicagoland Dames chapter will show all Dames lead from a place of authenticity and vulnerability to achieve true success - because it’s the key to growing personally and professionally. If you’ve ever wondered where all the other women who consistently grow and want to help each other step into what we’re capable of, you’ve found us!

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