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Monday, August 26, 2019
Dear Friends,
Welcome to the 32nd edition of the Jane Network News – To everything there is a season!  Say goodbye to summer sadly and onto fall!
Enjoy the read. 


Turn! Turn! Turn!

To everything turn, turn, turn – there is a season turn, turn, turn and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant a time to reap, a time to kill a time to heal a time to laugh a time to weep – The Byrds. A Time for PEACE, I swear it’s not too late!

oing something for a long time is what constitutes a career. August 2019 marks some milestones this year – on August 15, I turned 69 years old. Hard to say and hard to fathom. At least I was turning & tapping with my sister Bertie Canepa Reifsteck at her Bertie 30 final dance recitals at the Al Ringling  Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Bertie too marked a milestone as she tap danced her way off the historic theatre stage for the last time as she commemorated 30 years of teaching dancing in Wisconsin. ( She too hits a milestone by turning 67 on August 22.

We are both ready to take some turns at golf, vacations & travels and if you want us to come visit let me know! 

I told the audiences at both shows that I hoped they have someone in their lives as special to them as Bertie is to me. She is my anchor, my biggest fan and confidant. Bertie is so talented and passionate about her teaching and sharing her gifts. She will continue dancing in the winter months in Kremmling, Colorado. Only 37 years there!

In September 1991, I began a sideline career becoming a part-time adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. This year would have marked 28 years of teaching “How to Manage & Promote a Special Event” in the now defunct Marketing Communication department and then the revised course named Events & Promotions in the Business & Entrepreneur department. Columbia College began as an oratory school in 1890 and later morphed into a school that taught arts & media disciplines. The school offered undergraduate and graduate programs taught by people who were employed in the industry. For example, as a special events and public relations professional, I taught students how to plan, promote and publicize a special event. The very business that I founded in 1976 as The Eventors, Inc.

I became a very popular teacher because I could relate to the students. There was no textbook and I gave students the opportunity to experience out of classroom real-life experiences. The students would be encouraged to volunteer at three special events during the semester and then work in committees to plan, promote and publicize a silent auction fundraiser that became known as “Jammin' With Jane.”

My classes were always the first to fill up college-wide. I had some serious “street-cred”. I truly care for  my students and have had a fruitful experience in teaching. In the world today there are plenty of twists and turns and all ways to communicate have gone from in person meetings, letters of correspondence to emails, now texts & Facebook and LinkedIn posts – Instagram and Twitter.

As things go in life, many colleges are experiencing low-enrollment. While I will not be teaching this semester, I am asked to teach in the Spring of 2020. Maybe time to go on a Fall sabbatical with Bertie!


My Jane Network News Newsletters started as a way share my business ventures and adventures, some history of my tap-dancing family and feature my Columbia College students. I have written over 30 newsletters and now have moved along from 40 years in business to 43! I know students like LaPrenza Andrews who just became a grandmother, Nezar Ziyad has children graduating from college, Jade Coleman in Property  Management, Sharon Latson in Management with Chicago Women in Trades and
the list goes on.

I met and am still friends with Tony DeCavitch’s mother and dad, Tom & Jan and his aunt Grace Klebba. They became my “Senior” Events team and Tony sold me my car!


Meet Katja-Lindy Wilkinson, President and CEO of Picote Solutions. She came to Columbia from Finland and met many friends in my class. She reconnected and joined forces with a Tony DeCavitch, a former classmate who is now the Worldwide Director of Product Management. Speaking of turning – Pictote is a Finnish company marketed world-wide and they offer tools to refurbish drainage systems.

One of my first students was John Hellerman, an award-winning communications expert for professionals and their firms. President of Hellerman Communications, John is well-known in many circles. As a student in my class on that September 1991 day he struck me as a happy guy even if he is a Republican. John volunteered with The Eventors for a Walk Run event for Parkinson’s Disease and was the “go-to” guy on communication. He selected my phone number for a pager which is now my cell phone name; 312 217-JANE(5263) John and I are still in touch!
Christine Shirey Frank

Network! Network!  Network! and if you have to wear a sandwich board or a costume be sure you get paid!

I met Christine Shirey Frank at the UW Madison and she came to Baraboo this summer to be part of the Bertie 30 recital road crew! As we talked about life and post college she shared some interesting stories.  After she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with my sister Bertie, they followed me to Chicago.  I had previously followed my older sister Mary to town and had a few years of employment at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. under my belt.  Mary was the Director of Special Events and staged some great events to draw customers to the store – one such event was “Super Saturday” where they turned the loading dock in the alley behind State & Madison into a stage.  Dancers, musicians, teen and college aged models staged a fashion show and featured what to wear for the school-year.  Great event concept for a promotion for Back to School.  Christine had to wear a sandwich board to direct people to the alley to see the performances. 

A Sandwich Board is a type of advertisement composed of two boards holding a message or graphic.  It can be carried by a live person to attract attention or set up as a directional sign.  Telling people about events is key to get awareness and draw a crowd.
Christine landed a job at Marshall Fields and then transitioned into banking.  She is now retired and living in Wisconsin and Arizona – here is her advice to students:
“It is all about relationships.  Build good relationships in all walks of life, and find ways to stay in touch so you can access those relationships throughout your career.  Join Toastmasters to work on your speaking and presentation skills in a supportive setting with people who sincerely want to help you build your confidence.  These skills are critical to your success and fulfillment in every aspect of life.  Always be respectful to your co-workers.  Your subordinate may become your boss or vice-versa.” 
Speaking of turning – this week is a melancholy one as it marks the passing of my dear beloved friend Karen Skubish from lung cancer and breast cancer (August 26, 2010 ) and my dear sister Mary from breast cancer (February 29, 1988) she would have been 75 on August 29.  Join me in supporting their memory for the Great Pink Run – Saturday October 5, 2019 at 8:30 am at Diversey Harbor. 
Join us!
Monday, August 26th
 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm 
Monthly Social Media Social Hour and Jane Network Night

Complimentary Valet Parking
Early dining menu specials with appetizers, fine wine and cocktails.   

Kiki's Bistro 
900 N. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Graduating this year? Planning your next career move? Want to maintain your personal and professional connections? Let Jane help! Email us your story and we'll help connect you to the right person, who can connect you to your future! 
Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
312.217.JANE (5263)
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