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November 8th: An Evening with Lynne Oehlke, Fine Jeweler

Meet Lynne Oehlke, owner of LJO Creations, and learn about  her business up-front and personal on Wednesday, November 8 from  5:30 pm  to 7:30 pm. Join Lynne and other Focus members—bring a friend—at her home/bench at 400 W. Revere Rd., Mequon. Their  driveway is in the bend in the road between other driveways so look closely.

We will have fun learning about creating a patina, casting a botanical, taking care of silver. Bring your fine jewelry to the gathering if you are curious about alternative designs or if you wish to get a quote on selling some gold jewelry.

This is not Lynne’s first career. For much of her professional life she worked in the fields of child welfare,  as a grants coordinator/writer for Milwaukee County and UW Milwaukee and as CEO of St Catherine Residence, a two hundred unit housing facility with supportive services for women. Leaving gave her freedom of her calendar and an opportunity to grow a part-time jewelry business into a personalized service offering custom designs.

She sees her new venture as a means to develop the  her creative side, meet fun, interesting people and  to support the work of nonprofit agencies, especially those servicing women at a higher level than she might other wise be able to.

As owner of LJO Creations, Lynne Oehlke defines her mission as a fine jeweler who provides customized personal service and the highest quality jewelry at prices her customers feel comfortable affording.

While specializing in fine jewelry through her buying power with internationally known wholesalers she enjoys creating jewelry using multiple metals. She has developed skill at integrating natural stones, pearls and  “botanicals”  (dried plant material that has been cast in silver) into her creations. As a metal smith she can repair broken jewelry and finds fun in recreating or “repurposing” fine jewelry that has lost its allure, functionality and/or a mate.

Lynne’s inventory and catalogs will be available for shopping  while enjoying great company, partaking in a glass of wine or other beverage and tantalizing munchies.

For details and directions, click here for the Calendar entry!

November 15 Meeting: Jayme Radomski, Top Shelf Home Organizing

Are you ready to clear your dining table for a meal, start a simple filing system for your paperwork, make sense of your pantry, revive your closet and regain control of your household? Jayme can help you achieve your home organizing goals.

As a child, Jayme found organizing toys and craft items was fun. As the neighborhood babysitter, families always came home to nicely organized kids’ spaces and room. That young love for order led to her career developing efficiencies and systems for organization.

Today she holds degrees in engineering and business management. Attention to detail and passion for helping others lead to leadership roles in her engineering career. She has designed commercial fire suppression systems and spent years in retail and restaurant industries in college.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Jayme has selected Friends of St. Catherine’s Residence to receive the November donation.

Reservations and payment for the meeting can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

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Make Your Reservations NOW for the FOCUS Holiday Party with Comedy Sportz!!

Join us for our Annual Holiday Party!  This year Comedy Sportz will be there again to help us celebrate!

December 13, 2017
Cost:  $39 per person

Arrive at 11:30 am for networking
Plated Lunch served at 11:45 am
Program 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Rd., Mequon WI 53092

Reservations and payment for the party can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Make your Reservations for the Holiday Party NOW

Program: Comedy Sportz!!
Cost: $39 per person
When: 11:30 AM Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Where: Ozaukee Country Club, 10823 N River Rd., Mequon

Starter: Small Fresh Fruit Plate
Entrèe: Grilled Salmon, a 5-oz Salmon Filet Ribboned with Beurre Blanc, Served on a Bed of Toasted Angel Hair Pasta and Accompanied by Roasted Vegetables.

Special Gluten Free/Vegetarian Option: Mushroom and Spinach Risotto Cakes, Arborio Rice, Sautèed Cremini Mushrooms, Diced Tomatoes, Zucchini, Garlic, Parmesan Cheese.

December Meeting

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Requests for Gluten-free and Vegetarian entrees MUST be received NO LATER THAN the registration deadline NOON Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

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 Gluten-free or Vegetarian meals are available by special request. All special requests MUST be received NO LATER THAN the registration deadline. The dish prepared to fulfill a special request is at the sole discretion of the chef.

To make a reservation and pay later, please email


October 18, 2017 Meeting: Janet Halonen, Licensed Acupuncturist and Esthetician

Join us on October 18 to hear from Janet Halonen of AcuEsthetics.  Janet Halonen is a multi-disciplined holistic healthcare provider. She is dually licensed as an acupuncturist and aesthetician.  Her areas of specialty are stress and pain management, facial rejuvenation, alcohol and drug recovery support, and nutrition consultation.  In addition to acupuncture and aesthetic services, Janet is also a certified Yoga and meditation instructor, and has taught in the local Milwaukee area for the past 20 years. She has a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Her practice is located in Mequon and is a hybridization of all of the healing wisdoms she has been privileged to learn.

Jan’s discussion will be about treating addictions with ancient healing techniques. For the past ten years she has worked privately with patients and in group settings at local treatment centers in the Milwaukee area. Treating those going through recovery is a passion for her, as she sees addiction impacting virtually every aspect of society.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Janet selected the Wisconsin Humane Society to receive the October donation.

September 20, 2017 Meeting: Speed Networking!

Our first Speed Networking on June 17, 2015 was very different and very successful!  So successful that we are doing it again!

This year Membership Chair Barb Brinkmann is hosting our Speed Networking meeting.  The format not only allows us to get to know a little more about each other, but also to practice the skill of quickly describing our businesses.  Best of all, though, is that it is always a fun way to spend an hour!

Join us and participate in the Speed Networking with Barb and other Women’s Focus members.  We’ll have fun, polish our skills, and get to know more about each other!


August 16, 2017 Meeting: Something A Little Different!

For the August meeting we are planning Something a Little Different! In addition to having a bit more time for networking,  Focus President Stephanie Melnick will facilitate an interactive discussion about business challenges and opportunities with Women’s Focus members and guests.

Stephanie has been practicing law in the Milwaukee area for over 20 years. She currently owns and operates Melnick & Melnick, S.C. – a law firm in Mequon that primarily caters to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Stephanie specializes in helping business owners prepare for the what ifs by protecting assets and reducing risk with tailored, cost-effective solutions. When disputes arise, she helps business owners resolve them using negotiation, mediation, and litigation, as necessary.

Join Us on August 3rd for Summer Fun and Music by the River at Shully’s!

Join us at Shully’s River Sounds, 146 Green Bay Rd
Thiensville WI 53092, on Thursday Aug 3.  The Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz band is playing.  The concert is free but they ask for donations of non-perishable food for Ozaukee County Sharing.

The details?  Arrive at 6:30 pm or after with your portable chair and find the us!  The Women’s Focus party will be somewhere on the lawn near the stage.  Food and drink are available for purchase or you can bring your own food in, just NOT beverages. Events Chair Jill Goldberg will spread some blankets on the ground so if that is easier you can just plop down on the blankie.  Music plays from 7 pm to 10 pm and we might even get up and do a little boogie.  It’s informal so you can stay as long as you like.

She Stands Tall Speaker Series

Stephanie Melnick, Melnick & Melnick

She Stands Tall Speaker Series is Hosted by Melnick & Melnick, S.C. and The Ruby Tap

Join us on July 18th for the kick off event of the She Stands Tall Speaker Series! Space is limited so be sure to buy tickets soon to reserve your spot.

The Speakers for this first event are Sarah and Brooke, owners of The Ruby Tap in Mequon and Wauwatosa.

July 19, 2017 Speaker: Marilyn Thiet, Creating a Coaching Culture

We welcome Marilyn Thiet at our July 19 meeting. Marilyn Thiet is the Founder and President of EDGE Performance Acceleration. Marilyn and her team at EDGE work with clients to help them increase their profitability and productivity through training, coaching and developing leaders and their people. Marilyn brings a high level of energy and passion to her work and is an engaging speaker in venues from the classroom to the executive boardroom.
Marilyn’s areas of expertise include coaching, leadership development, sales training, strategic planning, organizational development and sales process improvement. Her clients range from start up businesses to Fortune 500 corporations selling into the healthcare market as well as healthcare providers. She has worked with multiple clients to increase sales by developing a Challenger sales culture and by designing overall team development strategies. She works with hospitals and large healthcare systems in the US coaching physician leaders, CMOs, and healthcare executives.

Marilyn has over 25 years of professional experience in healthcare, sales, marketing, corporate training, and leadership development. She spent much of her career working for GE Healthcare. Marilyn has degrees in Radiologic Technology and in Business Management. She is trained in Conversational Intelligence and certified in Professional Facilitation, Change Acceleration Process (CAP) and Six Sigma quality methodologies. She is a longstanding member of the American Society of Training and Development.

Marilyn is married with two adult children and resides with her husband in Mequon, Wisconsin. Marilyn is an advocate for the Alzheimer Association, serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Kathy’s House, and is a member of Professional Dimensions, an organization for women leaders. In her free time Marilyn enjoys pursuing a number of outdoor activities including golf, biking, and kayaking.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Marilyn has selected Kathy’s House of Milwaukee to receive this month’s donation.


June 2017 Speaker: Mary Jo Dowell, Community Relations and Human Resources Expert

Join us on June 21st to hear Mary Jo Dowell, the principal of MJDowell & Associates, a management-consulting group with emphasis in Human Resources, Coaching, Workshops, Philanthropy, and Public Speaking.

Mary is the author of Playing Through The Fence, a book that is part memoir, part self-help for emerging leaders or anyone seeking inspiration while facing obstacles in her career journey. Nineteen women share powerful reflections of fortitude and accomplishments in their lives and careers, sometimes against what seemed like impossible odds, as they challenged barriers on their paths to success.

Prior to starting her own company, Mary held the position of Vice President of Foundation Affairs and Global Community Relations for Johnson Controls. There she was responsible for moving the company’s community relation’s outreach efforts from local to global status.

Through her leadership, Mary enhanced the company’s community image and visibility for internal and external stakeholders around the world.  She executed the company’s philanthropic goals, objectives, and strategies to maximize its corporate citizenship, reputation, and leadership status.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Mary has selected the Sista Pride Program of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee to receive this month’s donation.

The Sista Pride program allows participants to develop their voices as young women living in Milwaukee. Girls create their own community service projects and attend leadership conferences where professional Milwaukee women provide valuable feedback.