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Wonder Woman Wednesday: This Mom Knows How to Throw a Party
By Samantha Lande, BCB Editorial Director
Welcome to Wonder Woman Wednesday, a weekly feature that will attempt to tackle the question we are frequently asked— “how do moms really do it all?” Each week we will feature an amazing mom with extraordinary abilities. From founders of some of the most successful companies to philanthropists who are changing the world, these women are true heroines. To thank them for lifting the cape on some of their super powers, we will make a donation to the charity of their choice.
NAME: Jodi Fyfe
KIDS: Hannah, 18; Ethan, 16
OCCUPATION: Principal at Paramount Events in Chicago
LIVE: Oak Park, Illinois
FAVORITE CHARITY: Tickled Pink – Inspired by my cousin Carrie who passed away from breast cancer at the young age of 35, I began Ticked Pink with the first annual fundraiser taking place 10 years ago with a mission to give back to the breast cancer organizations that generate awareness about breast cancer, as well as work to fight it.
Chances are if you’ve been to a big event in Chicago, Jodi Fyfe has had a part in planning it. Principal at Paramount Events, Jodi helps plan everything from huge city events like Chicago Gourmet to weddings and baby showers and even drop-off lunches for corporate meetings. Ten years ago she started the non-profit Tickled Pink that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer. Jodi tells us how she gives back and plans some of the city’s greatest fetes with ease.
What is your backstory?
As a 20-year veteran of the Chicago food and beverage industry, I could see that Chicago was ready for a fresh take on off-premise catering. Paramount Events launched in 2011 and has since taken the Chicago catering world by storm. To us, every guest is a VIP and we’ll go above and beyond to ensure each experience is unforgettable.
Tell us about your typical weekday:
I love to start the day checking emails and sipping iced tea. Then, it’s off to work, work, work – I never know what the day will bring, and that’s a good thing. After a full day of strategizing with clients, consulting on menus and working with my team, I like to check out the newest Chicago restaurants with my family or visit with my girlfriends.
Tell us about a “save the day moment” :
I would say it was the day I decided to take a risk and built Paramount from scratch.
Who is your Wonder Woman?
My mom, of course!
What is your super power?
The Art of persuasion!
If you could have a secret identity what would it be? I’d be a teleporter! How great would it be to hop from event to event in seconds?
What is your arch nemesis? The Evil Dr. Time Crunch! If only there were more hours in the day…
What is in your Wonder Woman power pack? My smartphone (I’m always connected to my team and accessible to clients), Business Cards (You never know who you’ll run into), one of Paramount’s housemade granola bars (for that mid-day energy boost), lip gloss (specifically Bare Minerals Plump Berry Pop, my new fave) and a pack of Ice Breakers Ice Cubes.
Who is your Sidekick/Partner in Crime?
My personal assistant, Ryan. I would be lost without him!
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