Welcome to Women United’s Member Spotlight series. This week, join us in learning more about Karen Mahnke and her connection to Women United. If you would like to learn more about Women United and the work they do, click here.
What year did you join Women United?
What is your professional background?
I work at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. I am a Registered Nurse by education and am currently the Associate Chief Nursing Executive at the hospital.
What inspired you originally to be a part of Women United?
I attended the “Power of the Purse” fundraiser and, after talking with a colleague who is a member, I decided to join.
What does early childhood education mean to you?
To me, early childhood education means working to ensure all children have access to people, programs and equipment needed to support their learning. It is important to me because, as a healthcare worker, I see the impact that a lack of education can have on someone’s health and well-being. Learning how to stay healthy needs to begin at an early age.
What has surprised you most about being involved in Women United?
I have been pleased with how welcoming the group is to all new members. They are genuinely excited about each new member and make all feel welcome.
What does Women United mean to you?
It allows me to be active in my community, regardless of how much time I have available. There are times when I have more time to spend with the organization and times where I’m super busy and can’t even go to the meetings, and that is totally fine with this group.
What would you say to a woman who is interested in becoming a member of Women United?
I would say to come to a “Wine and Learn” to meet us and learn how gratifying serving your community can be.
The next Wine & Learn will be on August 21 in Libertyville, 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Diana Nielander at firstname.lastname@example.org.