Meet Our Dedicated Team!

Julie Harris, Founder/CEO

Julie launched the Exceptional Women's Network (EWN), to provide more resources to women in pursuit of leadership. As A former Career Connector for the Communication and Media Innovation department at Columbia College Chicago, Julie created the "Prep for Your Profession" course noting that generally, women can always benefit from support in building and communicating their skill sets during interviews and meetings. There is a constant need for more professional resources, networking and mentorship, especially for women to maximize their potential early on.

Julie  currently is a field MARKETING CONSULTANT FOR MOTOROLA, graduated from DePaul University and holds two Master's Degrees in Education and Journalism.  She is a proud member of the International Women's Leadership Association, Publicity Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In her spare time, you'll find her performing improv at Second City and Stage 773.

Favorite Quote: "People think those who are successful are fearless. The truth is that they are just more intimate with fear."

Connie Stanley, Event Manager Connie manages all event operations, day to day logistical efforts and ensures all Exceptional Women's Network professional events run smoothly. As a young professional, Connie has had extensive experience working as Event Coordinator at Columbia College and her BA is in Marketing Communications from Columbia College. Favorite quote: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." –Albert Einstein

Connie Stanley, Event Manager
Connie manages all event operations, day to day logistical efforts and ensures all Exceptional Women's Network professional events run smoothly. As a young professional, Connie has had extensive experience working as Event Coordinator at Columbia College and her BA is in Marketing Communications from Columbia College.

Favorite quote: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." –Albert Einstein

Stef Haydon, Director of Production Stef works on all EWN production packages involving media and does it with finesse! Currently, Stef serves as a Production Analyst and Consultant. She has produced impressive and unique educational training films, spot cable on demand channels and advertising campaigns in Chicago and New York. She graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Digital Cinema. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, writing and producing independent media. Favorite Quote: "When you know better, you do better" - Maya Angelou

Stef Haydon, Director of Production

Stef works on all EWN production packages involving media and does it with finesse! Currently, Stef serves as a Production Analyst and Consultant. She has produced impressive and unique educational training films, spot cable on demand channels and advertising campaigns in Chicago and New York. She graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Digital Cinema. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, writing
and producing independent media.

Favorite Quote: "When you know better, you do better" - Maya Angelou

Nayyab Siddiqui, Communications/PR Intern

Nayyab is originally from Malaysia. Her prior work experience includes working at SoftGen International Sdn Bhd in Malaysia as a Creative & Account Manager where she planned two successful exhibitions at Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. She executed brand management, advertising, marketing strategies as well as sales and budget management for both exhibitions. Prior to this, Nayyab worked at Standard Chartered Bank, Malaysia as the Assistant to the Chief Information Officer. Currently, she is studying marketing in the US and is completing her degree from the Business and Entrepreneurship department at Columbia College. Her focus is in creative advertising. Nayyab is a passionate marketer and competitive in all she does. She is a strong proponent of personal development and very passionate about equality for women. The Exceptional Women’s Network has allowed her to use this platform as a creative outlet where she can bring awareness to feminism and build mentoring and leadership skills to girls who need it the most.

Favorite Quote: "Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the Earth, you are a great leader" - Indra Nooyi (Chairperson & CEO, Pepsico)

Bailee PenskiCommunications Intern

bailee enjoys promoting female empowerment to support women through the Exceptional Women's Network and does it in a variety of ways through social media. Bailee is pursuing her BA in journalism and cultural studies at Columbia College Chicago. Upon graduation, she plans to work at a publication that will allow her to write and travel around the world. In her spare time, she explores her passions in music, poetry, and fashion. 

Favorite Quote: 
“Breathing dreams like air” -       f. Scott Fitzgerald