By ALLISON MATYUS
Once a month, a group of women meet to talk about inspiration, creativity and resources in their field of work. Although these women’s careers range from designer to musician, and small business owner to photographer, these women all share one common thing: they are all a female boss.
The Chicago Girl Bosses Project has been meeting once a month for a year and a half as a support group for networking, connections, resources and best practices. On Oct. 28, the group met at member Bethany Thomas’ shop in Hyde Park, Comfort Me, 1508 E. 55th St.
Thomas began Comfort Me with her mother, Melanie, two years ago as a pop up shop in Hyde Park that resulted in a permanent home for the boutique as one of the courtyard shops in the Hyde Park Shopping Center. As a small business owner, Thomas works for herself, along with the other nine members of the project.
“I used to work with and manage men and it is liberating to start my own business and watch that grow without having a man fund it and pulling at the strings,” said Marianna de Ley, owner of The Savory Flea, a vintage store on Grand Avenue.
The women sat and chatted about what has inspired them in their own work and shared ideas, places and people that have recently motivated them to work creatively. However, for them, the women sitting next to them are always an inspiration.
“I can count on these ladies to be a trustworthy source,” said music producer Kat Visnevska. “They are in the same position as me.”
Visnevska said that it isn’t so much being a woman as it is about being independent.
“It’s less about being female and more about not focusing on that or having that be a disability or a crutch,” she said.