It was a glamourous black-tie dinner-dance last month, the annual fund-raising gala for the French American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
You’re probably thinking, “Why is she telling us about the evening?”
For two reasons: First because Andrea was recently named the executive director of the French American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
Second because I think (correct me if I’m wrong) most Americans who were raised and educated in other countries (Drea has her French baccalaureate) rarely have the opportunity to use their languages when working in the United States.
Now she speaks French every day and is part of the French/American community in the United States, which is very exciting.
I thought I would tell you about the evening, including the menu and a picture of the four women who were honoured for their “innovative contributions to their fields by developing creative solutions to complex business challenges.”
I also thought I would tell you about it because it’s French and everyone was dressed for a party.
The women honoured included: Sophie Miquel-Kergoat, Principal Research Scientist, Wrigley, USA; Lisa H. Ruiz, Latin America Head, Regulatory Affairs, AbbVie Inc.; M. Bernadette Patton, CAE President and CEO Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC); and Michelle McGovern, Chair, Board of Director Director, Human Resources and Operations, American College of Surgeons.
A highlight of the evening’s entertainment was a sumptuous silent auction which featured a cognac tasting in one’s home; one night at the five star Lancaster hotel in Paris with dinner and a cooking lesson the next day and several other luxuries.
I think any time women have an opportunity to dress up, really dress up, is so much fun and, I suspect in most of our lives, quite rare, unless Anna Wintour invited any of us (you) to the Met Ball this year.
And on a final note, Drea told me dinner was not only delicious, but also beautiful. The chef at the Sofitel is Greg Biggers and the pastry chef, Anna Young (I promised to mention them).
All the photos are by Jennifer Girard.