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Chef Chat

Step Up’s Chef Chat, posted each week leading up to Shine & Dine, features discussions with Chicago’s top chefs who will be offering exclusive tastings at the August 7 culinary event benefiting Step Up’s programs that ignite girls to fulfill their potential. Today’s edition highlights Eric Mansavage from Farmhouse and Tim Davidson from Troquet River North.
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College Dorm Room Basics

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Kristin Borostyan is a Luminary Circle member of Step Up and the CEO and founder of Real College Knowledge, where she helps families with the transition to college by providing pioneering solutions so students don’t flounder during their first year.  In preparation for The Container Store’s Grand Opening at Farmers Market on August 9 – 10 (when 10% of sales will be donated to Step Up!), Kristin shares her college dorm room tips and tricks.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it is for me because it means Back-to-School Shopping! There’s nothing like starting a new school year excited for all the possibilities it brings. And if you’re a college student, back-to-school shopping means gathering up items on a mile-long list!
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Chef Chat

Step Up’s Chef Chat, posted each week leading up to Shine & Dine, features discussions with Chicago’s top chefs who will be offering exclusive tastings at the August 7 culinary event benefiting Step Up’s programs that ignite girls to fulfill their potential. Today’s edition highlights Carolina Diaz from Filini Bar and Restaurant and Charles Joly from Crafthouse.
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Teen of the Month: New York’s Kristen

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Kristen Gordon is a recent high school graduate from The Young Women’s Leadership School  (TYWLS) in East Harlem. Kristen will be attending Spelman College in Atlanta in the fall and has been active in Step Up since her sophomore year of high school.  This year, Kristen has taken a leadership role in both Step Up and her school community, serving as a Step Up ambassador, gaining a month-long summer internship position at Step Up through The Young Women’s Leadership Network, and co-facilitating one day of Step Up programming at her school’s summer camp for younger girls.  Kristen is a committed leader who hopes to make an impact on the world one day by combining both her people skills and organizational skills!

Luminary Circle Member of the Month: Los Angeles’ Shel Pink

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Shel Pink, founder and chief creative officer of SpaRitual, joined the Luminary Circle early this year, inspired by Step Up’’s mission. Her passion for making the world a better place extends from her environmentally-friendly company to her commitment to helping teen girls fulfill their potential. We look forward to having her share her courageous entrepreneurial journey with our Step Up teens this coming school year, and are honored to have such an inspiring woman in our Step Up community!