Helen Berkun / Photographer, stylist, fashion blogger, mama
Over her 15 years in the fashion industry she’s run the gamut from editorial and advertising photography to celebrity styling and commercial print. She is currently represented by the prestigious Ford Artists. Born in Mariupol, Ukraine, Helen’s aesthetic is eclectic, fashion-forward, and artistic – a quality that runs through her family of painters, photographers and designers. After receiving a Fine Arts degree from Columbia College in Chicago, specializing in photography, Helen established herself as an editorial fashion photographer, where she developed a keen eye for composition, lighting and art direction. Today her photography is recognized for her fun, beautiful, poppy images. Helen’s great sense of style a killer shoe and accessories collection has made her one of the most in-demand fashion “IT” girls about town. Helen hosts many fashion events around Chicago, working with Teen VOGUE, Guess, Decades LA, Coach and many others. The girl lives, eats, sleeps and breathes fashion. Helen is based in Chicago with her husband, her son “Nugget” and her baby girl “Baby K” but frequently travels the globe. She is the Contributing Fashion Editor for GLOSSED & FOUND, the premier online video magazine.
Monika Dixon / Founder of Monika Dixon PR
A native of Poland, Monika Dixon has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She founded Monika Dixon Public Relations in April 2012. In the past five years she has worked with and developed local and national visibility for brands in the beauty, fashion, product, non-profit and hospitality industries. Her work has led to media placements in influential news outlets that range from Forbes to The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Her clients can regularly be found on local TV stations including ABC7, NBC, WGN and FOX News. She had the pleasure of working with Nobel Prize winner and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, as well as the current president Bronislaw Komorowski, when they visited Chicago. She currently advises several businesses on branding, web development, social media, event planning, and media relations. Her knowledge of the Chicago market is unparalleled. She has worked with Tom Ford, CH Carolina Herrera, Tods, Emporio Armani, Lola and the Boys, Buccellati, Dana Rebecca.
Graham Kostic / Creative & Editorial Director at Glossed & Found
Graham is the creative and editorial director of digital magazine GlossedandFound.com. Celebrating stylish living and playful personalities, Glossed & Found is a vibrant mash-up of dynamic interviews, immersive travel features and inspiring fashion editorial. Kostic would have it no other way. With over ten years experience in the fashion industry producing distinctive content as Style Editor for Modern Luxury Magazines and Art Director of Boston-based flash-sale site RueLaLa.com, he relies on a point of view that serves up major joy and touts the unique spirit in all of us. Kostic's unapologetic and colorful style has been featured in Domino, Paper, TribMagazine, Time Out Chicago, Hemispheres and more.
Janet Mandell / Fashion & Lifestyle blogger, founder of luxury diaper bag line Mia Bossi.
Janet is a Chicago-based fashion blogger and founder of luxury diaper bag line Mia Bossi. She started Fashionaholic in 2012, where she shares her personal style and fashion finds. Janet's edgy, high-fashion style has attracted readers in the Windy City and worldwide. Janet has collaborated with brands such as Jimmy Choo, Topshop and Tiffany & Co.
Berny Martin / Founder of Catou & Midwest Fashion Week
Berny Martin is an American designer and the founder and designer of Catou, an internationally recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear started in 2005. The line has been recognized on BET, MTV, Source Magazine, Mandarin Quaterly Magazine, Active Life Magazine, WCIU Chicago _ You & Me morning show, Adunagow Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Switzerland, Chicago CD Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Star, IBJ (Indianapolis Business Journal), Bella Magazine, Miss Universe Magazine, Power Magazine (Atlanta), Fashion Manuscript, and Focus Magazine (Louisville) and more... The clothing line is well received among the celebs Lin-Manuel Miranda Tony Award winner, JR Smith From the New York Knicks, Miss Univers Stephania, and Helio Castroneves, celebrity chef Ron Duprat. Berny was awarded the The Couture Man Excellence Award in New York, United Nations Association Young Professionals in 2009 for his support and menswear fashion designer in the Midwest by FGI (Fashion Group International). Catou was featured on the runway during Paris Fashion Week, New York Emerge Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week, Chicago Fashion Week and African Travel Association Fashion Show.
Paul Stepankovskiy / Senior Vice President, Wealth Management and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services for the FKS Wealth Management Group.
Paul is one of the founders and principals of FKS Wealth Management Group, which works exclusively with successful families, business owners, young professionals and their advisors. Paul began his career as a Financial Advisor in 1997 after successfully selling his Corporate Catering business. He holds bachelor's degree in economics from University of Illinois, in Chicago and MBA in finance from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management. He completed his Certified Financial Planner certification at Northwestern University after submitting to the rigorous CFP certification process that includes a demanding education, examination, experience and ethical requirements.