Posted by: kristabella | March 17, 2008

Woman of the Year

I have a favor to ask of all of you. And it doesn’t involve money. It involves just clicking a link and then clicking a button to submit a vote.

My friend Jenny is currently one of the 10 finalists for Chicago Woman of the Year. Earlier this year, her mom nominated her and she is now one of the top 10 and if anyone needs to win, it’s Jenny.

You can read her story and the story her mom wrote to nominate her here.

Jenny has been through a lot, as you’ll read in the story. She lost her dad right before Christmas to his long battle with cancer. She is extremely close with her family and her dad was her hero. And she held her family together through a lot of stuff when he was sick.

I only met her dad over the phone because he was the one who helped me look at my agreement from Slapdick Consulting and advised me not to sign.

I met Jenny through a mutual friend and she invited me to be a part of her book club. So I owe her for introducing me to some awesome ladies and learning me to read books only to drink wine and eat corn dip once a month.

She is really an amazing person. You will never meet a nicer human being. She makes everyone else around her a priority and will do anything to help out a friend or loved one. How she stayed as strong as she did through her dad getting sick and passing away without crumbling under the pressure is a testament to her character and how strong she is. And why she should be voted Chicago’s Woman of the Year.

In addition, with a victory, she’ll get money donated to charity in her name. And she’s chosen Imerman Angels to be the lucky recipient if she wins. Imerman Angels is a Chicago-based organization that connects people fighting cancer with individuals who have beaten that specific cancer. It also assists caregivers. Jonny Imerman, the founder of the organization and a cancer survivor himself, personally helped her family cope with the events of the last year surrounding her dad’s battle with Melanoma.

All it takes is a few simple clicks to cast your vote for her. You can vote once a day from now until March 31. I would really appreciate it if you could take a few seconds out of your day to give her some votes.

She is so deserving and I know it would mean the world to her. So please vote. You all rock!

Edited to Add: I think the voting link is updated. You can always get to the voting page from the main Chicago Woman of the Year page here. You’re voting for Jennifer Duda. Let me know if there are still issues!



  1. Help me! I don’t think the link plays nice with firefox and I don’t think the voting is working. Help?

  2. If you go into the link for “Chicago Woman of the Year” you’ll get to the voting page.

    What a wonderful tribute!

  3. Unfortunately, the page doesn’t play nice with firefox. Try IE or Safari!

  4. A friend of mine was nominated, but it not in the finals… so I am happily throwing my support behind your pal – she sounds awesome, and I wish I were in your book club too…

  5. I voted! 🙂

    And I hope that she gets the care that she needs as well – I have a friend battling cervical cancer right now, and I know that it’s a scary position to be in.

  6. I voted and it worked just fine. I hope your friend wins!

  7. I’m so slow this AM…I’m on the Vote for a Finalist page, but don’t see where to actually do it. Help!

  8. Thank you Kristen and all of her friends for the support that you are giving Jennifer. It makes my heart swell to know that Jennifer has such wonderful and supportive friends. Jennifer was my support for so many months. She misses her Dad desperately and I hope that this can help ease her pain and let her know how much I love her. On behalf of our family – thank you.

  9. Did it! Hug your friend for me, she sounds like a great woman!

  10. She sounds wonderful! I often think you can tell much about a person by looking at who is in their life.

  11. I want to be in your book club – Oh, and I voted. Go Jennifer!

  12. Awesome! I am totally voting for your friend right now.

  13. Consider it done! Hope she wins!

  14. Done! Anything for you, my dear. But we’re going to have to keep our affair a secret, since Ree and I are getting married now.

  15. You’ve got bling!

  16. My vote is in! And, I voted from my work computer also! 🙂

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