Every Woman Workshop

Floral Workshop + Women’s Panel

Saturday March 16
Maven Chicago
4749 North Spaulding Avenue - Chicago, IL 60625

In honor of International Women’s Day, Willrett Flower Co and Your Day by MK are teaming up to put on a fabulous spring event to inspire all the strong women in Chicago. We’ll start with arranging gorgeous florals with the guidance of Kat Willrett, grab some bites to eat and then transition into listening and learning from our mighty panel moderated by MK of Your Day by MK. We will focus on how our unconventional and unpredictable life paths brought us to where we are today!

Ticket Price includes florals, bites and a beyond amazing venue space. Big thank you to all the women helping us with their time and talents to make this event as affordable as it can be. We are not trying to make a profit, but rather inspire the women of Chicago to keep on keeping on.

What We’ll Be Making

We will be making either centerpieces or floral crowns. You can even wear the floral crown out to all your St. Paddy’s day plans!

Meet the Panelists

Our panel will focus on their unconventional and unpredictable life paths that brought them to where they are today! Along with the ways they inspire and achieve their goals as women in their fields and continue to forge their own paths.


Emily Nejad

Emily Nejad is the founder + head designer at Bon Vivant Cakes, Chicago's go-to for artful, fun, fondant-free desserts. Emily’s work has graced the pages of Chicago’s Redeye, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Woman Magazine, where she was named one of Chicago’s 10 influential women in food in 2018. Bon Vivant’s donut and cake decorating classes, which take place at her brand new event space, Maven, have been featured by brands like Macy’s and West Elm, along with countless other restaurants and boutiques in and around Chicago. Emily lives and works in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

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Kathy Beenen

How does the “Homemaker of the Year” awardee in her Pittsburgh high school land at the University of Notre Dame, become the first woman there to graduate in the mechanical and industrial engineering program, and launch a career in manufacturing at 3M?

Her first published article appeared in Industrial Engineering magazine, where she co-authored “Task Test Suggests Male = Female” – a research study that gained attention in 1973. Engineering was a launchpad for the years that followed when she became an entrepreneur, sold a business, enjoyed an active family life with her late husband and two sons, and worked 25 years in the non-profit world.

She secured major gifts for cancer research at the University of Minnesota and, most recently, was Senior Vice President of Donor Relations and Marketing at Opportunity International. This global non-profit organization has, since inception, provided $9 billion in loans to people in the developing world who are working their way out of poverty. Nearly 90% of Opportunity’s loan clients are women.


Nicole Sivek

Nicole has an extensive background in shoot production and photography, and in developing brand identities. She also has years of experience as an art director and photographer for high fashion and interior editorials. She is originally from Chicago, but after college moved abroad to Europe for 5 years, starting a creative agency and gaining experience working with top creative businesses like Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, creative agencies, fashion designers and magazines. Her work abroad has been recognized in Forbes magazine, InStyle, Caroline Daily, and Harpers Bazaar.

Along the way, she also worked for a production company where she really dove into producing photoshoots and videos shoots. Which then lead her to pursue fashion, wedding, and interior photography. She ended up making her way back home to Chicago, and has continued with photography career. In Chicago she has worked with many up and coming creative businesses and designers and has been featured in Magazines like Circus Mag, Glamour Girl Fr, Kaltblut, i-D, and Modern Luxury.

Meet the Hosts

MK Andersen of Your Day by MK

MK Andersen of Your Day by MK

Hi there! My entire life, I’ve taken the unconventional route. I had 4 different internships and various majors before settling on Political Science and even after all of that I decided to open my own wedding and event planning firm here in Chicago. I still play and coach the competitive sport of ultimate frisbee and drink exclusively LaCroix. But no matter the day or career choice, I’ve always been a strong advocate of women’s empowerment. I am beyond excited to put on this event for all of you and act as the moderator for an amazing panel of women.

Kat Willrett of Willrett Flower Co.

Kat Willrett

I grew up in Kansas and went to school in Arkansas to get a degree in Kinesiology. Worked at an ER out of college and would help my sister with her floral work. I moved to Illinois and by 2016 quit my job because I wasn’t having it anymore. So I started Willrett Flower Co. It is a few acres of blooms nestled in among huge fields of Willrett Natural Farm certified organic grains. We grow specialty cut flowers and design for weddings and events all over Chicago-land.

Meagan Shuptar of M Lindsay Photography


Hi! I’ve been a Chicago-based commercial, lifestyle, and wedding photographer for over twelve years. I photograph people, spaces, and products for brands large and small and I tell the visual stories of people in love and their milestones in life. I believe that collaboration is key and my goal is to help execute my client’s vision by creating elevated images that feel natural and authentic, while being polished and connected to the viewer. I love mid-century modern and Danish design, gin + tonics, and traveling to new places. I'm a people person and there is nothing a good dance party with my kids can’t fix.

The Space (because yes, it is AMAZING!)

Maven Chicago is the home of BonVivant Cakes and of course an amazingly energetic space to host our event! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Ticket Price includes florals, bites and a beyond amazing venue space! Big thank you to all the women helping us with their time and talents to make this event as affordable as it can be. We are not trying to make a profit, but rather inspire the women of Chicago to keep on keeping on!