Chicago Power Moms

By Sarah Preston Gorenstein | March 26, 2011 | Home Page

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Nikki Orlov
32, Lincoln Park
Third-year resident, appointed one of three chief pediatric residents July 2011–July 2012, at The University of Chicago Medical Center

With a 1-year-old daughter at home, it’s a wonder how she manages her work schedule: Seven months out of the year, Orlov works an average of 80 hours a week, and every fourth day she works a 30-hour shift. She says she couldn’t do it without the endless support of her husband and their families, among them a nanny who’s been in her family since Orlov herself was 6 months old and who is now helping her raise her own daughter. “I know Lilah’s being cared for by people who love her just as much as I do,” she says.



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Dana Weiss
35, Deerfield
Editor-in-chief, possessionista.com

This mother to sons Jack, 5, and Harry, 3, left the corporate world in 2007 after the birth of her second son and in 2009 started her own blog, possessionista.com. Today, its audience consists of more than 50,000 readers a week. “I figured out how to monetize my two passions: shopping and TV,” she says. Weiss’ blog even turned a profit last year. “The flexibility of working for myself means if I need to take time off—for my kids or for myself—‘the boss’ usually lets me,” she says.



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Jennifer Hanau
35, Gold Coast
Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services

After a seven-year run at another brokerage
firm, which required weekly travel, Hanau
made the decision to switch jobs early this
year for several reasons, one of which was
to achieve a better work-life balance. She
has the freedom to manage her own work
hours as long as her clients are taken care
of, but how does a new mom juggle such
a demanding job? “My career makes me a
better mom,” says Hanau, who relishes every
moment she spends with her 2-year-old son,
Leo. “I want to be a good role model for him
so he sees that women can be successful,
smart, independent moms.”

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Krista K. Meyers
38, Glencoe
Owner of Krista K Boutique and Krista K
Maternity + Baby


While the retail business is a notoriously
volatile one, Krista Meyers has handled it
with shining success: Since 2002 she’s owned two thriving boutiques on Southport. Even more impressive is her ability to do this while raising three young kids: son Mason, 7, and daughters Marley, 5, and Reese, 2. “Having my own identity is important to me,” says Meyers, who credits her mom, an oncologist and cancer specialist in Minnesota, with being her role model.

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