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Cathy Sirvatka

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VII


Cathy Sirvatka

Cathy Sirvatka

Cathy Sirvatka has been working with small business owners to put their best foot forward on the Internet since 1999. Her working style is to get to know her clients and their businesses through one-on-one conversations. She then manifests what she has learned into a web presence that directly matches their business and attracts their ideal clients.

Prior to her web design career, Cathy earned her B.A. in Photojournalism at Columbia College in Chicago. She worked her way through school as a Word Processor at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She had become disenchanted with her new career choice and burned out on her camera by the time she graduated. It was her work at Bell Labs, however, that taught her about the World Wide Web and how to write code to make web pages.

In 1999, Cathy was laid off from Bell Labs and began her website career working for a “dot-com” firm, designing and developing websites.

In 2002, she set out on her own as a freelancer, and eventually incorporated Sirvatka Creative Services. She was also an adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois for 12 years, teaching web design courses.

Cathy carries almost two decades of knowledge of the website industry and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others. She enjoys educating her clients as much or as little as they want, understanding that not everyone wants to know “how the sausage is made.”


Cathy Sirvatka
Sirvatka Creative Services, Inc.

My Story

My Story

I’m Not Creative. Oh Wait… Yes I Am!

Cathy’s story shares her struggle with believing she is not creative and yet wanting to be. Through childhood and college experiences, she compared herself to others, never feeling as though she measured up. Cathy overcame those beliefs as she looked at her life and the facts that unfolded before her. Over time, she grew into a deeper understanding of what creativity is. Many people don’t believe they are creative, because they can’t paint or design; but everyone brings their unique vision to everyday situations. She encourages people to pay attention to decisions they make and problems they solve, and observe how they used creativity to do it.

Starla Snead

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.






Starla Snead

Starla Snead holds an AS in Chemical Technology and a BA in Human Resources Management. Her study of calligraphy began in 2003 as a way for her to transition into her role as a stay-at-home mom. She became a professional engraver in 2011 and is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Starla loves working with kids and teaches Zentangle and other art classes at summer camps and through various scouting organizations.

Starla is the proud mother of two active boys 9 and 12. Both boys participate in scouting. Starla is Committee Chair/Advancement Chair for Cub Scout Pack 38 of Bolingbrook.

She is a member of First Baptist Church of Bolingbrook, where she teaches Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and sings with the Worship Team.

Starla is an active P.E.O. member which serves to support education in women.

Her professional organizations include:
Chapter Leader for DPWN Plainfield/Naperville;
Member of Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Member of Washington Calligraphers Guild
Member of Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce
Member of Plainfield Chamber of Commerce
Member of Naperville Leads.
Member of Chicago’s Entrepreneurs Group


Starla Snead
Designs by Starla








The Serenity Prayer – Many Lessons in Authenticity

The Serenity Prayer has been an effective tool in helping me to find my authenticity. The Serenity Prayer teaches me acceptance and willingness to let go of things that I cannot change. I cannot change my past but can change how I live in the present. I pray daily for wisdom. My heart screams daily for being creative, unique, and different. The world and my own self esteem tell me that I don’t fit in. Wisdom gives me the courage to follow my authentic voice. It is there that I find serenity and peace.





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