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Maryellen Klang

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VI

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



Maryellen Klang

Maryellen grew up in Brooklyn, NY and lived in that area for the first thirty years of her life. She graduated from Brooklyn College cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

Working in the corporate business travel field led her to Chicago and being a director and People Leader for American Express Business Travel. Her achievements were mentoring and developing employees, leading diversity programs, and realizing excellent results for customer and employee retention. She was recognized for her efforts by earning multiple Presidents’ Club Awards, along with Centurion Club and Diversity honors.

Maryellen strongly believes in giving back to the community in which she lives and works. She spearheaded American Express’ Corporate Travel Giving Campaign for five years. She now volunteers by serving on the board of directors for a non-profit agency based out of Wheaton, IL whose primary mission is to provide and mobilize services needed to strengthen families and communities in Chicago and Du Page County.

Maryellen now resides in Winfield, IL with her husband, Jim, and their pet dog, Lillie, a beautiful red and white Irish Setter. They enjoy spending time with their family, grandchildren and friends, while also take advantage of all that the diverse city of Chicago offers, along with traveling throughout the world.


Maryellen Klang



The Comeback Is Always Stronger Than the Setback

Maryellen’s story is one of sadness, survival and resilience as she details the toughest time of her life. As a young woman in her thirties who thought she had it all, her life abruptly changed when she experienced the loss of her father, her marriage and her mother, all within one year.

She had tough decisions to make in her quest for survival. Her journey took her to a new city and job where she had to learn to live totally on her own and create a whole new life for herself.

Maryellen’s journey wasn’t easy. However, through tears, determination and perseverance, her comeback was stronger than her setback!



Elizabeth Anthony Gronert

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IV

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

Elizabeth Anthony Gronert

Elizabeth Anthony Gronert found the “Man of her Dreams” in 2002. Prior to that, Elizabeth was a single mom for 20 years and cared for her mother in her home for 10 of those years. Elizabeth has chosen careers with a flexible schedule so she can prioritize her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Elizabeth has always operated with a Plan B….well, actually it is now Plan F! Elizabeth loves helping others feel and look their best – inside and out. Elizabeth is passionate about encouraging others to be the best they can be. We know that God wants abundance for us and our families.\

With over 30 years of experience owning her own business, Elizabeth is a seasoned trainer, coach and mentor. The first 20 years were in the Professional Beauty Industry as a salon owner, platform educator and international trainer. Elizabeth then transitioned into Social Networking with her first decade in Fashion helping people with Total Image Consulting. Elizabeth entered the health arena by helping people learn how to sleep more restoratively. Elizabeth leverages her knowledge, resources and advocate partners to help people and families be healthy….and live by avoiding ingredients that may be harmful like gluten, grains, dairy, allergens, toxins, and carcinogens. Her goal is to help people learn how to manage their budget and have peace of mind that everything in their home is safe!

Elizabeth is a veteran speaker, stage trainer, published author of textbooks, magazine columns, technical videos and blogs. Elizabeth is an active fundraiser who enrolls others in giving back to the community. Elizabeth and her husband, Kris are on staff at Willow Creek Community Church helping their large church build a small, rewarding community.

•Business Trainer & Social Networking Coach
•Fundraiser for Charity & Community
•Event Speaker employing an Eclectic Range of Experience

Elizabeth Gronert
Your Comfort For Life



Survive Business Challenges and Learn to Thrive

Elizabeth Anthony Gronert loves working with and helping people. Her passion comes through in this story about helping others build a business and learn how to successfully manage the inevitable ups and downs. Elizabeth has survived the loss of four businesses – due to business partners that either betray or lose their financing! Elizabeth shares some of her professional adventures to help others see that life challenges are a divine course adjustment to alert us that it is time to choose what is next in our unique journey.




Andrea Banke

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IV

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

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Andrea Banke

Since personally experiencing the mind-transforming and life-changing benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation, Andrea Banke has become a Mindfulness and Meditation Coach who loves sharing the gifts of the practice with others.

In 2006, Andrea received an Associate of Applied Science with Therapeutic Massage Honors from the College of DuPage, and a certificate of completion in a comprehensive 770 hour program in Massage Therapy from the Wellness & Massage Training Institute. Andrea is a licensed and board certified massage therapist with 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industry.

Andrea has completed numerous continuing education courses including certifications in meditation and stress management, and is passionate about the mind-body connection and its significant impact on our health. She enjoys helping others to achieve their health and wellness goals by addressing all aspects of good health. Andrea believes in the importance of life-long learning, and looks forward to continuing to learn, grow, and share with others.

Mother to two teenagers and two rescue dogs, Andrea enjoys digging in the dirt and growing things, meditation, reading, crafting, yoga, movies, laughing, and bacon.


Andrea Banke
Andrea Joy, inc.








Re-Collecting My Marbles: My Journey with Losing My Marbles, Re-collecting Them, and Healing

When things become so difficult that you feel you’ve lost your way, who you are, and all that makes sense – how do we cope, survive, and heal? This is the story of one woman’s experience in learning how to lean in to difficult circumstances and emotions and utilize self-compassion to heal. The goal is not to no longer lose your marbles or fall down. It is to learn to be OK with falling down, to keep standing back up and re-collecting those marbles, and to love yourself through it all.




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