Groeper named WIM Fox Valley president

Michelle Groeper of Elgin, executive director at Tails Humane Society in DeKalb, has been named as the 2017-18 president of WIM Fox Valley, a leading women’s business organization in Elgin providing professional development and business education scholarships and mentoring opportunities for area women.

Groeper has been involved in animal welfare as a volunteer, board member, manager and director for nearly 17 years. She also worked in corporate America for more than 12 years at a large direct marketing firm and in the purchasing department for an international grocery store chain.

She joined WIM Fox Valley (formerly known as Women in Management) in 2014 and was most recently the board secretary. Groeper also volunteers with the Kane County State’s Attorney Office, Elgin Police Department and is the president of the Illinois Animal Welfare Federation.

WIM Fox Valley was founded in 1984 as the Northern Fox Valley Chapter of Women in Management, which was part of a national organization at the time. In 2015, it was established as WIM Fox Valley – Women Inspiring Mentoring, whose mission is to promote the empowerment of members through networking, education, development, encouragement and mentoring.

WIM Fox Valley meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, September through May, for networking, lunch and speaker programs at the Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way, Elgin. Guests are welcome. Upcoming speakers for 2017 include: State Sen. Cristina Castro, Sept. 14; Wendy Brandt, Zenn Diagram, Oct. 12; Attorney Tempia Courts, Nov. 9; and a Holiday Party, Dec. 7.

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