Austin Chapter

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Upcoming Events

Homemade Mac & Cheese Social
Sunday, July 26, 2020
5 – 6:15pm CST
Zoom link will be provided to registrants

Are you craving some homemade cheesy comfort, goodness and connection?
Join Mac & Cheese Productions Austin Chapter Leader, Erin Wike and her husband Darin the Chef of Down to Cook to make homemade mac and cheese and then have a home tasting party with Chef Q&A.

What to expect:

  1. We will provide you with a list of ingredients in advance. We will also include any prep/to-dos, but you can make it right before or be making it right alongside others during the event! 
  2. You will be able to see Darin the Chef make the mac and cheese and Erin will host helping with intros and Q&A via Zoom.
  3. The event will be broken out by Intros/prep/taste test/ask questions and then we will hang up to let everyone have a chance to devour the rest of their cheesy goodness without having to be on a Zoom call ;).

Registration is $20 per household. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Justice Coalition.

Past Events

Life of Yes Meet Up to Set 1 Goal
Monday, June 8, 2020
6:45 – 7:30pm CST
Zoom link will be provided to registrants

A meet up with a quick activity to help you get unstuck. If you have been feeling like you’re walking through sand, feeling more frustration than patience with yourself…or even the uncertainty of today’s environment is getting to you…this meetup might be a nice dose of the Life of Yes kool-aid for you.

Curious about this Life of Yes? “You design your life. Why choose hard when you could choose easy? And it is always a choice, even when it doesn’t feel like it is. Don’t be afraid to show your cracks cause cracks are what allow in the light. Strive for win-wins; you’ll often end up with win-win-wins. Sometimes life sucks and it’s ok to be NO, where NO is sad, pissed, depressed, angry, but eventually, how lovely to transform NO into YES. We’re better together, even if together means with others doing your own thing. Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy. Categories — age, race, job title, politics, gender, marital status, extrovert/introvert, crunchy/creamy — are meaningless when you gather Life of Yes’y people.” More on Life of Yes℠ here:

“The best kind of networking is the kind that feels nothing like networking. Un-networking if you will. This group gathers {formerly on couches and armchairs but now virtually} to share ideas, goals, challenges, and support. It’s that simple.” – Saya Hillman, Head Cheese-It of Mac & Cheese Productions

AGENDA lead by workshop hostess, Erin:

Quick intros – name and where you’re from and your favorite snack

3-5 minutes of writing – write out a list of things you love (judgement free – nothing is too simple or silly)

10 minutes of writing – we will utilize the SMART goals method to create one new goal for ourselves to move us forward 

Sharing of resources – 1-2 things that have brought positivity to your life (pre-COVID or current). This could be a book, podcast, show, activity with family, etc.

Open Q&A (you can leave if you’d like or have to run to another meeting)

Meet Your Chapter Leader

“I’ve loved every M&C event I’ve attended (when living in Chicago) and have benefited a lot from Saya’s Cheese-It community and goodness. From the moment I met her, I loved her authenticity and power of positivity (but also how she’s real and down to earth). Such soul-filling events and interactions — truly something special. Saya has nailed the “un-networking” thing and built an incredible community. Fear Experiment was life changing for me — I did improv — and I hope everyone gets to have experiences like that in their adult lives. I’ve often wished Mac & Cheese offerings were here so I was honored to be asked to bring them to Austin. Life of Yes to me means taking advantage of new opportunities and doing things out of your comfort zone! And also finding positive ways to live!”

— Erin

Erin Wike has a B.S. degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. For over a decade, Erin worked in Advertising, Marketing, and Digital PR on all types of projects with clients like McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Qwest, Courvoisier,, NAVTEQ, PetSmart, Texas Instruments, Allstate, Nationwide and Discover Financial Services (to name a few). She also had the opportunity to do Creative/Marketing Recruiting for two years for a worldwide staffing firm and be an Adjunct Instructor at Loyola University in Chicago. Erin’s passion for marketing, education and helping others all came together and led her to Austin, TX in 2014 where she is now a Career Coach and Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. Erin has been through lay-offs and switched careers so she knows what it takes to update your personal marketing materials and how to sell yourself. She knows that it’s stressful and sometimes painful and created Café Con Resume (inspired by her beloved Café Con Leche from Spain) to help try to make part of the job search enjoyable like a good cup of coffee. Areas of specialty: Marketing/Advertising, Corporate Marketing, Non-profit and Higher Education. Most resume tips translate to all industries. Outside of UT and Café Con Resume, Erin keeps her marketing hat on to aid her husband in expanding his personal chef business, Down to Cook. She has also been known to help promote the expansion of Dabble in Austin.

Team Builder Award, 2017
All-Star Award, 2013
All-Star Award, 2007

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