Midwest Q&A (COVID edition)

Who are our Midwest Q&A (COVID edition) contributors?

Amie Allison

Midwest LMA role: Treasurer, LMA Midwest Region Board of Directors

Day job: Marketing Manager, Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A.

Minneapolis, MN

Linda Willemsen

Midwest LMA role: Vice-Chair of Michigan Local Steering Committee

Day job: Marketing Manager at Secrest Wardle

Troy, MI

Ashley Defay

Midwest LMA role: Programs Co-Chair, Chicago Local Steering Committee

Day job: Business Development Senior Specialist, Latham & Watkins

Chicago, IL

Heather McMichael

Midwest LMA role: Chair, Kansas City Local Steering Committee

Day job: Media Relations Manager at Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Kansas City, MO

What Midwest meal have you missed going out for?

  • Ashley: Portillos
  • Heather: Barbecue! We really do have the best barbecue. I think we’ve had carry out maybe twice in the past few months and one of those times was burnt ends and ribs. While we do prepare our own, we enjoy going out to sample many of the Kansas City’s BBQ joints.

Which show have you binge watched unapologetically?

  • Amie: Money Heist on Netflix  
  • Linda: Dead to Me on Netflix – Love this series and I obsess over Linda Cardellini (Judy’s) fabulous wardrobe

What DIY project have you chosen to take on this year?

  • Heather: Cleaning. Does that count? I’ve gone through the extra bedroom and disposed of items that I can live without. Along the way, I ran into some darling school projects from my sons and old tapes from my TV anchor days that I can’t part with yet. But a lot of papers, toys, clothing went out the door. It’s such a relief.
  • Linda: I hung a ceiling fan in my bedroom! 

What hobby have you taken up that you never thought you would?

  • Amie: Watering grass seed and watching it grow. But honestly, yard work in general. I have also dabbled in acrylic painting on canvas. I ordered supplies for a paint party right before stay at home orders were issued and I was happy I did.    
  • Ashley: Product reviews for skincare. Influenster has been kind of my jam. I’ve had some people reach out on Instagram for brand ambassador stuff!

Which sports games are you missing the most?

  • Heather: Kansas City is just off a Super Bowl win (Go Patrick Mahomes) and we are optimistic the Chiefs will do it again. The 2015 World Series Champion Royals are playing now but no fans in the stands. So we are missing the Royals.
  • Ashley: I was supposed to finally go to a White Sox game this year!

What vacation have you had to put on hold?

  • Linda: A trip to Florida for a wedding.
  • Amie: My husband and I had a weekend trip to San Diego planned at the beginning of the pandemic and chose to cancel it. We have put any future vacation planning on hold for the time being.

Author: Kate Harry Shipham

Midwest LMA role: Memberships Co-Chair, Chicago Local Steering Committee

Day job: Principal, KHS People LLC

Fun fact: is missing being able to hug her friends!!

Chicago, IL

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  • Kate Harry Shipham is the Principal of KHS People LLC, an executive search firm with a niche in placing marketers and business developers in law firms. Kate is a former attorney, and she leverages her background as an attorney to understand the individual needs of her clients and candidates. Both clients and candidates work with Kate because of her deep understanding of the market, her ability to relate based on her attorney and search experience combined, and her professional and personable style she brings into each search.