Berwyn Women In Business

As the Berwyn business community thrives and grows, women entrepreneurs in Berwyn are also on the rise. Here are just a few of the women making a name for themselves in our Handcrafted Community and beyond.

Diane Salemi, AVP/Sales Manager at Republic Bank of Chicago

2136 S Oak Park Ave | Berwyn, IL | | (708) 637-9100

With over 20 years of banking experience under her belt, Diane Salemi focuses her efforts on growing our handcrafted community with the team at Republic Bank of Chicago. They are truly committed to serving the Berwyn community in any way this family-owned financial institution can through providing bilingual services to our Latino community and supporting various local efforts. Diane herself is on the BDC Board of Directors and lends a hand whenever she can, whether it be through volunteering at special events or hosting a Berwyn After Hours networking event at Republic Bank.

Jamie Revell, Vice President of Operations at Women’s Workout World

6342 W Cermak Rd | Berwyn, IL | | (708) 788-0010

Jamie Revell started working in the fitness industry when she was 17 years old, working both within and outside of the gym while pursuing various fitness certifications. Over the past 11 years, she has worn many hats at W3, including marketing director, district and club manager, sales consultant, fitness and programming director, group exercise instructor, operations, HR and payroll. Her recent focus has been to get more involved in the Berwyn community through outreach and being on the BDC Board of Directors.

Lusila Sandoval, Owner/President of Brows By Lucy

6834 W Windsor Ave | Berwyn, IL | | (708) 856-7017

Lusila Sandoval is a young entrepreneur and mother of four amazing kids. She is the proud owner of Brows By Lucy in the heart of Berwyn’s Depot District, with experience in threading eyebrows for a little over fifteen years and microblading for almost five years. Aside from having a beauty salon in Berwyn, she also has an online store of her very own beauty products and shares her many years of experience with other young professionals by teaching microblading and threading classes.

Daisy Betance, Owner/Creator of Little Buddha | @littlebuddhabydaisy

Established in 2018 by Daisy Betance, Little Buddha is a company based on finding holistic ways to feed the mind, body, and soul by using crystals to energize the mind, handmade organic products without all the extra chemicals and additives for the body, as well as re-centering your soul with Reiki. Every Little Buddha product is always made with love and care out of Daisy’s home right here in Berwyn. She worked in the finance industry for 14 years before realizing it was not her true passion, so she followed her true calling in helping others find alternative, clean products as well as creating jewelry that is not only beautiful but also serves a healing purpose.

Libby Popovic, Partner/Attorney at Caputo & Popovic P.C.

6843 W Stanley Ave | Berwyn, IL | | (312) 300-3800

Since 1998 Libby has worked with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, as a staff attorney with State of Illinois and Illinois Supreme Court, teaching Trial Advocacy at Chicago Kent Law School and more. Libby continues to share her passion and experience with Berwyn since joining Nicholas Caputo in 2010, forming Caputo & Popovic P.C. Offering clients a wide range of services including litigation, business law and real estate, Libby and her team strive to offer their collective experience in both the public and private sector and always stick to their motto to be resourceful, reasonable and responsive.

Melissa Kowalski, Managing Broker/Owner at Dwellings Real Estate Inc

3208 S Grove Ave | Berwyn, IL | | (708) 660-9677

Dwellings Real Estate Inc. is a female owned and operated residential real estate firm whose business environment provides collaboration, education, and connection for their team and clients alike. For over 20 years, their passion for service and drive to surpass industry standards has allowed them to form deep connections with clients that last a lifetime and span generations. In addition to her work with Dwellings, Melissa is on the board of both the BDC and Berwyn Public Art Initiative. She is truly committed to developing the Berwyn community and it shows in her work!

Dr. Sara Vafa, Dentist at Morton Family Dental of Berwyn

6931 W Cermak Rd | Berwyn, IL | | (708) 484-6847

Dr. Sara Vafa has a passion for educating her patients on the relationship between their oral health and overall systemic health. As part of her commitment to serving others, Dr. Vafa has also volunteered her experience during dental aid trips in Peru and Haiti and donates her time locally as a volunteer dentist for the Berwyn community. When she’s not at the practice, she enjoys family time, dance, and traveling.

Angela Gonzales, Founder of Chance to Dance

Liberty Cultural Center

6445 W 27th Pl | Berwyn, IL | | (708) 214-5009

For the past 6 years, Chance to Dance has empowered over 500 children in Pre-K through High School to understand their strength, beauty, talent, and work ethic through the power of dance. Located in Berwyn, Chance to Dance offers an equitable dance education to all types of children regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, or ability. Founder Angela Gonzales created Chance to Dance with the intent of developing a space that she so desperately craved when she was younger, a space that accepts all types of children exactly as they are and helps children build their confidence and understanding of their unique importance in the world. 


Join the Berwyn Development Corporation at their monthly Women in Business meeting! The Women in Business Group is Berwyn’s first and only forum for women in all levels of business. Expect lively discussion on issues that are important to your growth, connect with other local professionals on a deeper level, learn new best practices and build camaraderie with other women conquering the same challenges you face in your business and career. To find out more email us at

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