Sara Jane Abbott
Why WE WILL? What matters to you in the Community?
I always go out of my way to support women owned businesses and when I met Alexandra Eidenberg, a business owner and a founder of the non-profit, WE WILL, I had to find out how to could get involved. One of the main goals of WE WILL is to help all women and children get comfortable with politics. I have a 20 year old daughter who has Aspergers, suffers from Anxiety and Depression and is also part of the LGBTQAI+ community and therefore I really feel like we need to do better regarding diversity and inclusion. And, that’s where WE WILL can definitely help out.
Who are you professionally?
I am the new Executive Director of WE WILL and with this role, I help to actively educate, connect and collaborate with women at WE WILL’s weekly, monthly and quarterly events. I am also a Social Media Strategist, and therefore help represent WE WILL on those communication outlets by building the WE WILL brand through online community outreach.
My previous passion was running my own small business, See Jane Sparkle, a brick and mortar boutique located along Evanston’s Main Dempster Mile, that housed her designs, vintage and accessories. In addition to running the store, I was also man active board Member of the Main Dempster Mile Special Services Association for four years, including working on Marketing Committee and event branding.
I am also a current Women Belong member and active Ambassador for a Business Referral Organization focusing on professional & Personal development. Lastly, I’ve also been an Woman’s Club of Evanston Member since ’08 focusing on Volunteering & Event Planning and Community Outreach
Tell us more about your personal life?
I went to school for Fashion Design, a degree that helped me travel the world for 17 years as a designer for some of the countries largest retailers. I’m also the proud mom of a 20 year old daughter who is a junior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, as well as a 14 year old son who just started high school at Evanston Township High Schoo. I’m married to Noel Abbott and we just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We met during our junior year of college studying abroad in London.
What is your Fun Fact about you?
I lived in a commune house with my family back in the 70’s.