About Us

We started Make it Better 13 years ago. It began as a small website with a mission to be the most trusted, easiest-to-use community resource for Chicago’s North Shore.

We strived to make powerful positive connections that captured the beating hearts of our community. We were determined to publish lifestyle content with a purpose, so that everyone in our community could live, love, work and play with greater purpose too.

We have grown into a multi-platform publishing company, serving similar demographics throughout Chicagoland and the San Francisco Bay Area — with a vibrant digital ecosystem, print magazines, custom publishing partnerships, videos, awards and signature events.

By creating virtuous circles we’ve been able to unite and amplify community-building efforts by businesses, nonprofits and you.

And we continue to grow. That’s why we’re evolving to, simply, Better.

Better content that strives to bring you better connections, better experiences, better community, better health, better businesses, better finances, and a better life for you and everyone around you. Our dream continues to be to create, strengthen, and connect communities across the country.

Simply put, Better helps generate those powerful, positive connections that will inspire you to live, love, work and play with greater purpose too.

Meet our Staff

Make It Better Media Group Advisory Group

John Edwardson

Former CEO & Chair of CDW, Former President of United Airlines, active impact investing advisor of Booth Business School.

Al MacNevin

COO of Bruush, former COO, Chief Rev Officer, Chief Marketing Officer of Rakuten Kobo, founding Sirius Management Team.

Blythe Mcgarvie

Former Harvard Business School faculty member and author. Currently she serves as a member of the boards of directors of public companies Sonoco, LKQ and Apple Hospitality REIT and privately held Wawa, Inc. She also serves on NFP boards including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Northlight Theatre.

Brian Provost

SEO Expert – SVP and GM Search, Yahoo. Formerly, SVP Audience, Paramount.

Celena Roldan

CEO of the Red Cross of Illinois, and honored as one of our Most Powerful Women.

Suzanne LeMignot

CBS 2 Chicago Anchor, who has become CBS Chicago’s highest rated anchor. She has also served as the Emcee of the Make It Better Foundation’s Philanthropy Awards, which CBS sponsors. Also honored as one of our Most Powerful Women.

Eva Casanova

Former Director of Galaxy Labs, now Head of Growth at Shibuya.

Mindy Fauntleroy

Make It Better Co-Founder and Make It Better Foundation President.

We Are Make It Better Media Group

Our magazines in Chicago have been CVC certified as having extraordinary audience that is highly educated, affluent and engaged. To learn more about our audience and advertising opportunities, download our media kit.