Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2023 Network Rep & Regional Volunteer Celebration

Date(s) - 02/18/2023
11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Shaw's Crabhouse Schaumburg
1900 E Higgins Rd. - Schaumburg, Illinois 60173


Your SCBWI-Illinois Regional Team invites 
Network Representatives & Regional Volunteers
to a celebration to honor

former ARA Deb Aronson
and to

for your volunteerism to our kidlit community!


Our Speakers…


Deb Aronson has been the most loyal and stalwart of collaborators—a fierce friend and game for anything! When she originally came aboard in 2019, we had no idea that she would serve through the most difficult conditions and shepherd a kidlit community during the worst of times for it and our global family. 

Deb did this with cheer, know-how and a deep moral center. Under her leadership, Network communities have reached a new level. Deb did not benefit from many of the position’s perks, like annual international conferences. Regardless, she took it all in her stride, serving for a year longer than her commitment, with a grace, ease and dedication never seen before. We are so grateful.

We so appreciate your ongoing and dedicated service. Your Illinois Regional Team is honored to serve with you.
It’s our volunteers that make our Illinois Region GREAT


Industry insider bio forthcoming.

Network Representatives, Coordinators, Chairpersons, Regional Volunteers and former Regional Team members invited to RSVP at bottom

11:30 AM — 11:45 AM    Check-In 

11:45 AM — 12:00 PM   Volunteer social with beverage service

12:00 PM — 12:15 PM    WELCOME and honor Deb Aronson

12:15 PM —   1:15 PM    Plated luncheon 

  1:15 PM —  1:30 PM    Jen & NaShantá detail HQ’s Regional Team Meeting at the NY Winter Conference

  1:30 PM —   2:30 PM   Industry Insider Speaker with Q & A to be announced

  2:30 PM —   3:00 PM    Closing thanks & continuing social



Selections made on day of event at table
Please indicate allergies or vegetarian (V) and gluten free (GF) to server upon ordering
Served with fresh baked Parker House Rolls, Brewed Coffee, Iced Tea and Sodas


Choose one

Lobster Bisque
Mixed Greens (can be GF)

Choose one plated entree upon seating.
Served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables 

First Mate’s Platter

Grilled Salmon (GF)

Prime Cheeseburger

Parmesian-Crusted Chicken (GF)

Vegetarian Pasta (V)

Choose among

Chocolate Cake

Key Lime Pie

Crème Brulée


Attendee COVID-19 Safety Measures

—Self-Care Stations will be provided for all guests with masks, hand sanitizer & wipes.

—Elbow taps encouraged over hugging!

—Do not attend if you feel ill or a member of your household is ill. Let us know and we’ll send you a token of our appreciation.

—Review Restaurant COVID-19 Safety Measures


Party Time

—Please arrive for Check-in between 11:30 and 11:45 AM

—Event begins promptly at 12 PM

—Free parking

—Use the SCBWI-IL Network Representative & Regional Volunteer Group to arrange ride shares.


Even if you cannot attend, please RSVP for a token of our appreciation!

—Current Illinois member volunteers invited: Network Representative & Regional Volunteers, Committee Members, Coordinators, Chairpersons, and former IL-Regional Team members invited.

— With RSVP, you agree to our 2023 Event Policies

—RSVP ends on 14 February 2023 at 11:59 PM CST.

—Confirmation and updates with be sent to respondents by February 14,

RSVP & Event Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski


QUESTIONS? Please email Deborah Topolski.

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Current Illinois member volunteers invited, including Network Representative & Regional Volunteers, Committee Members, Coordinators, Chairpersons, and former IL-Regional Team Members

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • Abusive verbal comments;
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "Anti-Harassment Policy" in the subject line. 


I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.