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Having influence is not about elevating one's self, but about lifting others and mentoring them through inspiration.

Local Influential-Chicago introduces residents to local area influencers who are making a difference in the lives around them by following their passion and believing in themselves, despite obstacles that are presented along the way. Behind each and every establishment is someone inspirational who has a unique story to share.

Each story is compelling, sharing a unique path to success. Our featured local influencers provide inspiration and words of wisdom for residents who share their passion for leading a success-driven lifestyle, both personally and professionally.

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KARYN M. CHARVAT of NAPERVILLE | Meet this Charitable Crusader & Executive Director

Karyn Charvat, PowerForward DuPage, Local Influential-Chicago

Local Charitable Crusader Considers Herself Blessed to Have a Career that She Loves and a Hobby that Truly Fulfills Her

NAPERVILLE–Karyn takes immense pleasure in her work at PowerForward DuPage. She feels the members of PowerForward DuPage are the best and the brightest in the Chicagoland electrical contracting industry and it is her honor to represent these hard-working men and women on a daily basis.

After more than 20 years on the agency side of the advertising business, Karyn’s career path diverged and she came to work on the client side of the business. “Something I never had thought of, considered, or had intentions to do, but every once in a while, life presents opportunities to you and it is the opportunity that forces you outside of your comfort zone that makes you realize that you could in fact, have two or even three career lives,” she says.

“You don’t always have to be what you set out to be; so for me, the hardest part was getting out of my own way!” She has learned that sometimes you don’t know until you’re scared to death - getting ready to jump off the cliff - if you’re going to make it or not; but, she says if you don’t jump, you’ll never know.

Beyond working for PowerForward DuPage, Karyn’s passion lies in volunteerism. She began volunteering at night and on the weekends in 2002 with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). GFWC is an international women’s organization, dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. And it is that love of service that has introduced Karyn to many tremendous organizations where she is able to see their needs up close and fully understand that social service and non-profit organizations run on very lean budgets and sometimes they simply don’t have the funds available to make needed repairs to their facilities or to support a critical program.

Karyn considers herself blessed to have both a career that she loves and a hobby that truly fulfills her. Through both, she has realized her purpose is to serve and mentor others. “I know I am leaving my mark via the consistently exceptional electrical work of our PowerForward DuPage members and through the significant service projects our GFWC Illinois clubwomen do each and every day in their local communities,” she says. “It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.”



"PowerForward DuPage represents over 400 of the most highly qualified electrical contractors in and around DuPage County as well as 1,700 highly skilled and trained electricians. We act as a professional partner for businesses, developers, contractors, individuals and municipalities to further the excellence and growth in the electrical industry and in the local economy. We educate, promote, and partner with the community to place the spotlight firmly on the electrical industry in DuPage County." –Karyn M. Charvat


  • Executive Director of PowerForward DuPage, leading all marketing, advertising and public relations efforts for the organization.

  • Community Outreach Specialist. Much of that comes through what I’ve learned from years of philanthropic activity and volunteerism. Community involvement is a critical ingredient to the success of an organization and at PowerForward DuPage, we firmly believe in giving back to the community that supports our contractors and our electricians

  • PowerForward DuPage specializes in Commercial, Industrial, Residential and Green Solutions.


[if !supportLists]"We are inspired by others who believe in us, who push us to become better versions of ourselves. My advice is to never give up on your dreams; instead, make them happen. Use your circles on influence and your networks to partner and connect with those with similar goals. Surround yourself with like-minded people and feed off one another’s energies and passion and remain focused in your objectives." -Karyn M. Charvat



  • Chamber630, One of the Region’s Largest Business Organizations, Named PowerForward DuPage as the 2017 Business Excellence Winner in the Service Category

  • Karyn Named One of Daily Herald Business Ledger's Influential Women in Business for 2017


PowerForward DuPage

28600 Bella Vista Parkway, Suite 2006

Warrenville, IL 60555

(630) 791-2660


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