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  • 05 Mar 2018 4:39 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Help us make this an Awards Event to remember.

    Nominations are open for you to nominate your industry colleague(s) you feel are deserving of recognition.

    Fill out the form below or download a nomination form here and return it
    to the FWC office by fax (773) 853-2042 or e-mail (
    on or before March 30th.

    As our way of saying thank you, one lucky participant will be chosen by random draw for one free event ticket to WomenRock on June 7th at Canivale (a $199 value)!


    Questions?  Call FWC at (312) 360-1122.

  • 28 Feb 2018 12:34 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    About Women's History Month

    Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

    In addition to paying homage to all the women who have made significant contributions to our history, FWC will celebrate Women in Construction Week, March 4-10, 2018, a time when we will take our hardhats off to all our wonderful entrepreneurial women in construction.

  • 05 Feb 2018 2:55 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    February is Heart Health Month

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable.  Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.  FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH.  Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.

    How can YOU make a difference during Heart Health Month

    • Wear red on National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2nd to increase awareness of heart disease.  Then share a photo of you and your friends in your best red gear on social media with the hashtag #theheartfoundation.
    • Like The Heart Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitterand SHARE the postings with your friends and read our  blog at:
    • Register for our upcoming indoor cycle fundraising event (more details to follow soon).
    • Educate yourself.
    • Donate to The Heart Foundation and help support heart research.


  • 17 Jan 2018 10:49 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

    January 8, 2018


    This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. 


    Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. 


    “Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”  


    While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.


    While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now: 

    • Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
    • Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations. 
    • Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients. 
    • Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation. 


    How to help

    Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.


    Who blood donations help

    Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – a need that is all too real for Heather Hrouda and her family. Hrouda was 25 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she began bleeding. An emergency cesarean section was performed, but Hrouda hemorrhaged during surgery. She received 14 units of blood and seven units of plasma before she and her newborn son, Rusher, were flown to a nearby hospital. There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count.


    “My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors,” said Hrouda. “It is safe to say that without their time and donations, Rusher and I would not be here today. Because of donors, I get to watch my kids grow up and become the adults they dream of being.” 


    The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. 


    About the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

  • 09 Nov 2017 10:06 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    ·         November is National Diabetes Month! Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage every day. You are the most important member of your diabetes care team, and you don’t have to manage your diabetes alone. Seek support from health professionals, your family, friends, and community to help you manage your diabetes.

    ·         You are the center of your diabetes care team. This National Diabetes Month, remember to seek help from your diabetes care team, including friends and loved ones. Learn more in the video below! 

  • 27 Oct 2017 8:38 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    At FWC's Annual Meeting on October 26, 2017, the membership elected their Officers and Board of Directors for the 2018 term:

    • Julie Savitt, President
    • Kay Anagnos, Vice President
    • Kendra Dinkins, Treasurer
    • Kristin Evers, Director
    Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to another great year!
  • 02 Oct 2017 9:10 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

      In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

      •  252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
      •  40,610 breast cancer deaths

      What Is Breast Cancer?

      Breast cancer occurs when cells divide and grow without their normal control.

      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer.

      Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

      Invasive breast cancer that spreads to other parts of the body is called metastatic breast cancer.  

      Learn more about breast cancer.

      Learn more about DCIS.

      Learn more about invasive breast cancer.

      Learn more about metastatic breast cancer.

      Warning Signs

      The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women.

      The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

      Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

      Other Breast Conditions

      Other conditions and benign (not cancer) changes can occur in the breast.

      Some increase the risk of breast cancer and others do not. 

      Learn about lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

      Learn about benign breast conditions

      *American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.

    Updated 03/28/17

  • 30 Aug 2017 4:42 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

    • About 22,440 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
    • About 14,080 women will die from ovarian cancer.

    Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.)

    This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women.

    The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years.

    Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

  • 30 Aug 2017 4:14 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    FWC hit another legislative milestone when Governor Rauner signed into law 4 important pieces of legislation designed to help grow Illinois' small and diverse businesses.  FWC, together with its industry partner, HACIA, modeled the legislation after their successful 2012 legislation prompting utility companies to report on their diversity spend.  

    The legislation signed by the Governor last week will mandate that telecomunications, cable and internet providers; railroads; private and public institutions of higher education; and recipients of EDGE tax credits, file annual reports on their diversity spend.

    FWC wishes to thank Senators Clayborne, Sandoval, Lightford, Castro, and Representatives Evans, Welch and Davis for their leadership and commitment to expanding opportunities for Illinois' small and diverse businesses.

  • 28 Jul 2017 12:34 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

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    NIAM draws attention to immunization in August each year

    NIAM highlights the value of vaccines for people of all ages.

    National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

    NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website .

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