Honoring women who start, accelerate, fuel, and steer others to excellence


Announcing #WDE15 – 2015 Women Driving Excellence on Feb. 17, 2015

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Register online: http://womendrivingexcellence.com/wde15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Women Driving Excellence Event to Honor Innovative  Chicago Women in Business on 2/17 (Chicago) – On February 17 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at McCormick Place: 2301 S. Lakeshore Drive) Women Driving Excellence (WDE) will return to the Chicago Auto Show for the third year in celebration of women who help start, accelerate, fuel, andRead more…


#WDE14 | The 2nd Annual Women Driving Excellence [Videos & Photos]

#WDE14 Women Driving Excellence at the Chicago Auto Show

The 2nd Annual Women Driving Excellence at the Chicago Auto Show was a full day event held on February 11, 2014 sponsored by Nissan. #WDE14 honored trailblazing women who start, accelerate, fuel and steer others to excellence. This year, eight amazing women – Karyn Calabrese (restaurateur and author), Mary Couzin (CEO and Founder of Chicago Toy and Game), Jory DesJardins,Read more…


Lucy May-Bartosik [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2015 Honoree

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  One of Chicago’s finest, Chicago Police Department Commander Lucy Moy-Bartosik broke Chinese tradition and chose a career against her parents’ expectations. Since then, she now wants more Asian women to follow in her footsteps and continues to lead the way for women everywhere to pursue their dreams regardless of their background or circumstances. Ms. Moy-Bartosik, the child of Chinese immigrants,Read more…


Debi Lilly [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2015 Honoree

Entertaining & design expert and author, Debi Lilly believes in elegant and easy design ideas for all. She is on a one woman mission to inspire, educate, and share her twenty years of celebrity party planning and stylist tips, tricks and DIY designs to elevate celebrations for any occasion, everywhere, coast to coast. These and more of her stylist secrets areRead more…


Janet Davies [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2015 Honoree

Janet Davies has been with ABC 7 Chicago over 25 years. In addition to her feature and entertainment segments, which appear on ABC 7 News, Davies was the host and executive producer of 190 North a multiple Emmy award winning Chicago-based entertainment and lifestyle program. 190 North was the top rated program in its time period and the longest runningRead more…


Anita Alvarez [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2015 Honoree

The public service record of Anita Alvarez contains many “firsts.”  The first female and first Latina elected to the post of Cook County State’s Attorney, she is also the first career prosecutor ever elected to this important public safety position.  In her capacity as State’s Attorney, Ms. Alvarez leads the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation, managing an officeRead more…


Dr. Suzet M. McKinney [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2015 Honoree

Dr. Suzet M. McKinney currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health(CDPH), where she oversees the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinates those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities, in addition to overseeing the Department’s Division ofRead more…


Dorri McWhorter [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2015 Honoree

Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 138 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age by re- launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 throughRead more…


Announcing Women Driving Excellence 2014

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2ND ANNUAL WOMEN DRIVING EXCELLENCE EVENT AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW Honoring Women Who Start, Accelerate, Fuel, and Steer Others To Excellence CHICAGO – Jan. 31, 2014 – Join ChicagonistaLIVE!’s MJ Tam and Beth Rosen, the Chicago Tribune and Nissan at McCormick Place North (2301 South Lake Shore Drive) on Feb. 11, 2014 to kick off the 2014 Chicago Auto Show’sRead more…


Nominate to Recognize Women Who Empower, Lead, & Inspire!

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No voting here. Just point us to who we should look to recognize. Nominate someone you know who has exemplified unique vision and talent that fueled the fire of passion in you and your community. We are on a lookout for those trailblazing women that leads and lights the path for us women. The ones serving excellence in their field,Read more…


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