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Communications / Media Relations

Committee Overview

The Communications/Media Relations Committee's goal is to ensure all media and communication materials distributed by PWCC conform to brand standards.  To this end, the Communications/Media Relations Committee:

  • Approves and/or drafts press releases and other written materials about PWCC·
  • Produces content for monthly PWCC newsletter
  • Edits and approves PWCC Community Blog
  • Collaborates and brainstorms opportunities with Media Sponsor, Chicago Woman
  • Develops, writes, edits, and designs a variety of materials, including website content,          marketing brochures, membership recruitment materials, and speaker packets
  • Approves and/or drafts speaker biographies
  • Crafts communication guidelines as appropriate
  • Remains knowledgeable of communication/media trends and reports these trends to the Board
  • Provides editorial feedback on communications developed by other committees and PWCC administration

Desired Committee Member Qualifications

  • Experience with marketing, PR, or advertising
  • Writing or blogging skills
  • Social media savvy
  • Works well with deadlines and meets or exceeds them
  • Ability to work with tight turn-around times on editing, writing, and reviewing


Debbie Story, Corporate Identity
  Abby Rath                       

Corporate Sponsorship

Committee Overview

The Corporate Sponsorship Committee's goal is to create and grow funding sources as well as foster strategic partnerships so PWCC can effectively fulfill its Vision and Mission to serve its membership. To this end, the Corporate Sponsorship Committee:

  • Leads the recruitment and retention of individual and corporate sponsor partnership opportunities with Chicago area based businesses
  • Leverages existing and new member relationships to secure financial contributions from local businesses
  • Identifies sources of funding with companies that are compatible with PWCC’s Vision and Mission
  • Assures periodic communication with sponsors to give them appropriate exposure and recognition commensurate with the level of sponsorship
  • Communicates the various contribution levels and corresponding corporate benefits
  • Plans and implements the annual sponsor recognition event

Desired Committee Member Qualifications

  • A desire to build long-term relationships with Club sponsors
  • Goal oriented and enthusiastic about PWCC
  • Sales or marketing background is helpful
  • Understanding of the sponsorship levels and how each work
  • Enthusiastic in developing new relationships outside of PWCC



Laura Bare, CFP® CDFA™, Emerge Wealth Strategies,

  Elizabeth Lawler, Wrapz, The Gift Wrap Gift


Committee Overview

The Membership Committee's goal is to aid in the attraction and retention to and of PWCC Members. To this end, the Membership Committee:

  • Performs monthly and annually outreach to guests of PWCC events, to new members and to existing members 
  • Facilitates the monthly connections and conversations informational sessions for new members
  • Manages the PWCC mentorship program 
  • Oversees and maintains consistent Special Interest Group (SIG) protocols
  • Conducts surveys to obtain member feedback; analyzes the results and presents recommendations to the board
  • Ensures quality networking during monthly luncheons via trained Table Facilitators 
  • Attends luncheons, happy hours, and events to engage with guests and members

Desired Committee Member Qualifications

  • Enjoys making personal outreach to guests, prospective members, and existing members
  • Knows PWCC benefits and can communicate them to members and prospective members
  • Is able to analyze survey results, identify trends, and make recommendations
  • Contributes a point of view in making committee decisions




Laura Platt, Daley Mohan Groble, P.C.
  Claudine Pauselli, U.S Government Accountability Office



Committee Overview

The Programs Committee's goal is to secure high-quality and inspirational speakers for PWCC’s monthly luncheons.  To this end, the Programs Committee:

  • Vets speakers from a cross-section of industry sectors
  • Reviews member and guest suggestions for speakers and topics for the monthly luncheon
  • Maintains relationships with speaker throughout the year
  •  Seeks future speaker prospects from current and past speakers
  • Interfaces with the Communications/Media Relations Committee and Administration to ensure that all logistical and technical requirements are satisfied

Desired Committee Member Qualifications

  • Possess interest in brainstorming potential speakers
  •  Leverage existing relationships (professional and personal) to network to potential speakers
  • Act as a hostess for several of the speakers prior to and during the luncheon (obtain biographical and program information); coordinate any special technology needs for the speakers
  • Excellent public speaking skills



Maelyn Hecox, Northwestern Mutual

Kimberly Wasney, Packed With Purpose

Special Events

Committee Overview

The Special Events Committee's goal is to generate ideas and implement networking events to enhance members' PWCC experience.  To this end, the Special Events Committee:

  • Plans networking and enriching events including selecting menu, entertainment, and theme
  • Identifies venues that will maximize experience and attendance
  • Publicizes events in conjunction with Communications/Media Relations Committee
  • Plans a variety of events to provide members additional networking opportunities that accommodate their needs, schedules and locations

Desired Committee Member Qualifications

  • Event planning experience, is detail oriented, responsible and organized
  • Contributes a point of view in making event decisions
  • Socially outgoing, friendly and a good communicator
  • Creative and out of the box thinker
  • Able to participate in meetings and events


Kelly McGonagil, Insperity
  Pat DeChant, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Board Member at Large

Committee Overview

This board member has been working with the Board of Directors on a special task or project as outlined by the PWCC Board of Directors.  We are currently working on PWCC's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz, BMO Harris Bank