I’ve never been one to burden the month of January with a long list of resolutions that will have fallen completely by the wayside come Valentine’s Day. Making one change that is manageable—like last year’s “drink more water”—affords a more easily attainable sense of accomplishment.
Accomplishment comes to mind when I think of the Dorri McWhorter, the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. In this month’s cover story, McWhorter talks about the important work her organization does on behalf of women in our community and how she always had a desire to help others. This year marks the 140th anniversary of the YWCA’s Chicago Chapters so we are thrilled to support what they have on tap for 2016.
The most inspiring story in this issue is Kaney O’Neill’s. Terri Brax of Women Tech Founders (WTF) talks with her, the owner of O’Neill Contractors and a U.S. Navy veteran, about how she overcame the challenge of a disability and how technology has become integral to her business and life.
This issue also marks the beginning of what we are calling The Year of Financial Empowerment. We want to make 2016 the year women start thinking, talking, and learning about money. This month, DyMynd’s Carolyn Leonard and Monika Black open the series by defining key financial terms that can help us start the conversation and take control of our financial futures.
Finally, distance runner Diane Nukuri, who recently ran the Chicago marathon, stayed around to be featured in our fashion pages pairing luxe labels with an athleisure vibe—perfect for sticking to your fitness resolution in style.
January is a time to reset and set goals for the new year. We hope you will continue to find the stories of the women on the pages of FW: Chicago inspiring throughout 2016 and beyond.