WSWE … is really all about you!
WSWE is an effective and valued resource for women business entrepreneurs because we are committed to helping each and every member achieve her greatest success. Our programs are driven by the needs and requests of our members. We focus on serving the needs of women in Chicago’s western suburbs because our members value their time and appreciate the convenience of local meetings and networking. WSWE members come from Oak Park, Berwyn, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Lombard, Naperville, Glendale Heights and Palatine — just to name just a few! Some are just getting started in business while others are seasoned entrepreneurs with years of experience.
Members have the opportunity to be on the Board of Directors. Our board plans and hosts monthly morning meetings and lively social events that keep members engaged and give guests the chance to sample what we have to offer.
We are here for women entrepreneurs who want more than just leads from their networking activities. WSWE serves the whole woman by fostering deeper friendships among business founders who help each other grow personally and professionally. New opportunities come naturally from the close bonds that form among our members. We are open, welcoming, curious, positive and energetic women who are also interested in paying it forward, helping the next generation of women business owners make their start.
WSWE was formed in 2002 by three west suburban businesswomen—Linda Calabrese, Susie Duboe-Bryant and Sharon Keogh —who were members of the Network of Women Entrepreneurs group that meets at the East Bank Club in downtown Chicago. Their goal was to create a similar association of business owners that would serve the needs of women entrepreneurs based in Chicago’s western suburbs. WSWE was launched in February 2003 and now serves an ever-growing membership.