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In memoriam: Environmental Design International inc. (EDI) founder and CEO Deborah M. Sawyer leaves legacy of lasting community impact

It is with heavy hearts that we share sad news with you about Environmental Design International inc.'s founder and CEO, Deborah M. Sawyer, who lost her hard-fought battle with cancer. A long-term member of FWC, Deborah served for many years on its board of directors, serving as Secretary/Treasurer in 2001 and President in 2002, helping to guide the organization's development. 

Deborah made significant contributions to her profession and to hundreds of aspiring women and minority business owners, who benefitted from her mentoring and counsel. Her determination helped to build a nationally recognized engineering firm that recently, in February 2016, celebrated 25 years of outstanding client service. A selfless civic leader and volunteer, Deborah continually reached out to help other women business owners. She also fostered the interests of young women in science and engineering, and taught 7th grade students at the Young Women's Leadership Charter School in Chicago, where she served as a former president of the school's board of directors. She contributed extensive personal time and resources to serve on professional, entrepreneurial and charitable boards and organizations, including the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and the Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation (ICAT). She also was on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Supplier Diversity Task Force. Her example of community service and industry involvement set the tone for EDI's corporate culture which led to the firm receiving the 2016 Community Partnership Award from ComEd at their inaugural Supplier Diversity Awards Event.

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Message from our President

Welcome to the Federation of Women Contractors! If you are new to our organization you will find us to be a dynamic group of women contractors who work tirelessly to promote opportunities for our members; and if you are already familiar with FWC, then you know this to be true.

We are committed to our membership, working closely with them to source job opportunities, collaborating with government officials on innovative programs and serving on important oversight committees to monitor initiatives and programs. FWC continues to be regarded as an important advocate for women’s business ownership and small business ownership by providing a strong and respected voice on local, state and national legislative issues.

Whether you are a woman-owned contractor looking for supportive services or networking opportunities, or a prime contractor searching for qualified and available W/M/DBEs, we hope you find this site to be an easy and resourceful tool.


Katie Canino, President
Federation of Women Contractors


Community Outreach


Launched in 2012, FWC Cares is a way to highlight the great philanthropic work many FWC members take part in.

Our members have a strong presence in helping others by giving or volunteering, and FWC Cares is a way to spread the good word about what our members are involved in and what interests they have.

The goal of FWC Cares is to share stories. By sharing great stories we hope to unite members with a new bond and form a vehicle to promote good causes within our organization. FWC Cares is here to help all of us grow stronger!


The Federation of Women Contractors is committed to advocating for women-owned businesses and women executives in the construction industry.

The FWC is fully engaged in economic development and public affairs to ensure its members are successful entrepreneurs.













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