Sears Holdings promotes cultural and community awareness through our Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) in our corporate offices. Our ARGs help connect our associates to a stronger community, and enable each group to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace environment.
The Women in Leadership Development (WiLD) group, one of our 10 ARGs, builds on the SHC culture by channeling its unique attributes and perspectives as women in the workplace. Hundreds of associates are engaged in WiLD’s leadership development seminars, networking programs and mentoring activities each year. WiLD members contributed nearly 600 service hours in 2015 to benefit Girls in Game, Tech GYRLS (a Young Women’s Christian Association program), military veterans’ initiatives and philanthropic drives benefiting local and national groups such as St. Jude® Children’s Research Hospital and the March of Dimes®.
In honor of Women’s History Month this month, WiLD celebrated by encouraging SHC associates to nominate a “shero” who unselfishly serve their local community. Our sheroes were honored during the Women’s History Month luncheon hosted at SHC’s Hoffman Estates campus on March 23.
“I’ve been with SHC for just over three months and met Chris a few days into my role. I could tell she was special. I asked her what she does outside of work, and I learned about her quest to save people from dying from blood clots. She lost her best friend to a blood clot and works tirelessly to raise awareness and funding for this cause. What makes Chris special? In 2015, she took $10,000 out of her 401K to start an event company and hosted the 2015 Stop the Clot Chicago 5K at Montrose Beach in Chicago. Chris made enough to donate funds to the National Blood Clot Alliance and buy Manu Williams (her best friend) a headstone.
Chris continues to raise awareness of blood clot disorders and is coordinating a charity video game tournament in April with the aim to raise awareness among young men (ages 18 – 44) of the disorder. The event will be held on April 9, 2016, at Ignite Gaming Lounge in Chicago. All of the proceeds will go to ClotCare, another blood clot charity.” – Christina’s colleague
“Stephanie tries to impact every part of her community, whether she’s at work, school or in her own neighborhood. She has been an active participant in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies® walk, along with working on the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee to clean-up her local beach. Stephanie is also involved in the efforts to reduce harm or increase healthy/protective behaviors for people. She created and implemented a program with high school students to promote safer sex techniques and disease prevention information.” – Stephanie’s manager
“I have served as the Board President of the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center for the past five years. The non-profit organization’s mission is to provide high-quality art and music education as well as cultural events, all while preserving the historic McCord House built in 1834. In addition, we created an outreach program that provide arts education to Park Lawn, a non-profit organization offering programs and services for the developmental disabled in Oak Lawn, Illinois. We also provide classes to the teens of the Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, Illinois and to the seniors of Sunrise Senior Living in Naperville, Illinois.” – Self nominated
Congratulations to our SHC sheroes! Thanks for showing us how one person can truly make a difference.