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2015 Gertrude Crain Award

Gertrude Crain AwardThe Gertrude Crain Award recognizes a woman within the B2B Media & Information community who embodies the SIIA Women's Leadership and Networking Council's Mission of excellence, service and success.

2015 Recipient: Fawn Lopez

Fawn LopezFawn Lopez is publisher and vice president of Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician, a position she has held since February 2005. Lopez came to Modern Healthcare after serving over two years at one of its sister publications, Crain's Chicago Business. Prior to joining Crain Communications Inc., Lopez served as advertising director of the Kansas City Business Journal in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1986 until 1999. Lopez received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Missouri and participated in graduate studies at Webster University in Kansas City. Currently, Lopez serves as a board member of The Asian Health Care Leaders Association (AHCLA), The American Heart Association Chicago, and The Heartland Alliance. She also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at DePaul University School of Communication. Additionally, Lopez is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation, Chicago United, Executives Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.

About the Award

Gertrude CrainThe Gertrude Crain Award honors and acknowledges a female professional within the B2B media & information industry who has an extraordinary record of achievement and service. The Award is named after Gertrude R. Crain, a successful and highly regarded B2B executive, whose career achievements serve as a role model for female executives across generations.

Gertrude Crain was the longtime treasurer of Crain Communications before becoming chairman from 1973 to 1996, when she passed away at the age of 85. She assumed the title from her husband G.D. Crain Jr., the founder of Crain Communications, after he died in 1973. She was a founding member of the Committee of 200, a group of women business owners, and widely admired throughout the industry for her dynamic personality and growth and stewardship of Crain Communications, which grew from 7 to 27 titles during her tenure.

Ad Age, a Crain Communications' brand, paid tribute to her when she passed away with the following remembrance:

"Gertrude Crain's smile warmed hearts, lit up rooms, lifted spirits. Her loveliness and charm radiated from eyes a-twinkle with warmth, spirit and a delighted sense of adventure, fun, fair play and love. And her commitment to the values of this company, editorial excellence and corporate good citizenship was total."