BOARD OF DIRECTORS SLATE OF CANDIDATES

Select your new Board of Directors for FY19! Please read the information pulled from the Candidate Information Form. VOTING ENDS MAY 31ST!

Below you will find the candidate's name, degree/year, metro city, and response to the following questions:

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?

Candidate for At-Large Director - Alma Begicevic AM'99 - Chicago

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I have served this past year and it was absolutely pleasure to reconnect with the UoC community. I would be honored to serve one more term.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • Strengthening connections and networks of women across different spheres and industries.

 

Candidate for Chicago Metro Chair - Elizabeth Beakley MBA'02 - Chicago

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I value networking and friendship opportunities with fellow alum from the University of Chicago and enjoy putting together programming for them. I am currently the Chicago Metro Chair and have served on numerous other affinity councils and boards.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • I would like to help our members network, connect, and learn with and from each other.

 

Candidate for LA Metro Chair - Beth Johnson AB'96 - Los Angeles

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I am enjoying my first year serving as the Los Angeles Metro Chair and would love to continue for another year.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • Informal brunches, networking sessions and other community building events for Uchicago-affiliated individuals located in and near LA.

 

Candidate for Secretary - Elizabeth Johnson AB'90 - Chicago

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I would like to lend additional support to the organization, of which I have been a member for many years and for which I served as the Metro Chair for Chicago from 2016-2017.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • I would like to continue to advance our national membership as well as increase our Chicago regional participation in events.

 

Candidate for NYC Metro Chair - Elizabeth Miller AB'16 - New York City

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I greatly enjoyed my tenure as Director-at-Large of the Chicago Women’s Alliance this past year and would like to continue in a leadership role as a Director or as the New York Metro Chair. This year, I collaborated with the other board members to organize Alumni Weekend, share my firm’s “Return to Work” opportunities for alumnae on the CWA’s social media sites, and eagerly interfaced with the current President to see how the Board could gain new, junior members directly from the College. I have extensive marketing experience (email, social media, and direct mail) as well as organizational experience that would allow me to acquire new members, plan great events, and form partnerships with other Chicago affinity groups for individuals of intersectional identities. Additionally, I have been involved in the organization of the school for a long time. I am very involved in the NYC Alumni Committee and was extremely active in the College as an undergraduate in Student Government, for which I received the Campus Life and Leadership Award.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • I would like the CWA to develop a mentorship program in which junior alumnae could be paired with more senior alumnae in their industry, and discuss topics such as career advancement, personal development, and pursuing further education. I also want to create a CWA “welcome” event for recent graduates, celebrating and introducing them to their new alumnae status. It would be great to also collaborate with other affinity groups to create events that cater to alumnae’s intersectional identities, for women of diverse multicultural and gender identities. I can commit to assisting with these initiatives/events while leveraging the help and tutelage of the President of the group and Alumni Association liaison, Meagan Spellman. Of course, I am happy to use my home and apartment’s rooftop space for events, but I would also like to use the Penn Club space (library, grill room, and board room spaces) for events. Many UChicago alumnae in NYC are members of the Penn Club, so this can be a great opportunity to also acquire new members. I will ask the President and Social Media Chair for assistance in publicizing these events.

Candidate for President - Leslie Recht AB'70 - Chicago

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I was involved in the establishment of the Women's Alliance affinity group when I was the President of the UC Chicago Alumni Club. I served on the Chicago club's board for 4 years and then served as its President. I have attended many Alliance events and have hosted many events at Cliff Dwellers, and arts club in Downtown Chicago. I am interested in working with the national board to further the relationship between the University and its women alums and faculty. I am also very interested in issues related to women and this position is a place where I can work with other UC alums on preparing programs of interest in these difficult times.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • This group has reached out to many UC alums but I believe it is still not as well known as some other affinity groups. My goal is to connect with a lot of areas within UC and a wider range of UC alums and faculty than in the past. I would like to make sure that a range of programs attract women of all ages and backgrounds, and I hope to invite more participation in this group from women who have not been active in this group in the past, as well as the historic participants.


Candidation for At-Large-Director - Manisha Tripathi MSFM'10 - India

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
    • I have served the group for previous year as well, and I’m interested in contuing the position.
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
    • I look forward to see group meetings, conferences, by phone or in - person. I can help contacting UChicago alumni I know to participate in such events.