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Women's leadership council


The Women's Leadership Council collaborates with other groups at Roosevelt as well as the community to identify the critical issues women face. The Council hosts programming, provides mentorship and gives back to initiatives that facilitate real solutions to close the gender gap. All women and men who know and support Roosevelt University are welcome to join.


Members of the Women's Leadership Council are guided by the following principles:

  • Connect – by encouraging personal and professional relationships
  • Develop – by fostering personal and professional growth
  • Give Back – by helping to make valuable contributions to Roosevelt University, our community and to causes that inspire us

Become a member of the Council and start receiving information and invites to women's leadership events and programs.


virtual BOOK CLUB

We'll read one book over two months — three books a year — about leadership, professional themes and more. Choose to join the discussion for one or all three books — whatever works for your schedule or speaks to your interests.

How does the discussion work?
Through the LinkedIn group Roosevelt University's Women's Leadership Book Club, engage in online chat discussions over a two-month period. The club will also meet for one live discussion on each book.

How do I join?
Sign up to become a book club member and receive communications about scheduled book discussions.



Stay tuned for 2021 events!

Holiday Event with Dr. Ngozi Ezike, MD  RECORDING

As director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike has guided the state through the pandemic for the last nine months. During this unprecedented time, she has shown unwavering leadership and offered genuine solace.  In case you missed it, we invite you to watch the recording Dr. Ezike shares her leadership insights during our holiday event on December 3, 2020.  




The Women's Leadership Council advisory aoard provides leadership and direction to the Women's Leadership Council membership and to Roosevelt. This select group of individuals will strengthen the Roosevelt legacy by addressing the issues faced by current and aspiring women leaders, leveraging an inclusive network to seek improvements and solutions.

The advisory board provides advice and counsel on the University's efforts to support the women of Roosevelt; current students, alumni and friends of the University. The advisory board builds awareness of important and relevant issues and shares their expertise and talents.


  • Ann Ford, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Partner of Hall Prangle & Schoonveld LLC
  • Larissa Herczeg, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Managing Director and CIO of Oak Street Real Estate Capita



BOARD members

  • Melissa Bean, Roosevelt Alumna (BA '02), CEO of Mesirow Wealth Advisors, Mesirow Financial, Former U.S. Representative
  • Vicki Fuller, Roosevelt Alumna (BS '79) and Board of Trustees Member, Board Member of Fidelity Investments and The Williams Companies, Inc., Former CIO of the New York State Common Retirement Fund
  • Sarah Guernsey, Deputy Director and Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Patricia Harris, Roosevelt Alumna (BGS '80) and Board of Trustees Chair, Former Global Chief Diversity Officer at McDonald’s Corporation
  • Nancy Kaszak, Director of the Illinois Telehealth Initiative of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois
  • Mablene Krueger, Chief Operating Officer of Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg Campus
  • Kenyatta K. Matheny, Chief Investment Officer of EquiTrust
  • Joyce E. Tucker, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Former Vice President of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for The Boeing Company