Women's Leadership Council

The Women's Leadership Council is an association of women and men who know and support Roosevelt University. The Council works collaboratively with other affinity groups within Roosevelt as well as the community to identify the critical issues women face and participates in programming, provides mentorship and gives back to initiatives that facilitate real solutions to close the gender gap.

Our Guiding Principles

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.

Women's Leadership Book Club

Alumnae and friends of the University are invited to join the virtual book club to connect and continue learning. Together, we will read one book over two months and three books a year. We will enjoy a variety of books related to 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?
Moderated online discussions will be facilitated by a book club guru. Through the LinkedIn group Roosevelt University's Women's Leadership Book Club, you can 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 become a book club member. You will receive communications about book club discussions, updates and selected books.

Events & Resources

Wednesday, October 21 | 3:30 PM

A Workshop on Resilient Leadership:
Presented by one of the industry's best, Sharon Ramalho

2020 has been the most unexpected year in recent history. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to move your team forward to achieve results in this unprecedented year.

Advisory Board

The Women's Leadership Council Advisory Board provides leadership and direction to the Women's Leadership Council membership and to Roosevelt. It is comprised of a select group of individuals committed to strengthening the Roosevelt legacy by addressing the issues that current and aspiring women leaders face by 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, both current students, alumni and friends of the university. The Advisory Board builds awareness of important and relevant issues and shares their expertise and talents.

Advisory Board Co-Chairs

  • 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 Capital

Advisory 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 Tucker, Former Vice President of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for The Boeing Company