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Emerging Women Leaders Forum

Call for Nominations
Deadline: August 11, 2021

The Emerging Women Leaders Forum provides leadership development for early career professional women at Illinois who aspire to become organizational leaders. The women are nominated to participate in this 9-month program by senior administrators.

The focus of this program is to equip participants with leadership skills and strategies that will positively impact their departments and the communities in which they live and serve. The selected women attend monthly seminars where campus and community senior women leaders will share their insight and experience on topics ranging from networking to identifying individual strengths to navigating organizational politics.

2021–22 Participants

Libby Ebelhar, Director, Financial Operations, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

Kate Abney, Associate Director of Intercultural and Global Learning, LAS International Programs, Student Academic Affairs Office, College of Libera Arts and Sciences

Kelly Birky, Associate Director, Marketing & Strategic Communication, Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Stephanie Brownstein, Assistant Scientist, Research Engineer, Prairie Research Institute – Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Bethany Carmien Onwodi, Senior Student Financial Aid Administrator, Office of Student Financial Aid

Amy Carr, Office Manager, Naval Science

Jenny Cox, Associate Director for Administration, Chemistry

Aurora Cruz-Torres, School of MCB Academic Advisor and Education Justice Project Academic Advising Coordinator, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and College of Education

Jamey Dunn-Thomason, Assistant Director, U of I System’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs

Leslie Froeschl, Senior Project Manager, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Alisha Funkhouser-Walker, Records Supervisor, Division of Public Safety

Katrina Hagler, Associate Director of Recruiting and Data Management, Gies College of Business

Amber Hall, Human Resource Associate, Prairie Research Institute

Katie Harrell, Associate Director of Advancement, Performance Management, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Angie Helmuth, Assistant Director of Financial Service for University Housing, University Housing

Meagan Hennessey, Assistant Director of IT Operations, IT Partners at Gies

Arianna Holterman, Assistant Dean, Student Assistance Center

Kortney Jones, Assistant Director for New Student Programs, Office of Student Success & Engagement 

Karla Lucht, Assistant Director for MSLIS Advising,Information Sciences

Elizabeth Mason, Academic Skills Specialist, Undergraduate Affairs Applied Health Sciences

Elise McCarren, Chemistry Merit Program Director, Chemistry

Angie Powers, Associate Director, Career Services, Gies Career Services

Kimberly Powers, Academic Advisor, School of Chemical Sciences

Ana Rodriguez, Digitization Coordinator and Registrar, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University Library

Tina Rolfe, Academic Accommodations Specialist, Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

Roxana Ryan, Associate Director, Research and Analysis, Office of Corporate Relations

Hileri Shah, Human Resource Associate, Shared Human Resources & Admin Services, Illini Union

Jennifer Sturner, Manager, Integrated User Services, Technology Services

Kristin Tennant, Creative Director, Gies College of Business, Marketing & Communications

Julie Wagner, Records and Information Management Services Coordinator, Records and Information Management Services, AITS

Emily Wuchner, Associate Director for Student Experience, Graduate College

Past Participants

2020–2021 Participants

Marissa Barlaz, Affirmative Action Data Analyst, Office for Access & Equity

Wendy Bartlo, Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Research Relations, College of Applied Health Sciences

Kalina Borkiewicz, Senior Research Programmer, Advanced Visualization Lab, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Haruka Brown, Research Administration Manager, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Rachel Chlebanowski, Director of Degrees, Gies College of Business

Katherine Darr, Corporate Relations Coordinator, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ulyssia Dennis, Associate Director of Engineering Career Services, Grainger College of Engineering

Margaret Edwards, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the School of Information Sciences

Lin Fan, Lead Specialist, Grainger Engineering Information Technology

Madeline Farrell, Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator, Women’s Resources Center

Akua Forkuo-Sekyere, Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator, Women’s Resources Center

Kelly Foster, Program Coordinator, IQUIST Grainger College of Engineering

Kate Gardiner, Visiting Extension Outreach Associate, Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources

Ilalee Harrison James, Associate Director of The Hoeft Technology & Management Program

Oulay Harvey, Administrative Aide, Illinois Business Consulting, Gies College of Business

Eden Haycraft, Associate Director, Online Graduate Programs, School of Labor and Employment Relations

Lauren Karplus, Academic Advisor/Experiential Learning Coordinator, College of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Debra Larson, Coordinator of Communications & Alumni Relations, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Jill Moore-Reynen, Senior Coordinator eLearning, Gies College of Business

Jessica Perez, Associate Director of Education and Inclusivity for an Engineering Research Center, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Danielle Runyon, Director of External Engagement, College of Applied Health Sciences

Deborah Seiler, Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center Coordinator, Illinois Extension

Allison Sivers, Coordinator Fiscal Planning and Budget, University of Illinois System

Rashimi Tenneti, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications, Office of Corporate Relations

Talisa Thompson, Director of HR at Gies College of Business

Lissette Venable, Student Records Coordinator, College of Media

Kelli Wendt, Director of Budget and Resource Planning, Beckman Institute

Jeanice Wiard, Charge Auditor, Veterinary Teaching Hospital