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|More than 100 members and friends of the University of Chicago Womens Business Group (UCWBG) gathered at Gleacher Center in late January to celebrate the groups 20th anniversary.
The evening featured an address by UCWGB member Polly B. Kawalek, 78, president of the hot breakfast division and vice president of the Quaker Oats Company (see Kawaleks Staying Power). The program also included the presentation of two commemorative plaques to Dean Robert Hamada to celebrate the groups anniversary and to recognize the innovative role of the organization within the GSB. One plaque will be placed at the Midway Club at Gleacher Center and the other on campus.
UCWBG, a Chicago-based nonprofit alumnae association, sponsors special interest groups and networking events. Members include entrepreneurs, CEOs, stay-at-home mothers, and other GSB alumnae. Primarily, UCWBG supports programming. This year it debuted a speaker series called Inspiring Extraordinary Lives, which brought women like Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Pepsi-Cola North America, and Sheila Lyne, XP-44 (80), commissioner of the Chicago public health department, to discuss their lives and the secrets of their success. More than 100 alumnae and friends attended each event.
Women need friendship and support, and often you cant find that in the workplace, said Trisha Rogers, 82, vice president of programs, explaining the organizations success. This fills a real void.Jennifer Vanasco