Women's Network

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group

About Us

What is the Chicago Booth Women's Network’s mission?

  • To support our alma mater
  • To facilitate a global network for Chicago Booth women online and in person
  • To promote women in business worldwide

How does the Chicago Booth Women's Network work?

Since 2002, the Chicago Booth Women's Network has been a grassroots organization, driven by individual alumnae volunteers. Our board of directors leads worldwide initiatives and maintains our close connection with Chicago Booth. Local volunteers drive all other projects, including regional gatherings. To volunteer, please contact the President Jennifer Jaucian, ’08

How do I join?

All women graduates of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business are a part of the the Chicago Booth Women's Network (over 12,000 alumnae worldwide).

What does the Chicago Booth Women's Network do?

The Chicago Booth Women's Network is dedicated to connecting all the women of Booth and celebrating their professional and personal achievements. Through our regular, worldwide event series; monthly newsletter; and LinkedIn and Facebook groups we provide a forum for alumnae to exchange news and professional information.

Events

Chicago Booth Women's Network hosts four seasonal events throughout the year across the globe:

  • Spring Summit: Professional development events featuring a panel or speaker
  • Summer Brunch: Casual gatherings for alumnae in late summer
  • Fall Exchange: A series of events to facilitate innovation and exchange of ideas
  • Winter Tea: A holiday-themed afternoon tea

Additional regional events are driven by local alumnae volunteers and center on career development, admissions support, and social networking. Popular events have included an annual golf outing in Minneapolis, women’s MBA dinners in Los Angeles, dim sum in New York, a kayaking day-trip in San Francisco, and a volunteer home-building project in Chicago, among others.

We also work with women's groups at Chicago Booth and elsewhere to plan or publicize events that benefit women in business more broadly.

For upcoming events, please visit our Calendar of Events or see our Contact page to volunteer to host an event in your hometown or inquire about partnering with us.

Virtual Connections

In addition to our in-person events, alumnae can stay in touch and develop professional contacts through our virtual network:

  • Monthly newsletter - broadcasts upcoming events and professional and personal accomplishments within our alumnae community
  • LinkedIn and Facebook - allows members to share items of interest or find new connections

Email Martina Dimova-Martinez, ’08  to share your news in the newsletter or on our website.

Interested in Applying for a Leadership Position on the Board?

We are looking for volunteers around the world to be the local CEO and face of Chicago Booth Women's Network in your city. City Ambassadors liaise with school and other local alumni organizations to plan and market events, creating a thriving Booth community. All you need is a bit of commitment and spirit of giving back to society. If this sounds interesting, contact Manisha Varshney '12.

Club Leadership

Board Members

President - Jennifer Jaucian, ’08
Vice President - Manisha Varshney, ’12
Events Team - Joyce Lin, ’10, Maya Azouaou, ’14, Sue Klaus, ’08, Darcey O'Halloran, ’16
Communications Team - Martina Dimova-Martinez, ’08, Simrun Kochar, ’14 and Nora Peterson, ’14
Secretary – Sarah Leners, ’16
Student Group Liaison – Darcey O'Halloran, ’16
Insights & Analytics – Stephanie Dow, ’08
Mentorship Program – Gulnar Hasnain, ’11
Director at Large – Demetra Simos Paguio, ’02
President Emeritus - Zina Markevicius, ’02

City Ambassadors

Atlanta:  Danielle Ogieguata, ’14
Chicago: Victoria Gustafson, ’01
Cleveland: Brigid Gilmore, ’95
Detroit: Laura Kempf, ’04
Houston: Susanna Kartye, ’12
London: Alex Sukhareva, ’17
Los Angeles (East): Cari Redington, ’06
Los Angeles (West): Gabrielle Lambert, ’06
Milwaukee: Sheila Long, ’05
Mumbai: Devi Shankar, ’17
New York: Leena Sukumar, ’08
San Francisco: Nikki Zapanta, ’10
Seattle: Elise Sivilay, ’12

About the Board

Jennifer Jaucian, ’08
President

Jennifer graduated from the Full-Time MBA program in 2008. After Chicago Booth, she worked for several years on Wall Street, specifically at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and Stifel Nicolaus. She is truly passionate about improving alumni access to top Wall Street, investment management, and corporate executive roles. She currently is a managing director at Savile Dagny, a financial services and alternative management executive search firm, and is focused on building winning and dynamic teams that generate the best return on human capital. Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband, a fellow alum. In her free time, she enjoys hosting gatherings, traveling, reading value investing books, and running in Central Park.

Manisha Varshney, ’12
Vice President

Manisha graduated from the Evening MBA program in 2012 with concentrations in economics, accounting, finance, and entrepreneurship and has an undergraduate degree in physics from St. Stephen's College in Delhi, India. She originally joined the weekend program, traveling from Los Angeles every weekend, but decided to move to Chicago to get more involved with school activities, and was co-chair of the Private Equity Venture Capital Club and Running Club as a student. Manisha first became involved with the Women's Network after graduation when she hosted a summer brunch. Manisha has a background working with technology companies in India and the US and is currently doing business development for a technology startup in the San Francisco bay area. Her personal time is spent exploring the numerous Bay area parks, running, and experimental cooking.

Joyce Lin, ’10
Events

Joyce graduated from the Full-Time MBA program at Chicago Booth in 2010 with concentrations in marketing, strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship. She first became involved with the Women's Network after graduation when she began hosting local events in Denver. Joyce joined the board in 2013 and is stoked to help women stay connected to their Chicago Booth roots. She currently works in pricing strategy, and spends her free time living it up in Denver by hiking, snowboarding, practicing yoga, and teaching spin classes.

Maya Azouaou, ’14
Events

Maya graduated from the Executive MBA program at Chicago Booth in 2014 with concentrations in strategy, finance and entrepreneurship. She holds an MSc in Information Systems and Auditing from Skema/Ghent University. Maya has held different positions from conceptualizing management information systems to product and business development. While working in the banking industry as a senior relationship manager for international clients, Maya is launching a healthcare venture. Maya currently lives in Paris with her husband and two children and became a Women's Network board member in 2015, connecting alumnae in France and Europe. She is passionate about people and very keen to work in different cultures. She is interested in distressed business, sports, languages,and humanitarian activities.

Sue Klaus, ’08
Events

Sue graduated from the Executive MBA Program in 2008. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she obtained a double major in finance and accounting. Sue is a CPA and spent several years in finance-related roles in the financial services world, including funds evaluation, private equity and fixed income real estate bonds. She expanded her expertise to include human resources; obtained her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification; and led the HR teams of a middle market debt financing firm and a REIT. Sue subsequently worked as the Vice President, Business Development for a boutique consulting firm that has a passion for creating Rock Star Leaders at the speed of business. In 2017, Sue founded a career consulting business and works with individuals to market themselves and find their life’s career purpose. She currently lives near Denver with her teenage daughter. They enjoy traveling to new places and the fantastic outdoor lifestyle offered near Denver.

Martina V. Dimova-Martinez, ’08
Communications

Martina graduated from the Full-Time program in 2008 with concentrations in finance, strategy and marketing. Martina became involved in the Women's Network in Chicago where she kept in touch, diligently attended, and helped organized events to connect local women. Summer Brunches, Admitted Students Receptions and Women's Week are a few of her favorite events. After school, Martina stayed in Chicagoland with her husband and two kids and currently works at Follett Higher Education Corporation, responsible for publisher relations. 

Nora Peterson, ’14
Communications

Nora graduated from the Evening MBA program in 2014 with concentrations in marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder of Xessentials, a NYC based incubator for early stage women entrepreneurs, along with two other Booth alumnae. Prior to that she was VP of Business Strategy at Dow Jones and Head of Business Development with Aon in Singapore.

Sarah Leners, ’16
Secretary

Sarah graduated from the Full-Time MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2016 with concentrations in accounting, finance, and entrepreneurship.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College where she was a member of the track team. Sarah is currently an investment banker in New York City working at Deutsche Bank in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure group. In her free time she enjoys running, Crossfit, and traveling.

Darcey O'Halloran, ’16
Student Group Liaison

Darcey graduated from the Full-Time MBA program in 2016 with concentrations in finance, entrepreneurship, and managerial and organizational Behavior.  She was previously a co-chair of Chicago Women in Business as well as an active member of Net Impact as a Board Fellow and was a Dean’s Student Admission Fellow. Prior to Booth, Darcey worked as a human capital consultant for four years in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice. Darcey spent her MBA summer in New York as an intern at Perella Weinberg Partners, a boutique investment bank, and returned to Deloitte in the Strategy and Operations group in the New York office after graduation. Darcey is now a Principal in Korn Ferry's Organizational Strategy practice in New York. Darcey grew up in Rhode Island and attended George Washington University, where she majored in international affairs and minored in business and Spanish. Darcey enjoys running, yoga, squash, and traveling with friends.

Stephanie Dow, ’08
Insights & Analytics

Stephanie graduated from the Full-Time MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2008 with a concentrations in marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.S. from University of Michigan in Actuarial Mathematics. Stephanie supports the internal corporate strategy of Deloitte Tax and in her free time enjoys running, reading, and travelling. 

Gulnar Hasnain, ’11
Mentorship Program

Gulnar Hasnain is currently director of strategy for The Cornerstone Partnership, a social enterprise transforming the lives of children in the care system. Gulnar previously served as Head of Environment and Sustainability Strategy for the Mayor of London’s economic development agency, where she worked on some of London’s largest regeneration projects. Gulnar also has over 15 years in the private sector in marketing and strategy roles in both B2B and B2C. She received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck University, London and an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London. 

In her spare time Gulnar is a bitcoin enthusiast having co-founded CoinSummit and T15B with her husband Pamir Gelenbe. She stood as a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 UK General Election, being one of the first mainstream candidates to accept bitcoin donations. She lives in London and is the mom of three boys. 

Demetra Simos Paguio, ’02
Director at Large

Demetra graduated from the Full-Time MBA program in 2002 with concentrations in marketing and strategic management and holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in industrial management and graphic communications. On top of leading marketing and sales operations organizations in B2B environments, she is most passionate about retail, having worked with Ralph Lauren Intimate Apparel and United Colors of Benetton, among others. One of the founding alumnae volunteers of the Women's Network, Demetra joined the global board over six years ago, and her focus is connecting alumnae in person around the world. She has championed popular events, including launching the annual global Booth Women's Holiday Tea series, as well as regional gatherings and dynamic speaker events, such as fashion entrepreneur Nina McLemore. Demetra currently resides with her husband (a fellow Booth alum) and two children in Boston. She also serves on the Chicago Booth Alumni club of Boston steering committee and is a member of the Junior League of Boston.

Zina Markevicius, ’02
Cofounder, President Emeritus, Advisor

Zina earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and finance from Chicago Booth. She served as vice president of Roque & Mark, a family-owned boutique real estate firm specializing in multi-family properties, in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years. She is a management consultant for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the fields of strategy, operations, marketing, communications, and finance. Passionately devoted to her alma mater and encouraging smart women to pursue the Booth MBA, Zina is cofounder of the Women's Network. She has further put her degree to work in volunteer positions with the ALPHA Pregnancy & Parenting Support, Everychild Foundation, and the Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, among others.