Women's Network

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group

Leadership

Women's Network Leadership

Board Members

President: Manisha Varshney, ’12
Vice President: Darcey O'Halloran, ’16
Secretary: Demetra Simos Paguio, ’02
Events Team: Maya Azouaou, ’14, Carin Nelson, '08, Nima Parikh, '98, and Sheila Long, '05
Communications Team: Martina Dimova-Martinez, ’08, Simrun Kochar, ’14 and Jennifer Jaucian, ’08
Data Governance: Sue Klaus, ’08,
Mentorship Program : Gulnar Hasnain, ’11
President Emeritus: Zina Markevicius, ’02

City Ambassadors

Atlanta: Danielle Ogieguata, ’14
Boston: Kristin Adam, ’18
Chicago: Kate Khazin, ’12
Cleveland: Brigid Gilmore, ’92
Detroit: Laura Kempf, ’04
Dubai: Maithili Sager, ’15
Houston: Susanna Kartye, ’12
Los Angeles (East): Cari Redington, ’06
Los Angeles (West): Gabrielle Lambert, ’06
Milwaukee: Liz Sumner, ’06
Mumbai: Devi Shankar, ’17
New York: Leena Sukumar, ’08
San Francisco: Nikki Zapanta, ’10
Seattle: Elise Sivilay, ’12
Singapore:
Vicky Lio, ’12
South Florida:
Natasha Singh, ’13
Toronto:
Emma Sotomayor, ’18
Westchester NY & Fairfield CT:
Monica Garrido, ’04

About the Board

President: Manisha Varshney, ’12

Manisha graduated from Chicago Booth 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. Her life focus is 'Product'; be itself (Manisha, as a product) or career. And, her life philosophy is, 'It’s all about user experience!' She is a full stack Product Manager (both front-end and back-end) with background in taking technology products, both web and mobile, from ideation to market. Manisha, as a product, believes in creating value in any situation and making life lasting friendships. She joined Chicago Booth Women’s Network in 2012, right after graduation, and has extended that motto to her role on the board—organizing and chairing events and in last role as Vice President, formalizing the City Ambassadors (CA) program, and recruiting CAs. She organized summer brunches and holiday teas in 29 and 28 cities respectively, initiated the Spring Summit event, and on-boarded 14 city ambassadors, bringing together Chicago Booth alumnae on professional and social platforms to forge deeper connections and lasting relationships. All these efforts have contributed in recognition of CBWN as one of the most active alumni groups. Her personal time is spent exploring the numerous Bay area parks, running, and experimental cooking.

Vice President: Darcey O'Halloran, ’16

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 (CWiB), an active member of Net Impact as a Board Fellow, and was also 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 specializing in culture transformation and top team performance. 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, sailing, yoga and traveling with friends.

Secretary: Demetra Simos Paguio, ’02

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 ten 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 has also served on the Chicago Booth Alumni club of Boston steering committee.

Events: Maya Azouaou, ’14

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.

Events: Carin Nelson, ’08

Carin graduated in 2008 from the Full-Time MBA program. In 2017, after 9 years in Customer Success at Mattersight, a SaaS analytics company in Chicago, she decided to mix things up and moved to Costa Rica for a year to teach English as a part of a volunteer program, work on her Spanish, and enjoy life in the tropics. She is now back in Chicago and works part-time with two small start-ups (ApplicantLab and SocialPoint.io) while freelancing as a "word ninja" (editing and writing for materials that need to be influential and crisp) on the side. In her free time, she's an avid cyclist, yogi, scuba diver, and traveler.

Events: Nima Parikh, ’98

Nima is the founder and President of Mezzanine Consulting LLC. With 25+ years of brand/portfolio, strategy and consulting experience, Nima formed a boutique consulting firm that specializes in the full life cycle of value propositions. Mezzanine helps clients clarify and articulate the value they currently or aspire to deliver to their constituents, design customer journeys and experiences to reflect that value proposition, and align internal operations, strategy and tactics towards execution. Her niche is making what can oftentimes feel esoteric in nature more tangible and actionable. Nima’s believes that while progress has been made there is more that can be done to support, encourage and empower women in business.

Communications: Martina V. Dimova-Martinez, ’08

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.

Communications: Jennifer Jaucian, ’08

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.

Data Governance: Sue Klaus, ’08

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. She enjoys traveling to new places and the fantastic outdoor lifestyle offered near Denver.

Mentorship Program: Gulnar Hasnain, ’11

Gulnar 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.

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.


Event Calendar
Jul
21

Women's Network: Summer Brunch 2019 – South Florida

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Jul
21

Women's Network: Summer Brunch 2019 – Boston, MA

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Jul
22

Women's Network Summer Brunch 2019 – Fairfield & Westchester Counties

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Jul
27

Women's Network Summer Brunch 2019 – Dallas, TX

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Jul
28

Women's Network: Summer Brunch 2019 – Washington DC

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