Photo by Mallory Greene
In honor of International Women's Day, Chicago Woman magazine honored 10 exceptional International Women Leaders at a luncheon at the Union League Club. From leading women in non-profits that are changing lives of women internationally to those making an impact in our own community, these woman are an inspiration to all of us. Jazmin Beltran, Univision, served as emcee for the luncheon. The event and program was made possible by our host sponsors Calamos Wealth Management and GEMS World Academy Chicago, as well as the support of Laurie Barry, CFP, UBS.
Ana Dutra, President & CEO at The Executives’ Club of Chicago and President of International Women’s Forum.
As former CEO of Korn/Ferry Consulting, Ana created a $350M+ global business through organic growth and acquisitions. She is a Board Director of the CME Group, Greeley&Hansen, Lifespace, Lurie Children’s Hospital, C200 and AUSL. She is a recipient of the Executives of Color Leadership Award from Chicago United, the Verizon Latina Business Award and the Hyatt Women in History. Ana is an avid triathlete and yoga practitioner.
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO at LanzaTech
Lanzatech is a revolutionary carbon recycling company. Previously, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company focusing on producing, testing and the certification of alternative aviation fuel used by commercial airlines and the military. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017. She currently serves on the boards of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee and EcoMotors. Dr. Holmgren is also on the board of the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India.
Dr. Karen Kim, Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago and Director of the Center for Asian Health Equity
She is the Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Division of Biological Sciences, Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities, and an affiliate faculty in the Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Politics and Center for Gender Studies. Dr. Kim spearheaded efforts to create the UC Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE), the first research center in the Midwest dedicated to the study of Asian American health disparities, and currently serves as its Director. Dr. Kim is committed to leading advocacy efforts to improve health equity for Asian Americans.
Casey Marsh, Vice President, Regions–West, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Since 2007, she served as Managing Director for the Midwest Region in Chicago for UNICEF and led her team in raising more than $30 million to help support UNICEF’s mission to put children first. Currently, she oversees five regional offices, raising awareness and funds to help save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Marsh has visited UNICEF programs in Panama, Zambia, Mozambique and Montenegro in order to better advocate for the world’s women and children.
Sharmili Majmudar, Women Employed
She is a champion of gender equity and justice, recently joined Women Employed, missioned to improving women’s economic status and remove barriers to economic equity. Sharmili serves on the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Fund, which supports grassroots organizations in the Chicago area. Previously, Majmudar served as the Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates (RVA); served on the board of Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network; served on the national advisory committee for Transforming Silence Into Action, addressing partner violence in Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ communities; was a founding member of Khuli Zaban, a South and West Asian lesbian, bisexual and transgender women’s group; and of Mango Tribe, a multi-city Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) women and queer interdisciplinary performance ensemble.
Reem Odeh, Attorney at Odeh Law
Reem has been practicing law for 14 years and is a voice for the Arab American community. As founder of the Law Offices of Reem Odeh, a boutique firm with three locations in the Chicagoland area, her practice includes Immigration Law, from family-based petitions to appeals of unfavorable decisions to removal defense; family law; criminal law; administrative law; and personal injury. Odeh is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyer Association and is a board member of the Arab American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has worked with Amnesty International and remains active in human rights causes and organizations.
Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, Oncologist; Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean of Global Health and Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at The University of Chicago
Professor Olopade develops innovative strategies for comprehensive cancer risk assessment and prevention based on evolving understanding of genetic and non-genetic factors in individual patients, with a focus on women of African ancestry across the Diaspora. She has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from North Central, Dominican, Bowdoin, and Princeton Universities; MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award; American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship; Officer of the Order of the Niger Award; and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Want Award. She is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and currently serves on the board of directors for Susan G. Komen, Cancer IQ, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and MacArthur Foundation.
Alisa Roadcup, Executive Director of Heshima Kenya
For over 20 years. Alisa has been a social entrepreneur and human rights advocate passionate about creating a safe and just world for women and girls. She started with Heshima Kenya in 2012 overseeing US operations, and transitioned into the role of Executive Director in 2014. Before joining Heshima Kenya, Alisa was Director of Communications at The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Her previous roles include program associate at Amnesty International USA and Vice President of the board of directors at Rape Victim Advocates.
Iram Shah, Senior Vice President, of customer transformation at Schneider Electric
Ms. Shah’s successful corporate career of more than two decades spans over five Fortune 500 companies in five countries in B2B, B2C, oil and gas, financial services, and manufacturing. She has worked for big brands like Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, BP, and Zurich Financial. Ms. Shah is very involved in nonprofit activities. She runs the Sonia Shah Organization which focuses on educating and empowering underprivileged girls and was started by her daughter.
Yman Huang Vien, president of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), president of the financial & real estate services company Lotus Financial Partners, Inc., and a co-founder & board member of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA)
Since arriving in Chicago in 1978 as a Chinese refugee from Vietnam, Vien has worked in the banking industry and been committed to the Chinese community.
Vien has been recognized by the American Bankers Association for her efforts in executing outreach to unbanked and underbanked markets while serving the immigrant community in Chicago. With her father, she founded the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) and served as president. She has received a number of awards including 2016 IWF Women Who Make A Difference Honoree; the Athena Award; the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Horatio Alger Award; the Found Asian Award from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and many others. She also serves on the boards of the Chicago Chinese Benevolent Association (CCBA), Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA), Ravenswood Health Care Foundation and Buddha Light International Association of Chicago (BLIA Chicago).