CHICAGO, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Chicago Chapter recently inducted 11 dynamic, influential Chicago business women into its Women Who Lead committee (WWL) at the inaugural WWL induction ceremony hosted by Harris Bank. Inductees include former Journalist and Illinois State President, AARP Merri Dee; Burrell Communications Co-CEO McGhee Williams Osse; Clear Channel Radio Chicago Director of Communications Angela Ingram; VP Global Diversity & Employee Rights for The Boeing Company Joyce E. Tucker; Founder & Pastor, God First Ministries, Dr. Mildred Harris; SVP, Head of Community Affairs and Economic Development, Harris Bank, Judith Rice; Director of Diversity & Inclusion for ITW, Cheri Chappelle; Entrepreneur, Pat Hamel; and Director of Community Relations, ITW, Rosemary Keefe. The event included a passionate keynote address by Tanesha D.H. Pittman, Ed.D.c, M.B.A., Executive Director for Benedictine University's Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies, on leadership, self empowerment and the ability to serve the community.
WWL was established in December, 2010 to focus on expanding the constituency of UNCF supporters by raising funds through special events and individual giving. With the motto, leadership through "interaction, passion and commitment," the UNCF Women Who Lead will establish a mentor's program for young women and establish a UNCF WWL Scholarship Fund.
UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—is the nation's oldest and most successful minority education assistance organization. Its mission is to increase minority degree attainment by providing financial support to its 39 member institutions, reducing financial barriers to college and serving as a national advocate for minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF's recently redesigned logo and brand identity feature UNCF's torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."®
Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org
SOURCE United Negro College Fund