Our Club winners also Zonta International winners

Our Zonta Club of Oak Brook is very honored and proud of all our Educational Awards this 2023 club year: Young Women in Public Affairs Award, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, and for the first time Women in STEM Scholarship. All of them were awarded our club monetary award, and two of our winners were chosen at the District 6 level to win the Zonta International Awards of $5,00.00 each. Catherine Tang for her accomplishments and achievements eloquently summarized in her YWPA application. Tatiana Kensoung for her equally elegant achievements and goals in her JMK Women in Business application. We congratulate all our winners again and wish them their continuing success.
Catherine Tang (YWPA), Tatiana (JMK), and Kayce Palisoc (STEM).

Come celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

Two Zonta Awards to two amazing women

Tatiana Kensoug: Women in Business Scholarship

Kayecee Palisoc: Women in STEM Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We presented 2 scholarships this month to Kayecee Palisoc, our first Women in STEM winner, and Tatiana Kensoug, our Women in Business Scholar winner. Both impressive women are well deserving recipients of the scholarships. We congratulate both for their achievements so far and wish them the best in their academic futures.

Zonta Club of Oak Brook and very special guests

These two beautiful women were an inspiration for all of us who met them, celebrated them, and shared dinner with one another!

Hunger Action Month – September Food Collection

Members of our Zonta Club of Oak Brook were inspired by the Zonta International District 6 Service Project to Fight Against Food Poverty. 

The members brought needed items for the Downers Grove Area Food Pantry. The Service Committee collected 7 shopping bags full of donations, totaling 70 pounds at Pantry weigh-in.

 

 

 

 

 

September is Hunger Awareness/Action Month

Our Zonta Club of Oak Brook is raising awareness and taking action to help fight food poverty in our local communities by collecting needed items at Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry at our September meeting. Zonta International District 6 is continuing to fight the food poverty issue through their Zonta clubs in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin throughout this club year.

Most Immediate needed items include:

  • Canned Peaches and Pineapple

                  Chili, Sloppy Joe mix, Corned beef hash

  • Baking supplies

         Flour, Sugar,  Salt,  Baking soda

Women in STEM Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to our Zonta Club of Oak Brook’s first Women in STEM Scholarship Award winner, Kayecee Palisoc!

Kayecee is currently enrolled in the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy pursuing her Master degree in Computer Science and Public Policy. Her previous studies earned her a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics degree in Actuarial Science, followed by a Master of Statistics.

Having grown up in the Philippines, Kayecee experienced the awareness of social injustice and inequities. She is thankful for the level of education she was privileged to receive in a country where that opportunity is not open to all. She credits her education for enabling her to help open opportunities for others. As her education continued, she realized how the digital world is changing very rapidly, and it needs bridging to the unconnected segments in society. One of her goals focuses on the extreme spaces where she can contribute to technology policies while bridging the accessibility and skill gaps. Kayecee’s academic background and professional banking and insurance data analysis work experience led her to volunteer with young students in learning skills for digital jobs with various organizations in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Not only is that Kayecee’s  goal for the future, she is already working actively on it within in her short time at the Harris School of Public Policy and Computer Science.  According to  Associate Dean of Students and her Professor of Technology Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Kayecee has a strong passion for technology policy beyond her academics, her involvement in two organizations that revolve around Data Science and Technology:

  • HarrisTech (an organization that serves as a platform for fostering discussions at the intersection of technology and policy) in which Kayecee serves as a HarrisTech Board Member
  • Data, Ethics, and Policy Organization (new organization within the Harris School of Public Policy) in which Kayecee played an integral role in the establishment of the organization that emphasizes the ethical implications of data usage

Our best wishes to Kayecee in this amazing journey she has started!

Computer Recycling Collection on September 30th

Recycle Your Desktop/Laptop Computers

Saturday, September 30, 2023
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
at
Oak Brook Public Library
(600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523)
Sponsored by

Zonta Club of Oak Brook
and
 Compudopt

Scan QR code for more about donating computers:

  •       Compudopt – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  •        Founded in 2007
  •        Provides technology access and education to under-resourced youth
  •        Distributed  60,000 devices to students in need
  •        Delivered over 225,000 hours of technology education to more than            71,000 students
  •        Connected over 500 households to the Compudopt Internet Network
  •        Diverted 531.4+ tons of computer hardware from landfills
  •        Has programs in 16 states and 26 cities
  •        Learn more at www.compudopt.org.
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Announcing our 2023 JMK Women in Business Scholar

Our Zonta Club of Oak Brook is very proud to announce our Jane M. Klausman 2023 Women in Business Scholar, Tatiana Kensoung, who is currently pursuing her MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Having grown up in Cameroon, Tatiana experienced firsthand energy deficits and impacts of climate change, which ignited her passion in making an impact in the energy sector. Tatiana has already had a successful eight-year career leading international projects in oil & gas, naval, and nuclear sectors in several French cities, including Sofresid Engineering, Construction Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), and the Orano Group.

Tatiana’s commitment to a career in business is demonstrated through her participation in extracurricular activities and professional experiences at Booth. Notably, winning case competitions such as the National Energy Finance Challenge enabled her to apply classroom knowledge to real-world business scenarios and learn from esteemed judges. Beyond her professional and academic experiences, Tatiana has also has been a mentor, organizer, and advocate for women’s professional development serving as admissions ambassador, Booth Africa co-chair, and member of the Chicago Women in Business club (CWiB). According to one of her professor’s at Booth, Tatiana proves herself to be a natural leader, while her primary language is French, she actively participated in class discussions and collaborates effectively with her peers in a non-native language, and inspires her classmates with her positive attitude and willingness to help others.

We congratulate Tatiana on her accomplishments so far and sincerely wish her all the best in her wonderful learning journey!

2023 North America Inter-District Meeting

 

Zonta Club of Oak Brook lent their support to the North America Inter-District Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of Zonta International District 6, the host district for NAIDM 2023, our members were called upon to help with setup, to welcome other Zonta members and their guests as Hotel Door Greeters, to distribute breakfast bars each morning with smiles on our faces as Hoosier Hospitality Aides, and to pass out box lunches to those who had ordered them as Lunch Servers.

   

The six of us participated in all the sessions and immersed ourselves in the rich opportunities to learn from one another in workshops sharing successful experiences and exchanging ideas, to make new friends and reconnect with former friends, and bring back ideas for increasing our club’s impact in our local  communities through Zonta’s mission of empowering women through service and advocacy. It was a time to be inspired by trailblazer women keynote speakers:

  • Lyn St. James (named “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” by Sports Illustrated, set 31 national and international speed records and succeeded in the sport of auto racing at levels unparalleled by any other woman)
  • Terri Talbert-Hatch (retired dean of students for the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, IUPUI, current associate faculty and consultant for PSET/IUPUI, and Administrative Consultant for Dallara USA, the sole supplier of open-wheel cars for Indycar American Championship)
  • Lynsey Liguori (inspired by Terri Talbert-Hatch, Lynsey tested with Ford Racing Development as part of their development program. Following high school graduation, she moved to Indianapolis and enrolled in IUPUIA and became involved in SWE and the motorsports club. Following graduation, she and her husband helped lead an all-girls racing team for 4 years. Lynsey completed her degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a certificate in motorsports, has worked at 3 companies since graduation, and is currently at Wabash in Lafayette, IN where she serves as a Sr. Quality Manager responsible for 5 plants.

Supporting Poised for Success

Zonta Club of Oak Brook held the first meeting of our new club year. Big on the agenda was the presentation of a cash donation to Gail Foster, Executive Director, for Poised for Success.
Poised for Success, a nonprofit social service agency, that provides women beautiful interview and business appropriate attire for free, by way of an agency referral program. It is a supportive network which provide tools to help women thrive at work and in their lives which gives them a big boost of self confidence and self worth empowering them to take on the challenges that await them.
Zonta International shares a very similar mission of “empowering women through service and advocacy.’ Our club has been supporting this wonderful organization for more than ten years because Poised for Success strives for EMPOWERMENT FROM HEAD TO TOE for each one of their clients.