16 Days of Activism: 25 November – 10 December: DAY 5

What is the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign?

The campaign was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of Zonta’s efforts to end violence against women and girls at the local, regional, and international levels. In 2014, the campaign began to move from raising awareness of the different forms of gender-based violence to more impact-oriented advocacy actions.
Since 2015, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign utilized the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) as a framework and raised awareness worldwide to this first legally binding instrument to fight violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence.
In 2017, Zonta clubs addressed trafficking in human beings as one of the most widespread human rights violations utilizing another significant Council of Europe (CoE) Convention: The CoE Convention on Actions against Trafficking in Human Beings, a comprehensive, legally binding treaty.
In recent years, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign has been focused on child marriage, one of the worst obstacles girls are facing globally and a severe human rights violation.
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign is a Zonta International campaign. Like the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women focuses on actions to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls; however, it is a separate campaign focused on Zonta’s advocacy activities.
The goal of the campaign is to sensitize the public to violence against women as a human rights violation and to raise awareness of Zonta’s advocacy efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls locally and globally through actions undertaken by Zonta clubs.

16 Days of Activism 25 November – 10 December: DAY 4

16 Days of Activism: 25 November – 10 December: DAY 4

16 Days of Activism 25 November – 10 December: DAY 3

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. That is 23 girls every minute… nearly 1 every 2 seconds. Zonta International is fighting to end childhood marriage. #ZontaSaysNO #EndChildMarriage #16DaysOfActivism #OrangeTheWorld

November 26, 2020

16 Days of Activism 25 November – 10 December: DAY 1

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Zonta joins the United Nations‘ call for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations. #ZontaSaysNO #16days #16daysofactivism #OrangeDay #OrangeTheWorld #OnWednesdaysWeWearOrange

Read the full statement: https://bit.ly/338Oeef

Announcing our 2020 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Award . . .

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is proud to announce the 2020 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship (JMK) Award recipient, Traci McMurray.

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied. However, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. According to a December 2019 list from Catalyst, 21.2 percent of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 5.2 percent of the companies’ CEOs are women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the JMK Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 602 Scholarships, totaling more than US$1.4 million, to 460 women representing 57 countries.

Our choice for the JMK Scholarship, Traci McMurry, exhibits outstanding initiative, ambition, and commitment in her career as she pursues her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Evening & Weekend program. As a member of the Mizzou Honors College, Ms. McMurry graduated with both a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Missouri, frequently received Dean’s list recognition as well. In her current position as Director of Talent Development at FleishmanHillard, an Omnicom PR Group firm, she leads full life-cycle talent acquisition for the central US region and serves as lead for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), supporting the agency’s diversity hiring efforts. Ms. McMurry serves as Co-Lead for the Board of Directors of Omniwomen Chicago, an employee resource group supporting and empowering women across the 27 Omnicom agencies in the Chicago area. She is also a certified trainer for Google’s I am Remarkable initiative, which focuses on empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

Announcing our Young Woman in Public Affairs 2020 Award . . .

Kelsey Fitzgerald 2020 YWPA

Congratulations to Kelsey Fitzgerald of Lombard, as we honor her as our 2020 Young Woman in Public Affairs Scholar. Kelsey is a graduating senior at Willowbrook High School, Villa Park, Illinois.  Kelsey’s involvement in Public Affairs includes Civitas, the One Small Voice Foundation, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. While at Willowbrook, Kelsey plans to continue her academic career at Loyola University Chicago next year and major in international and global studies. Kelsey proved her academic and athletic talent, achieving excellence in Honors and Advanced Placement coursework. Demonstrating dedicated participation in both soccer and swimming, Kelsey supported her teammates in leadership roles on each team. We wish Kelsey the very best a she takes the next steps of her academic academic journey.

Zonta Awards Centennial Community Award to Poised for Success

October 2019 
As Zonta clubs around the globe are celebrating Zonta International’s Centennial Anniversary by honoring local individuals who show outstanding commitment to empowering women in the community, we honor Gail Foster, Executive Director of Poised for Success.
Poised for Success is a non-profit organization serving the suburban Chicagoland area dedicated to the mission of providing, at no charge, interview and business appropriate clothing to women in the job market. In addition to providing business-appropriate clothing, Poised volunteers assist clients in building self-esteem and interview skills, as well as referrals to other local service organizations providing job-skills training and job placement. These services give their clients the self-confidence necessary to secure a job and move beyond the need for financial assistance.
We congratulate Gail on her ongoing commitment to women making way and thank her for her determination in making Poised for Success a true success on so many levels – especially for the clients, but also for the volunteers, the clothing donors, and the financial supporters.

Busy October Meeting…

2018 Contribution to Poised for Success

Proud to induct 2018 new Zonta members

Congratulations to our Jane M. Klausman Scholarship recipient….

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is proud to announce the 2018 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship (JMK) Award recipient, Sonya Dekhtyar. 

Women make up nearly 50 percent of the global workforce; however, gender equality is not yet a reality in senior management and corporate boardrooms around the world. According to a 2014 Catalyst Census, women hold only 4.2 percent of the CEO positions and 19.2 percent of board seats at S&P 500 companies. To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Our choice for the JMK Scholarship, Ms. Dekhtyar, exhibits a stellar level of initiative, ambition, and commitment in her career as she embarks on her MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Academically, Ms. Dekhtyar repeatedly earned Dean’s list recognition for her undergraduate work. Her career accomplishments since joining the Chicago Transit Authority Performance Management team have proven her outstanding abilities to work closely and successfully with all levels of management and communicate easily, earning the respect and recognition throughout the CTA organization.

Ms. Dekhtyar was presented her $1000 award in a special ceremony at the September meeting of the Zonta Club of Oak Brook.