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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.

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.

Welcome to the Zonta Club of Oak Brook

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook was  chartered in 2012 as part of Zonta International –whose international headquarters is also located in Oak Brook, Illinois. Founded in 1919 in New York, Zonta is an international service organization focused on advancing the political, economic, social and educational status of women worldwide. Zontians work throughout the world to address the needs of women at all socio-economic levels. These needs include basic health, education, welfare, and human rights. There are over 30,000 members in over 67 countries and we are proud to be a part of it!

At another level, involvement in Zonta enhances each woman’s leadership and organizational skills, as well as enriches their personal lives. There are many opportunities to socialize and network nationally and internationally with business and professional women working in many different fields.

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is proud of its efforts in making a difference in the lives of women and our community. If you are interested in joining our club and supporting our activities, please email Kay Van Vreede, Membership Chair at

We look forward to hearing from you!