Carthage welcomes United Way President Wendy DuBoe
By Elizabeth Young
Wendy DuBoe, president and chief executive officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest private funder of health and human services in the Chicago region, will visit Carthage April 10-12 as the Chapman Executive-in-Residence. Ms. DuBoe will speak to several Carthage classes, and is the featured speaker at a private luncheon of the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition on Thursday, April 11.
As president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Ms. DuBoe works with staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners to maximize the impact of United Way’s $53 million raised in communities of greatest need. Ms. DuBoe has worked for more than two decades in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and is committed to making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable.
Since joining United Way in 2003, she has led the effort to move the organization’s investment to greater measurable impact in three critical areas: financial stability, health, and education. She has spearheaded new civic initiatives, built community coalitions, and developed public policy partnerships. She played a pivotal leadership role in the merger of 54 local offices into one metropolitan system.
Before joining United Way, Ms. DuBoe was vice president of the Seminars Program at the Aspen Institute, director of business development for Ameritech International, and program officer for The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in economics and psychology. She earned her M.A. in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She also received a general course degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ms. DuBoe was a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 Transition Team. Among a variety of civic duties, she serves on the Governor’s Human Services Commission and chairs the board of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Chicago and Cook County. She is a member of MENSA International.
The Chapman Executive-in-Residence program brings prominent business leaders to campus to speak to students and the public. The program is endowed by Carthage Trustee Steven M. Chapman, vice president and group vice president — China and Russia at Cummins Inc.
The private lunch will be held at noon Thursday, April 11, in Carthage’s Todd Wehr Center. Members of the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition meet regularly for luncheons that feature guest speakers and discussion. For more information about the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition, please contact Paul Hegland by email or at (262) 551-5858.