Young Professionals Board

WGEP’s Young Professionals Board (YPB) was formed in March 2015 by a dedicated group of WGEP volunteers.

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Upcoming Dates:

Next meeting: Wednesday, July 12th 6:30pm @ Moe’s Cantina

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About the Board

The WGEP Young Professionals board is a diverse group interested in global development and gender equality. We are dedicated to supporting education for girls and young women to fight poverty in the most impoverished communities, particularly rural, sub-Saharan Africa.

Young professionals can learn about the impact of empowering young people through education, and the benefits to communities and families, from WGEP partners on the ground. They can also join in unique fundraising and social networking events. This is a singular opportunity to connect to development issues in Africa and have an immediate impact.

Events, like Drinks for Girls Education, On the Table, and Eats for Education, provide young professionals the opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and support critical work.

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Meet the Board:


Nina Bassole


Hannah Bonecutter


Amelia Garza

Amelia works at the University of Chicago in Alumni Relations and Development as an Assistant Director for Global Engagement. In her role, she manages the Alumni Boards in the US southern states and Latin America. She started at UChicago after receiving her masters at Texas Woman’s University and her bachelors at Augustana College. During her summers growing up, she worked at Camp For All–a camp for children and adults with special needs and challenging diseases. She continues to fight for social justice issues concerning: education, women and minority issues, and immigration.

Audrey Huzenis

Audrey worked in finance for more than eight years in business development strategy and management. She graduated from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Bachelor’s program (’06) and then moved to New York to work for Credit Suisse through early 2014, predominantly in their Alternative Investments Distribution Strategy and COO team.  She grew up in Chicago, attending Chicago City Day School and St. Ignatius College Prep. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and traveled extensively, including Tanzania. She currently splits time between New York and Chicago.


Katherine Koller

Katherine serves as the Chicago Development Manager for Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit that trains college student volunteers to teach health education to 9th graders in underresourced public schools. In this role, Katherine is responsible for supporting the Chicago Executive Director in managing the local, individual, and institutional giving portfolios, as well as maintaining and strengthening data and knowledge management systems. Prior to joining the Chicago team, Katherine volunteered as a Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange for three years while attending Northwestern University. Katherine graduated from Northwestern with a major in theatre, a concentration in performance, activism, and human rights, and a minor in creative nonfiction writing. Her experience includes serving as the Executive Director of a Northwestern course in consulting for nonprofits, interning for the Alzheimer’s Association and Women’s Global Education Project, leading American teenagers on cultural exchange/service-learning trips to Japan and New Zealand, and studying global development in Ecuador, China, India, and South Africa.

Alex Konarski

Alex is a management consultant at Slalom Consulting with nearly 10 years of professional experience working in Financial Services Technology and Operations, and Healthcare. Key leadership and roles have focused on Project Management, Change Management, Business Analysis, and Strategic Communications across New York and Chicago. Alex recently led an Innovation Challenge with Lumity and Amundsen High School, which focused on delivering real world experience on STEM with high schoolers. She also regularly volunteers with The Main Idea. Outside of the office, Alex loves to cook and entertain, hang out lakeside with her pitbull, or explore and eat through Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Michelle Maiuri

Michelle is what people call “a handful”. She loves eating, biking, exploring, and being on the go in general. The only thing that can slow her down is Netflix or a good book. After working in China for a few years after college, Michelle made her way to Chicago and has started a career in tech sales for SpringCM. She is dedicated to supporting and empowering women of all ages by working with WGEP, Girls in the Game, Girls on the Run, and more. She also attempts to educate people on women’s plights and rights, whether they like to hear it, or not. Feminist for equality for life!

Alexa McCarthy


Cassandra Stark


Allegra Ubbes


April 25th, 2016