This week’s Wildcat of the Week spotlight features two Leadership Symposium (#LeadNU) participants: Brian Miller '99, a McCormick School of Engineering alumnus, and Rachel Lippmann '05, a Medill alumna. The 2015 Leadership Symposium takes place in Evanston Sept. 10-11.
Brian Miller ’99
Northwestern had so many of the things I wanted for my college experience — foremost, excellent academic programs across a wide range of majors, as well as unique and established opportunities like the Cooperative Engineering Program. I also wanted to have access to the diverse experiences that come from living near an international city like Chicago.
I love that Northwestern does not just rest on its laurels. The University continues to make progressive choices when it comes to shaping the future, whether it is transforming the southern gateway to campus with the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts and the Segal Visitors Center; or founding a communications program in Qatar; or creating a space for a student-driven innovation incubator.
I am proud of my Northwestern degree and the University’s extraordinary reputation which is a fundamental reason why I give back. I am an NU Loyal member, which means I make the pledge to give every year. Consistent giving at any level is crucial for Northwestern to continue to ascend in the national rankings of the top tier Universities. I also volunteer in multiple roles with the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA).
The NAA Leadership Symposium (LS) is an excellent opportunity to plug into the Northwestern community on a national level. I started by volunteering in Boston, but it wasn’t until my first LS that I realized how valuable it would be to share experiences and broaden my NU network with volunteers from around the county. My connection to the NU community continues to grow with each LS I attend. Also, there is always a significant portion of the programming dedicated to professional development, oftentimes with sought-after speakers. And who doesn’t need an excuse to come back to Chicago and Evanston once a year? Go ’Cats!
Rachel Lippmann ’05
I was a National High School Institute journalism student ("Cherub") in 2000, between my junior and senior year of high school. I fell in love with the campus and with the journalism program, and decided then and there that I could be very happy spending four years in Evanston. I love the fact that Northwestern combines the best of so many worlds -- a very high caliber education, with major conference athletics, great cultural experiences, and a world-class city right nearby.
My involvement with the NU Club of St. Louis actually began at a happy hour shortly after I moved back to St. Louis from Lansing. Over the course of the last several years, I've served at various times as the St. Louis club's programming VP, programming and communications VP, communications VP, and I am now serving as president. I've also donated to the Club Scholarship Fund.
I attend Leadership Symposium (LS) to get ideas and figure out the best way to implement them for our club. I go to see friends I've made over the last three years. I go to see how the campus has changed and how it hasn’t. The best part of LS is getting inspired for another year. Sometimes, like when the football team isn't doing so well, or you aren't getting the turn-out at events, or major events fall through, being a club leader becomes just another responsibility. But you go to LS, hear that you're not the only one having a particular issue, and get ways to solve it, and being a club leader becomes a little more fun again.