Graduation with Sana.jpgThis week’s Wildcat of the Week features Cori Myers, ’14 MA, a Northwestern staff member within Alumni Relations and Development (ARD).


When Cori Myers joined Northwestern in 2011 as a staff member on ARD’s annual giving team, she was looking for a place where she could grow in her career and have a strong sense of community. Little did she know she’d receive all that—and more! Due to Northwestern’s educational assistance benefits, she was able to enroll as a graduate student while working full-time for the University and receive a discounted rate for her graduate studies in Public Policy and Administration through the School of Professional Studies. She reflects:


Over the past four years, I’ve enjoyed my time with Alumni Relations and Development. I’ve always had great supervisors that supported me, challenged me, and had my best interest in mind. Each have become a mentor. I also work with great colleagues on Annual Giving and across ARD.


Annual Giving is the leader when it comes to reaching Northwestern’s undergraduate participation goal. It’s an exciting time because our team is growing, being challenged, and taking on new initiatives—and it’s working. #CATSGiveBack, Northwestern’s Giving Tuesday campaign, exceeded our goals this past December. It was a long day for many people—but the atmosphere in the room was palpable with excitement: 1,616 donors and $540,771 raised from 49 states and 13 countries.


What’s great about Northwestern is the ability to make a gift to any area of the university you choose. I’ve made gifts to the School of Professional Studies, as that is the school I graduated from. Recently I heard Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. speak at an ARD event; I was so energized and intrigued by the work she is doing, that on Giving Tuesday I made a gift to support her initiatives and the Women’s Health Education Fund.


I am currently a bronze-level member in NU Loyal, giving each of the four years I’ve been working at ARD. I’ve been able to attend NU Loyal events and meet other alumni and friends that also give to the university year after year. I love that NU Loyal recognizes those individuals that make a gift—whatever the size—and thanks them for being annual donors.


For more information on considering a career within Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern, view our open positions or sign up to attend an ARD Information Session for prospective candidates.