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This March, the NAA will present A Week with Northwestern: Northwestern Women on Strategies for Success, a series of webinars hosted by University alumnae and staff. This special week of learning and inspiration will take place March 6-10.


Check out the lineup of free career webinars offered this March and register today.


Wailin-Cropped.jpgCrafting Your Story Through Podcasting

Date: Monday, March 6, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Wailin Wong '03 MSJ

Audio stories aren’t just for public radio anymore. Thanks to blockbuster shows like Serial, the podcast scene has exploded in the last few years. Wailin Wong '03 MSJ, co-producer and host of The Distance, a narrative podcast focused on business, explains how to start your own podcast and shares tips for conducting great interviews. Register >>



Tish-CROPPED.jpgFinding Your Voice(over)

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Tish Hicks '88

Tish Hicks '88, founder and master sensei of the V.O. Dojo, brings her love of the art and business of voiceover to this webinar. She shares ten simple rules you can use to bring the power and potential of your voice to your business, your life, and the world. Register >>



Alecia_WartowskiCROPPED.jpgBeing a Powerful Negotiator

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Alecia Wartowski

Alecia Wartowski, Interim Director of the Northwestern University Women's Center, discusses how to know what you want and get what you deserve in business. She addresses the wage gap, how to benchmark and target compensation packages, and techniques for fair negotiation. Register >>



Stacey Kim-CROPPED.jpgTime Management for Overworked Women

Date: Thursday, March 9, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Dr. Stacy Kim '90

Many talented women are feeling overwhelmed. The more capable they are, the greater the demands they face—on the job and at home. Professional Certified Coach Dr. Stacy Kim '90 shares effective—and counterintuitive— strategies to correct common productivity and efficiency mistakes. She provides concrete steps busy women can take to change the way they look at their time and reclaim their energy so they can have more fulfilling lives. Register >>


The Northwestern Alumni Association believes in life-long career development to help you maintain your professional edge. For more information, and to register, visit our webinars page.

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Don Martin ’94 PhD


Don Martin ’94 PhD is an expert on all things grad school. A former dean of admissions at Northwestern, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago, Martin started his own business—Grad School Road Map—in 2008. Almost a decade later, Martin has coached more than 250 grad students, spoken at more than 50 colleges and universities worldwide, and published a book, Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students.


On March 29, Don will share his expertise with the Northwestern community in a free webinar, Q & A with an Expert on the Graduate School Experience. In this interactive webinar, Martin will offer insights and answer questions about all aspects of the graduate school admissions process, from research to applications to enrollment.


A native of Philadelphia, Martin began his own graduate school journey in 1988, applying to the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern with the goal of studying higher education administration. The program “was a perfect match,” says Martin, “and the faculty and staff really care about students.”


Martin—who says he grew professionally and personally during his six years at Northwestern—still remembers watching the registrar add “PhD awarded” to his profile, calling it his “favorite Northwestern experience.”


Martin says that his Northwestern degree opened doors for him professionally and helped pave the way to his current career. By sharing his insights in the graduate school experience, he hopes to help others fulfill their educational and career goals.


Martin says the webinar program offers “the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the Northwestern community, and in doing so, help students and alumni considering graduate education.”


Learn more about the NAA’s career webinar series and upcoming webinar offerings.

The Northwestern Men's Basketball team is headed to the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.! Registration is now open for the N Zone Tip-Off Event on March 9 sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association. The event will feature food and beverages plus special guests starting 2 ½ hours prior to the Wildcats' first round of play in the tournament at the Loft at 600 F.


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Jonathan Marino ’06


During his freshman year at Northwestern, Jonathan Marino ’06 traveled to El Salvador with the University’s Christian Ministry. A native of Rockford, Illinois, Marino had never traveled outside of the United States before—and he embraced the opportunity to learn more about the country and its people through the trip’s hosts, Chaplain Tim Stevens and Campus Minister Julie Windsor Mitchell.


Marino spent his spring break immersed in the small community Stevens and Mitchell had been visiting for many years. “It was the kind of learning experience a person can only get through people with long-standing relationships to a place,” Marino says.


Inspired by his trip to El Salvador—and coursework in social policy—Marino began thinking about how he could bring global engagement opportunities to other students. “While Northwestern provided many opportunities to study abroad at that time,” says Marino, “there was no program that really combined thoughtful service, study, and community immersion all into one.”


During his senior year, Marino partnered with his friend Nathaniel Whittemore ’06 to conceptualize a global service program that would combine academic coursework with experiential learning abroad. With funding from the University, Marino and Whittemore launched the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI), which was housed within the Buffet Institute for Global Studies.


GESI started as a small program—serving about ten students and focusing only on Uganda—solidifying under the leadership of Marino and Whittemore, who came back to work at the University after graduating. Marino credits the next generation of GESI staff and former Buffett Institute Associate Director Brian Hanson with “growing the program beyond Uganda and raising funds to enable students on financial aid to participate regardless of cost.”


Today GESI serves hundreds of students who learn from and work in communities in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, and Uganda.


Now a founding director at MapStory—an open atlas for mapping global change over time—Marino lives by the motto “life is best lived as a series of daring adventures taken from a secure base.” He says that the foundation Northwestern provided him has allowed him “to pursue several adventures already.”


After leaving GESI, Marino traveled to northern Uganda to study post-conflict resolution with support from a US Fulbright Scholarship. He then moved to Washington, DC, where he worked at an education policy think tank for several years before stepping into his current role.


Marino says that his commitment to learning is as strong now as it was when he was a student. “Life really is a journey,” says Marino. “It is a really nice feeling to know that I will always have my Northwestern community to turn to along the way.”


One way Marino shows his appreciation for Northwestern is by giving to programs that are especially meaningful to him. “I give back to Northwestern because I want future generations to have the world opened up to them, as it was for me,” Marino says.

The Northwestern Men's Basketball team is headed to the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The Northwestern Alumni Association will hold an N Zone pregame event featuring food and beverages and special guests starting 2 ½ hours prior to the Wildcats' first game in the tournament at a venue in close proximity to the Verizon Center. Depending on their seed in the tournament, the first game will be held on Wednesday, March 8, Thursday, March 9, or Friday March 10.


Sign up now to receive updates about the N Zone Pregame event when details are announced and registration opens. Single game tickets are not yet available for the tournament, but all-session tickets are available for purchase via Ticketmaster and individual session tickets, which include two games, are available via VividSeats.


David Leuchter ’07 and Dulce Vasquez ’08


“People always think we met in Evanston!” Dulce Vasquez ’08 says of how her relationship with husband David Leuchter ’07 began.


In fact, though both graduated from Northwestern University, their paths didn’t cross until Dulce moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to work at Zócalo Public Square, a start-up nonprofit publication. David, who had moved back to his native Los Angeles after graduation, attended Dulce’s housewarming party at the invitation of her roommate, mutual friend, and eventual matron of honor, Meryl Cooper '08. He and Dulce bonded over a shared passion for Northwestern football and he invited her to a watch party. After dating for several years, the two married in 2014.


“Northwestern is at the heart of our relationship,” says Dulce, “and it means the world to be married to another Wildcat.” The couple live in Los Angeles—David works as a project manager for Kiewit Corporation, focusing on major public transportation projects, and Dulce is director of strategic partnerships for Arizona State University.


The two express their mutual love for Northwestern in many ways. David leads recruitment efforts for his company at Northwestern, connecting students to internship and work opportunities. Dulce serves on the Northwestern University Leadership Circle Los Angeles Regional Board as well as on the Los Angeles Regional Campaign Committee. She also has served as an ambassador for #CATSGiveBack since the annual fundraising effort launched on Giving Tuesday in 2013.


Dulce and David are both gold-level members of NU Loyal, the giving society for donors who support Northwestern in three or more consecutive years, and have made gifts to Northwestern every year since graduation.


Dulce, once a scholarship recipient herself, gives to Northwestern to sustain programs serving low-income students. David originally chose to attend the University because it provided “a top engineering program [with] the opportunity to grow outside of my coursework.” He found those opportunities—and a community—through a number of student-led theater programs, and today he continues to support the Dolphin Show, Arts Alliance, and similar groups.

In the decade since graduation, Dulce and David have established their own campus tradition: returning for Homecoming Weekend every fall, which gives them a chance to meet up with friends and enjoy the full tailgating experience: “A crisp 60 degrees, sun, yellow leaves—Evanston in October is magical,” says Dulce. 

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Christine Imarenezor ’09

This week, more than a hundred Northwestern alumni will travel to Lake Tahoe for the annual Young Alumni Ski Trip (February 7-12). One attendee, Christine Imarenezor ’09, will take over the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Instagram account with pictures from the event. Before she hits the slopes, she shared her favorite Northwestern memories and why she loves going on the trip.

What have you been up to since you graduated Northwestern?

Since leaving the beautiful campus of NU, I relocated to New York City to pursue my life-long dream of working in the music industry as a marketing manager. Somewhere along the way, I fell into web writing and social media management and now serve as the social managing editor of an entertainment media brand.


How did Northwestern help you with your current career?

Northwestern taught me the importance of setting goals and pursuing them relentlessly while taking advantage of any and all resources available. Each academic calendar brought on life-learning challenges that have molded me into the professional I am today.


What are some of your favorite memories from being on campus?

  • Waking up every Saturday morning to teach and rehearse new songs with the gospel choir, NCE.
  • Showing off my purple pride at NU Homecoming and football games.
  • Enjoying spoken word performances and gatherings at the Black House.
  • Eating amazing stir fry at the 1835 Hinman and Plex dining halls.

How connected are you to Northwestern today, and why is that important?

I stay in touch with all things NU through newsletters as well as the Northwestern Club of Greater New York City. For me, it’s important to remember where I come from, where I’ve been and how they play a vital role in where continue to go.

What do you love about the young alumni ski trip?

I appreciate being able to reconnect with fellow Wildcats from all over the country and world. It’s alway fun to see who else we’re all connected, even if it’s just by living in the same dorm on campus.

What’s one thing you want to tell Northwestern seniors?

Enjoy all the facilities, time and resources available to you right now! Don’t get too caught up in stressing about your career or future. Your intelligence has brought you this far and will continue to take you even further. 


Rob Schoenthaler ’92 and Lauren Knudsen Schoenthaler ’92

When Rob and Lauren Schoenthaler—who met during their freshman year at Northwestern and married six years later in 1994—moved into their current home, they painted the front door purple as a reminder of their time at Northwestern. This fall, the Schoenthalers will bring this same Purple Pride to their 25th Reunion, where they will serve as national reunion co-chairs.


The Schoenthalers live in the San Francisco Bay area—Rob is the CEO and founder of Atollogy and Lauren is a senior associate vice provost at Stanford University—but make it a point to return to Evanston for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. These weekends, says Rob, give them “a chance to return to campus and reconnect with friends.”


Lauren says that participating in Reunion has strengthened the family’s ties to the University and its many generations of alumni. “Everyone at Reunion Weekend has a slightly different Northwestern direction,” says Lauren, “but we can still find connections and share what makes Northwestern and Evanston special.”


The Schoenthalers are looking forward to revisiting old haunts during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. They plan to stop by Allison Hall, where they met, as well as Lauren’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority house and Rob’s Alpha Delta Phi fraternity house. They’ll also visit the lakefront, where Rob once painted “You are my sunshine” on a rock for Lauren. The rock has been painted over for many years, but the couple still enjoys walking along Lake Michigan and attempting to figure out which one it might have been.


Rob and Lauren are also excited to reminisce about the experiences that were most meaningful to them as students. “We loved football games,” says Rob, “and we went to a whole lot of theatre.” He counts the Mee-Ow show and Wednesday night dollar movie on Central Street among his favorite memories.


A visit to Evanston wouldn’t be complete without visits to their favorite restaurants, says Lauren. “We have to stop at Giordano’s for Chicago deep dish pizza,” she says “and, of course, make a stop at Buffalo Joe’s for spicy wings with celery sticks and ranch.” 


When they’re not fulfilling their duties as national reunion co-chairs—serving as ambassadors for the University and motivating fellow alumni to come back and give back in honor of Reunion—the Schoenthalers are actively engaged in the Bay Area’s Northwestern alumni community. Rob conducts admissions interviews—which he calls “a great opportunity to talk with interested and incoming students”—and Lauren represents the University at college fairs.


Recently, the Schoenthalers inspired a high school student in their neighborhood to apply to Northwestern after they shared with her the story behind their purple front door. “I want to go to a school people care about so much that they paint their front door to remind them of it each time they enter their home,” the student told Lauren.


As Rob and Lauren approach their 25th Reunion, the Schoenthalers look forward to celebrating the University that has impacted them in so many ways—connecting them to each other and to the greater Northwestern Network.


Learn more about Reunion festivities at the 2017 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, which is scheduled for October 5-8.