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Recognizing Local Women and Men at the Heart
of the Global Movement for Women and Girls

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2011 Impact Awards Honorees

Zully JF Alvarado
Tianne Bataille
Marjorie Craig Benton
Dr. Mardge H. Cohen
Mary Fabri, PsyD

Joshua Hoyt
Amy Maglio
Sima Quraishi
Tania Unzueta Carrasco
Patricia L. Walker, PhD

Honorees' nominators and bios are below.

Headshots of 2011 Impact Awards Honorees, in alpha order L to R in two rows

2011 Impact Awards Selection Committee
Adele Simmons (Chair)
Kathy K. Im * Jagjit Jain * Susan E. Morrison 
Barbara Rose * Adrienne Troy-HamiltonAngel Ysaguirre


Impact Sponsors ($5,000)
Marjorie Craig Benton
Susan E. Morrison

Advocacy Sponsors ($1,000)
The Crown Family
Millicent Holmes
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
K.O. Strategies/Tianne Bataille
Andrea S. Kramer
Gail Ludewig
Rocco and Roxanne Martino
Janice E. Rodgers
Laura A. Tucker

Tribute Sponsors ($500)

Ron and Queta R. Bauer
April Donnellan
Grant Thornton
Susan S. Hassan
Heartland Alliance
Nancy Juda and Jens Brasch
Marcena W. and Norris Love
Paula Wolff

Meet the 2011 Impact Awards Honorees

Zully JF Alvarado
Founder and President, Causes for Change International
Nominated by Tobby Fried and Lynn Sanders
Zully JF Alvarado headshotZully Alvarado is the founder and president of Causes for Change International, an organization that conducts volunteer outreach, creates partnerships with non-profit organizations, and provides training in the areas of health, education and economic self-sufficiency on the needs of women, children, and persons with disabilities. Several times per year, Zully coordinates health and education volunteer travel missions, bringing a group of doctors, dentists and/or students to volunteer their services in remote villages outside of Guayaquil, Ecuador. These missions provide parent and professional training on leadership and disability, serving thousands of children annually. In addition to her work with Causes for Change, Zully currently serves on the Board of Access Living Metropolitan Chicago.

Tianne Bataille
Senior Counsel, Strategic and Global Alliances, Accenture LLP
Nominated by Kate O'Malley
Tianne Bataille headshotTianne Bataille is Senior Legal Counsel at Accenture. Prior to 2003, she was an attorney Altheimer & Gray specializing in mergers & acquisitions, strategic ventures and US federal securities law. Tianne sits on the Advisory Board for the Legal Aid Bureau, part of Metropolitan Family Services, and is Chair of its 125th Anniversary Committee and sponsor of its new Associate Board. Tianne was an organizer and founding board member of the Children’s Health Education Center, Milwaukee, WI. In 2003, Tianne was an organizer and board member of Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT Foundation, Inc.), a leadership academy in Tamil Nadu, India to develop and empower underprivileged children to become a generation of young leaders to work together beyond caste and religious boundaries to solve community needs. Since 2009, she promoted collaborations in an innovative, cross-company, cross-border pro bono legal projects to promote laws and policies in Nepal on anti discrimination and empowerment of women and girls in the workplace. As part of a small international team, Tianne recently presented the collaborative work on best practices, proposed model legislation and training for deterring sexual and socioeconomic exploitation of women in the “cabin and dance” industry to the government of Nepal.

Marjorie Craig Benton
Lifelong philanthropist and advocate for women worldwide
Nominated by Gail Ludewig and Laura A. Tucker
Marjorie Craig Benton headshotMarjorie Craig Benton is a lifelong advocate for global issues affecting women and girls, including disarmament, community development and health-related causes among others. Marjorie has been a Public Delegate to the United Nations, a U.S. Commissioner for the International Year of the Child, U.S. Ambassador to U.N.I.C.E.F., Chair of the White House Fellows Commission, and Board Chair of Save the Children Federation. Marjorie is a co-founder of Chicago Foundation for Women and a co-founder of the Peace Museum, located in Chicago, IL. In recent years, Marjorie co-founded the Global Donors Network, where she helped create a community of giving that crosses not only global borders, but the boundaries of age, race, class and gender. Marjorie is currently a senior advisor to Partners in Health, and a board member of GlobeMED. In 2010, when Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that left thousands without access to necessary supplies, Marjorie lined up four private planes to carry supplies within 48 hours. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including eight honorary doctorates.

Dr. Mardge H. Cohen
Co-Founder and Medical Director, Women's Equity in Access to Care & Treatment (WE-ACTx)
Nominated by Diane Horwitz
Dr. Mardge H. Cohen headshotDr. Mardge H. Cohen worked at Cook County Hospital for more than 30 years, and has a long history of activism related to women's health, health disparities, and fighting for high quality single payer health care. In 1988 she started the Women and Children HIV Program to provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial services to women, their partners, and children. Since 1994, she has led the Chicago consortium of the National Institute of Health's Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). She also directs the public health initiative of rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery areas of all Illinois birthing hospitals. In 2004, she co-founded Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) to facilitate HIV primary care for women who were infected after being raped during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. WE-ACTx provides comprehensive HIV care to more than 3500 persons in Kigali, Rwanda and emphasizes the importance of integrating mental health care within HIV primary care for women, children, and their families. WE-ACTx has sponsored two Chicago-Kigali youth exchanges (for girls in Chicago and Kigali in 2008 and with Latin High School in 2010) to encourage awareness of global youth issues including HIV, gender based violence and poverty.

Mary Fabri, PsyD
Director, Torture Treatment Services and International Training, Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center
Nominated by Sid Mohn
Mary Fabri, PsyD headshotMary Fabri is the Director of Torture Treatment Services and International Training for the Heartland International Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. Mary helped co-found Heartland Alliance's Marjorie Kovler Center in 1987, dedicated to helping survivors of torture overcome trauma and begin a life without fear through medical, mental health, emergency, and a wide range of other support services. The Center has worked with more than 1,600 survivors of torture from 74 different countries. Mary's global leadership in helping care for torture survivors has changed the way psychology treats survivors, especially women and girls. She has been, first and foremost, a clinician for torture survivors, blazing a trail for psychotherapists to follow. Over the last 20 years, she has contributed significantly to movements to provide mental health treatment to survivors in Guatemala, Haiti, Rwanda, Iraq, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo. She has trained physicians, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, attorneys, immigration workers, resettlement workers, and other health care providers.

Joshua Hoyt
Director, The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Nominated by Laura A. Tucker
Joshua Hoyt headshotJoshua Hoyt has been the director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) since May 2002. During this time the Coalition has fought vigorously for citizenship for the undocumented, to protect civil liberties in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and for a full integration of immigrants into the American Dream. The Coalition has helped to make Illinois one of the most immigrant friendly states in the U.S., and is considered one of the most effective immigrant organizations in the U.S. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, ICIRR created the Illinois Family Resource Program (IFRP) 10 years ago which has been led by women and has primarily served women. Just this past year, IFRP helped to serve over 82,000 families in crisis in 53 different languages. In recent years, ICIRR has partnered with Chicago Foundation for Women to recognize immigrant women as civic leaders, and they recently released a report entitled "Immigrant Women: Civic Leaders Building Strong Communities." Josh has worked a total of 33 years as an organizer for social justice in Chicago, Baltimore, and in the countries of Spain, Peru, and Panama.

Amy Maglio
Executive Director, Women's Global Education Project
Nominated by Lucy Ascoli and Nancy Juda
Amy Maglio headshotAmy Maglio is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Global Education Project (WGEP), a Chicago-based NGO with the mission of educating girls and supporting women to build better lives for themselves and breakthrough the vicious cycle of poverty. Since founding WGEP in 2003, Amy has collaborated with key stakeholders such as foreign governments, in-country partners, the United Nations, family foundations, and fortune 500 companies. Amy is the chief architect of WGEP's model for international development, a replicable community-based approach for successful girls' development initiatives consisting of scholarships, tutoring, community outreach, and evaluation which combined create the conditions necessary for girls to thrive in school and beyond. In 2010 Amy was invited to present WGEP's model as a "Best Practice" approach to girls' education at the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative Conference in Dakar, Senegal, and was a drafter of the UN Declaration on Gender Equality. Also in 2010, Women's Global Education Project was selected by the Neutrogena Corp. to be the face of Girls' Education in the multimedia "Wave for Change" Campaign. Amy is a regular guest on Chicago Public Radio.

Sima Quraishi
Founder and Executive Director, Muslim Women's Resource Center
Nominated by Rabya Khan
Sima Quraishi headshotSima Quraishi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Women's Resource Center (MWRC)--the only Muslim women's center in the state. Sima came to the U.S. as a refugee when she was nine years old. She founded MWRC in 2001 to provide social and cultural services to immigrants and refugees to help them assimilate in the U.S. Of the women who utilize MWRC, 75 percent are illiterate. Most have never attended school or had a job, and many of the women relied on their husbands for economic support. The services they receive from MWRC help them learn about U.S. culture, access job training, and prepare for U.S. citizenship. The center also provides adult education, senior services and youth programs.

Tania Unzueta Carrasco
Co-Founder, Immigrant Youth Justice League
Nominated by Joshua Hoyt
Tania Unzueta Carrasco headshotTania Unzueta is the co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, a Chicago-based organization led by undocumented students working for immigrant rights through education, resource-gathering and mobilization. Recently, Tania worked to pass the DREAM Act, traveling to Washington D.C. to bring attention to problems within the immigration system. She has also served as Assistant General Manager of 90.5FM WRTE Radio Arte Chicago, a bilingual public radio station. She hosts a weekly Spanish-language radio show "Sin Papeles" (Without Papers). She is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

Patricia L. Walker, PhD
President and Founder, The Center for Art and Spirituality in International Development
Nominated by Julie M. Félix
Patricia L. Walker, PhD headshotPatricia L. Walker, Ph.D. is the president and founder of The Center for Art and Spirituality in International Development (CASID). CASID helps international development practitioners use their character, values and self-awareness to increase the effectiveness of foreign assistance programs. CASID has conducted workshops at the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank. In 2005, CASID launched Chicago Youth for the Millennium Development Goals (CYMDG) as one of its global education initiatives. This program has educated over 400 Chicago Public High School students about poverty alleviation in developing countries and US foreign assistance policies. In CYMDG students take action to serve others and make a difference at a local and global level. They raise their voices as advocates for effective policies that will eradicate extreme poverty, disease and most importantly gender inequality which is the key to achieving the Goals that aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015. Dr. Walker is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa creating culturally appropriate surveys and designing and evaluating microenterprise, agricultural credit, and women's income generating programs and projects. She is writing a book that illustrates the power of combining wisdom and personal development with technical knowledge and expertise to make a difference in foreign assistance.

Meet the honorees of the 2010 Impact Awards, 25 and men who were recognized because their leadership and achievements improve their Chicago-area neighborhood, community or workplace. 

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