Year founded: 2015
President: Eliana Sanchez / Miami, FL
Alyssa Wisnieski / Cleveland, OH
Tyler Kendall / New Canaan, CT
Goal for this year: To establish a community that engages within Northwestern that’s committed to inclusiveness, developing new and existing relationships with our peers and the support of women interested in working in the sports industry.
Feb. 21 – Forging paths: How to Break into the Industry with J.A. Adande.
Hear tips about breaking into sports from Adande, the Director of Sports Journalism at Medill. Workshop clips, resumes and more with peers and a sports network recruiter to answer any questions you may have.
April 4 – Sports Q&A: The Ins and Outs of Soccer Reporting
Ever had to cover soccer but were worried about getting the whole story? Ask our guests, members of the Northwestern women’s soccer team and Shane Murray, the Chicago Fire beat reporter for MLSSoccer.com.
May 16 – Mothers and Women’s Day Celebration: Balancing a journalism career with womanhood/parenthood/family.
June (Date TBA) – End-of-year Wrap-Up with Christine Brennan
Favorite event last year: Our end-of-year wrap up of June 2016 was a favorite event. We had an impressive showing of women who were interested in making AWSM at Northwestern a reality, and it was great to get a glimpse into what the future of our chapter could be.
Dream speaker and why: A few weeks ago, some members of our chapter got the chance to FaceTime with Olivia Harlan, and we realized how fascinating it was to talk to someone so young and so in tune with what they wanted to achieve. Katie Nolan was fantastic at the 2016 AWSM convention, and we’d love the chance to have an informal, friendly conversation with her too.
President’s comment: Getting our AWSM chapter up and running has been a really rewarding challenge for me. Recruiting new members and engaging with the ones we have now is my biggest goal currently, but I look forward to seeing the chapter do new and exciting things. Recently, we were officially recognized by the university as a student group, which means that now we can be included in all of the campus programming (including funding), which is something that hindered us before. The journalism community at Northwestern is incredible and very active on campus, and I have no doubts that soon the chapter will flourish based on the work I see them putting in to achieve their goals. Getting the chance to know the amazing women (and men) of this chapter has made my job both as president and as an intern in sports media very fulfilling.