Mirna Lopez-Freitag , 2013 Woman of Power Award Recipient
This year SHARE Fox Valley has nominated Community Activist Mirna Lopez-Freitag as the recipient of the Woman of Power Award 2013.
Mirna Lopez-Freitag is the President of the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council. She was born in Aurora, IL and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She moved back to Aurora during her high school Junior year where she attended East Aurora High School. Mirna owns her own business, Midwest Occupational Health Management Services in Aurora in addition to being employed at Edward Hospital in Naperville since 1999. In addition to being President of the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, she serves as Board President to Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club in addition to being on the board of the Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board. Mirna has a passion for helping the less fortunate and giving back to the community by volunteering for numerous organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, Hesed House, nursing home visits, food pantries, blood drives, toy drives and scholarship fundraising. Mirna resides in Oswego with her family.
The speaker this year, Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Math and Science Academy ® -- the nation’s first three year public residential institution for high school age students academically talented in science, mathematics and technology. She was the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and a president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the world’s largest international education associations. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and innovative leader and teacher and an inspiring speaker and writer on leadership, learning and schooling, STEM education and talent development, innovation, and the design of generative and life-affirming learning environments and institutions.
Mutual Ground Inc. was founded in 1975, with the goal of providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. Mutual Ground is one of the largest and oldest domestic violence shelters in the state. All services are victim-centered and focus on advocacy that empowers each individual to make her/his own decisions.
Ticket donations are $50, $60 at the door for the luncheon. Checks are to be made payable to Mutual Ground Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. For sponsorship information, or to reserve your seat, visit www.sharefoxvalley.com by September 12, 2013. For more information, please call Mutual Ground at (630) 897-0084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Pace Marshall is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®--the nation’s first three year public residential institution for high school age students academically talented in science, mathematics and technology. She was the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and a president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the world’s largest international education associations. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and innovative leader and teacher and an inspiring speaker and writer on leadership, learning and schooling, STEM education and talent development, innovation, and the design of generative and life-affirming learning environments and institutions that ignite and nurture the goodness and genius within each child.
Dr. Marshall has worked in leadership roles in every level of education: superintendent of schools, district curriculum administrator, a graduate school faculty member, and an elementary and middle school teacher. She earned a B.A. from Queens College (New York), M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, and she received four honorary doctorates in science and in arts and letters.
She is the author of over 40 published journal articles, an author for the Drucker Foundation’s series Organizations of the Future, an editor and author of Scientific Literacy for the 21st Century, and a contributor to the National Research Council’s publication, Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U. S. High Schools. She is featured in the book, Leaders Who Dare: Pushing the Boundaries and is the inspiration behind the novel, Smart Alex, a story of an adolescent girl talented in mathematics. Her book, The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life, received the 2007 Educator’s Award from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her leadership, including the Distinguished Service Award from the U. S. Marine Corp, the Woman Extraordinaire Award from the International Women’s Association, the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Loyola University of Chicago, the Damen Award from the Graduate School of Loyola University, and the Pioneer Award from the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
Dr. Marshall received two resolutions from the Illinois General Assembly for outstanding contributions to Illinois education, and she was elected into the Illinois Hall of Fame and into the inaugural Hall of Fame of Chicago Women’s Today. The Chicago Sun Times selected her as one of the ten most powerful women in education and one of the 100 most powerful women in Chicago. She was recognized by the R J R Nabisco Corporation as one of the nation’s most innovative educational leaders and by the National Association of School Boards as one of North America’s “100 Top School Executives.”
At the invitation of Mikhail Gorbachev, she became a member of the State of The World Forum, an international “think-tank” designed to study and resolve issues impacting global sustainability. President William Jefferson Clinton invited her to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a non-partisan cadre of "the world's most influential leaders committed to strengthening the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” Her past CGI work involved a partnership with Toronto-based Free The Children to build and equip the first residential secondary school for girls in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Kisaruni High School for Girls, opened in 2011. Her current CGI work is a partnership with several South African universities to transform South Africa’s educational system, to ensure rural and township students have access to a high quality education. As a partner with EduQ8 international, she’s engaging in the design and development of prototype schools—villages and centers—for students from ages 3-17, including the creation of STEM academies.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce in London, England and served on the board of the Queen Noor Jubliee School’s Foundation in Amman, Jordan. She is a founding trustee of Ubiquity University, targeting 180 million millennial students around the world, to award globally affordable certificates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Ubiquity uses a whole person/whole planet approach to learning that is competency-driven, inquiry-based, problem-centered and integrative, and prepares students for the careers of the future. She is a Trustee of the Society for Science and the Public, a founding advisor of the Massive Change Network (a global initiative of internationally recognized designer, Bruce Mau) an educational advisor to WIGUP (When I Grow UP) Canada’s first interactive educational Web 2.0 learning channel, an advisor to the Epic Challenge Institute, a cadre of national and international leaders seeking to solve our biggest global challenges, the American Psychological Association’s Study of the Impact of Specialized Public High Schools of Science, Mathematics & Technology, and the GEMS World Academy in Chicago.
Dr. Marshall is a member of numerous corporate and civic groups in Chicago including the Economic Club, The Commercial Club, The Executives Club, and The Chicago Network. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Tellabs, Inc. and Sentry Insurance, and is a member of the Tellabs Foundation, the IMSA Fund for the Advancement of Education, and is a Vice-President of The Fry Foundation in Chicago. She continues to consult with national and international institutions, foundations, policy leaders and practitioners as an advisor, and strategic partner—helping others to create conditions that require a re-design of their institutions and programs by moving possibilities to practice.
As a result of her achievements, she was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois (2005) and was designated a Laureate of the Academy, the state’s highest award for achievement that “contributes to the betterment of mankind.” In 2012, she was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a trustee of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.