Executive Board


Executive Board 

Akanksha (Ash) Chaudhari

My name is Akanksha Chaudhari, also Ash for short, and I am a Senior standing 3rd year student double majoring in Finance and Information Decision Sciences and minoring in Economics and the President for UWN this year. My goal is to make big strides in the banking world, put my love for numbers and programming to good use, while also becoming a CFO or CEO for a great cause one day. I aspire to break the glass ceiling for women in the professional world and inspire women to realize that the power of determination and hard work will help them transcend labels and stereotypes they may face. I am always excited to work with the ambitious and talented students at UIC and hope to make UWN a home to serve every need of every pre-professional seeking success and advocating for work place equality. If you succeed, I succeed, thus I am always available to meet up for coffee and get you all the support you need to succeed. Feel free to reach out @ achaud42@uic.edu.

Co-Vice President
Shurook Shehadah

I’m currently a Junior at UIC. I joined UWN because I wanted to empower women to stand strong and achieve their dreams. I’ve been in UWN for a year now, and I’m glad to have a supporting team.

Manyata Awasthi

Hi! I’m Manyata Awasthi. I’m currently a Junior Business Scholars student double majoring in Information-Decision Sciences and Finance. I have a passion to serve to the community, which drove me to serve UWN as the Treasurer this year. I have a dream to start my own Non-Profit for Women Empowerment one day and help women put their best selves forward without a fear of being suppressed or feeling inequality, hence my keen interest in UWN. I aspire to make the best of my skills in all aspects of life so I want to use my love for coding and analysis to a good use and be a confident independent woman in the corporate world in future. I am always excited to work with organization full of talented and beautiful members, and learn from them on the way. I love going out for coffees and discussing life and future goals, so feel free to reach out to me anytime! 

Co-Vice President/Secretary
Ihita Ratnaparkhi

Hi! I am Ihita, a junior double majoring in Finance and Accounting. Besides being the Secretary of UWN, I am also on the Business Student Advisory Board. I am planning to pursue a career in Investment Banking in the future. The reason I decided to join UWN is that I want to surround myself with ambitious minds and people who are passionate about what they do. I found both of these in the members at UWN and it is a great motivational factor for me. I am looking forward to serve as the Secretary this year and see the organization achieve new heights!

Director of Philanthropy
Olivia Porcaro

My name is Olivia Porcaro and I am the Vice Chair of Philanthropy here at United Women’s Network. I am a junior majoring in Finance and minoring in Business Analytics. I am also a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Algorithmic Trading Group.

Director of Technology
Stephanie Booker

Hi, my name is Stephanie Booker and I am a first year design student at UIC. I am aiming to major in Industrial Design. I joined UWN last summer and it has been exciting to be a part of something impactful. New members of UWN should always be open to advance into new roles because help is always needed. If you have any questions or just want to connect, you can reach me at sbooke4@uic.edu. Feel free to also connect with me on Linkedin.

Director of Communication
Anjali Patel

Hello everyone! My name is Anjali Patel and I am a junior majoring in Accounting. I am serving as the Director of Communications for UWN. I am passionate about empowering women to do better because of the simple fact that they can! I am looking forward to helping UWN grow and inspire other women. Feel free to reach out to me about anything on LinkedIn or email me at apate413@uic.edu.

Director of Membership
Karen John

My name is Karen John and I’m a junior double majoring in Biology and Economics. My goal after college is to attend medical school and become a successful pediatrician with hopes of one day opening my own clinic as well. I want to join UWN to be a part of an organization with other amazing and goal-oriented woman and be a part of a community that encourages you to grow and be successful in your own unique way. This year, I am looking forward to working as the Membership Director for UWN and I’m excited to work on projects and new initiatives for all our wonderful UWN members.

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