Jeanie Latz, AAUW Member

Personal Statement:

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the AAUW Board of Directors.  Throughout my career as attorney, corporate executive, professor and community advocate, I have sought ways to accelerate the progress and influence of women.  Serving on the Board of this esteemed, national organization provides opportunities to continue to focus on gender equity and women’s empowerment.

Residing in the heartland of the nation, Kansas City, MO, I participate with a number of groups and organizations which support women—not only professional women, but all women including students and pre-teen girls as well.  I recently had the good fortune to Chair the University of Missouri at Kansas City– Graduate Assistant Fund which supports the education of women graduate students by providing financial assistance and expanded opportunities to enhance and enable their educational experience and careers.  Currently, I lead the inaugural Board of Madam President Camp which reaches girls in their most formative years (ages 9-13) providing leadership and civic education while encouraging involvement in their communities.

As we know, improved gender equality is a means of reducing poverty and building sustainable communities.  I look forward to working together with the members of the AAUW to provide a better world for the generations which will follow.

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What is your vision for AAUW in the next 5 to 10 years?

My vision for this very well-respected 135+ year-old organization is that the AAUW will assume the role of “connector” of data and ideas for the many local and community organizations which are involved in moving forward the issues surrounding the equity of women.  Through a technology platform (or similar technology application)—AAUW can make its work available to educational institutions, workplaces and communities, as well as provide a forum for other organizations to provide their information, findings and data.

By the collaborative sharing of curriculum and research in expanded forms such as videos, podcasts, webinars, and live recordings, we can bring together work that is being done throughout the world at all levels.  Consider the possibility of a technology platform similar to that of Amazon which brings wide-ranging resources of all kinds together to a central location.  Such collaboration would leverage information and expedite universal goals through a trusted source.

Please describe your board and leadership experience.

One of my roles as a practicing attorney and general counsel was to act as the liaison between management and the Board of Directors on governance matters, and I have continued to provide governance consulting to the Boards of other public and nonprofit entities.

Also I currently serve on following Boards:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network, Advisory Board
  • Madam President Camp, Board Chair
  • The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation, Board member
  • Women’s Council, University of Missouri—Kansas City, past Board Chair

I have previously served in the following capacities:

  • American Red Cross, past Chair and Board President of the Midwest Chapter
  • Board of Trustees, University of Missouri—Kansas City, community member
  • Central Exchange Foundation, past Board Chair
  • Powell Botanical Gardens, past Board Chair

I have been a member of the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals (a national organization) since I began my career and am a NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Governance Fellow—acknowledged for completion of governance education.

Please describe your strategic planning and finance/budget experience.

While the Executive Vice President of a public, Fortune 1000 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, I participated on the senior strategy team.  In addition as a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri—Kansas City in the discipline of strategic management, I developed the curriculum for EMBA and undergraduate strategy capstone classes.  These opportunities have provided me with the advantage of being able to understand more fully—from both the practitioner and academic viewpoints– this discipline which is so important to organizations in charting a clear path forward.

During aspects of my tenure as a senior executive in publicly-held and nonprofit organizations, I oversaw the administrative functions for these entities including financial oversight, budgeting and financial planning.  As a result I qualify under the definition of the NYSE as a financial expert.

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Caroline Pickens
Caroline Pickens
April 12, 2020 12:40 pm

Thank you, Jeanie, for your work with girls and college women–so important and much appreciated. As an AAUW member, can you tell us something about your involvement in AAUW itself?

Jeanie Latz
Jeanie Latz
April 13, 2020 11:20 pm

Hi Caroline,
I became aware of AAUW through my role at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (“UMKC”).. Most recently the UMKC Women’s Council, which I chaired, in conjunction with the Executive MBA program in which I teach, brought Gloria Blackwell to campus to conduct AAUW’s Gender Equity & Economic Security workshops. My work with and exposure to AAUW has been connected with my work on campus with college women.
Best,
Jeanie

Michelle Higgins
Michelle Higgins
April 10, 2020 3:31 pm

AAUW is challenged by membership, both nationally and at local branches. Can you share your vision for increasing and diversifying membership, and some strategies around recruitment and retention?

Jeanie Latz
Jeanie Latz
April 11, 2020 1:44 pm

Hi Michelle, Membership organizations, in general, are facing challenges, and therefore–need to be very focused on the benefits provided. My vision for AAUW is that we continue to build on the information and resources provided to members. Not just our own research and educational materials, but those developed by other organizations with similar missions and objectives, as well. Professional organizations which act as an aggregator of valuable knowledge, data, and opportunities continue to grow and thrive. Building a strong brand– as the source of valid, accurate knowledge– will enhance our exposure and credibility. We will be called upon to contribute… Read more »

Helga Hans
Helga Hans
April 8, 2020 8:40 pm

Would you advocate allowing men to join AAUW?
Would you advocate for allowing women without 4 year degrees to join AAUW?

Nancy Shoemaker
Nancy Shoemaker
April 9, 2020 7:22 pm
Reply to  Helga Hans

?? Men have been able to join for decades. Graduates with AA degrees or equivalent have been able to join since 2005.

Jeanie Latz
Jeanie Latz
April 11, 2020 1:15 pm
Reply to  Helga Hans

Hi Helga-
I believe both of your questions revolve around the mission of AAUW which is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Membership should be considered, in my opinion, for any group of individuals which can further the mission.
Best, Jeanie

Deborah Simontacchi
Deborah Simontacchi
April 8, 2020 5:48 pm

Would you advocate for men who identify as women, transgender women, to be allowed to participate In women’s competitive sports where their physiological advantages would give them an unfair advantage over biological females?

Shannon Wolfe
Shannon Wolfe
April 10, 2020 3:59 pm

AAUW Statement: AAUW opposes all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity. Consistent with AAUW’s member-approved Public Policy Priorities (https://www.aauw.org/resources/policy/aauw-public-policy-priorities/), AAUW strongly supports the Equality Act to ensure federal protections for all LGBTQ individuals. Our full letters supporting the Equality Act, as well as the statement we signed on to with several women’s organizations supporting full and equal access to participation in athletics for transgender people can be found here https://www.aauw.org/resources/policy/documents/. AAUW remains proud of our ongoing commitment to battle discrimination against all women and girls.