UWindsor alumna Jennifer Jones (BA 1991) says diversity and inclusion begin at the top, a belief she hopes to put into practice as the first woman president in the 115-year history of Rotary International.
A member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland since 1997 and currently a trustee of the Rotary Foundation, she has held a number of positions with the service organization, which boasts 1,200,000 members worldwide.
Jones is nominated to become for the 2022-23 term; she will officially become the president-nominee Oct. 1 if no other candidates challenge her.
“For us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of 40, these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” she says.
Citing what she calls “challenging circumstances,” Jones says the organization’s ability to adapt will be key in setting its direction.
“I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality,” she says.
Jones is founder and president of Media Street, a television and video production company, is a past and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, and served as chair of the UWindsor Board of Governors from 2012 to 2014.