Congratulations to our new Duke WIN Scholars!

Chioma Ibeku is from South Plainfield, N.J., and southeastern Nigeria. She is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Arabic. Her academic interests center around how macroeconomics relates to topics like equality studies, climate change, and political science. On campus, she has served as a Baldwin Scholar, Undergraduate Young Trustee Nominating Committee member, and programming director in DukeAfrica. Outside of Duke, Chioma has been recognized as a Future Climate Leader by the Aspen Institute and she plans to continue this leadership after graduating, working in government to draft economic policy for modern-day issues. In her spare time, she values long walks, television dramas, and fictional novels. She is excited both to join WIN and to build community with its members.

Juliana Alfonso-DeSouza is a rising third-year David M. Rubenstein Scholar from San Antonio, Texas. She is pursuing a bachelor of science in evolutionary anthropology with chemistry and education minors on the premedical track. Juliana is passionate about mending educational inequities and the intersection of medicine and policy. She plans to attend medical school and advocate for holistic patient care focused on quality of life. On campus, she is involved with Duke men’s basketball as a line monitor, the Rajagopal Lab, Camp Kesem, DukeLIFE, the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Duke Presidential Ambassadors. Some of Juliana’s favorite things are coffee, Duke basketball, and her Yorkipoo puppy at home.

Check out the recently updated Spring 2023 Guide to Volunteer Leadership Boards at Duke. WIN encourages all Duke women to consider volunteer board service to enrich and enhance conversations about the future of Duke.

WIN Member Profiles:

August 9, 2023

Grace Ku Lee ‘79: Creating a family legacy of giving

Grace Ku was a first-year student when friends set her up on a blind date with Ken Lee, who was...
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April 21, 2023

Advocate for Women’s Health: Phyllis Leppert M.D.’73, HS’76 

When Phyllis Leppert was a nursing student in the late 1950s, she learned that infant and maternal mortality rates were...
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May 13, 2022

Elizabeth Harden M.D.’78: Investing in the Future of Medicine

When Elizabeth Harden entered Duke School of Medicine in 1974, only 22 percent of medical school students in the U.S....
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October 30, 2019

Lisa Borders ’79: To Believe in People is to Lead

Spend one minute with Lisa Borders ’79 and you’ll see the immense charm, humility, wit and decision-making that make her leadership a tour de force in the public sector and in the business world. Spend another, and you’ll soon be uplifted by your own inner bravery, ready to clear big hurdles and accomplish lofty goals.
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March 8, 2019

Isela Bahena M.B.A.’04: A Commitment to Equitable Education

Isela Bahena M.B.A.’04 has dedicated much of her giving to Duke to providing equitable access to education for students at The Fuqua School of Business. She believes that now is the time for women to show their economic power with philanthropy.
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February 25, 2019

Closing Gaps for Women in Finance

As the parent of a college-aged daughter, I’ve watched how academic decisions that first- or second-year students make can open — or close — certain professional paths.
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March 22, 2015

Katy Hollister ’81: Giving to Areas That Matter Most

Early in my career, after being at Deloitte only a few years, I began to realize that being involved in the local community was an important part of building a professional network. So I joined the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which awards grants to local nonprofit organizations.
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March 14, 2015

Katherine Upchurch MD ’76: The Multiplier Effect of Gifts to Duke

I hope that Duke can continue to nurture the concept of cross-disciplinary collaboration in the quest to solve critical local, national, and global problems. This innovative approach, when coupled with “outrageous ambitions,” will lead to successes that could not be achieved in other ways.
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March 8, 2015

Sarah Dodds-Brown ’95: Philanthropy is Personal

As a young person, I participated in and supported organizations focused on ending the apartheid regime in South Africa, and I organized the fundraising effort of a student organization in my high school to sponsor a child in Burkina Faso.
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March 8, 2015

Brittany Greenfield ’07: A Family Legacy of Giving

My parents taught me that when you believe in something or somebody you give whatever you can—mind, body, and soul (and wallet if possible)—in support.
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