On April 20, 2021, UND female leaders from around the globe gathered on one screen to embrace philanthropy and shared experiences that left you feeling motivated and inspired to change the world.

We heard from keynote speakers Katie Itterman, '03, Executive Director of the Burgum Foundation and Lu Jiang, '12, J.D., attorney at law and former Program Manager for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


12:00 p.m. | Welcome – Sarah Prout, `07, Associate Vice President of Engagement
12:03 p.m. | Event Introduction – DeAnna Carlson Zink, `86, UNDAAF CEO
12:10 p.m. | Keynote Speakers
12:55 p.m. | Closing Remarks – DeAnna Carlson Zink, `86, UNDAAF CEO

Keynote Speakers Bios
Katie Itterman, '03, is a UND alumna and current director of Burgum Foundation, which focuses on supporting rural North Dakota schools with cutting-edge programming in teacher education and retention and student mental health. Katie participates in philanthropy by serving on the Plains Art Museum board and in various, hands-on wats in her church and in her neighborhood.

Lu Jiang J.D., '12, is an attorney at law and former program manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she had an overarching goal of closing the educational achievement gaps to improve outcomes for Black, Latinx and low-income students. A relentless champion for students and minorities, Lu founded the Equal Justice Endowment at UND and the Women's Empowerment Scholarship Endowment at Seattle Central Community College, both aimed at providing financial support to the most underserved student populations.