ANNUAL DINNER FEATURING ANN RODRIGUEZ '99 - APRIL 28, 2022
Welcome to the return of the Annual Dinner: Year of the Tiger – Roaring Back!
Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends as we enjoy a fireside chat between our honored speaker Ann Rodriguez '99 – Chief Strategy and People Officer of LA28, the 2028 Olympic games in LA (and former COO of the WNBA) – and Craig Robinson '83 – Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. We will also honor Amy Beth Treciokas '87 and Paige Ponder '96 for their service to Princeton and to our Chicagoland community.
We hope that many of you will consider reserving Benefactor tickets and helping to ensure the success of this event. The support of our Tiger Benefactors enables us to offer special discounted rates for recent grads, current students, and Princeton AlumniCorps (formerly Project 55) fellows, and host newly admitted students in the Class of 2026. Benefactor tickets include reserved seating and admittance to the 5:00 pm Pre-Reception, and your generosity will be noted in the dinner program if desired.
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The Princeton Club of Chicago
cordially invites you and your guests to the
(Return of the) 2022 Annual Dinner
Year of the Tiger – Roaring Back!
Thursday, April 28, 2022
5:00 p.m. - Reception for Benefactors
5:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. - Dinner
University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL
Valet parking available
This year’s dinner features
Ann Rodriguez '99
Chief Strategy and People Officer, LA28 (and former COO of the WNBA)
in conversation with
Craig Robinson '83 P18
Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches
discussing their views on
"Breaking Through & Leveling Up"
The Club will also honor
Paige Ponder '96
John Fish '55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award
Amy Beth Treciokas '87
Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award
Reservations will be held at the door
Business attire, please no jeans or tennis shoes
Orange and Black always welcome!
COVID protocols: Although cases are on the rise, the current statistics in Chicago and (most of) the area are still indicative of low transmission, very low hospitalization, and extremely low incidence of severe illness. As such, per Illinois, Chicago, and University Club guidelines, masks, tests, and proof of vaccination will NOT be required for this event, but, as always (in the new normal), are highly recommended. Please be sensitive to those who may be or who closely interact with the unvaccinated or immuno-compromised. If you test positive, please do not come and put others at risk! If that is the case or if you are simply uncomfortable being in large gatherings of (mostly) unmasked people, please feel free to register and utilize the (now free!) virtual option. That's why we shelled out for it! Registration for the Zoominar will remain open until the event.
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Ann Rodriguez '99
Ann Rodriguez serves as the Chief Strategy & People Officer of LA28. In this role, she serves on the Leadership Team of the 2028 Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles, the first time the Games will be held in the United States in over twenty-five years. Described as a “force in the sports industry,” Rodriguez has spent over two decades in various leadership roles at Under Armour, Atlanta United FC, and the San Jose Earthquakes. Immediately prior to LA28, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the WNBA. Rodriguez earned her AB from Princeton in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) in 1999. As a student, she also was a member of the lacrosse team which won two Ivy League Champions during her tenure.
Craig Robinson '83 P18
Craig Robinson was named the fifth Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2020. Robinson has over three decades of administrative and coaching experience. Immediately prior to NABC, he served as the Vice President of Player Development and Minor League Operations for the NBA’s New York Knicks. He also has held a similar front office position in player and organizational development with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2016-17. Robinson has had an illustrious college coaching career, including eight years as a Division I head men’s basketball coach – two seasons at Brown and six at Oregon State – and six years as an assistant coach at Northwestern. He earned his AB from Princeton in Sociology in 1983. During his time on campus, he was a member of the Basketball team where he was twice named Ivy League Player of the Year. Robinson has also served as a University Trustee since 2018.
Paige Ponder '96
As CEO of One Million Degrees (OMD) from 2012-2021, Paige scaled an organization designed to accelerate low-income community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility. Paige led the organization through a period of dramatic growth, increasing the number of scholars served by 10x, partnering with 10 regional community colleges, and quintupling the budget and staff size. In 2016, OMD partnered with the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab to conduct a randomized controlled trial, which has shown a significant positive impact on improving enrollment, retention, and graduation among OMD Scholars compared to a control group.
Prior to entering higher education, Paige designed and led initiatives at Chicago Public Schools to systematically drive up the number of freshmen on track to graduate by developing early warning indicators and disseminating promising practices for high schools to better support freshmen during this “make or break” year. The Freshmen On-Track movement at CPS has resulted in a graduation rate of 82% in 2021 compared to 53% in 2007 and has recently been highlighted in two books: Dan Heath’s 2020 book on solving problems at scale, Upstream, and Emily Krone Phillips’ The Make-or-Break Year.
In 2018, Paige was appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois Community College Board. She is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago, a member of the Advisory Council for the Urban Education Institute’s To&Through Project, a member of the Advisory Council of National Louis University’s Harrison Professional Pathways Program, a Board member of Princeton AlumniCorps, and a Leadership Council member for Communities in Schools Chicago. She is a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, and Chief.
Amy Beth Treciokas '87
Amy has been a dedicated leader in the Princeton Club of Chicago for nearly 15 years. She has served in many roles, including President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Alumni Schools Committee Chair, Community Service Chair, Tiger Ball Committee member, and AlumniCorps/Project 55 mentor. She is currently Chair of the Nominating Committee and an active director of the Leadership Group. Amy enjoys hosting Princeton Club events and has been featured in the Career Networking series. Perhaps one of her favorite things to do is helping to lead Old Nassau at the close of the Annual Dinner.
While at Princeton, Amy studied Molecular Biology and was a member of the Glee Club and sailing team. A former actuarial consultant for Towers Watson and William M. Mercer, Amy became an entrepreneur after spending three years in India studying yoga and ayurveda. In 2003, she founded Yoga Now, an eco-friendly yoga and massage studio in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. She has received recognition in business as part of the first cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Chicago in 2012, and she was presented with an award at the Enterprising Woman of the Year Conference in Sarasota, FL, in 2014. Outside of work, Amy assists her boyfriend Mike in co-parenting four teen and pre-teen children, and relaxes by performing with her kirtan band, Amy and the Bliss Tribe.