Jennifer Alter Warden, executive vice president and COO of Baird & Warner, received the 2020 Alter & Stone Outstanding Volunteer Award for her service to the literacy program Working in the Schools (WITS) on Dec. 3.
Serving on the WITS board of directors, Alter Warden leveraged her leadership and strategic skills, allowing WITS to become the largest provider of literacy programming to Chicago Public Schools.
Giving back is a passion of Alter Warden on a professional level as well. Now called Good Will Works, she was the architect of Baird & Warner’s philanthropic arm.
“Jennifer is one of Chicago’s philanthropic leaders, and she does it by doing,” said Tena Latona, CEO of Working in the Schools, in a press release. “Her ability to bring people into the organizations she supports is incredible. She doesn’t say, ‘Will you do this?’ She asks, ‘Will you be my partner in this?’ It is a small difference, but one that inspires Board peers and other philanthropists alike.”