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EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2016) — Rotary has tapped non-profit management expert Michele Berg to help lead the day-to-day operations of the humanitarian service organization's headquarters, which includes 525 associates based in Evanston, Ill., and 275 located in seven international offices, and a shared services center in India.
As deputy general secretary, Berg will work alongside Rotary General Secretary John Hewko to ensure effective internal operating policies and implement strategies and programs. She will also assist in managing the US$140 million annual operating budgets of Rotary International and its charitable arm, The Rotary Foundation, which have more than US$1 billion in combined assets.
In her previous role as chief programs and member services officer for Rotary, Berg led a team of more than 150 that supported membership development, learning and development, and Rotary Foundation programs. She came to Rotary in 2001 from SmithBucklin, where she managed and marketed training opportunities for nonprofit associations.
"Michele is an outstanding leader who has been instrumental in ensuring that we provide high-quality services to our members – all volunteers committed to making the world a better place through humanitarian service," said Hewko. "As deputy general secretary, she will play a vital role in helping Rotary continue to evolve, grow and bring lasting change to communities around the world."
Berg looks forward to cultivating a high-performance workplace at Rotary. "I feel strongly that creating the right conditions for associates, including workplace flexibility, professional growth opportunities, and empowerment is the best way to attract and retain talented people who take pride in their work and deliver outstanding service to Rotary members," Berg said.
"It is an exciting time in Rotary's history," Berg added. "This year, we achieved the highest contributions to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, increased support for our humanitarian projects by 20 percent, and we are literally on the brink of eradicating polio. The staff and volunteers are looking for ways to ensure this success continues."
Originally from La Grange, Ill., Berg is an alumna of Loyola University Chicago. She graduated with a major in Italian and earned her MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual specialization in marketing and international business. Berg, a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), is a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland, the American Society of Association Executives, the Industry Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Communication Program at Northwestern University, and the Rotary Club of Evanston.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org. Video and still images will be available on the NewsMarket.