Wendy E. Parks: Chicago Women of Impact 2021 Award winner

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Wendy Parks

By Carol Carr
JA Chicago Correspondent

On March 8, 2021, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Motion Agency of Chicago awarded Wendy E. Parks its “Women of Impact Award”. 

For the past three years, she has served as Vice President of Public Relations, Communications and Marketing for the College of DuPage, one of the largest providers of undergraduate education in Illinois.

Parks’ dedication and excellence as a global influencer, coach, and mentor have brought her into the forefront of leadership. She brings clarity and quality of direction to young women.  

Parks’ colleagues have praised her for the guidance and immeasurable influence she has had on their own careers. Parks has conquered the height of gender parity and has demonstrated what women can accomplish. Through her achievements, she has modeled for young women’s success and opened many opportunities to which they aspire.

Parks gives thanks to her mother Marilyn Parks of Milwaukee, WI, grandmother, and godmother for their leadership, guidance, and for teaching her how to give back to others. The strength of these women, she said, is what motivated her to persist and gave her the drive, direction, and encouragement.  Over the decades, Parks was able to watch them work in the community and admired the tenacity they had for helping others and getting involved. “I believe that each one must teach one,” she said.  

Parks is deeply honored to have received the “Women of Impact Award” and looks forward to helping more young women reach their goals and achieve their dreams. 

A $1,000 scholarship in  Parks’ name will be given to a female student at DuPage College.

Parks is the cousin of DeAnna Tisdale Johnson, Publisher of the Jackson Advocate and Alice (Tisdale) Perkins, Publisher Emerita of the Jackson Advocate.