LCA Made Women: Jessica Rohn Says Lambda Chi Gave Her the Tools She Needed to Start Her Own Nonprofit, Too

“You’re a woman and you work for a fraternity?”

“Weren’t there any qualified men for that position?”

These are questions the women on staff at International Headquarters hear often.

March is National Women’s History Month, so we are introducing you to some of the women on our staff and sharing their passion for not only their position, but Lambda Chi’s mission.

This week, Email and Digital Marketing Specialist Jessica Rohn shares her story.

Q: How did you end up at Lambda Chi Alpha, and what do you do on staff?

A: I grew up hearing stories from my grandfather about the friends he served with in the Marine Corp. who were also members of the University of Louisville chapter, Zeta-Sigma. I am the Email and Digital Marketing Specialist in the Communications Department.

Q: Why did you want to work for a fraternity, and where do you find your passion for an all-male organization?

A: I enjoy working in the non-profit sector. You are able to learn new skills and gain experiences that are not always available at larger organizations or corporations. I also have a background in education, so I love the opportunities and programming that are available to our undergraduate members.

Q: What have you gained professionally and learned about yourself in this role?

A: My experiences at Lambda Chi Alpha have been well-rounded.  Learning about solicitations, website development, database management and marketing have helped me with my personal endeavors. My educational background and the knowledge base I have obtained at LCA benefitted the development of Super Kids: Mission Zero, Inc. I founded SKMZ to spread epilepsy advocacy and provide educational resources to children with epilepsy.

Q: It is National Women’s History Month. Why is it important, do you think, to have female representation in all jobs/careers? Why is it important, in your opinion, that we celebrate how far women have come in this nation?

A: Women make up 49.558 percent of the world’s population, but are only 39.285 percent of the total labor force. In the United States, this percentage is 45.8 percent, which does not take into account the daunting task of stay-at-home parenting. We remain the only industrialized nation to not mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns. We must recognize and teach about the suffragettes, female civil rights activists and women’s rights leaders who have gotten us to where we are today. And we continue to need women in leadership roles who are willing to advocate for the rights of their fellow woman.

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