About Us

Thrive! Inspiring ND Women is an employee resource group focused on increasing opportunities for women to be recruited, retained, and advanced as leaders at the University of Notre Dame. THRIVE! is committed to providing female employees with avenues of professional development, including programming, mentoring, networking opportunities, and outreach.

Membership is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators employed by the University.


The Thrive! bylaws offer more detail about the purpose, structure, and governance of this employee resource group.

Officers for 2019–20

  • President: Kate Garry
  • Vice President: Elizabeth Lankford
  • Secretary: Jessica Schiller
  • Treasurer: Kara Palmer
  • Communications: Joanne Fahey

Committee Chairs for 2019–20

  • Professional Development and Networking: Lori Tinkey
  • Mentoring: Diana Placzkowski
  • Communications: Joanne Fahey
  • Engagement: Lizzie Mikes

Steering Committee

  • Marianne Corr, Chair
  • Matthew Blazejewski
  • Laura Carlson
  • Missy Conboy
  • Linda Costas
  • Dolly Duffy
  • Ann Firth
  • Mary Galvin
  • Erin Hoffmann Harding
  • Micki Kidder
  • Mark Kocovski
  • Linda Kroll
  • Muffet McGraw
  • Sarah Misener
  • Chris Maziar
  • Nell Newton
  • Liz Rulli
  • Heather Rakoczy Russell
  • Maura Ryan
  • Jody Sadler
  • Diane Walker