Peggy has been leading WorldChicago since 2001, meeting emerging leaders – young and old – from all over the world and sharing our amazing city of Chicago with them.
Before joining WorldChicago, Peggy worked at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of Development. While at the Department of Cultural Affairs, she earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Peggy attend Central College in Pella, Iowa which allowed her the opportunity to spend a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, the first of her many international travels. Peggy lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Donna SadlickiBusiness & IT Administration Manager
Donna has been with WorldChicago since 1998. In addition to financial reporting, technology, and oversight of the internship program, Donna has also headed up the following programs: Community Connections, Open World Leadership and Shanghai Management Fellows.
Before and during her work at WorldChicago, Donna was the Artistic Director of The Opera Factory in Chicago. Her passion for WorldChicago’s mission of citizen diplomacy has led her to travel extensively to international destinations such as Jordan, Israel, Georgia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Turkey to name a few. As a classically-trained singer she performed for the International Committee for Artists for Peace for honoree Carlos Santana and for numerous orchestras and opera companies in the US. Donna majored in Music Performance at Eastern Illinois University.
Jennifer DixonManaging Director of Programs
Before joining WorldChicago, Jennifer worked or served in civic leadership roles for over 25 years for organizations such as Urban Alliance, Umoja, Girls on the Run - Chicago, and UCAN as well as founded and successfully ran her own business for 10 years. Currently, Jennifer serves on the Board for CPS Lives, which places Artist in Resident Fellows in Chicago Public Schools. Her own citizen diplomacy travels have included trips to Sweden, France, Finland, London, Denmark and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer experience which served as her honeymoon. Jennifer and her family have also served as a host family to 20 international exchange visitors over the last 10 years and live in the Albany Park neighborhood. Her daughter served as a WorldChicago Youth Diplomat for 2 years.
Morgan LynMarketing & Development Manager
As Marketing & Development Manager, Morgan oversees the fundraising and communications for the World Chicago organization. She works everyday to build relationships and inspire investment in the WorldChicago mission to promote citizen diplomacy by connecting the Chicago community with the world.
Prior to joining the WorldChicago team, Morgan worked at the Global Education Center in Nashville, TN, as Director of Marketing & Development where she had the opportunity to use the arts of diverse cultures to highlight the commonalities of all people and develop empathy, understanding and respect for all humanity. She earned her MA in PR & Advertising from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and her BA in English Literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.
Jabari SmithProgram Manager
As Program Manager, Jabari develops and implements U.S. State Department Professional Fellowship Programs that bring emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world to Chicago. In this role, Jabari works with government agencies, community organizations, and local leaders to provide an enriching cross-cultural experience for Fellows.
Before joining WorldChicago, Jabari carried out intercultural leadership work across education, media, and entrepreneurship sectors. Upon completion of his B.A. in Journalism at Howard University, Jabari launched his career as an English Teacher in Japan. He founded Jabari Inspires: Motivational Speaking & Global Citizenship Consulting, led youth outreach for the Obama/Biden re-election campaign, hosted a travel TV series in Kenya, and facilitated service-learning trips for students throughout the U.S. with Pathways Travels. A New Orleans native and global citizen, Jabari believes there are more commonalities than differences connecting us worldwide.
Gladis HerstProgram Manager
Gladis is a Program Manager at WorldChicago. She helps develop and implement professional exchange programs that promote citizen diplomacy.
Before joining WorldChicago, Gladis worked at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she worked in a number of roles supporting international students. While at Illinois Tech, she earned her Masters in Public Administration. Previously, Gladis received her B.A. from Beloit College where she spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. After graduation, she returned to Denmark to work at a study abroad agency. Gladis has lived on three continents and loves to travel to new places. She lives in Chicago with her husband and puppy.
Yichun ChenProgram Associate
Yichun is a Program Associate and works on long and short term International programs. She joined WorldChicago in July 2020 for a 1-year Fellowship through the NUPIP program as a Program Associate and became full time staff in 2021.
She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. majoring in History and minoring in Sociology and Legal Studies. While at Northwestern, Yichun discovered her passion for international exchange and became involved in the Global Engagement Summit (GES), a student-run conference that brings together young social entrepreneurs for a week of learning and exchange. She led the team in conducting outreach to university partners and recruiting participants to the summit. Yichun is excited to join WorldChicago and further explore her passion in international exchange and education. In her free time, Yichun enjoys cooking, listening to Kpop, and volunteering as a translator for community health clinics in Chicago’s Chinatown.
Julia SosnivkaProgram Associate
Julia first joined WorldChicago in January 2020 as a Program Assistant and has rejoined our team again in February 2021 as a Program Associate. She recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Global and International Studies with minors in Mathematics, European Studies as well as Political Science. Throughout her young adult life, Julia has participated in numerous cultural exchange programs that took place in Taiwan, France and Italy and has volunteered with local organizations that work to educate the youth about Ukrainian history, culture and language. She has also volunteered with the Chicago Sister Cities International as a Committee Member to foster cooperation and understanding through citizen diplomacy between Chicago and Kyiv. Julia is excited to rejoin WorldChicago and forming unique experiences for members in our communities as well as international ones. In her free time, Julia enjoys exploring new places, playing sports with her family and learning new languages.
Ethan ReissProgram Associate
Ethan joined WorldChicago in July 2021 as part of a 1-year Fellowship through NUPIP as a Program Associate. Recently, he graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts, where he majored in Political Science and History. Ethan's passion for international cooperation started with his involvement in Model United Nations, where he helped set up a conference for hundreds of high schoolers every year. As a Vice Chair, Ethan was responsible for researching committee content, planning crises and challenges the delegates would face, and instilling the importance of working together and creating international connections.