Everywhere Wonder Women: Well-Accomplished Cornell Alumnae Snippets

Phenomenal women have studied at Cornell and have proceeded to make waves in our society. Many have become businesswomen, scientists, political figures, and community organizers. We know there is no limit to what Cornell alumnae can accomplish and they know that too.

Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi, Class of 1998

A graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Elizabeth Ngonzi has used her passion for philanthropy and African culture to leverage herself to highlight the positive images of African women. She co-developed the 2012 SXSW Panel: Africa, Tech and Women: The New Faces of Development. In addition, she also shared her story about her life transformation in a November 2013 TEDx CornellU Talk titled: “Want your enterprise to change the world? Start with yourself!”At the moment, she is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, a company whose mission is to invest in education, health, and social services for children, youth, and their families through its community Centers of Excellence.

Theresa Flores, Class of 1993

A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in government, Theresa Flores has enjoyed a 20-year career in the realm of public affairs, legislative advocacy, and policy management. She is the manager of public affairs for Mary Kay Inc. and serves as the liaison for the company in the Latin American market. Additionally, she advocated for the importance of crucial funding surrounding the issue of domestic violence. Theresa also serves on the Dallas Housing Authority, Hispanic 100, the State Government Affairs Council, and the Dallas Education Foundation.

Dr. Renee Alexander Class of 1974

A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Renee Alexander has impacted the Cornell community while she was here as a student and now as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Programs. Her vision for the campus involves strengthening the sense of community among the increasingly diverse student body.

Before coming back to Cornell, she was the director of special programming and initiatives at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. In that role, she served as the liaison between administration and the underrepresented groups.

Dr. Alexander’s focus is in supporting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, low-income, first-generation college students, particularly in activities beyond the classroom. She is a visible resource and mentor for student organizations that represent students from groups historically underrepresented in education.


Cornell University provides a platform for women to spring themselves forward into the next stage of their success. These amazing women took advantage of the opportunities that were available to them and created their own opportunities.

Cornell has several places on campus that advocate for women’s rights. They include but are not limited to the Women’s Resource Center, Center for Women and Justice, and the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.