Woman of the Year

The Woman of the Year program at Ursuline Academy began in 1986 as part of the school’s 90th anniversary celebration to recognize and honor outstanding alumnae.

Numerous Ursuline graduates have distinguished themselves in careers as varied as health care, the arts and sciences, education, business, and countless other fields. Just as important to the Ursuline tradition are those alumnae who have lived lives of service to their families, church, and community. All of these achievements are deserving of recognition and are cause for great pride on the part of everyone associated with Ursuline Academy.

Jenny Neyer Berg '79

2021 Woman of the Year

 

 

Alumna. Parent. Board of Trustees Chair. Benefactor. Volunteer. Friend. Sister.

These are just some of the ways that Jenny Neyer Berg is related to Ursuline. But they don't come close to reflecting the deep and abiding relationship that Jenny holds with this living, breathing institution.

Jenny's service to Ursuline began long ago, before she even graduated. One of the inaugural members of UAU, Ursuline longstanding student ambassador group, she was already serving her school as a student. This was just a precursor of what was to come…

Decades ago, Jenny began her post-graduate service to Ursuline by applying her human resources expertise to a committee that was reviewing employee benefits. After her work there, she was asked about her interest in joining the Board of Trustees. The rest is history! Jenny did join the Board of Trustees, and faithfully served from 2000 to 2005, as Chair from 2003 to 2005.

These years were not quiet years for the Board. It was a time of immense change—both of leadership and the physical facility itself. As a woman who not only appreciates positive change, but relishes it, Jenny was just the person to have at the helm. She was Chair of the Board of Trustees when we broke ground on the math and science wing. Her leadership ensured that we were able to complete that expansion, which allowed us to not only improve our physical math and science facilities but also take our programs to the next level, ensuring that Ursuline continued to stay at the top of the field in the city. As Jenny shares, these improvements both "literally and figuratively opened the doors to more students" at Ursuline.

From 2004-2013, Jenny shared herself with Ursuline in another way—by sending her own daughters, Emily '08 and Amy '13, to Ursuline. Experiencing UA in yet another way, as a parent, allowed Jenny to deepen her appreciation of it. As her daughters explored their own passions, she came to truly understand how strong the faculty and staff are—and how important that infrastructure is to Ursuline's success. She continued to support UA in yet another way—on Mothers' Club Board.

Though it's been many years since Jenny served on the Ursuline Board of Trustees and her daughters donned the laurel wreath, her dedication to Ursuline hasn't waivered since. She's only ever a call away and always willing to share of herself whether it be through offering advice, serving as a panelist for an alumnae event, or encouraging her peers to invest in Ursuline.

Outside of Ursuline, Jenny had a long and successful career as Vice President of Al. Neyer from 1984-2002, and then shifted her career toward the nonprofit sector. This move was inspired by what she witnessed in her parents growing up. Don and Phyllis Neyer taught their children that "God calls us to love and serve." Jenny shares that her parents always encouraged her to make the community "better than how you found it." Jenny has certainly done that for Ursuline and the city at large!

In Jenny's current position as Executive Director of The Leadership Council for Nonprofits she has the opportunity to connect with leaders of many nonprofit agencies in the Cincinnati community and to find out what their needs are. Her passion is to help nonprofit agencies become better, stronger, more collaborative, and more impactful. And she's done just that. In fact, Jenny was recognized as a "Second Act" Honoree by the Cincinnati Business Courier for having not one, but two, incredibly successful careers.

As if she wasn't busy enough, for the past 20 plus years Jenny has lent her expertise in numerous Board and committee positions including President of the Board of Impact 100, Board Treasurer & Secretary of Women Helping Women, Board member of the Pastoral Council Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Chair of the Board for Tender Mercies. When you say the name Jenny Berg around town, it's met with recognition and respect.

We are proud to recognize alumna Jenny Neyer Berg '79 as the 2021 Ursuline Woman of the Year for her significant contributions to the advancement of Ursuline Academy, to her life’s work, and to the community. We honor her for building on her Ursuline education to make her presence felt in the world and bringing other women up along with her.