Aanchal Sharma (left) and Tamara Greenberg (right)

The newest members of a powerful international, intergenerational network of women leaders have been announced.

Aanchal Sharma (EMBA ‘25) and Tamara Greenberg (EMBA ‘25) are the latest recipients of Drake Scholarships, awarded to high-potential female or female-identifying students in the Executive MBA program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management who are expected to have a powerful impact on their organizations or on society.

Sharma is a member of the global learning and analytics team at Salesforce in Chicago, while Greenberg is a Mergers and Acquisitions Manager for the AES Corporation in Denver. Both are enrolled in the Spring 2024 class at Kellogg in the Evening and Weekend program. Sharma demonstrated her commitment to supporting women as a Fellow at Teach For India, where she worked with female students who were the first generation of women in their families to receive an education. As an associate director at UBS, Greenberg has worked to empower women by collaborating with financial advisors at UBS to more directly involve female clients in decision-making. Greenberg's efforts were part of a response to research showing that women in traditional heterosexual marriages tended to defer to their male partner when making choices about their financial future.

With this recognition, Sharma and Greenberg become members of the network of Drake Scholars, which Ann Drake founded in 2017 with a gift to Kellogg. Her aim in founding the scholars' program and the network was to invest in and advance the future of women as leaders.

The idea for such a network was inspired by the work of Brian Uzzi, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership at Kellogg. Uzzi's research on social networks showed that for women to advance powerfully in their careers, they need not one but two networks. The first is the typical array of robust social connections that benefit both men and women. The second network, though, said Uzzi, is a close circle of trusted female colleagues with the experience and inside information that can be critically important to women as they navigate the world of work.

As a 1984 graduate of Kellogg's EMBA program herself, Drake personally experienced the value of having female colleagues who were her sounding board and cheering section while she steered her logistics company to success in the heavily male-dominated supply chain field.

"I want to make that same experience possible for more women in all the stages of their career," Drake said. In creating and growing the network of Drake Scholars, she sees herself launching “an ecosystem” that will sustain a strong pipeline of female leaders into the future.

To date, more than 55 women have been named Drake Scholars. In January, Amanda Matchett (EMBA '25), Molly Messner (EMBA '26), and Carolina Atenea Nunez (EMBA '25) also received Drake Scholarships to support their studies.