Williams College

By Leslie Pratch, PhD

One of America’s oldest schools, Williams College was founded in 1793. Dedicated to its enrollees, the Williamstown, Massachusetts, institution offers financial aid plans for international applicants and strives to meet all of its admitted students’ financial needs for four years.

Featuring a 7:1 student:faculty ratio, Williams College divides its offerings into three main options: language and the arts, social studies, and science and mathematics. Between these categories, pupils can choose from thirty-six different majors. The more than 2,000 undergraduates currently enrolled in this school will join an alumni association of over 28,000 people who are involved in a variety of fields.

Moreover, the school possesses an active athletics department. The Williams College Ephs men’s and women’s teams participate in baseball, basketball, tennis, wrestling, track and field, and numerous other sports.

About the Author:
A licensed clinical psychologist, Leslie Pratch, PhD, focuses on active coping, and has presented on using clinical psychology to predict success in business. Before starting her career, Dr. Pratch attended Williams College and garnered a BA in Religion. Today, she remains active with her former school by assisting with its alumni fundraising efforts.

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Leslie Pratch: Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food to 650 food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens throughout the Cook County area. The food, which is purchased by the Depository or provided by donors and then channeled to area agencies, includes not only nonperishable food and canned goods but also meat, dairy products, and fresh produce. The organization does more than just feed the hungry, however; it also oversees a variety of programs tailored to help people break the cycle of poverty.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository began in 1978 with start-up funding contributed by the City of Chicago and warehouse space donated by a local vegetable company. In its first year, the Depository received more than 470,000 pounds of food contributed by 22 donors, which was in turn distributed to 85 agencies. The organization continued to grow and develop, and by 1998, the yearly food distribution reached 25 million pounds.

Today, the Depository’s programs exist under one roof and have expanded to a yearly distribution of more than 69 million pounds, addressing hunger in Cook County through community kitchens, mobile programs, and programs for children and senior adults.

Founder of business advisory firm Pratch & Company, Leslie Pratch received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in clinical psychology and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, specializing in finance and strategy. She supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository and other community and educational organizations.