Farther Foundation is pleased to announce that Maryanne Woo has joined its board of directors. Farther Foundation inspires deserving, low-income Chicago area high school students to meet their highest potential by providing scholarships for participation in enrichment travel programs. Ms. Woo brings deep and diverse experiences to the board along with her passion to empower young people to meet their potential as culturally skilled, global leaders.
Ms. Woo is a partner at Reed Smith LLP focusing her practice on product liability litigation and legal project management. She is a director emeritus of the Chicago Committee on Minorities and Large Law Firms, having served as the Secretary of the organization, a member of the Executive Committee, and a member of the Talent Development Committee. Through that organization and by being on her firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, she continues to work towards increasing the pipeline of diverse students and students from disadvantaged communities into the legal profession as well as the retention and promotion of diverse lawyers.
Ms. Woo has been committed to pro bono work throughout her legal career. She was awarded Pro Bono Associate of the Year by the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Her pro bono work includes the representation of minority- and woman- owned businesses, as well as an Afghan citizen seeking a Special Immigrant Visa. Maryanne received her Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University as well as a degree from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Through her own experiences, Maryanne has seen the educational value of travel and experiential learning. In her travels, Maryanne has seen a volcano erupt in Costa Rica and received a marriage proposal from a Maasai chief in Kenya (who thought her short stature was a novelty).
“I am thrilled to be joining a wonderful organization devoted to making an immediate impact on the lives of incredible kids in our community. I will do as much as I can to carry on the very good work the Farther Foundation does to expand the horizons for kids to give them a broader perspective of what they can accomplish.”
Farther Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping students from economically disadvantaged circumstances explore interests, expand horizons, gain inspiration and elevate aspirations for leadership and success. We do this by providing scholarships and support for students to participate in educational travel experiences that are significant and life changing. Foundation has provided more than $450,000 in scholarships to nearly 200 deserving students to travel to 32 countries on six continents and participate in programs of cultural and language immersion, scientific exploration and service to local communities.