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Be the Difference

Diederich College of Communication Award Recipients

COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

SvinickiJane A. Svinicki, Jour ’77
Milwaukee

A friend of Jane’s once challenged her to ask herself the same question every day: “What have I done to make the world better?” That had an impact on Jane and, since then, she has dedicated her life and career to improving the world by serving others. 

As the retired president of Svinicki Association Management, Inc. (SAMI), Jane served non-profit organizations by helping them reach their goals. She and her staff helped clients identify their mission and assist with marketing, operations and specialized administrative services. In the more than 35 years since she began the company, Jane worked hard to advance the concept of the work she and her team did as an association management company. She was also dedicated to her staff, many of whom she hired, trained and mentored. “Their trust in me and their service to our company and clients is what made SAMI a great place to work,” she says.

Jane decided to attend Marquette since it allowed her to live on her own in an urban environment but still stay close to her relatives. Yet she gained more than independence from her Marquette experience. She received the education and spiritual enlightenment that guide her in her commitment to service. George Reedy, dean of the former College of Journalism at the time, taught her the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs. “Marquette is the place I began a life well lived,” she says.

During her retirement, Jane plans to continue serving her community, especially other women interested in starting their own businesses.

Fun Fact:

Al McGuire had an office in the same building where Jane worked as a student intern. “He was pleasant to everyone when he walked into the office,” she says. “He was a truly authentic individual, and he actually spoke with and listened to students.”