ID student selected as 1 of 35 leaders making an impact across Chicago
By Kristin Gecan
Lizzy Engele (MDes 2021), co-founder of MakerGirl, has been selected as a 2020 “35 Under 35” honoree by youth development organization Chicago Scholars, which recognizes diverse, talented young leaders in Chicago who are making a positive impact on their community.
Lizzy is a cofounder of MakerGirl, a nonprofit organization that encourages young girls to pursue education and involvement in STEM fields. MakerGirl brings its 3D printing to girls either via after-school programs at universities, or through #MakerGirlGoesMobile, a 3D printing pop-up truck that takes the MakerGirl experience to girls in rural and under-served areas with limited access to tech-based learning experiences.
We’re proud to recognize Elizabeth as one of 35 changemakers striving to make their communities a better place. Building upon her notable personal and professional accomplishments, such as being featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 2020 list, we are thrilled to see how she continues to make an impact on the city of Chicago.”
—Dominique Jordan Turner, CEO of Chicago Scholars
Past 35 Under 35 honorees have included Kyle Hendricks, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs; Natalie Bookey-Baker, director of Chicago engagement strategy at the Obama Foundation; and Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City. The 2020 award winners will be officially recognized at Chicago Scholars’ UnTied Gala on Friday, April 24, 2020.
I’m humbled and honored to be able to represent my city for this prestigious award. We are all gifted with unique strengths, passions, and perspectives, and I’m using mine to create more MakerGirls—unstoppable forces that say ‘yes’ to the challenges of the future!”
—Lizzy Engele (MDes 2021)