UMass Lowell’s Makrez Allen Receives Roy Zuckerberg Leadership Award

Heather Makrez Allen, UMass Lowell’s executive director of alumni and donor relations. (Courtesy photograph.)

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Heather Makrez Allen, UMass Lowell’s executive director of alumni and donor relations, was recently awarded the 2024 Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to women’s leadership programming at the university.

She was recognized for her continued organization of the annual UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference and Virtual Conversation and plans to promote additional women-centric events.

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award was established in 2005 by UMass Lowell alumnus Roy J. Zuckerberg, a former senior director at Goldman Sachs. The Zuckerberg Award is designed to reward leaders of courage, conviction and selflessness who have devoted their time and talent to helping the university accomplish its goals.

Presented by the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, the recipient is selected by a committee, which includes representatives from each campus and the president’s office. The awardee receives $30,000 per year to support research, teaching or service and a stipend of $20,000 per year. The award provides two years of support for a total value of $100,000.

With the award, Makrez Allen plans to create an intercampus network of women’s leadership events and programming, including expanding the Women’s Leadership Conference & Virtual Conversation statewide.

“The work will focus on surveying existing women’s leadership research and program offerings and providing more exposure,” said Makrez Allen, who has three degrees from UMass Lowell. “It is great that the work of the UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Committee is being recognized through this prize as a premier program.”

Over the next two years, Makrez Allen plans to promote these efforts among both current UMass Lowell students and interested high schoolers as well as the corporate community, provide resources for faculty to attend additional conferences, and invite acclaimed women’s leadership experts to participate in existing UMass programming and events.

Prior to her role in the UMass Lowell advancement department, Makrez Allen served in the UMass President’s Office academic affairs department before being appointed director of international programs at UMass Dartmouth. Makrez Allen is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Annual Giving Network, and serves on nonprofit boards within the community.

The Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award is provided every two years and alternates between a faculty member and a staff member.

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