Mari Pat Varga

Chicago, IL

Communication strategist, brand builder, and culture catalyst.

President, Varga & Associates, Inc.


Why did you join the Rise Up Leadership Council?

What could be better than being in the company of passionate and purposeful leaders who truly want to improve outcomes for women, girls, and youth around the world?

What is your favorite way to contribute to the Leadership Council?

I thoroughly enjoyed traveling out to San Francisco to work with the Rise Up Team on messaging and branding– getting to know the team was inspiring! I also love spreading the word about Rise Up to friends, family, and community.

What has been your favorite Leadership Council experience?

Collaborating with Rise Up founder Denise Dunning on her origin story that’s been the catalyst for her amazing life-long work.