Ms. Havdala joined our board of directors in 2019. Ms. Havdala has worked in a variety of capacities for companies affiliated with Equity Group Investments since 1990. Ms. Havdala has been a director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Foundation since August 2016. Ms. Havdala represents Equity Group Investments in sourcing potential transactions and meeting new capital sources. In addition, she is responsible for establishing and overseeing the Zell Global Entrepreneurship Network, an organization designed to provide continuing education and mentorship for students and alumni of Sam Zell’s three entrepreneurship education programs.
During her tenure within Sam Zell’s network, she served on the boards of SIRVA, Inc., a provider of moving and relocation services; Rewards Network, Inc., a dining rewards company; WRS Holding Company, an environmental construction and remediation company; East Mediterranean Gas Company SAE, an Egyptian natural gas transmission company; National Patent Development Corporation, a holding company focused on pharmaceutical and home improvement products; and Home Products International, a global consumer products company. Ms. Havdala also held the roles of Executive Vice President at Equity International and Vice President of Scott Sports Group, Inc. Prior to joining Equity Group Investments, Ms. Havdala was a financial analyst with the First Boston Corporation in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College and earned her master of divinity degree from the University of Chicago in 2016.