Alumni Board Spotlight
De Anne Wingate ’96
By Russ J. Stacey ’05HH
Growing up in Charlotte, North Caroline, De Anne Wingate ’96 had no intention of heading south after high school. She had her sights set on attending a New England college—that is, until a few of her friends toured some Florida campuses and reported they had found the college for her. “And they were right,” she said.
Wingate chose Rollins, and there the political science major honed her leadership skills, serving as a member of the Residential Hall Judicial Council, Rollins Outdoor Club, Student Government Association, Chi Omega sorority, and Student Alumni Association. Those skills would serve her well in her future career.
Wingate moved to Boston in 1997 and went to work for one of the first Internet ad networks, which transferred her to their Chicago office in 1999. In 2006, she accepted her current position as vice president, Midwest Sales for Univision Online, and opened their Chicago office. Handling the Midwest territory—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, the Dakotas, and, of course, Illinois—it is her responsibility to deepen relationships with clients such as Kohl’s, General Motors, P&G, Unilever, Target, Sears, Kmart, and Anheuser-Busch. “My job is to educate marketers to the fact that not only are Hispanics using the Internet, but that there’s value to reaching them when they’re online,” Wingate said.
In 2004, Wingate received the Best Online Media Sales Professional award from the Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association. “That was a great honor,” she said, “because even though I was an association member, I didn’t live in the Dallas area, and yet the organization recognized my accomplishments in covering both the Midwest and Southwest territories by myself.” Wingate serves on the board of the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association, something she says she’s passionate about.
Volunteering her time is second nature to Wingate, who is working with Cornerstone Community Outreach to put sheets on every homeless-shelter bed in northern Chicago. She and her colleagues at Univision also volunteer for Suits For Success, an organization that helps provide disadvantaged women with professional attire to wear in the career world. She also teaches Sunday school once a month.
Now in her third year on the Rollins Alumni Association Board of Directors, Wingate, whose brother Fred ’97 also attended Rollins, is committed to making a difference for her alma mater. Her priorities are to see that both students and alumni are given a voice to weigh in on issues critical to the College and that students’ needs are being met.
As for the future, Wingate plans to direct her zeal for helping people in need to local politics. “Remembering that it’s not just about you, it’s about your community, is one of the most important things Rollins instilled in me,” she said.