Elise Kidd Slanksy is a 2008 UIUC Bachelor of Science graduate in Supply Chain Management. While at Illinois, Elise was active in laying the foundations to re-build the Zeta Gamma chapter. After college, Elise spent eight years in consulting before landing at W.W. Grainger in Lake Forest where she runs strategic souring projects. Today, she works as a Manager of Merchandising Analytics and Essendant Brands at Essendant in Deerfield, IL.

In her spare time, Elise loves to travel, chasing adventures all across the globe – often in search of the perfect wine. Another passion is cooking, which her husband Blake reaps the benefits from. A two-time Phi Chi Theta Educational Foundation Scholarship winner herself, Elise joined as a foundation trustee in 2016 to give back to an organization that boosted her along the way.