Of all the posts I’ve read on Meg’s blog, “Pay It Forward” gave me the greatest pause. I’ve known Meg since our undergrad days at UW Madison – halcyon days when we believed the future and our dreams to be limitless. In “Pay It Forward,” Meg’s encounter with the conductor who offered her a “disabled” fare left me baffled. Who did he see? When I read Meg’s own reactions to the conductor and police officer at Penn Station – who, even for a brief moment, did Meg see? It simply didn’t jive with the reflection that I recall of a beautiful, wickedly smart, confident, worldly and vibrant UW undergrad. If I were to take two poems from my freshman year English classes and assign them to the two of us – as I saw those young women, then – I’d assign to Meg “Song of Myself” and to Jessica “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Song of Myself I Celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock And indeed there will be time To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?” In our time together at Madison and now, as women who have made our way in this world, Meg taught me, and continues to teach me, that you dare, yes, you dare disturb the universe until the world sees, and celebrates You.
Jessica DePinto has been friends with Meg Zucker since 1987. Jessica was recently named one of Chicago’s 100 Women to Watch by Today’s Chicago Woman. She was nominated for her work with Loyola University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies Women’s Leadership Institute and Conference. In spring 2010, Jessica developed and taught a course, Examining Women’s Leadership through Literature at Loyola. Currently, Jessica is a manager with Deloitte Tax LLP, National Customs and Global Trade practice group. She resides in Chicago with her husband, Roberto.