Elizabeth Usovicz is principal of WhiteSpace Consulting, which focuses on business coaching, business
development strategy, and market insights. She previously held leadership positions at Deloitte,
Kellogg’s of Mexico, and two venture capital-funded startup companies. Formerly associate director of
international programs at Bentley University and an adjunct professor at the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University, she currently is a volunteer mentor and adviser to startup company
founders through MIT’s Growth Mentoring Services program.
Usovicz joined Rotary in 1997. She served as a Rotary public image coordinator for three years, a
facilitator for multiyear district planning for zones 30 and 31, on the training team for governors-elect
training seminars, and as a curriculum chair of the Heart of America Rotary Leadership Institute.
Her 20-year passion in Rotary is supporting orphans and at-risk children in Malawi. She has written 10
Rotary Foundation grants to help Malawi’s children and led a vocational training team that worked with
local primary school teachers to develop and implement a program that encourages children, especially
girls, to stay in school. Other grant projects have focused on a malaria bed net initiative in the southern
region of Lake Malawi. “We helped reduce the mortality rate of children under five by 80% in that
region — that’s the power of ‘we’ in Rotary,” Usovicz says. “I am not a medical professional, but when
we collaborate like that in Rotary, we become lifesavers.”
Usovicz has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and has twice received
the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. In 2014, Usovicz was recognized at the White House as a
Rotary Women of Action honoree.
A native of Salem, Massachusetts, she appreciates history and her Lithuanian heritage. She also enjoys
music, classic films, and science fiction TV. Usovicz and her husband, Dean Mathewson, are both Major
Donors and Bequest Society members. They live in Westwood, Kansas.
Wear your Paul Harris pins and medals to St. Louis Rotary Club on Thursday, November 3, 2022!