UC to award honorary degree to 'technology trailblazer'

Lori A. Beer serves on the UC Foundation's Board of Trustees

The University of Cincinnati will confer an honorary degree next week to UC Foundation Board of Trustees member Lori A. Beer, global chief information officer for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

UC’s Board of Trustees nominated Beer for the honor in February for her leadership in the fields of technology systems and infrastructure. According to JPMorgan Chase, Beer manages a budget of more than $12 billion and more than 53,000 technology workers in the company’s retail, wholesale and asset and wealth management businesses.

Lori A. Beer

Lori A. Beer

Beer will be recognized Saturday with a Doctor of Commercial Science, honoris causa, during UC’s spring 2022 commencement at Fifth Third Arena.

She is a member of UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business Advisory Council. She also created the Beer Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Lindner.

Beer was appointed last year to the advisory council for the Cincinnati Innovation District for which UC serves as a cornerstone of research and entrepreneurship.

Beer and her husband, Bill, have three children who are UC grads.

UC President Neville Pinto called Beer a trailblazer in technology. At JPMorgan Chase, Beer was co-sponsor of its Access Ability Business Resource Group, dedicated to advancing careers and an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.

“As a longtime technology executive, you have broken the glass ceiling. More importantly, you have lifted others while you climbed, bringing women and minorities into a field that lacks representation,” Pinto said.

Barron’s calls her one of the most influential women in U.S. finance. She was named to American Banker’s list of the Most Powerful Women in Banking.

Featured image at top: UC will confer an honorary degree to UC Foundation Board of Trustees member Lori A. Beer during spring commencement Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative + Brand

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