Joan Beren earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College, later receiving her master’s in liberal studies from Wichita State University in 1983. A community pro bono volunteer, she has led her life by example, following a quote from the Talmud, “As others have planted for us, so we must plant for those who will come after us.” Her community involvement includes the League of Women Voters, the Wichita Art Museum, the Center for the Arts and board of directors for the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation. She is the recipient of the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council’s Gordon W. Evans Award. Her affiliations with WSU are many, including the Community Council of Women’ Studies, advisory board for Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, member of the WSU Board of Trustees and current chair, and the Foundation’s National Advisory Council. In 1995, she established the Joan Beren Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Fellowship. Recipient of the Fairmount Founders’ Award in 2000, she was recognized in 2005 with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professional Greater Wichita Chapter.