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Established in 2001, the Women of Wisdom Society was formed to bring women in the school community together to share in the pursuit of knowledge and the joy of learning. Each fall, distinguished educators, innovators and professionals visit Loyola Academy to present thought-provoking lectures followed by lively discussions that often continue through lunch. It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends—and make new ones.

The 2013 WOW lecture series begins on Tuesday, October 8, and continues for three additional weeks. Each morning lecture is followed by a delicious lunch served in the Marillac Room. You may purchase either a two- or four-lecture series, and subscribers also have the option of joining our kick-off bus tour on Tuesday, October 1 (limited to 45 participants).

The series fee is $200 for all four lectures, $125 for two lectures and an additional $65 for the bus tour.

For more information, contact Joan Schniedwind at jschniedwind@loy.org or 847-920-2765 or click on our online brochure. Take advantage of online registration—it’s a snap!

Set aside Tuesday mornings in October and be enlightened and entertained at the Women of Wisdom Autumn Lecture Series!


2013 Women of Wisdom Speakers

Tuesday, October 1: Old and New: A Tour of the Basilica of St. Josaphat and the Milwaukee Art Museum—tours of two of Milwaukee’s great treasures and lunch at the Basilica’s new Visitors’ Center

Tuesday, October 8: The Rise of the Woman Entrepreneur: Opportunities and Your Next Steps—Professor Linda Darragh, Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Northwestern University

Tuesday, October 15: Slaves Among Us: Why Human Trafficking Persists and What Can be Done About It—The Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

Tuesday, October 22: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body—Neil Shubin, PhD, Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Tuesday, October 29: Keeping a Good Thanksgiving—Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, Pastor Emeritus, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and Editor and Publisher of The Christian Century magazine


2013 Committee


Mimi Brault and Jennifer Gonzalez

Committee Members

Gloria Athanis, Cathleen Bottini, Marcia Desmond, Mary Ellen Fausone, Meg Fiorenza-Santacrose, Lisa Gallo Hayes, Barbara Goschi, Kathy Jackson Loretta Kenny, Danielle Mergner, Cathy Nichols, Kathy Pappas, Mary Ann Quinn Mary Rafferty, Amy Thalmann, Ann Waris, Jody Weschler, Anne Williams