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Community Education

Women of Wisdom Lecture Series

Since 2001, the Women of Wisdom Society has joined 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.
If you're already a WOW subscriber, we're thrilled to welcome you back for our 18th season. If you've never experienced our acclaimed lecture and lunch series, why not start a new autumn tradition that will expand your social circle, broaden your horizons and change the way you think about the world? Isn't it time you joined the conversation?
The 2019 Women of Wisdom speakers and registration information will be posted this summer.
Set aside a few Tuesday mornings to be enlightened and entertained at the Women of Wisdom Lecture Series. We look forward to seeing you in September!

If you have any questions regarding registration options available or if you need additional information, please contact Director of Special Events Sophie Streeter at

We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Lecture Timing

    • 9 :15—9:45 a.m. Coffee and Registration
    • 10:00—11:30 a.m. Lecture and Q & A
    • 11:30—12:30 p.m. Lunch in the Marillac Room

WOW Committee Members

Anne Michels
Jill Rueth
Past Chair
Anne Williams

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  • Committee Members

    Mimi Brault
    Marcia Desmond
    Barbara Goschi
    Maureen Kolada
    Jane Lyman
    Katie Nicolau
    Kathy Pappas
    Betsy Paquin
    Mary Petit
    Michelle Prassas
    Mary Rafferty
    Cindy Rowe
    Janet Ryan
    Andra Starshak
    Diane Stone
    Amy Thalmann
    Lisa Faremouth Weber
    Jody Weschler
    Maureen Wimbiscus

2018 Speaker Series

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  • Chicago's Vibrant Arts Scene: Exclusive Backstage Tours

    If you're a lover of the arts, you won’t want to miss this behind-the-scenes tour of two of our city’s world-class cultural treasures: the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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  • Entrepreneurship is My Soul: How It Can Cure Poverty

    Magatte Wade
    Founder of Adina World Beverages, Tiossan and Skin is Skin

    Senegal is one of the poorest nations on earth,with one of the highest rates of unemployment. Although the Senegalese people are hardworking and entrepreneurial, lack of investment in the country deprives them of opportunities to achieve their full potential.
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  • Cryptocurrency 101: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

    Hannah Rosenberg
    Cryptocurrency consultant and educator, founder of Velas Commerce
    Can you relate to this statement? You’re not alone! If you’ve been baffled by Bitcoin and other digital currencies such as Ethereum and Litecoin, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn about all things crypto from Hannah Rosenberg, the founder of Velas Commerce, a cryptocurrency consulting and training company.
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  • A Catholic Community Response to Violence and Conflict

    Philip J. Andrew '85
    Director of Violence Prevention, Archdiocese of Chicago
    In May 1988, Phil Andrew '85, then a 20-year-old college student, was shot in the chest in the aftermath of the Hubbard Woods elementary school shooting in Winnetka—one of the nation’s first modern mass school shootings.
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  • Veterans: A Purpose-Driven Life

    William B. McNulty III '95
    Founder Emeritus of Team Rubicon and former CEO of Team Rubicon Global

    Mike Lowe '97
    General assignment reporter, WGN-Channel 9

    In January 2010, two tectonic plates beneath Haiti shifted and jerked apart, generating a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince.
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Our Mission

To form women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service in imitation of Jesus Christ through a college preparatory education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Loyola Academy admits students of any race, color and national origin or ethnic origin.