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Women in Leadership Inspire at Panel Discussion

Held on Thursday, December 13, “Leadership Lessons with the Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business” gave Loyola Academy alumni, parents, graduate parents and current students the opportunity to hear from successful Rambler mothers who are leaders in their respective industries. Nearly 150 guests enjoyed the program, which included networking, career advice and more.
Vice President of Alumni and Network Engagement Marty Jennings ’98 opened the evening by recalling Fr. McGrath’s ongoing vision to transform Loyola into a hub for Catholic, Jesuit programming, events and initiatives. Fr. McGrath spoke next and expanded on his overall strategic vision for Loyola Academy now and into the future. He introduced the evening’s host and moderator Matt Devine ’85, civil litigator and partner at Jenner & Block, who in turn presented the night’s panels:
Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty
Jennifer Scanlon, CEO, USG
Karen Sauder, Vice President of Sales, Site Leader, Google
Throughout the evening, the panelists shared their advice for others who hope to succeed in business, offering the following sentiments:
Be curious, work hard and be committed. You get noticed when you go above and beyond.” –Mary Dillon
Run through an open door and see what you can do to make an impact.” –Karen Sauder
Live in the moment and take advantage of the things that are right there in front of you.” –Jennifer Scanlon
“Through their actions and words the incredible generosity of the executives on the panel stood out,” reflects Mary Catherine Mortell ’01. “It is clear that they are committed to encouraging and promoting future leaders. The positive impact they are driving is not limited to their firm or industry, it benefits the entire Chicago business scene.”
A very special thank you to the President’s Leadership Council (PLC) volunteers who helped make this event possible. 

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