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A Jesuit College Preparatory Experience

Women of Wisdom Lecture Series

In 2001, a group of Loyola Academy mothers established the Women of Wisdom Society (WOW) to bring adults in the Loyola community together to share in the pursuit of knowledge. Every autumn since then, we’ve sought out some of the most distinguished and visionary professionals, educators, entrepreneurs and innovators of our time for a Tuesday-morning lecture and lunch series that’s lively, entertaining, sometimes provocative and always enlightening.
Please join us for the acclaimed WOW lecture series. Whether you are a previous attendee or new to WOW, we’re thrilled to welcome you to our 18th season. With its mission to connect and inspire women and men in the Loyola community with engaging speakers and intelligent conversation, WOW makes autumn one of the most enjoyable and edifying seasons of the year.
We look forward to seeing you at our 2019 series! If you have any questions, please contact us at
Thank you for your interest in the Women of Wisdom lecture series. We regret that we can no longer accept registrations. Please send any questions to We hope you will join us next year for another exciting series!

2019 Season at a Glance

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  • A Guided Riverwalk Tour of "Chicago's Newest Coastline"

    Thank you for your interest in the bus tour—the tour has reached capacity.
    Please email to be placed on the waitlist.

    Tuesday, September 24

    You won't want to miss this tour of Chicago's spectacular new Riverwalk, an ambitious $140 million project that has spanned two decades and three mayoral administrations.
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  • Expanding the Moral Imagination: From Loyola Academy to Global Humanitarianism

    Tuesday, October 1

    BILL O'KEEFE '80
    Executive Vice President of Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy, Catholic Relief Services
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  • The Chicago “L”— Chicago’s Biggest Mover and Shaker

    Tuesday, October 15


    Award-winning writer, historian, public speaker and tour guide
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  • Digital Technology is Spying on Us: Privacy Implications of Apps and Devices

    Tuesday, October 29


    Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Director, IIT Chicago-Kent Institute for Science, Law and Technology
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  • Neurodegenerative Diseases, Brain Health and the Secrets of Superagers

    Tuesday, November 12


    Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease at Northwestern Medicine
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  • Lecture Timing

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

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.