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Steering Committee

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Kathy Graham, Chair
Hajara Al Amodi, Co-Chair
Jazmine Beltran
Sonja Brisard
Cindy Burrell, Chair Emeritus
Lino Carrillo
Maria Emma Del Toro
Max Dulberger
Jerri Edwards
Andy Feltovich
Rita Fisher
Kina Guyton
Carmen Heredia-Lopez
Shirley Hogsett
Mary Ann Hynes
Rida Iqbal
Ann Linton
Jessica Lubczynski
Danielle Mathe
Martha McGuire
Brittany Morrissette
Rebecca Norman
Ann Rieder
Marlene Saucedo
Kate Seitz
Karen Staib Duffy
Laura Stern
Paul Torres
Mary Lou Wattman
Jim Williams
Vince Williams
Rebecca Wing

President & Founder, The HQ Companies, Inc.

Kathy Graham is the President and Founder of The HQ Companies, Inc., a group of four firms focused on positioning the right professionals in the right areas to enhance corporate growth and career progression.  She is an alumni of North Central College with a BBA in Marketing and an alumni of The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with an MBA in Analytical Finance, Econometrics, Finance, and Statistics. 

Kathy is a member of the Chicago Finance Exchange, an invitation-only organization comprised of women leaders in finance; a Director for The University of Chicago’s Alumni Club of Chicago Board of Directors; a Partner and Chair of “At the Workplace Initiative” for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week®, a national campaign to increase consumer financial literacy; and is active in numerous other notable organizations. 

CEO & Chairwoman, Al Amodi Avenues

Hajara Al Amodi is a businesswoman and investment manager. CEO and Chairwoman of Al Amodi Avenues. She works in investments and private equity, in the USA and Asian markets, buying and selling private businesses, public securities and also has a large real estate portfolio.She was a founder and CEO of an IT company named Waadi Corporation, which she grew successfully to multi-million dollars in revenue. Her experience also includes leading and managing technology projects and multi-million dollar budgets, with a focused approach to risk management for private ad government organizations. She is a board member at companies in the tech and real estate industries in the US and India. A minority herself and passionate about bringing diversity in the boardrooms, Hajara, also works with the research committee at 30% club in the Middle East, which is focused on building more research, and creating opportunities for women and minorities in the boardrooms, in GCC. She often speaks, writes and delivers presentations on diversity, business, investment management, technology and also guest lectures. To learn more about her, you can also visit: .

Founder & President of Business Accounting Matters, Inc.

President, Diversity in Boardrooms

Vice President, Northern Trust’s Global Risk Management

VP & Head of Global Business Services, Kraft Heinz Company

CEO, Destiny Speaks

U.S. Sales, Marketing & Relationship Manager, ECS Global Inc.

Executive Vice President of Capital Markets & Lease Finance, First Bank of Highland Park

Assurance Partner, RSM US LLP.

Vice President, Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth


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Diane Aigotti
Kapila K. Anand
Wendy S. Baum
Holly Bailey
Dan Bayston
Carrie Bienkowski
Barbara Bowles
Sally Blount
Adela Cepeda
Donald Carley
Rodrigo Garcia
Lynn Clarke
Vicki Dudley
Candace Duncan
Gail Durham Hasbrouck
Kathy Dvorak
Venita Fields
Kathy Flanagan
Jill Goodman
Ilene Gordon
Judy Greffin
Carmen Heredia-Lopez
Mary Ann Hynes
Mary Christine Jackman
Linda Jojo
Barbara Klein
Dolores Kunda
Linda Lin
Alice Peterson
Cynthia Plouche
Anne Pramaggiore
John W. Rogers
Gail Rago
Dee Robinson
Jennifer Sherman
Lois Scott
Donna Smith
Dany St-Pierre
Anna Maria Viti-Welch
Carol Ward
Jane Warner
Michelle Warner
Mary Westerhold
James H. Wooten
Donna Zarcone

Board Director: GATX

Board Director: Extended Stay America, Omega Healthcare Investors, ESH Hospitality & Elanco Animal Health

Board Director: First Bank of Highland Park

Board Director: First Mid Illinois Bancshares

Board Director: Prime Line Products, Besser Company, KLJ Solutions & parent company to Kadrmas Lee & Jackson

Board Director: ConforMIS

Board Director, WEC Energy Group

Board Director: Abbott & Ulta Beauty

Board Director: BMO Financial Corp., Bank of Montreal subsidiary, The Mercer Funds, The UBS Funds & CGCM Funds

SVP, GC, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Horace Mann

CIO, Illinois State Treasury; Board Director: Thirty Percent Coalition

Board Director: 3 family-owned private—Nielsen-Massey Flavorings, Abarta Coca-Cola, Top Notch Distributors, Inc. & Talalay Global Mattresses

Board Director: Seacube Container Leasing, the 4th largest global container lessor owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; Raffles Insurance, LTD and EPIC, both captive insurance companies owned by Captive Resources

Board Director: Discover Financial Services, FTD Companies, Inc. & Teleflex

Board Director: Advocate Health Care

Board Director: Acco Brands & American Hotel

Board Director: Derry Enterprises/LifeSpace Communities/VSA Partners

Board Director: Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.


Board Director: International Paper & Lockheed Martin

Board Director: Associated Bank

Board Director: Catholic United Investment Trust & PFM MMS Trust

Board Expert Extraordinaire; 1st Woman GC, F500 Company; GC, Ingredion

Deputy Chief Investment Officer, City of Chicago

Board Director: Exelon

Board Director: Cabot Microelectronics & Ingredion

Board Director: Finish Line

Board Director: First Bank of Highland Park

Board Director: SP Plus Corporation & Williams Partners, LP

Board Director: Northern Trust/Northern Institutional Funds/Northern Funds & Barings Funds Trust

Senior Executive Vice President & CEO, Exelon Utilities

Founder, Chair & CEO, Ariel Investments

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Career Education

Board Director: Wintrust Bank

CEO & Board Director: Federal Signal & Franklin Electric

Board Director: Federal Home Loan Bank, Kroll Bond Rating Agency & private companies

Board Director: First Bank of Highland Park

Board Director: Boralex, Inc

Board Director: First Bank of Highland Park

Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Mondel─ôz International, Inc.

Board Director: Brunswick, Regal Beloit & Tenneco

GC & Corporate Secretary, USG Corporation

Board Director: First Mid Illinois Bancshares

Board Director: Hyatt Hotels & Morae Global Corporation

Board Director: CDW, Cigna & Duchossois Group

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