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Steering Committee

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Kathy Graham, Chair
Hajara Al Amodi, Co-Chair
Jazmin Beltran
Lino Carrillo
Deb Cohen
Jerri Edwards
Andy Feltovich
Mary Ann Hynes
Rida Iqbal
Celine Kosian
Christine Krause
Andria Long
Jessica Lubczynski
Danielle Mathe
Martha McGuire
Brittany Morrissette
Kate Seitz
Karen Staib Duffy
Alejo Torres
Jim Williams
Vince Williams
Rebecca Wing
Marie Winters

Founder & Principal, The HQ Companies, Inc.

Kathy Graham is the Founder and Principal of The HQ Companies, Inc., a group of four firms focused on strategies for board, career, and corporate growth in this digital age. For corporations, many of her recent consulting engagements involve identifying and recommending practical solutions for the cultural/people/position aspects of digital transformations.

Graham earned an MBA in Analytic Finance, Econometrics, and Statistics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from North Central College. She has combined her experience of observing how professionals actually progress or not in their careers with her academic knowledge to create the content, programs, and successful outcomes that are the hallmark of The HQ Companies.

Graham is a member and Co-Chair of Membership for the Chicago Finance Exchange, an invitation-only organization of the top 200 Chicago women leaders in finance. She has served for seven years on The University of Chicago’s Alumni Club of Chicago Board as a Board Member, most recently as Chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee for all of the University’s colleges and formerly Co-Chair of their Governance Committee. Graham has been the 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Chair since 2017, growing the event in size and content each year.

CEO & Chairwoman, Al Amodi Avenues

Hajara Al Amodi is a global investor, technologist, board director and a businesswoman. She is the chairwoman and CEO of AL Amodi Avenues, a holding company with a presence in North America & Asia. Hajara is a board director, with real estate, e-commerce and tech companies in India, USA and Africa. She sits on the investment committee at ALMPG Group in USA, works with the research committee at 30% Club in the Middle East Region, and represents the NED on Board (Non- executive directors), a private UK organization working on educating/increasing accountability of independent directors. 

Communications, American Bar Association

Advisory Council, Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Thought Leadership Director, RSM US LLP

VP/Director, Credit Administration, Community Investment Corporation

VP, Global Risk Management, Northern Trust

Board of Directors, Dr. Scholl Foundation

Principal, Traxonomy, LLC

Senior Associate, Strategy, KPMG US


Growth & Innovation Advisor/Speaker

Manager, Financial Services Assurance, RSM US LLP

Assurance Manager, RSM US LLP

Executive Vice President, First Bank Chicago

Assurance Manager, RSM US LLP

Partner, Financial Services Assurance, RSM US LLP

Founder, Quantum Development Coaching

Founder, 120s Public Relations

Founder, Meredith Communications

VP, Economic Empowerment & Director, Small Business Development Center, YWCA Metro Chicago

Chief Operating Officer, GC, and Corporate Strategy

SVP & Co-Head, Corporate Credit Research, Northern Trust Asset Management


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Anna Catalano
Nelda Connors
Cindie Jamison
Eileen Kamerick
Sheila Penrose
Douglas Waggoner

Board Director: HollyFrontier, Kraton, Frontdoor, Willis Towers Watson

Board Director: Boston Scientific, Delphi Technologies, EnerSys, Echo Global Logistics

Board Director: Big Lots, Darden Restaurants, Tractor Supply, Office Depot

Board Director: Associated Bank, Legg Mason Closed-End Funds, Hochschild Mining, AIG Funds & Anchor Trust

Non-Executive Chair and Board Director for Jones Lang LaSalle and Board Director for McDonald’s

CEO and Chair of Board of Directors for Echo Global Logistics, Board Director for SP Plus

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