At Regina Dominican, students have the opportunity to interact with dynamic leaders and subject matter experts through the Leadership Institute’s Speaker Series.

Our speakers act as real-world professors in the classroom and as influencers at our all-school assemblies. Each speaker helps Regina Dominican students to see the world with a more discerning eye and to develop themselves as leaders.

Upcoming Speakers

Regina Dominican Leadership Institute Speaker Kelly Golden

Kelly Rourke Golden ’89, Neapolitan, Owner

September 6, 2017  8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Kelly is the owner of fashion emporium Neapolitan.  Neapolitan is a fashion powerhouse. In the fast-paced fashion industry, Kelly must anticipate trends for her sophisticated clientele. Under her leadership, her store has quadrupled in size and sales have grown 2000 percent since 2003. She was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business in October 2016. She is a Regina Dominican graduate, an Edgebrook native and a Kellogg MBA. She is the mother of three.

Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D., President and CEO, Shedd Aquarium

September 18, 2017   Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D. serves as President & CEO of Shedd Aquarium providing strategic oversight and direction to all activities and initiatives for the world-class institution.

Before joining Shedd, Dr. Coughlin served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programs and Adjunct Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS). Nationally recognized for her efforts, Dr. Coughlin led the creation of the DMNS Health exhibit, a recipient of the Association of Science-Technology Center’s 2010 Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience. She also established the acclaimed National Institute of Health-funded Genetics of Taste Lab, a community-based laboratory that gives guests the opportunity to participate in scientific research.

Prior to DMNS, Dr. Coughlin spent 5 years with the National Academy of Sciences, where she served as Managing Editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has also led research teams funded by the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.

Dr. Coughlin holds a bachelor of arts from Knox College, a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Iowa, and an executive MBA certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She enjoys outdoor activities, cooking and spending time with her husband and three sons.

John Brennan

John Brennan, Vanguard- Former CEO, University of Notre Dame- Chairman Board of Trustees

February 12, 2018   Time: Evening TBD

John J. Brennan is chairman emeritus and senior advisor of Vanguard. Mr. Brennan joined Vanguard in July 1982. He was elected president in 1989, served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008, and chairman of the board from 1998 to 2009.

Mr. Brennan is a director of General Electric Company, LPL Financial, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, and American Express Company; chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame; a founding trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); chairman of Vanguard Charitable; and a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission.

Mr. Brennan graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He has received honorary degrees from Curry College and Drexel University.

Past Speakers

Noor Abdelfattah ’15

Loyola University Psychology Major

Lina Sergie Attar

Co-Founder/CEO, Karam Foundation

Dina Bair

Anchor, WGN-TV

Sally Blount Ph.D.

Dean of Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern

Dr. Michelle Buck ’84

Director of Leadership Initiatives, Kellogg School of Management

Sarah Miller Caldicott

CEO, The Power Patterns of Innovation

Grace Cowan

Senior VP of Customer Service, Waste Management

“2011 Women Worth Watching,” Diversity Journal

Janet Davies

Anchor/Executive Producer, ABC7 Chicago

Connie K. Duckworth

CEO, ARZU Studio Hope

Elizabeth “Dolly” Duffy

Executive Director, Notre Dame Alumni Association

Associate Vice President for University Relations, Notre Dame University

Elizabeth Fenner ’82

Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Magazine

Pricilla Guasso

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Amy Guterman

Strategic Innovation Executive, Salesforce Ignite

Craig Henderson

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Honorable Virginia M. (Cowhey) Kendall ’80

U.S. District Judge

Meg Kissinger ’75

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Meredith Knopp

Senior VP, “The Mission Continues”

Harry Kraemer

Former CEO of Baxter

Professor at Northwestern University

Professor Ann. M. Lousin

Constitutional Law Expert

The John Marshall Law School

S. Donna Markham

President, Catholic Charities

Patrick McCaskey

Board Member, Chicago Bears

Mark McCormick

Business Development Executive, IBM

Bill McGrath

Partner, Davis McGrath LLC

Pooja Merai

Strategic Innovation Executive, Salesforce Ignite

Nicky Nole ’02

President, Bear Native

Brighid O’Shaughnessy ’91

Founder/Artistic Director, Erasing the Distance

Sue Payne

Former Executive Geoscientist, ExxonMobil

COO, National Math and Science Initiative

Christopher R. Scotese, Ph.D.

Geophysicist, University of Texas

S. Mary Scullion, RSM

Co-Founder/Executive Director, Project HOME

“World’s Most Influential People,” Time, 2009

Bruce Sypniewski

Geologist and Deputy Division Director, U.S. EPA

Father Peter Wojcik

Co-Director of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission, The Archdiocese of Chicago

Learn about how you and your daughter can get involved.

Potential and Current Families: If you are interested in hearing more about the Leadership Institute, please contact Dr. Linda A. Liang to schedule an appointment!