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

Commander Julie McCarthy Grunwell ’92, U.S. Navy, Navy Personnel Command

April 19, 2018  I  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  I  University Club of Chicago

From Plaid Skirts to Camouflage Pants… How an All-Girls Education Prepared Me to Be A Transformative Leader

Julie McCarthy Grunwell ’92 will be the keynote speaker at the annual Leadership Luncheon.

Originally from Deerfield, Illinois, Commander Grunwell graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a degree in Pre-Medicine/English. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Commander Grunwell has served at sea as Electrical Officer in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50), Fire Control Officer in USS NORMANDY (CG 60), and Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS HOPPER (DDG 70).

Commander Grunwell has served ashore as Surface Junior Officer Detailer (PERS-412) at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN; as an N8 Action Officer at COMPACFLT in Pearl Harbor, HI; as an Executive Assistant to the Director of the Division of Professional Development at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; and as N73 Executive Officer/Lead Instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, RI.

Commander Grunwell has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, six Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and service awards.

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President, Loyola University

September 17, 2018  I  Evening

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, is the 24th president of Loyola University Chicago and the first lay president in the University’s history. She joined Loyola with a diverse background that includes various positions in higher education, law, business, healthcare and public service. Prior to Loyola University, Dr. Rooney was managing director at Huron Consulting Group in Chicago with responsibility for developing strategies to advance Huron Healthcare’s Federal Government Healthcare Sector consulting practice.

The presentation is free of charge and will take place at Regina Dominican, 701 Locust Road, Wilmette, IL.

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

Jack Brennan

Former CEO, Vanguard

Dr. Michelle Buck ’84

Director of Leadership Initiatives, Kellogg School of Management

Sarah Miller Caldicott

CEO, The Power Patterns of Innovation

Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Shedd Aquarium

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!