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Women's leadership council


The Women's Leadership Council collaborates with other groups at Roosevelt as well as the community to identify the critical issues women face. The Council hosts programming, provides mentorship and gives back to initiatives that facilitate real solutions to close the gender gap. All women and men who know and support Roosevelt University are welcome to join.


The Women's Leadership Council advisory board provides leadership and direction to the Women's Leadership Council membership and to Roosevelt. This select group of individuals will strengthen the Roosevelt legacy by addressing the issues faced by current and aspiring women leaders, leveraging an inclusive network to seek improvements and solutions.

The advisory board provides advice and counsel on the University's efforts to support the women of Roosevelt: current students, alumni and friends of the University. The advisory board builds awareness of important and relevant issues and shares their expertise and talents.


  • Ann Ford, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Partner of Hall Prangle & Schoonveld LLC
  • Larissa Herczeg, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Managing Director and CIO of Oak Street Real Estate Capital


  • Melissa Bean, Roosevelt Alumna (BA '02), CEO of Mesirow Wealth Advisors, Mesirow Financial, Former U.S. Representative
  • Vicki Fuller, Roosevelt Alumna (BS '79) and Board of Trustees Member, Board Member of Fidelity Investments and The Williams Companies, Inc., Former CIO of the New York State Common Retirement Fund
  • Sarah Guernsey, Deputy Director and Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Patricia Harris, Roosevelt Alumna (BGS '80) and Board of Trustees Chair, Former Global Chief Diversity Officer at McDonald’s Corporation
  • Mablene Krueger, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg Campus
  • Kenyatta K. Matheny, Chief Investment Officer of EquiTrust
  • Margaret Price, Ethics and Compliance Officer, Medical Devices at Abbott
  • Clarita Santos, Executive Director of Corporate and Civic Partnerships at Health Care Service Corporation
  • Joyce E. Tucker, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Former Vice President of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for The Boeing Company

upcoming EVENTs 

Women’s Leadership Council Annual Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, December 2 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Register Here

Mary Dillon
Guest Speaker: Mary Dillon, Executive Chair of Ulta Beauty
and former Chief Executive Officer
Mary Dillon is a Chicago-based business executive with more than 35 years of experience leading consumer-driven businesses in a diverse range of industries, from consumer packaged goods to restaurants to telecom to beauty and retail. The common thread across all has been Mary’s passion for leveraging customer insights, leading through the lens of culture and removing barriers to inclusion to build brand engagement and drive results.  

Meslissa Bean
Moderator: Melissa Bean, President and CEO of Mesirow Wealth Management
As a member of Mesirow Financials' Board of Directors, she contributes to developing and overseeing the strategic direction of the firm. Melissa joined Mesirow following her role as Chairman, Midwest at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to oining JPMC, she served as CEO of the Executives' Club of Chicago.  Melissa is also a Roosevelt alumna and advisory board member of the Women’s Leadership Council.




JoIn the council

Become a member of the Council and begin receiving invites to our events and programs. You'll also benefit from our quarterly newsletter, where we share resources and updates.

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Joan DEUtsch Herczeg

Women Leaders Scholarship Program

The Joan Deutsch Herczeg Women Leaders Scholarship Program helps to inform and empower future women leaders. The program provides ambitious female students with a $5,000 scholarship to develop leadership skills through workshops, events, and mentorship. Learn more

Scholars 2021Roosevelt welcomed its first cohort of Deutsch Herczeg Scholars to the Women's Leadership Council this year. 
Meet our inaugural group of nine scholars!