Speaker Bios

Convos from the She-Suite: Women in Senior Leadership

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm

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Speaker Bios


Dorri McWhorter – CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

In 2014, the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation listed Dorri McWhorter among the 100 top innovators in Chicago, just one year after she accepted the role as CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. In a short time, she has established STEM initiatives in for girls and women, and a retail outlet for businesses that support the Y’s mission.

Before joining the Y, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri is on boards of directors including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chicago Finance Exchange, and Chicago Child Care Society.

A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career; currently she is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on a Safer Chicago. She received her BA in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Twitter: @chicCPA  |  LinkedIn: dorrimcwhorter


Lisa Petrilli – Chief Operating, Marketing & Strategy Officer, The Thread

Lisa Petrilli ran a $750 million medication delivery business unit within a Fortune 1000 company while negotiating global licensing, commercialization, and co-marketing contracts with pharmaceutical companies. She has helped many C-level executives and emerging leaders to create and promote strong visions for their companies and for themselves.

A respected speaker and blogger, she authored The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership, and co-authored The Character-Based Leader. In her current role as Chief Operating, Marketing, & Strategy Officer of The Thread, a global self-empowerment platform, and as a protégé of Vanda Teixeira, Lisa now helps women and men in the business world empower their careers, uncover their life purpose, and consciously fulfill what they are meant to do and to be. She has been invited to the United Nations four times in this role as an ambassador of women’s empowerment.

Lisa was recently named a Top 20 Social CMO by Forbes. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Honor’s College and Kelley School of Business.

Twitter: @LisaPetrilli | LinkedIn: lisapetrilli


Sandra Wilson – Chief Operating Officer, Wheels, Inc.

Sandra Wilson’s career reflects more than 30 years of strategic and operational leadership in driving growth and profitability in start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change business settings. She has top leadership experience in most functional areas and has run businesses as diverse as global manufacturing and B2B financial services.

Currently, she is COO of Wheels Inc., a $1.6 billion fleet management company, and one of the largest privately held businesses in North America. Previously, Sandra spent nine years with Chicago Metallic, where she managed a turnaround of the company; for 14 years she held a variety of leadership roles and started up two businesses at ITW.

Sandra’s holds a BA from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the Booth School of Business. She also serves on the board of directors for Wheels Inc. and two other companies, and she holds several patents.

LinkedIn: sandralongwilson


Toni Irving – Executive Director, Get IN Chicago

Toni Irving, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Get IN Chicago, a private fund with a public mission dedicated to discovering the most effective ways to improve life conditions in Chicago communities hardest hit by poverty and violence. The fund invests in programs focused on at-risk youth and helps convene public and private organizations to help make Chicago safer and individual lives better.

Previously, as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Toni oversaw policy and planning, personnel, legislative and operations issues for public safety and human services agencies with combined budgets of $8 billion, and she managed the state’s transitional jobs program. In the department of Juvenile Justice, Irving implemented a therapeutic model of care which led to a population decrease of 67% as well as the closure of two state juvenile facilities. In 2011, Toni received the MacArthur Foundation “Champion for Change” award, recognizing her efforts to reform juvenile justice.

As a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Toni researched law, literature and social policy. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and a Ph.D. from New York University.

Twitter: @toniirving | LinkedIn: toni-irving


Wendy DuBoe – President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Wendy DuBoe is President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest private funder of health and human services in the greater Chicago region. Since joining UWMC in 2003, she has also served as Chief Strategy & Integration Officer, Chief Community Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She led the regional merger of 54 local offices into one metropolitan system, unifying staff and volunteers, integrating investments and operations and reducing operating costs by 20% across the territory.

Prior to joining United Way, Wendy was VP of the seminars program at the Aspen Institute. As Director of Business Development for Ameritech International, she led strategy and business development in the European market. She currently serves as a commissioner of the Governor’s Human Services Commission; chairs the board of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Chicago and Cook County; and is a member of the Executive Council of Thrive and of the Mayor’s Commission on Public Safety.

A member of the International MENSA Society, Wendy holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Twitter: @WendyDuBoe | LinkedIn: wendy-duboe


Moderator: Susan Rosenstein – President, Susan Rosenstein Executive Search Limited

Since 1986, Susan Rosenstein’s firm has specialized in the recruitment of middle- to senior-level executives in the functional areas of marketing, general management, communications, digital marketing/social media, marketing research, and business development. She spent seven years in brand-management marketing positions with Sara Lee Bakery and Beatrice US Foods (ConAgra), where she managed established businesses and developed new products.

Susan is a board member of the Indiana University Chicago Advisory Council and the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, where she is the First Vice President. For 14 years, she was on the board of the Dean’s Kellogg Alumni Council, and she has mentored many Kellogg students. She was also on the Kellogg Alumni Club board, where she served as Chair of the Career Development Committee. She has been a member of the Business Marketing Association since 2008; she was a trustee for the Spertus Institute from 2004-2010; and she was a board member of the Musicians Club of Women.

Susan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS from Indiana University.

Twitter: @SusanRosenstein | LinkedIn: susanrosenstein