Saint Xavier University Graham School of Management

Graham School of Management

Speaker Series Mentoring Event

The Graham School of Management is committed to providing meaningful mentorship experiences, particularly for its undergraduate students. To that end, we kick-off our mentoring program in each semester with a keynote speaker. We host a guest speaker, a business leader, who shares with our students various aspects of professional life in the business community and offers counsel on key aspects of personal development.

This mentoring is focusing on faculty-student interactions regarding courses within students' concentrations, career-related issues and our experiential and co-curricular activities.

Mentoring Program

Please view the video below from our most recent event.

More Information

For more information, please contact Nicholas J. Mancari at 773-298-3603 or

Past Speakers

Thursday, February 9, 2017: Kenneth W. Lukhard

"Intellect, Emotional Intelligence and Spirituality: The 3 Pillars of Success"

Kenneth W. Lukhard

Kenneth W. Lukhard currently serves as the president of Advocate Christ Medical Center, a 749-bed tertiary/quaternary campus located in Oak Lawn. Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which was ranked as one of the nation's top 5 large health systems by Truven Analytics in 2013. With 12 hospitals and more than 250 sites of care, it performs as the largest integrated health system in Illinois.

Lukhard's current team has won numerous awards and received recognition for clinical outcomes, patient and associate satisfaction and nursing excellence. Over the course of his 30 years of hospital CEO experience, four of his hospitals have achieved the "100 Top Hospital" designation during his tenure. Lukhard originally studied to be a Presbyterian minister and subsequently earned his B.A. degree in theology and his first graduate degree in counseling. After several years as a minister and psychological counselor, Lukhard entered health care and earned a graduate degree in health services administration from the University of San Francisco.

When not involved in the mission of Advocate Health Care, Lukhard is usually involved in various activities with his family. He and his wife, Carla, have seven children and six grandchildren. Faith remains an integral part of the Lukhard family.

Thursday, September 29, 2016: Terrence A. Duffy

"Perspective from the Corner Office: Finding Success in Today's Business World"

Terrence Duffy

The Honorable Terrence A. Duffy is the executive chairman and president of CME Group. He is responsible for overseeing the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. In 2015, CME Group handled more than 3.5 billion futures and options contracts worth in excess of $1 quadrillion in notional value.

Previously, Duffy served as executive chairman of CME Group. He's also served as chairman of the Board of CME and CME Holdings since April 2002 and as executive chairman since October 2006. He was vice chairman of the Board of CME Holdings Inc. from its formation in August 2001 and of the Board of CME from 1998 to April 2002. He has been a CME member since 1981 and a board member since 1995. He was also president of TDA Trading, Inc. from 1981 to 2002.

Duffy was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2003 as a member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), a position he held until 2013. The FRTIB administers the Thrift Savings Plan, a tax-deferred defined contribution (retirement savings) plan for federal employees.

Duffy currently serves as co-chair of the Mayo Clinic Greater Chicago Leadership Council and is vice chairman of the CME Group Foundation and president of the CME Group Community Foundation.

Duffy is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives' Club of Chicago and the President's Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He also has been recognized as one of the top 100 Irish Business Leaders by Irish America Magazine. Duffy attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2007, he received a Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University.

Please view the video below from when Terrence A. Duffy was the guest speaker.

Thursday, February 4, 2016: Dorri C. McWhorter

"Igniting Your Purpose"

McWhorterDorri C. McWhorter is the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 138 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. McWhorter is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing Creating IL Talent, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women.

McWhorter is an active member of Chicago's civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She's held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. And is active in the accounting profession as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Chicago Finance Exchange, Chicago Child Care Society, and Search Inc. She is a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech and a member of the Mayor's Commission on a Safer Chicago. She received her bachelor's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Thursday, October 8, 2015: Ana Dutra

"The Magic of Mentorship, Giving and Receiving Feedback"

Ana DutraAna Dutra is the president and chief executive officer of the Executives' Club of Chicago. She was previously the CEO of Mandala Global Advisors and head of leadership and talent consulting at executive search firm Korn/Ferry International from February 2008 to October 2013. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, where she described her father as "the Harry Caray of soccer" in the country. After earning degrees in law and economics there, she worked extensively in Latin America and Mexico. She began her career at IBM, where in 1989 a colleague was heading to the U.S. to get his MBA and helped inspire her own path to Chicago.

Ms. Dutra ended up at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and never left the Chicago area. She lives in Northfield and credits the approximately 2,000-member Executives' Club with integrating her into Chicago's business community. The Executives' Club of Chicago annually hosts dozens of networking events, breakfasts and luncheons featuring high-profile business leaders from around the world. Dutra is a former board member of the club and its first latina CEO.

Thursday, February 12, 2015: Darrell B. Jackson

"No One Achieves Success Alone"

Darrell B. JacksonDarrell B. Jackson is the president and chief executive officer at Seaway Bank and Trust Company in Chicago. Jackson is a career banker with more than 30 years' experience in the industry. Jackson received his B.A. from Saint Xavier University and his MBA from the Kellogg Executive MBA Program at Northwestern University.

Jackson received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago in 2004. He was also voted one of the 40 leaders of color by Chicago United in 2003. He was elected to the Mendel Catholic Hall of Fame in 2008 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Saint Xavier University in 2010. Recently, in February 2014, he was awarded the Reverend John Phelps Humanitarian of the Year Award by Life Directions.

Thursday, October 9, 2014: Billy Dexter

"Your Future Begins Now!"

Billy DexterBilly Dexter is a member of the Global Diversity Advisory Services practice that assists clients in creating diverse leadership teams. Dexter works across all industry and functional groups in developing inclusive solutions as it relates to talent acquisition and leadership development. Dexter also serves as a member of the financial services, human resources practice and board of director's practice as well.

Dexter has also received numerous honors over the years but most recently Chicago United named him as a 2009 recipient of Business Leader of Color. Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) named Dexter one of the "Top 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders" in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Savoy Magazine awarded him with the Trailblazer Award and recognized him as one of the Top 50 African American executives in 2010 and Uptown Professional Magazine recognized him as one of the "Top 100 Corporate Executives" in 2012.