Governors State University, College of Business will host its fifth annual Business Week event on Thursday, April 25, 2024. This interactive and informative event offers engaging professional networking and learning opportunities to the College’s key stakeholders - businesses, students, alumni and the community.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: Engbretson Hall

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Business Week 2024 Event Schedule

Event schedule will be available at a later date.

Thursday, April 25th

• 5 - 5:45 p.m.

• 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.

• 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

• 7:15 – 8 p.m.

• 8 – 8:30 p.m.

• 8:30 – 9 p.m.

Honors Reception
at Hall of Honors (Invitation only event)

Networking Reception
at Hall of Governors

at Engbretson Hall

Keynote Presentation by Dorri McWhorter
at Engbretson Hall

COB Alumni Hall of Achievement Ceremony
at Engbretson Hall

Closing Remarks and Networking by Will Davis
at Engbretson Hall

Keynote Speaker

Dorri McWhorter, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

"Employee Engagement and Well-being in a Hybrid Mode"

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter became President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in August 2021. Prior to joining the YMCA, Dorri served for 8 years as the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago transforming the organization from a traditional social service organization to 21st Century social enterprise. Increasing impact and organizational sustainability, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s operating budget grew 4x over her tenure. The organization has been an active contributor to many critical initiatives across the region, and under Dorri’s leadership, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago expanded its service footprint to 10 new locations, completed seven mergers and acquisitions, implemented paid family leave and developed a retirement plan to include retirement options for thousands of childcare providers and small business owners. Dorri led the effort to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame and her work to create a new paradigm for the social impact sector is featured in the documentary, Uncharitable.

Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader and is committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a cross-sector approach of engaging business, civic and community partners. Dorri has a breadth of professional experience across a variety of businesses and industries. She was a partner at Crowe Horwath, LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S.. She also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for several companies including, LanzaTech Global, Lifeway Foods, William Blair Funds, NexPoint Capital and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession and serves on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. Dorri also serves as Co- Chair of the Advisory Board of the First Women’s Bank.

Dorri’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for Common Impact, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Civic Consulting Alliance, Civic Federation, Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, and Forefront. Dorri received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.

Business Week 2023 Recap

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