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Kelly J. Zachary, M.B.A.'04, C02, International Business & Economics
Kelly J. Zachary earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Economics in 2002 and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management of Innovation and Technology in 2004 at Benedictine University. She was honored with the Benedictine Valedictorian Award Scholarship due to her top class rank at Marquette High School in Ottawa, Ill. During her time at Benedictine, Zachary took the field for the softball team and was a member of the Distinguished Delegation award-winning Model United Nations team. An active alumna, she mentors a BenU student through Benedictine’s Mentorship Program.
Zachary works for BP on their world-class trading floor in the Global Oil Americas-Integrated Supply and Trading Business Unit in downtown Chicago. She has been with BP for 12 years fulfilling roles in accounting, sales, fuel supply, trading operations and commercial development. She is an active member of BP Toastmasters and the Chicago chapter of Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), and is the leader of the BP Front Office Trading Women’s Network.
A country girl at heart, Zachary grew up on a farm outside of Ottawa, Ill., near Starved Rock State Park. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing sports and helping with the family farm and business. She is an active volunteer with “Girls in the Game,” supporting the leadership development of Chicago’s youth, in addition to her fundraising efforts for the local volunteer fire department. She and her family boast one of the most unique CASE tractor collections in the state, including a one of a kind 1945 CASE VAC painted pink especially for Zachary.