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Kelly J. Zachary is a two-time graduate of Benedictine. She earned a B.A. in International Business & Economics 2002 as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Innovation and Technology in 2004. She was honored with the Benedictine Valedictorian Award Scholarship due to her top rank at Marquette High School (Ottawa, Illinois). During her time at Benedictine, Zachary took the field for the Benedictine Eagles softball team. She was also 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.
Kelly 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 (since completing her M.B.A. at BenU) holding roles in Accounting, Sales, Fuel Supply, Trading Operations and most recently Commercial Development. She is an active member of BP Toastmasters, the Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD) – Chicago Chapter as well as the leader of the BP Front Office Trading Women's Network.
Kelly Zachary is a country girl at heart, growing up on a farm outside of Ottawa, Illinois 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 Kelly.