Top executive, ABC reporter and City of Chicago official to speak at summit

Top executive, ABC reporter and City of Chicago official to speak at summit
August 4, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Maureen Beal, chair and CEO of National Van Lines, ABC 7 News reporter Theresa Gutierrez and Stephanie D. Neely, treasurer of the City of Chicago, will address the second annual Women’s Leadership Summit on October 10, 2008 in the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University. The summit, hosted by the Benedictine University College of Business and sponsored by NICOR, begins with registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and continues with speakers and workshops until 1:15 p.m. Registration is $35. Tables of eight are $280. Expo tables are $250. Register online at www.ben.edu/wls or call the College of Business (630) 829-6003. Beal began her career in sales and customer service management. She opened a sales office for National Van Lines in California in 1981, and then returned to Chicago one year later to help her father run the business. She served as vice president of the International Division and company treasurer until becoming chair and CEO upon her father’s passing in 1993. Beal serves on the board of the American Moving and Storage Association and is a past director of the Household Goods Carrier Bureau. She has served as chair of the American Cancer Society of DuPage County and is the immediate past chair of Aspire, an organization that serves children and adults with developmental difficulties. Gutierrez is one of the first Hispanic women to break into television journalism. She began her media career in 1971 as a production assistant at NBC 5 and joined ABC 7 the following year. She became a general assignment reporter in 1986 and during the past 25 years has hosted and produced a number of television talk shows. Gutierrez is actively involved in the community serving on the boards of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program; On Our Own, Hear Our Cries, an organization dealing with victims of domestic violence; the Vernon Jarrett Educational Foundation; and Kids International Surgical Services. Gutierrez was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Anti-Defamation League. Neely had more than 20 years of financial services experience with leading investment banking institutions before she was appointed City Treasurer by Mayor Richard M. Daley in December 2006, a post she retained in citywide election in February 2007. Neely is responsible for investing a portfolio of approximately $7 billion. A graduate of Smith College with a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago, Neely has served on the board of several civic and business organizations including the Chicago Summer Business Institute, the Urban Prep Charter School and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. The second annual Women’s Leadership Summit is also sponsored by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; Brennan and Brosnan, LLC; Douglas Events Consultants; DuPage Woman’s Newspaper; Universal Creative Concepts; Glancer Magazine; and FastSigns.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.