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Ellen Rudnick, '73

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth

Ellen A. Rudnick spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the health care and information services industries, prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty. During this time, she was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

She works with the many start-ups that emerge from Chicago Booth's entrepreneurship programs. Both her governance activities and start-up interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world.

Rudnick has been the recipient of a number of honors, including Today's Chicago Woman 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame and the YWCA Leadership Award. She serves or has served on numerous corporate boards including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, HMS Holdings, Patterson Companies, Oxford Health Plans and Northshore University Healthcare Research Institute. She also serves as an advisor to Ceres Venture Fund.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1972, Rudnick enrolled at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with an MBA the following year.