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On March 10, in partnership with McKinsey & Company, four experts in their fields applied their personal and professional experiences in order to discuss recent challenges and victories for women during one of the most difficult economic years in history.
Guided by the 2020 Women in the Workplace study by McKinsey & Company and leanin.org, these four experienced women, all experts in their fields, reflected on their own paths to success and the impact that the worldwide pandemic has had on their companies.

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Featured Speakers

Alaina Anderson

Alaina Anderson, ’06

Partner and Portfolio Manager, William Blair

Anderson joined William Blair & Company in 2006 and has over a decade of experience covering stocks globally. As portfolio manager of William Blair’s International Leaders ADR strategy, Anderson leads decision-making for a $700M portfolio. She is the former president of the Chicago Booth School of Business Black Alumni Association.

Alaina Anderson, ’06
Jennifer Scanlon

Jennifer Scanlon, ’92

President and CEO, UL

Prior to becoming president and CEO of UL in September 2019, Scanlon served as president and CEO of USG Corporation, a manufacturer of innovative building products. Scanlon sits on the board of Norfolk Southern Corporation and serves as vice chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and chair of the Commercial Club of Chicago. She is also a member of The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago. 

Jennifer Scanlon, ’92
Julia Taxin

Julia Taxin, ’12

Partner, Grotech Ventures, and Board Member, The Mom Project

Taxin brings over a decade of experience in venture capital, finance, and consulting to her role as partner at Grotech Ventures. Prior to joining Grotech, she spent time at Sandbox Industries. She currently serves on the board of or led investments in Airside Mobile, Backbone PLM, Drum Technologies, and The Mom Project. 

Julia Taxin, ’12

Event Moderator

Kweilin Ellingrund

Kweilin Ellingrud

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

With 15 years of experience at McKinsey & Company, Ellingrud is the leader of the company’s life insurance work in North America. She is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council. Her areas of expertise include women in STEM, accelerating gender equality through investment strategies, women in leadership, and the future of work.

Kweilin Ellingrud
McKinsey & Company

In Partnership with McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organizations create Change that Matters. In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public, and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters—for their organizations, their people, and in turn society at large.