Mary Lou Gorno, ’76

Managing Director
Ingenuity International, LLC

Mary Lou Gorno

Mary Lou Gorno, ’76, is managing director of Ingenuity International and leads the CEO and board practice for Fortune 500, mid-cap, and privately owned companies.

As a board and CEO advisor, she specializes in organizational governance, succession planning, and leadership issues. Gorno joined the executive search profession with more than two decades of experience in marketing, media, and strategic planning. As a senior executive at Leo Burnett Worldwide, an advertising agency and part of Publicis Groupe, she assumed global business-building responsibility for Reebok Inc., Walt Disney Company, and the Procter & Gamble Company.  

Gorno was honored with a professional achievement citation, which the University of Chicago created to recognize alumni whose vocational achievements have distinguished them in their fields and have brought credit to the University. She was elected to the board of trustees of the University of Chicago and serves as vice chair and member of its executive committee.

Gorno also previously served as the chair of the board of trustees and chair of the capital campaign at Saint Mary’s College and received an honorary doctor of humanities. Her philanthropic work also includes being vice chair and a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and serving as vice chair of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic School Board. Gorno is also a member of the finance council for the Archdiocese of Chicago and a director of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC).  

Gorno earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College, an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  

Mary Lou Gorno will participate in “Keys to Evolving Your Board: Driving Long-term Success.”