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Leading Ladies Panel Series

Feb • September

2020 Initiative

The Daisie Foundation presented the latest installment of its Leading Ladies Panel Series on February 18, 2020 at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel in downtown Chicago. Continuing the series’ mission to connect aspiring Chicago women with female leaders in the areas of media, tech, business, culinary arts, law, finance, and STEM, our featured panelists included four such outstanding experts: Dr. Suzet Mckinney, CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District; Sarita Mallinger, Senior Director, Digital Marketing Media for Kimpton Hotels; Andrea Schwartz, Vice President, Media Relations of Macy’s, and Mireya Villarreal, Founder and CEO of Pink Pewter; and Diana Gutierrez, host of WCIU’s morning television show The Jam, who moderated the panel.

The event began with a networking hour, during which attendees were able to personally network and connect with leading ladies. In the panel discussion that followed, the panelists shared the unique insights and behind-the-scenes knowledge they have each acquired over years of experience in their respective fields, providing our eager participants with valuable tools to learn and grow in their own pursuits. While they received the gift of the panelists’ wisdom, our participants also gave back by donating dresses for the Daisie Foundation’s annual Mother’s Day Makeover, just one of the many ways the Leading Ladies Panel Series is helping to uplift eight hundred mothers in Chicago in 2020.

The Daisie Foundation would like to thank the Kimpton Palomar Hotel and Kimpton Gray Hotel for serving as the hosts and business sponsors for our 2020 Leading Ladies Panel Series events.


February Panelists

Sarita Mallinger

Dr. Suzet McKinney

Andrea Schwartz

Mireya Villarreal

September Panelists






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2020 Leading Ladies Panel Series Event – February

2020 Leading Ladies Panel Series Event – February

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