Deryl McKissack’s extraordinary story of starting a business from scratch is atypical given the challenges Black female founders face in America. Armed with little more than an entrepreneurial mindset, $1,000 in savings, a self-authored business plan and a prospect list, this remarkable leader went on to build one of the nation’s most notable Black-owned Architecture, Engineering and Construction business.
McKissack & McKissack has six offices around the country. More significantly, it is known for its outstanding work on transformative landmark construction projects. The McKissack portfolio includes the Obama Presidential Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation and the Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials—structures that help Americans and all visitors to the nation see how history and civic engagement impacts the nation. They also work in every consequential sector in our nation: energy, education, aviation, infrastructure, culture, and commercial real estate.
On December 8th, Margaret Mueller, President and CEO of the Executives’ Club of Chicago, will sit down with Deryl McKissack as she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her ground-breaking design and construction firm McKissack & McKissack to discuss this anniversary, her overarching principles, sense of fair play, gutsy approach to business and more.