The Executives' Club Of Chicago

The Executives' Club of Chicago

Chicago's premier membership organization and business forum. For more than one hundred years, The Club has been a valued resource for Chicago’s business leaders.
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A Conversation with Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

The Executives’ Club of Chicago welcomes Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to speak with Club members on Thursday, May 6 2020. At this member-exclusive event, the 56th Mayor of Chicago will discuss her experience since taking office last May, as well as her upcoming plans for working and partnering with the Chicago business community.

Join us for a casual lunch, networking with other members of The Club, and the opportunity to hear our Mayor speak in person.

This event is FREE for all members.


Chicago's Sports Owners On What It Takes To Win

Join The Executives’ Club in an epic, unprecedented conversation with the owners of our seven major sports teams. Through decades-long dynasties or 100-year-old curses, we have shared the ups and downs of Chicago’s professional sports.  Like great companies built to last, our teams ignite our passions as they pursue greatness, reflecting the city’s values of hard work, toughness and loyalty as they seek the title of “World Champion” in their respective sports.

 And the city benefits. Be it through direct investment in stadium renovation and technology upgrades, or attracting more tourists and employing locals, Chicago sports teams are increasing their investments in our vibrant and diverse neighborhoods and enhancing the gameday experience.

Hear first-hand from the owners how our pro franchises support and partner with local businesses as well as community organizations that use sports to support and strengthen education, empowerment, diversity and teamwork.  They will share how winning and losing seasons influence business strategies, and their insights into how to pivot through volatility – lessons that can be applied across any industry.   Learn how Chicago’s professional sports teams are growing the pie for fans of all sports and the greater Chicago community, in and out of season.

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International Executive Of The Year - Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin

The Executives’ Club of Chicago has named Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, its 2020 International Executive of the Year. Join us June 4 to honor the leader whose company’s market capitalization has tripled since she became CEO in 2013.

 In 2019, Hewson was listed as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” byTIME Magazine, and ranked No. 1 on FORTUNE’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the second year in a row. Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in TIME, “Marillyn is a living example of how business leaders can drive positive change in their companies and our communities when they take a long-term approach.”

 Hewson joined the global security and aerospace company more than 35 years ago as an industrial engineer, and rose through the ranks, holding several leadership positions before being named to the company’s top post. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Board of Governors of the USO, and as chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors.


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The Executives’ Club of Chicago is dedicated to developing the next generation of business leaders.  The Club's leadership development programs are designed to follow business executives through the leadership life cycle from early career development to senior executive level.  Each program is uniquely customized to meet the needs of individual executives.

Forum Events

Take advantage of joining The Club’s Forums—your best bet for networking, peer-to-peer engagement, and getting the most value out of your membership. While Club members may attend Forum events free of charge, we welcome both members and non-members to join us. Register today!

Business Technology Forum: Fostering Girls in STEM to be Women in Tech
April 23rd, 2020  Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Real Estate Forum: A Behind the Scenes Look of the Tribune Tower Residences
March 25, 2020 Being rescheduled for a future date - stay tuned!

International Business Forum: Asia's Prominence in Global Business
April 15, 2020 Being rescheduled for a future date - stay tuned!

Professional Services Forum: Succession and Stakeholder Management: A Discussion with Chicago’s Family Business Leaders
April 16, 2020 Being rescheduled for a future date - stay tuned!

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The Executives' Club of Chicago is one of the country's premier executive membership development and networking organizations. For more than 100 years, The Club has served as a platform for senior leaders to build relationships, share ideas, develop new business opportunities and participate in world-class programming.