Susan A. Willetts

Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden

Susan A. Willetts

Susan A. Willetts

Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden

Biography

Susan A. Willetts is on the board of Chicago Horticultural Society and Memorial University Medical Center and Member of The Economic Club of Chicago and Member of The Chicago Network. She received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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Number of Boards

3

Birthday

1955

Age

65

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Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration & Chief Financial Officer at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Former Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Former Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Treasurer & Director at D and R Fund

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Senior Vice President & General Counsel at W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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Former Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Former Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Co-Founder at Catholic Investment Services, Inc.

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Director at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Director, Vice Chairman-Finance & Investment at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Susan A. Willetts
Vice Chairman at Chicago Botanic Garden
Education
Class of 1981
Class of 1977
Memberships
Member
Current

The Economic Club of Chicago was organized in 1927 "to aid in the creation and expression of an enlightened public opinion on the important economic and social questions of the day.” Equally important, through its membership policies, the Club works to identify upcoming young leaders to insure a continuum of knowledge and traditions within Chicago’s civic and business community as the torch of leadership passes from one generation to the next.

Member
Current

The Chicago Network provides a forum to support and counsel for member careers and to raise awareness of professional, political and social issues faced by women. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Career History
Advisory Director
Current

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. engages in global investment banking, securities, and investment management, which provides financial services. It operates through the following business segments: Investment Banking, Global Markets, Asset Management, and Consumer & Wealth Management. The Investment Banking segment serves public and private sector clients around the world and provides financial advisory services, help companies raise capital to strengthen and grow their businesses and provide financing to corporate clients. The Global Markets segment serves its clients who buy and sell financial products, funding and manage risk. The Asset Management segment provides investment services to help clients preserve and grow their financial assets. The Consumer & Wealth Management segment helps clients to achieve their individual financial goals by providing a wealth advisory and banking services. The company was founded by Marcus Goldman in 1869 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Vice Chairman
Current

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. The Garden continues to strive to meet the lofty goals set more than a century ago. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. The 385-acre Garden features 26 display gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. HISTORY The Chicago Horticultural Society was founded in 1890. At its heart was the understanding that the city of Chicago was incorporated with the Latin words Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden." The Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows from its beginning. Information on the first show the new Society hosted is lost to history, but records archived at the Chicago Botanic Garden confirm the second show was held in the autumn of 1892 at the Regiment Armory, possibly at 1542 South Michigan Avenue, where a new armory opened in 1890. With two successful annual shows behind them, the Society next hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world’s fair in the autumn of 1893, at the newly built and just-opened Art Institute of Chicago. After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, modern history begins when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The mission encompasses three important components: collections, education, and research. In 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden celebrated its 40th anniversary. In looking back over the Garden's growth since 1972, Garden staff, members, and visitors could appreciate the remarkable changes that had taken place. The 40th anniversary website included a timeline of significant events, historical photos, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences at the Garden

Boards & Committees
Director
2014 - 2015
Director
2015 - Current
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Current
Political Donations
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Hanesbrands, Inc. purchases Maidenform Brands LLC

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Kimco Realty Corp., Cerberus Capital Management LP, Lubert Adler Management, Inc., AB Acquisition LLC purchase New Albertson's, Inc. from SUPERVALU, Inc.

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Sun Capital Partners, Inc., PAI Partners SAS, The Blackstone Group, Inc. purchase Sara Lee Corp. European Apparel Co. from The Hillshire Brands Co. resulting in a new company DIM Finance SAS

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