Mary Louise Gorno
Mary Louise (Mary Lou) is the president and CEO of Ingenuity International and leads the CEO and board search practice for nonprofits and Fortune 500, mid-cap, and privately owned companies. As a board and CEO advisor, she specializes in organizational governance, succession planning, and leadership issues. Mary Lou joined the executive search profession with more than two decades of experience in strategic planning and marketing. Prior to this, Mary Lou was a senior executive at Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising agency and division of Publicis Groupe.
Mary Lou earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College, an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She served as the chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Capital Campaign at Saint Mary’s and received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities.
Mary Lou was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago in 2004 and currently serves as vice chair and a member of its Executive Committee. Her other philanthropic work includes serving as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, chair of the Smart Museum of Art Board of Governors, and chair of the Chicago Historical Society.
Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Saint Mary’s College
Appointments & Affiliations
President & CEO
Board of Directors
Economic Club of Chicago; The Chicago Club
Board of Governors
Chair, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Board of Trustees
Chair, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; Vice Chair, University of Chicago; Eisenhower Fellowships; Chair, Chicago Historical Society
Honors & Awards
Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
Saint Mary's College
Professional Achievement Citation
University of Chicago