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Mary Louise Gorno

NORC Board of Trustees

Mary Louise (Mary Lou) is the president and CEO of Ingenuity International, and leads the CEO and Board search practice for 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 in media, marketing, and strategic planning. Most recently, 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 member of its Executive Committee. Other philanthropic work includes serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and Chair of the Smart Museum of Art Board of Governors.



Booth School of Business, University of Chicago


Northwestern University


Saint Mary’s College

Appointments & Affiliations

President & CEO

Ingenuity International

Board of Directors

Economic Club of Chicago

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