Join alumni, parents and friends at exciting and innovative business networking events called CIRCLES.

CIRCLES connects professionals based on industry and business interests. You will have the opportunity to:

Network with Marquette alumni, parents and friends in business sectors of interest to you
Learn from and connect with industry leaders and academic experts
Find employees, mentors and business associates
Develop business leads and contacts


Marquette CIRCLES - Chicago
Roundtable Event


CIRCLES is Marquette’s premier networking program, where community members learn from and connect with industry leaders and academic experts as well as find employees, mentors and business associates.


Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd.

5:00 p.m. Registration
5:45 p.m. Roundtable Discussions

  • From Concept to Reality: Building Here Foods Through Investment
    Megan Klein, President, Here Foods
    Jim Meier, Bus Ad ’84, Retired Vice President, Commercial Finance, MillerCoors

  • Getting Back to the Campfire: How Corporate Culture Impacts a Growing Business
    Ray Seaver, Marquette Parent, CEO, zizzl

  • How to Handle Difficult Conversations in the Workplace
    Jessica Thunberg, Comm ’03, Senior Vice President of Business Strategies, Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications

  • Ignatian Pedagogy and the Ethics of Big Data
    Dr. Shion Guha, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Director, Data Science, Marquette University’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Elizaveta Strakhov, Assistant Professor, English, Marquette University’s Klingler
    College of Arts and Sciences

  • Industry 4.0 – What Does it Mean for Your Supply Chain
    Mark W. Boutelle, Bus Ad ’87, Grad ’91, Group President, ITW
    Bill Lee, Director of Marquette University’s Center for Supply Chain Management, Marquette University’s College of Business Administration

  • Institute for Women’s Leadership: Promoting Gender Equality in Education and the Workplace
    Dr. Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation, Marquette University’s Office of Research and Innovation

  • Leading from the Spirit: Corporate Discernment for Wise Decision-making in Contemporary Times
    Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts ’85, Grad ’88, ’98, Senior Mission and Ignatian Leadership Specialist, University Advancement, Marquette University

  • Marquette Admissions: Shaping the Next Generation
    Grant Egan, Bus Ad ’17, Admissions Counselor, Marquette University Admissions
    Megan O’Rourke, Assistant Director of Regional Recruitment, Marquette University Admissions
    Rosa Reiber, Chicago Regional Admissions Counselor, Marquette University Admissions
    Jeanette VonHaden, Chicago Regional Admissions Counselor, Marquette University Admissions

  • Monetizing Patents: Turning Innovation into Money
    Steven G. Steger, Eng ’93, Partner, Steger IP, LLC

  • The Next Wave of Aging: Unlocking a Secret to Curbing Physical Decline
    Dr. Sandra Hunter, Professor in Exercise Science, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences

  • Trauma Informed Education: Mental Health Implications of Trauma
    Dr. Alan Burkard, Professor and Chair, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University’s College of Education

  • What Goes Up: Reading the Tea Leaves on the Real Estate Cycle
    Andrew D. Hunt, Bus Ad ’08, Grad ’13, Director, Marquette University’s Center for Real Estate
    Jeffrey J. Janda, Bus Ad ‘94, Founding Principal, Lee & Associates of Illinois LLC

7:00 p.m. Networking

$40 per person*
$30 per person for young alumni (2004–18 undergraduates)*
Includes attendee directory and heavy hors d’oeuvres

Please direct any questions or special needs to Terrie Bruckbauer at or (414) 288-3353.


* Please note that a portion of the registration fee is considered a non-refundable, tax-deductible gift to Marquette’s Ignatian Promise Scholarship Initiative.

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