Phyllis M. Lockett
Phyllis M. Lockett is a Chicago-based serial social entrepreneur who is the CEO of LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization connecting innovation and education to "reinvent the one-size-fits-all system and transform the way kids learn."
She is also a member of the board of the CME Group and a member of the executive committee.
Previously, Lockett served as president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, a venture philanthropy that invests in the start-up of new schools. She was a driving force in the charter school movement in Chicago and helped raise more than $70 million to start more than 80 new public schools.
She also served as executive director of the Civic Consulting Alliance, a pro-bono consulting firm sponsored by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago that leads strategic planning initiatives, process improvement, and program development projects for government agencies. |org=The Chicago Network|date=January 28, 2023}}</ref>
Outside of education and philanthropy, she had held marketing, sales and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Kraft Foods and General Mills.
She serves as an independent director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago and a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute.
She has served as a contributor to Forbes Magazine about education innovation and the future of learning.
She also held marketing, sales, and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Kraft Foods, and General Mills. Ms. Lockett is an independent director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. She is also a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Recently, Ms. Lockett was named a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about education innovation and the future of learning.
Lockett earned a masters of management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a bachelors of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
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