Imagine Yourself in the C-Suite

August 02, 2021


Imagine Yourself in the C-Suite      


Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart                                                          

Inspiring female leadership “Imagine Yourself in the C-Suite” is an educational event series that provides an opportunity for school-aged girls across Chicagoland to engage in dialogue with leading professionals and with one another. Featured speakers include CEOs and executives who share their success stories – as well as the failures that helped shape their professional development – to inspire achievement, build confidence and embolden girls to forge pathways to excellence.


The speaker series covers a vast range of topics aimed at preparation and empowerment, including insights, experiences and lessons learned that allow each student to reflect on her interests and discover potential career pathways. Featuring presenters that hold a variety of executive-level positions, the conversations encourage students to explore opportunities for global leadership in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, business, and beyond. In addition to the Woodlands students and invited guest events, the series includes annual programming open to the public.


Here, Woodlands alumna and C-Suite guest speaker Vanessa Ruiz ’01 shares the importance of having strong role models of female leadership. Ms. Ruiz serves as Creative Director for WoltersKluwer Clinical Effectiveness, creating engaging experiences to help patients understand their health.

Read more excerpts from the “Imagine Yourself in the C-Suite” series, and visit