Dorri McWhorter will be a Co-Chair of the Bank’s Advisory Board (currently in formation). Dorri McWhorter is the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dorri leverages her largescale change experience from working over 20 years in management consulting to the work that the YWCA does to create social change. Dorri led the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Previously Dorri was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for Lifeway Foods, William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the current Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society.
Dorri is dedicated to empowering women as a member of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University and Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. Dorri’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1871, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Civic Consulting Alliance, and the Civic Federation. She is also a member of the Illinois Charitable Trust Board. Dorri received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.
ADVISORY BOARD CO-CHAIR
Meredith O’Connor will be a Co-Chair of the Bank’s Advisory Board (currently in formation). O’Connor is Executive Managing Director and Co-Chair of the Headquarters Practice Group at JLL. She manages the real estate portfolios for Toyota Motor North America, Aon Corporation, Takeda, HCSC, State of Illinois, CTA and Alight Solutions. Prior to joining JLL, O’Connor was Managing Director at World Business Chicago and spent more than 10 years at the City of Chicago as Deputy Commissioner. O’Connor served on the founding team of 1871, is a founding member of Chief and DMDII (formerly UI Labs), and serves on the boards of mHub, YMCA, JDRF, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
A critical step toward achieving gender equality is creating economic parity and financial inclusion, which requires closing the racial and gender gaps in access to capital. I look forward to joining First Women’s Bank as we work to bridge those gaps and empower women from all walks of life to reach their full potential. Billie Jean King, Strategic Advisor