May 26, 2021

Tracee Ellis Ross

Actor, CEO, Producer, & Founder / PATTERN Beauty

Tracee Ellis Ross, Actor, CEO & Producer, spoke to The Economic Club of Chicago on May 26, 2021. Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty and The Economic Club of Chicago incoming chair, moderated the conversation. Questions from the audience were posed by David Snyder, President & CEO, The Economic Club of Chicago.

May the space between where you are, and where you want to be, inspire you.

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Tracee Ellis Ross on her best piece of advice for entrepreneurs.


Tracee Ellis Ross

Actor, CEO, Producer, & Founder / PATTERN Beauty

Tracee Ellis Ross is the star of the Emmy-nominated ABC comedy series black-ish. For her role, Ross has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and won the 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition, Ross was honored and acknowledged at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, receiving the Fierce and Fearless award.


Mary Dillon

Chief Operating Officer / Ulta Beauty

Mary N. Dillon is Chief Executive Officer of ULTA Beauty, a position she has held since July 2013. She brings three decades of experience leading consumer-driven brands to the role, as well as a passion for leveraging consumer insights and customer­focused strategies to propel share gains and profitable growth. With Dillon’s strategic direction, ULTA Beauty has continued to see excellent sales growth and momentum in its e-commerce business and has completed the most ambitious, annual store opening program in company history, bringing the total to more than 715 stores in 47 states. Fortune Magazine recently featured her as #8 on its 2014 Business Person of the Year Top 50 listing, an accolade resulting from a compilation of financial results, company stock performance, shareholder returns and nonfinancial elements such as leadership style and strategic initiatives.