Sally Blount, PhD

Chief Executive Officer / Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Sally Blount is the CEO of Catholic Charities of Chicago, one of the largest human services providers in the Midwest – serving more than 500,000 people annually. She is also the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she is a proud alumna and former dean.
Blount is an internationally recognized thought leader in management and business education. Her areas of expertise are in organizational governance, growth and transformation. Blount has been regularly featured in news outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Economist, and Fortune. In 2012, she co-chaired the World Economic Forum on Latin America, and in 2017, she was named one of LinkedIn’s top voices in Management.

Blount sits on the board of two Fortune 500 companies, Abbott Laboratories and Ulta Beauty, as well as the boards of the Joyce Foundation, Economic Club of Chicago, and Misericordia Home. She is also a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago, where she is part of the team working with the Cardinal to re-envision leadership development for priests.

At Catholic Charities, she is leading the organization through a three-year capabilities building and strategic planning process that will reimagine Charities’ governance and deepen its impact — as they prepare to serve those in need in an increasingly polarized and economically unequal, post-pandemic world. 


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