Guillies honored as CoJMC’s Alumni Master

Sunday, March 27, 2022 - 8:15am

Wendy Guillies, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, was honored as the 2022 CoJMC Alumni Master, during Masters Week from March 30 to April 1. Alumni Masters Week is a program sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association, the Student Alumni Association, and the UNL Chancellor's Office. During Masters Week, outstanding alumni return to campus to share their experiences and knowledge with students.   

 Guillies is the president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with $2.4 billion in assets. Guillies leads the foundation’s work to boost student achievement in Kansas City and to accelerate entrepreneurship across the country. Before becoming CEO, she played an instrumental role in building the foundation’s local, national and global reputation as a thought leader and innovator in its fields.

Guillies serves on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, MRI Global, Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Folience and Enterprise Bank. She is a member of the Kansas City Civic Council. The Kansas City Business Journal has named her to the annual Power 100 list since 2016 and she was selected for the Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business program in 2017. 

Guillies visited CoJMC from March 30 to April 1 where she spoke in several classes about her career path and her experiences as a strategic leader. On Friday, April 1, Guilles was honored during the annual Alumni Master’s Week Medallion Dinner.

 Since 1964, more than 400 alumni have participated in Alumni Masters. The selection of the Alumni Masters is competitive. Candidates are alumni who have shown great promise, success and leadership in their fields. Each spring, a committee of faculty and administrators makes recommendations to the chancellor, who chooses the participants for the program.

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Wendy Guilles, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation