Gwendolyn L. Butler
President and Chief Operating Officer, Capri Capital Partners, LLC
Gwendolyn L. Butler is the first African-American female president and chief operating officer in the commercial real estate investment management industry.
In this role at Capri Capital Partners, LLC, one of the country’s leading institutional real estate investment management firms, Butler oversees all investment, finance and marketing personnel of the firm.
Wilfred J. Lucas
President, W. Lucas Group, Inc.
In 2002, Wilfred Lucas founded W. Lucas Group, Inc., an executive coaching organization focused on helping business leaders achieve career success by mastering the corporate environment. The company client list includes national and global companies in banking, insurance, government, healthcare and consulting/accounting, with names such as Harris Bank, Deloitte, CISCO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, ITW, McDonald’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Coca-Cola. As president, Lucas is responsible for the overall growth and profitability of the company.
Stephanie D. Neeley
Treasurer, City of Chicago
Stephanie D. Neely, a native Chicagoan who grew up on the South Side, brings to the Office of Treasurer of the City of Chicago more than 20 years of financial services experience with leading investment banking institutions. A former vice president at Northern Trust Global Investments, Neely was responsible for working with public and corporate pension funds. As an African-American woman, Neely created opportunities for minority and women-owned financial services firms by fostering relationships with Northern Trust and thereby helping them establish a foothold in the industry. Neely consistently draws on her work in the fields of asset management, municipal and corporate finance in her role as Treasurer of the City of Chicago.
Theodore I. Yi
Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Office, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Quarles & Brady, LLP is a full-service law firm with 425 attorneys practicing from eight offices in the United States and China. The firm’s Chicago office has 75 attorneys and 55 staff and is the firm’s fastest growing office.
As the Chicago office’s co-managing partner, Theodore Yi is responsible for implementing the strategic plan, overall budget management, client development, recruiting and attorney training and mentoring.