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SmithBucklin's Carol McGury Named to Crain's 2019 Notable Women Executives Over 50 List
SmithBucklin – the leading association management and services company that began 70 years ago in Chicago – is pleased to announce that Carol McGury, executive vice president, Event and Education Services, has been named to the 2019 Notable Women Executives Over 50 list in Crain’s Chicago Business magazine.
The prestigious list recognizes women executives who are leading successful businesses across industries in Chicago. “A generation ago, women in the C-suite were a novelty and, before that, they were few and far between,” Crain’s said in introducing the list. “(The list) should provide encouragement and inspiration for the next generation of women moving up.”
“This recognition is so richly deserved – both for Carol and for our company,” said SmithBucklin President & CEO Matt Sanderson. “For more than 30 years, Carol has driven success on behalf of our client organizations, team members, and our company overall. She is a strong and vital voice within our company and on our management team.”
For 70 years and counting, SmithBucklin has been at the forefront of helping associations create value for their stakeholders and foster loyal communities of engaged members. With SmithBucklin at their side, these nonprofit organizations make a difference in nearly every industry and field. They expand economic opportunities, educate workforces, improve and save lives, create and protect jobs, and promote the exchange of information. This significant impact is largely due to associations’ ability to bring like-minded people together in face-to-face meetings and live events.
“Carol continues to build on our solid commitment to provide unique event experiences and education that help achieve the missions of our client organizations,” Sanderson said. “Additionally, she is passionate about mentoring and coaching the next generation of event business strategists – both in our company and in the meetings and events community.”
Here’s what her colleagues had to say:
McGury joined SmithBucklin in 1988 as an entry-level associate. She quickly rose in the ranks eventually serving as the executive director of SHARE and several other technology user communities. She also served as the strategic account director for PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation), supporting its global event strategy and expanded North American Community Event. In 2013, she was promoted to executive vice president, Event and Education Services, and became a member of SmithBucklin’s senior management team.
- “Carol is an amazing strategic thinker. I envy the way she can distill the essence of a situation or problem quickly and make an excellent judgment call about what should be done next. She is calm in the face of any crisis. She is tough in business yet fair, and she has an excellent sense of humor, which she uses expertly to lighten challenging or tense situations,” said Christine Murphy Peck, senior director of SmithBucklin Education & Learning Services.
- “Carol is completely committed to delivering value to our clients every single day. It is always top of mind and she encourages the rest of us to never lose focus on the importance of creating value. When our team delivers event experiences that ensure our clients achieve their missions and visions as well as excite and inspire event participants, we are having impact and making a difference!” said Buffy Levy, events director.
- “Carol has a gift for helping people be creative. Any time I am struggling with how to address a challenge, I imagine what it would be like to discuss it with Carol. Once I think about how she would try to address it, I’ve got my solution,” said Alexis Bauer Kolak, education director.
- “I feel so lucky to work alongside somebody with such tenacity and purpose in all she does to be a leader in our industry. Carol has followed her passion and inspires others to do the same. She encourages and fosters an environment to take risks, lean in, and go after opportunities. As a woman, it is especially inspiring to see the path she has carved for herself and others,” said Mary Smith, operations director for SmithBucklin Event Services.
“I am so honored to be recognized among these women leaders in Chicago’s business community,” McGury said about the Crain’s listing. “I particularly want to thank my incredible team as well as my colleagues whose dedication to serving our clients’ needs is extraordinary. I am proud to serve alongside each of you.”
Carol comes from a family where service to others is paramount – her father served the Chicago Fire Department for more than 30 years – and she continues this tradition today. She is the current chair of the PCMA Foundation, overseeing scholarship awards and industry research for business event strategists. She also serves as a member of several industry boards, including the Marriott Hotel Advisory Board and Destinations International Partner Advisory Council, and she serves as co-chair of INCON (an international consortium of association and event management companies). In her personal time, she serves as board secretary of the Helping Hand Center, a nonprofit serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Chicago area.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in business from St. Xavier University in Chicago and a master’s degree in public service administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve. SmithBucklin serves trade associations, professional societies, technology communities, charitable organizations, and corporations. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin has offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, and San Ramon, Calif. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, please visit www.smithbucklin.com or call 1-800-539-9740.
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