Join alumni, parents and friends at exciting and innovative business networking events called CIRCLES.

CIRCLES connects professionals based on industry and business interests. You will have the opportunity to:

Network with Marquette alumni, parents and friends in business sectors of interest to you
Learn from and connect with industry leaders and academic experts
Find employees, mentors and business associates
Develop business leads and contacts


CIRCLES Chicago Roundtable Event

Monday, April 23, 2018
Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Parking and Location Information:

  • The CIRCLES event will take place at Navy Pier (located at 600 East Grand Avenue) throughout the 2nd floor with the program beginning in the Lakeview Terrace.
  • Please enter Navy Pier at Entrance 2 (the farthest entrance east on the pier).
  • If you are taking a taxi, please instruct the driver to drop you off at entrance 2 (the farthest east entrance at Navy Pier).
  • If you are driving, please park in the east parking garage. Self-parking is available.


$40 per person
$30 per person for young alumni (2008-2018 undergraduates)

5:00 p.m. — CIRCLES registration

5:45 p.m. — Roundtable Discussions

7:00 p.m. — Networking with Marquette alumni, parents and friends.


The Art of Relationship Sales: How to Use Emotional Intelligence and
Authentic Leadership for Success

Paul Darley, Bus Ad '85, President, CEO and Chairman W.S. Darley & Co.
Dr. Alexander Milovic, Assistant Professor of Practice - Marketing,
Marquette University’s College of Business Administration

Be the Difference in Your Community and Grow Your Career
Paula Conrad, Arts '94, Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, ComEd
Kevin Connelly, Bus Ad '91, Chief Financial Officer, Misericordia Heart of Mercy

Chicago 2025: An Open Discussion on Chicago’s Real Estate Future
Andrew D. Hunt, Bus Ad '08, Grad '13, Director, Marquette University’s
Center for Real Estate
Kevin R. Smith, Instructor of Practice, Marquette University, and Retired Senior
Managing Director and Head of Americas, Prudential Real Estate

Chicago’s Cultural Icons: Behind-the-scenes with a Marquette Twist
John Collins, Comm '01, General Manager, Goodman Theatre
Marilynn Kelly Gardner, Jour '88, President and CEO, Navy Pier
Greg Kot, Jour '78, Music Critic, Chicago Tribune
Moderated by Maura Farrell, Arts '92, Managing Director, Kivvit PR

Dynamics and Trends in Private Equity Investing
Jeff Germanotta, Grad '89, Adjunct Instructor and Director,
Marquette University’s Finance in New York Program

How Blockchain Technology is Changing the World of Finance
Girish Ramachandra, Senior Manager for Market and Solutions, Wipfli LLP

Keeping Your Message Relevant in the Fast-paced News Cycle
Lou Hernandez, Comm '00, Senior Account Director, MVT Public Relations
Kathryn Janicek, Comm '98, Media Coach, Kathryn Janicek Productions
Eric Schnabel, Comm '93, Director of Creative Shop, Facebook
Moderated by Tim Cigelske, Comm '04, Director of Social Media,
Marquette University’s Office of Marketing and Communication

The Latina/o Well-being Research Initiative
Dr. Lisa Edwards, Professor, Marquette University’s College of Education
Dr. Lucas Torres, Associate Professor, Marquette University’s Helen Way Klingler
College of Arts and Sciences

Lessons Learned from My First Startup
Nick McMillan, Arts '08, Founder & CTO, Akouba

Managing a Multi-generational Workforce
Richard Sibbernsen, Arts '71, Retired Executive Vice President,
Human Resources, AT&T Corporation
Kevin Walsh, Eng '91, Grad '97, Director of Executive Education and Adjunct
Instructor, Marquette University’s College of Business Administration

MUKC Fund One: Equity Funding for Marquette Originated Ideas
Rick Broeren, Bus Ad '77, Retired Managing Director, BNP Paribas

Resisting the Pain Epidemic: Pumping Up Pain Relief
Giovanni Berardi, Marquette Doctoral Student, Clinical and Translational
Rehabilitation Health Sciences
Introduced by Dr. Douglas Woods, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Students, and Dean of Marquette University’s Graduate School

Spirited Dreamers, Fearless Leaders, Game-changers: Turning
Innovative Ideas into Action

Scott Kitun, Comm '06, CEO, Technori
Marquette Student Innovators
Introduced by Megan Carver, Comm '08, Associate Director,
Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship
Kelsey Otero, Grad '14, Associate Director, Marquette University’s Social
Innovation Initiative

Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: Hamilton in the Classroom
Dr. Gerry Canavan, Assistant Professor, Marquette University’s
Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences



Chicago CIRCLES 2018 Sponsors


Bruce J. Adreani
Marquette Parent
Norwood Builders

Megan A. Adreani, Bus Ad ‘10
Senior Associate
DHR International

Peter J. Adreani, Bus Ad ‘07
Manager of Operations
Norwood Builders

Don Biernacki
Marquette Parent
Sr. Vice President, Construction
Related Midwest

Nick Brescia, Arts ‘06
Privacy Manager Attorney
Walgreen Company

Paula Conrad, Arts ‘94
Senior Manager, Corporate Relations

Paul Darley, Bus Ad ‘85
President, CEO and Chairman
W.S. Darley & Co.

Damarius Edwards, Bus Ad ‘16
Wealth Advisor Associate
Morgan Stanley

Marilynn Kelly Gardner, Jour ‘88
President and CEO
Navy Pier

Dan Gibbons, Arts ‘03
Vice President
Tur Partners LLC

Lou Hernandez, Comm ‘00
Senior Account Director
MVT Public Relations

Aleisha Jaeger, Eng ‘03
Senior Engineering Project Manager
Kerry Americas

Jeffrey J. Janda, Bus Ad ‘94
Founding Principal
Lee & Associates of Illinois, LLC

Clare Liston, Bus Ad ‘08
Manager, Paid Media
Tyson Foods

Tim Liston, Comm ‘08
Director of Development
Navy Pier

Matthew Maddock, Eng ‘84
Maddock Industries, Inc.

Adam McCostlin, Bus Ad ‘06
Senior Director
Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

Elizabeth McCostlin, Arts ‘06
Managing Director, Midwest Region
U.S. Fund for Unicef

James McShane, Eng ’68
Chief Executive Officer
The McShane Cos.

Kelly McShane, Arts ‘68
Marquette Trustee

Jim Meier, Bus Ad ‘84
Vice President, Marketing Finance

Robert A. Moore, Bus Ad ’84
Market President
Old Second National Bank

Susan Nelson, RN, BSN, CHPN, Nurs ‘79
Nurse Manager
House of Welcome Adult Day Services
North Shore Senior Center

Michael O’Rourke, Bus Ad ‘90
President and CEO
Signature Bank

Payal Patel, Comm ‘09
Public Relations Manager
Navy Pier

Jim Quaid, Bus Ad ‘91
ORBA - Certified Public Accountants

Walter A. Rebenson, Bus Ad ’81
Chief Executive Officer
Ascend Real Estate Group LLC

Jim Ryan, Arts ‘89
President and CEO

Steve Ryan, Arts ‘08
Founder and CEO
RyTech, LLC

Tracy Ryan, Comm ‘89
Napkin Knots

Bill Shiel, Bus Ad ‘72

Michael D. Thometz, Bus Ad ’00
Vice President
Portfolio Manager
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Frank Weiss, Eng ‘16
Project Manager, Construction
Related Midwest

Bill Wolk
Ascend Real Estate Group LLC

James Wrenn, Arts ‘84
Hudson Precision Products Co.


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