M. Flanagan, Biography
In more than two decades of experience in corporate communication,
most recently as Senior Vice President for Nuveen Investments, Kathleen
Flanagan has worked with CEOs and presidents in aligning management, gaining
commitment, and increasing innovation and empowerment in their organizations.
Currently, as an executive consultant in leadership communication, specializing
in shared leadership and decision making, she helps corporate executives,
leadership teams and boards produce change, set direction, generate good
decisions, inspire action and achieve success through powerful communication
At Nuveen, she was responsible for corporate communication
campaigns that raised $25 billion in assets in closed-end funds. Her stirring
speeches at innumerable kickoff meetings helped to launch these successful
sales efforts. Later, she was responsible for fund board development,
managing relationships with the outside directors who annually approved
the contracts that generated more than three quarters of NuveenÕs revenue.
In this capacity, she developed board presentations and reports for the
$35 billion family of Nuveen funds, comprising nearly 100 individual corporations.
She had significant responsibility for managing the operational and financial
reviews required to meet SEC and fund governance requirements.
Flanagan was a member of the 12-person leadership team
at Nuveen that transformed the firm from a 100-year-old municipal bond
specialist to a multi-faceted provider of a full range of investments
for high-net-worth investors. She managed the brand development campaign
that launched the new identity of Nuveen Investments with a Super Bowl
ad in 2000 featuring images of Christopher Reeve walking. Media interest
in this campaign generated more than 300 million viewer impressions.
Through an MBA from the University of Chicago, and the Advanced
Management Program at Harvard University, Kathleen Flanagan has gained
a strong base in financial and strategic analysis as well as organizational
theory and design. She has continued her research of leadership and organizational
communication at the Loyola University Center for Organization Development.
She has been active in the Securities Industry Association,
serving as a national board member for three years. She was a founding
member of the SIA Committee for Public Trust and Confidence. Additionally,
at the invitation of the board, she served as the initial co-chair of
the SIA Diversity Committee from 1997-2000. She led that committee in
producing the first industry survey of corporate practices regarding women
and minorities in management in the securities industry. She also guided
the publication of a comprehensive resource for securities firms, Diversity
Practices and Resources: A Guide to the New America. She served as vice
chairman of the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education,
which sponsors the Stock Market Game in grade schools and high schools
throughout the country.
Her focus on the advancement of women in leadership has
intensified in recent years. She has organized five womenÕs conferences
and catalyzed action for the launch of the WomenÕs Leadership Forum offered
by Executive Education of the University of Chicago. She currently is
president of the University of Chicago WomenÕs Business Group; co-chair
of the conference planning committee of Loyola UniversityÕs Gannon Center
for Women and Leadership; member of the Board Appointments Committee of
ChicagoÕs chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners;
and charter member of Boardroom Bound, a public service to provide informational
and educational seminars for director-candidates and to help companies
find pre-qualified women and minority candidates for corporate board service.