Women Who WIN

iHeartMedia Chicago has joined forces with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago to launch Women Who WIN 2024, an annual celebration of dynamic women leaders who have made a significant impact in our community as a direct result of their exceptional leadership.


Margaret Mueller, President and CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

Margaret Mueller, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

Margaret currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Executives’ Club of Chicago, the nexus for connecting and growing the region’s business leaders. In this role, she oversees the strategic direction and operations of more than 100 programs annually for 16,000 executives.

After receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology, Margaret left academics to pursue a career in market research and brand strategy. In 2012, she launched “CarbonSix” into one of the most successful Health and Wellness strategic research firms in its space. After helping bring the company to sale, Margaret facilitated a roll up of four companies into a single brand, “Shapiro+Raj.” She later took the helm as President of Shapiro

+Raj in 2016 and was instrumental in a significant transformation and reinvention of the firm into what is now the sixth largest independent insights company in North America.

Throughout her career, Margaret has advised senior decision-makers across a range of industries. She has experience in supporting brand and business development strategies in the consumer, retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage, trademark and litigation, and financial services sectors.

Margaret has guest-lectured and taught graduate business courses at top business schools such as University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago and has appeared on various media outlets speaking to issues such as consumer sentiment, marketing trends, and the economy.

Margaret holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She is the immediate past president of the University of Chicago Alumni Board, a Trustee of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, serves on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation Board of Directors, and on the and on the Advisory Board of First Women’s Bank. She also participates as a member of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Young Presidents Organization (YPO), The Chicago Network, Commercial Club of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago, and International Women’s Forum. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two sons.

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