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Kathryn Olson

Former Chief Executive Officer at Women's Sports Foundation
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Kathryn Olson

Former Chief Executive Officer at Women's Sports Foundation


59 (Born 1959)
Notable Companies
Women's Sports Foundation
Board Seats
Number of Relationships
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Founder at Women's Sports Foundation

President at Women's Sports Foundation

Chief Executive Officer at Women's Sports Foundation

Former Chief Development Officer at My Sisters' Place, Inc.

Former President at Women's Sports Foundation

Former Panel Chair-Partner Advisory Panel at Women's Sports Foundation

Former President Elect at Women's Sports Foundation

VP Trustee-At-Large at Women's Sports Foundation

Former President at Women's Sports Foundation

Former Regional Director, Los Angeles at Up2Us, Inc.
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January 16, 2018
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August 5, 2014
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August 1, 2014
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June 25, 2014

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Educational Background

BS in Marketing 
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is the second oldest public university in the state (after Illinois State University), and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. It is considered a Public Ivy and is a member of the Association of American Universities.
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.

Career History

Chief Executive Officer
2010 - 2014
Chief Marketing Officer
2007 - Prior
Shutterfly, Inc. is a family of brands in the business of sharing life's joy. We are proud to offer personalized photo products and services through Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Treat and Wedding Paper Divas. Although our brands are distinct from one another, Shutterfly, Inc. shares a common mission, vision and values of passion, inspire, act, commit and trust. Our vision is to make the world a better place by helping people share life's joy. Our mission is to deepen personal connections with those who matter most. Together, we are one family
Chief Marketing Officer
2004 - 2006
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. designs, develops and markets innovative technology-based learning platforms and related proprietary content for children. The firm develops a number of learning platforms, including the LeapPad family of learning tablets, the Leapster family of handheld learning game systems and the LeapReader reading systems, which facilitate learning experiences provided by content libraries, available in cartridge, print and digital format. The company was founded by Michael C. Wood and Robert W. Lally in 1995 and is headquartered in Emeryville, CA.
Vice President-Consumer Marketing
2001 - 2004
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. manufactures and markets chewing gum and confectionery products. Its products include gum, mints, hard and chewy candies. The firm’s brands include Orbit, Eclipse, Hubba Bubba, 5, Big Red, Lifesavers, Starburst, Winterfresh, Freedent, Skittles, Altoids, Doublemint, Extra, Creme Savers, and Juicy Fruit. The company was founded by William Wrigley Jr. in April 1891 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.
Executive Vice President-Marketing
1999 - 2001
Part of Nordstrom, Inc., LLC is a company headquartered in the United States. The firm provides apparel, shoes, and accessories catalogue sales via the Internet. It was founded by Robert A. Schwartz. Nordstrom, Inc. acquired LLC from Madrona Venture Group LLC on 13 May 02 for $70 million.
Vice President-Global Marketing
1997 - 1999
Monsanto Co. engages in the provision of agricultural products to farmers. The company operates its business through the following business segments: Seeds & Genomics and Agricultural Productivity. The Seeds & Genomics segment produces seed brands, including DEKALB, Asgrow, Deltapine, Seminis and De Ruiter and develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds. The Agricultural Productivity segment manufactures Roundup and Harness brand herbicides and other herbicides. It also provides other seed companies with genetic material and biotechnology traits for their seed brands. Monsanto was founded by John F. Queeny in 1901 and is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.
1986 - 1997
The Quaker Oats Co. manufactures beverages and other food products. It also manufactures bottled & canned soft drinks, granola bars & clusters, flour & flour mixes from purchased flour, rice cakes, cereals and uncooked rice products. The company was founded in 1901 and is headquartered at Chicago, IL.

Boards & Committees

Corporate Boards ▾
Board Member
Non-Profit Boards ▾
Co-Chair, Board of Trustees
2005 - Current
Founded in 1910, the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) leads the marketing community by providing its members with insights, collaboration, and advocacy. ANA's membership includes more than 500 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA strives to communicate marketing best practices, lead industry initiatives, influence industry practices, manage industry affairs, and advance, promote, and protect all advertisers and marketers.
Member, Board of Directors
The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts.” The Joffrey Ballet’s long list of “firsts” includes being the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, the first to appear on television, the first American company to visit Russia, the first classical dance company to go multi-media, the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet, the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company. For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company’s unprecedented capacity for achieving important “firsts.” Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residences in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in its brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company’s commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway. The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world. Mission The Joffrey is a world-class, Chicago-based ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertoire encompassing masterpieces of the past and cutting-edge works. The Joffrey is committed to providing arts education and accessible dance training through its Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs.
Board Member
Communities In Schools of Chicago is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that connects Chicago public school students with social, emotional, health and enrichment programs that remove barriers to learning. Founded in 1988, Communities In Schools of Chicago partners with more than 160 Chicago Public Schools and 130 service providers[citation needed] to facilitate program and service connections that address students’ basic needs – all at no cost to students or schools. Many of these services are basic but essential, from health services to arts enrichment to violence prevention. Communities In Schools of Chicago is one of nearly two hundred local affiliates of the national Communities In Schools organization.

Political Donations

Former President at Model, Roland & Co., Inc.

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