Kate Bensen is president and CEO of the Chicago Network, an invitation-only group of Chicago’s female business leaders and professionals. The network has 450 members and helps women foster relationships and build leadership skills.
“Perfection is the enemy of leadership and happiness. If you’re going to move to a leadership position, you need to move beyond that,” Bensen said to the Chicago Tribune. “Recognize that 80 percent is enough; recognize the end goal. There will be people supporting you who have to get that right, but your job as a leader is to step away and make sure the ship is going in the right direction.”
Before taking on the position of president and CEO in 2013, she served as executive director of the organization. Before that, she served as vice president at Conlon Public Strategies and the chair of the University of Chicago Women’s Board. She was also an associate and partner at Schiff Hardin. She has done extensive work in law in addition to nonprofits, serving on the board of many nonprofit organizations.
She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a JD from Loyola University.