Women in Family Business

Women in Family Business

Our annual women's event featured a delightful conversation with Meghan Juday, Chair of the Board of IDEAL Industries. 

Meghan’s path to leadership at the board level, in business, and in her community was creative and non-traditional. She’ll share some of the challenges and opportunities of being the first female board chair and only female on the board, and what inspired her to establish the Lodis Forum.

Meghan's compelling and inspirational conversation covered the following topics:

  • Women leading at the board level
  • Women's voices — preparing to lead and participate — what skills do you need?
  • Mentors and coaches in the board space
  • Your path to board service and leadership — your story
  • The Lodis Forum
  • If not you, then who?

Event details

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (CT)

Virtual and in-person

In-person location: Schreiber Center, 16 E. Pearson Street, 10th floor


5:30 p.m. Appetizers and conversation
6:00 p.m. Seating and welcome
6:15 p.m. Keynote with Meghan Juday
6:45 p.m. Q & A
7:00 p.m. Breakout discussion (small groups)
7:45 p.m. Report back (all groups)
8:00 p.m. Program concludes - conversation and mingling
8:30 p.m. Event adjourns

About Meghan

Meghan Juday

Speaker, author, and family business and corporate governance advocate, Meghan Juday, understands what helps family businesses thrive and survive and makes it her mission to share this know-how with the family business community. As an enthusiastic champion for family businesses she draws on her experience as a fourth-generation leader and Chair of the Board at IDEAL Industries, a 105-year-old family business in its fifth generation of ownership. Meghan has vast experience speaking and moderating events and as a panelist, podcaster, and keynote speaker. She sits on the editorial board and, as a contributor to NACD Private Company Directorship, contributes and sits on the editorial board for Family Business Magazine and writes for Private Director and Family Business Magazine and other publications. Her consultant work focuses on family and corporate governance. Meghan served as the director of the family business center at St. Joseph’s University and founded The Lodis Forum, a peer group for private company female board chairs.