Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Message from the Director

Greetings from the Director of the Gannon Center: Gabrielle M. Buckley


I am delighted to be writing this while spring is finally in the air! Over twenty-six years ago, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership began as an idea among Loyola’s women leaders and the BVM nuns to extend Mundelein College’s legacy of academics and service after it affiliated with Loyola University Chicago in 1991. Named for Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, the longest serving president of Mundelein and a pioneer in women’s education and leadership, the Gannon Center supports cutting edge programs, research and events that celebrate, encourage, support, and grow the leadership potential of women. The Gannon Center is one of Loyola's five Centers of Excellence and is proud to be included amongst the University's Research Centers. Janet Sisler, the most recent Director of the Gannon Center, was tapped by Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President of the University, to serve as Vice President for Mission Integration for the entire University. She is working harder than ever! 

As many of you know, the Center's activities include the four-year Gannon Scholars Program, research Fellowships for Loyola faculty, space and resources for visiting scholars, mentoring programs for undergraduate women students, and summer research grants for graduate students. The Gannon Center also includes the Women and Leadership Archives, which focuses on the records of women leaders, including those who were affiliated with Mundelein College.

The Gannon Center is in the process of selecting our new Gannon Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. Our current Scholars are doing terrific work academically, conducting research, and giving back to the community. We are tremendously proud of the current Scholars and of the 25+ years of Gannon alumnae.

We have had a busy Women's History Month, and our events continue into April and May. On March 18, 2019, the Center bestowed the Gannon Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Award to a very well deserving student, and recognized all of the terrific students nominated by faculty and colleagues. The Gannon Center co-sponsored a luncheon program with the Office of the Provost entitled “Communities in Conversation for Women Faculty: Invisible Labor” on March 15, 2019. Our Carolyn Farrell Professor, Dr. Dana Garbarski, facilitated the program with the Office of the Provost, and will present a “Discussion on Scholarly Conversation, Criticism, and Controversy” for female faculty on April 5, 2019. 

Mundelein Alumnae, don't forget to put April 28, 2019, on your calendar for our annual Spring Mass and Brunch! Mass will be held at 10:30am at Madonna della Strada Chapel, with brunch following in the McCormick Lounge. Our honorees this year are the BVMs, and we hope to have quite a contingent in attendance! Please click here to register for the Mass and Brunch.

All seven of our senior Gannon Scholars will graduate the week of May 6th. All have received notable awards for academics and service, maintained excellent GPA’s, and volunteered their time and talent to worthy causes. Most importantly, all have fully participated in the Gannon Center community, demonstrating compassion and support for others and furthering the mission of the Center.

This diverse array of Gannon Center scholarship, research, and programming is made possible by the loyalty of Mundelein, Loyola, and Gannon alumnae and friends, whose generous gifts established and continue to add to the Center's endowment fund. We welcome your suggestions and questions, and look forward to your support as we strengthen and expand the Gannon Center’s capabilities and outreach. We prepare women to lead extraordinary lives!

Gabrielle M. Buckley

Director, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” ― Ignatius of Loyola