Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Message from the Director

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

You may have noticed that Janet Sisler’s photo no longer graces the page of the Director’s Welcome. We are deeply grateful to Janet for her remarkable eight years of leadership and innovation at the Gannon Center. Although she intended to retire, she was instead prevailed upon to join the cabinet of Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago, in the new role of Acting Vice President for Mission Integration. I am very happy to say that she is just a telephone call away to provide counsel and support to the Center.

Twenty-five years ago, the Gannon Center began as an idea among Loyola’s women leaders to extend the academic legacy of Mundelein College, the last remaining women’s college in Illinois, before merging with Loyola in 1991. Named for Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a longtime president of Mundelein and pioneer in women’s education and leadership, the Gannon Center supports a thriving set of programs, research, and events that celebrate, encourage, support, and grow the leadership potential of women undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members.

The Center's activities include the Gannon Scholars Program, the Women and Leadership Archives focusing on the records of women leaders, research fellowships for Loyola faculty, space and resources for visiting scholars, mentoring programs for undergraduate women students, and summer research grants for graduate students. We sponsor many other programs that promote women’s leadership, research, and achievements.

The Gannon Center has been preparing for the new Gannon Scholars and supporting our current Scholars as they move forward. We can all be tremendously proud of the current Scholars and of the 25+ years of Gannon alumnae. They are following paths inspired by Ignation/Jesuit/BVM values – sharing gifts, pursuing justice, having concern for the poor and marginalized, striving for excellence, and developing unity of heart, mind, and soul while living lives that reflect critical thought and responsible action on ethical issues.

Please remember to join our Mundelein alumnae and friends as we celebrate this Advent/Christmas season with our tradition of Advent Vespers on December 1, 2018. Although registration is officially closed, we may be able to squeeze you in! We will begin the evening with Lessons and Carols, the Christmas mystery presented in song and scripture, followed by a reception and our tradition of Advent Vespers. Although the event is free to attend, in the spirit of giving this holiday season, we encourage guests to bring an in-kind donation of gift cards to benefit the women of Sarah's Circle, a nonprofit organization serving homeless or at risk women with daytime services.  Click this link for more information.

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