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Women of Note

Crain’s Chicago Business is spotlighting women in the business and nonprofit worlds who are mapping out bold moves, taking big risks and making decisions of real consequence for their organizations and for the region at large. We also take a look at their big mission and challenges. Here’s our inaugural list of 13 outstanding women.

Mary Dillon (’83), CEO, Foot Locker is tasked with a turnaround at the New York-based shoe store chain and must move it beyond its mall-based, Nike-focused past. Experts have said Dillon, who remains based in the Chicago area, is up for the job and well equipped to lead a transformation. She delivered a stellar performance during her roughly eight years as CEO at Ulta, setting Wall Street’s expectations high for Dillon out of the gate at Foot Locker.