Biographies

Shannon Morfin, Instructor

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Morfin has taught children through the Boys & Girls Club and Special Olympics for over ten years and recently headed up a character development program, Finer Points, at a top independent school in south Florida, Pine Crest School. Additionally, Shannon is currently a VP of Strategic Development at LinkCapital where she is responsible for health system partnerships and business development. Prior to Link, she was a Senior Portfolio Manager at WellTower and previously worked at Ventas REIT, Ziegler Capital Markets and Bank of America.  Shannon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus on Finance and a Math minor from Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame.  She is actively engaged in the Chicago community as, in addition to work with the local chapter of the Special Olympics, she is currently a member of the Cook County Health Foundation Associate Board.

 

 

Jennifer McGregor, Regional Director Midwest

Jennifer McGregor has a unique, diverse professional background of strategic branding professional, business protocol expert, LEED Accredited Professional and certified Interior Designer to licensed real estate.

Her recent position as Vice President at The John Buck Company focused on new business development, client relations, and marketing for the Strategic Advisory Group. She was elected with creating a new Green Practice group which embraced the concepts of communication effectiveness, networking,  and negotiating on behalf of green leases for sustainability-conscious clients as well as providing LEED and sustainability consulting. McGregor coordinated a team of consultants to create a quantifiable case study which measured realistic cost premiums for LEED projects of varying prototypes. She was instrumental in customer service training, and business events.

McGregor has devoted her time on the Board of Directors for The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Chicago). After serving in many leadership roles, she is now Chairman of the Board. Under McGregor's leadership, the foundation has increased sponsorship by 50%, crafted National and local media partnerships, produced and executed highly styled galas with aggressive expense ratio targets and most importantly created the organization's endowment. Her networking and philanthropic interests have been key to DIFFA's long-term success.
McGregor previously served as Director of Business Development and Marketing at Holabird & Root where she led the coordination of a "first ever" rebranding effort of the 128 year old architecture, engineering, interior design and graphic illustration firm. A beta test of the new branded marketing materials helped secure the firm's largest commission in its history.

Her past experience includes more than 12 years in the business world which has given her exceptional insight as to how businesses interact and how business protocol can make or break sales effectiveness.


In addition to DIFFA/Chicago, she energetically participates in many professional and philanthropic organizations, including membership in the Economic Club of Chicago. She is active with CoreNet Global, the Greater Chicago Food Depository Real Estate Awards Steering Committee, the Junior League of Chicago, and the Executive Board at her church in Winnetka. Jennifer has served as a National Director of IBD and IIDA. She currently serves as Chair of the Art and Design School Advisory Board at her Alma Mater in Texas  as well as a board position in the Lake Forest school district.

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Dana Schleicher,  Regional Director Southeast

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With degrees in Marketing and Finance from The University of Florida, Dana Schleicher began her career in the financial services industry as a Client Service Specialist for a national brokerage firm.  After earning her Series 7, 66 & 63 licenses, she spent several years supporting a highly productive wealth management team.  Following her time in the corporate world, she led the entrepreneurial creation of a collegiate stationery product line.  The combination of her effective communication skills, business protocol awareness, and marketing talent drive her to succeed.

In addition to her business experience, she has a passion for kindness, civility, fine stationery and college football! Schleicher lives by the philosophy that "the little things make a big difference". Whether it's graciously helping a client with a special request or writing a letter of appreciation to a friend, Schleicher believes one should be intentional in cultivating relationships and connecting with others in a meaningful way. This mindset led her into the etiquette field so that she can help people attain better relationship skills and be more successful.

Additionally, Schleicher feels strongly about giving back and participates in a wide variety of charity efforts. She is an active member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches where she volunteers her time working on children’s education initiatives. She has traveled to South Africa to foster responsibility in combating infectious diseases. Schleicher also supports local environmental causes in various capacities from promoting recycling programs to funding clean water projects.

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