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Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm's response to environmental matters as well as social issues within the marketplace, workplace, and the community.
Prior to becoming the Head of CSR, Ms. Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business, serving public fund and not-for-profit clients. Over the course of her 18-year Northern Trust career, she has held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Business Head in Operations and Technology, Group Head in Northern Trust's Personal Financial Services business, Director of Enterprise Relationship Management, and Manager in Treasury Management Consulting and Product Management.
Ms. Lindsey is National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million member organization. She is a Delegate for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. Ms. Lindsey is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Green Schools, a Board member of the Executives' Club of Chicago, a member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in the class of 2001, a former board member of the Joffrey Ballet, Women Employed, and Inroads, Inc. Ms. Lindsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in finance and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program. She is a public and motivational speaker on topics of corporate responsibility, leadership, mentoring, and personal and professional empowerment.
Ms. Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS' 30GoodMinutes and ABC's Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the National Diversity Council's Most Powerful and Influential Women for 2010 Award, Women's Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, N'Digo Corporate Leadership Award, Ebony Magazine's 2009 Power 150, Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, YWCA Leaders of Color Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. She is a recipient of Northern Trust's Chairman's Diversity Award and Volunteer of the Year Award; she is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.
During her induction ceremony, Ms. Lindsey described leadership: "Great leaders are great servants." Ms. Lindsey believes that we serve the best interests of girls by ensuring Girl Scouts has the structure, focus, and programs necessary to sustain another century of preparing today's girls to be tomorrow's leaders.