MSLOC Alumna Cited as Top Mentor

MSLOC Alumna Cited as Top Mentor

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School of Education and Social Policy alumna Renetta McCann (MS12), the chief talent officer at Leo Burnett,  is “a C-level executive and a legend in advertising, and will mentor anyone who musters up the courage to ask,” Lisa Bertagnoli wrote in a Crain’s special report, “Which Chicagoans are best at mentoring women?”

"My famous phrase is, 'Come see me,' " McCann told Bertagnoli. "There's a whole lot of anxiety around them asking me. If they make the effort to get through what appears to be that barrier, I'll talk to them."

McCann, a current faculty member who teaches the Designing Organizations class and member of MSLOC's Advisory Board, was one of five Chicago-area leaders profiled in the piece.

"McCann mentors through formal programs at Burnett and She Runs It, a nonprofit spinoff from the Advertising Women of New York," Bertagnoli wrote. "At any given time she's an informal mentor to a dozen people, and mentoring people of color in advertising is crucial, she says. "I feel an extraordinary commitment to helping them sort through their careers," she says, partly because she didn't get that kind of guidance on her way up."


By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 2/10/18