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         Chicago Zoological Society Luncheon


Alyssa Rapp.


You read about Winnetka author and entrepreneur Alyssa Rapp in Classic Chicago last October and here she is again. The Chicago Zoological Society hosted a presentation and luncheon in honor of the CEO of Surgical Solutions and author of Leadership & Life Hacks: Insights from a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur & Executive.


Chicago Zoological Society VIPs John Grube, Cherryl Thomas and Stuart Stahl welcome Alyssa Rapp, third from left, to the luncheon in her honor.

The luncheon, held at Brookfield Zoo, was attended by 40 guests, including members of the Chicago Zoological Society board of trustees and Women’s Board. Guests were welcomed by John Grube, chairman of the board of trustees for the Society, and Dr. Stuart Strahl, the Society’s president and CEO.

During a pre-luncheon reception, attendees were able to meet some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. Following lunch, Cherryl Thomas, vice chair of the Society’s Board of Trustees, moderated a conversation with Rapp that included major themes from Rapp’s book and her own professional achievements. Each guest received a complimentary signed copy of Leadership & Life Hacks.

Alyssa Rapp is also a lecturer in management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth Business School.


Chicago Zoological Society Vice Chair Cherryl Thomas and guest of honor Alyssa Rapp. Their presentation was a highlight of the afternoon.


Chicago Zoological Society Trustee Ryan Williamson, Chicago Zoological Society Chief Operating Officer Rich Gamble and Chicago Zoological Society Deputy Chairman William C. Kunkler III.


Chicago Zoological Society Women’s Board Member Cookie Cohen, Chicago Zoological Society Vice Chair Cherryl Thomas, Michele Muenzenmay and Rose Day.


Guests at the luncheon and book discussion with author Alyssa Rapp


Photo Credit: Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society