Jill Belconis has had the opportunity to be the “first woman” throughout her entire career. Jill has never been one to accept the status quo and is always ready for the next challenge. Her deep passion for leadership has taken her down an extraordinary path. She has shared her journey and her authentic leadership style in her TEDx Talk, “Succeed Like a Man, Lead Like a Woman.”
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a business degree, Jill became the first woman hired as a salesperson in the Data Processing Division of her IBM branch. Many didn’t believe a 21-year-old woman could succeed in sales at a conservative technology firm in the early ’80s. Despite many challenges, she forged ahead, excelled and learned to lead.
After IBM, Jill entered another competitive field, residential mortgage banking. She quickly became the president of Shelter Mortgage Company, which qualified her to join YPO Chicago, one of the oldest chapters in Young Presidents’ Organization, the premier global organization for chief executives. When Jill joined the Chicago chapter of 180 members, she was one of five women.
Jill became involved in her YPO Chicago chapter and in 2005 became the first woman elected chapter chair. She didn’t stop there. She got the attention of the global community of CEOs and presidents and found herself on YPO’s International Board of Directors. Then in 2011, Jill was the first woman elected as YPO International chairman of the board in its 67-year history. While leading other leaders worldwide, Jill understood the true meaning of servant leadership.
In 2013, Jill was able to successfully sell the nationwide Shelter Mortgage Company and then exit the business a year later. It has allowed Jill to pursue other passions as an executive advisor and a Gazelles International Certified Business Coach. She now can take her vast leadership experience and work with other CEOs to grow, scale and thrive in their businesses.
Contact us for more information on booking Jill for your next event, or call Stephanie Savage at 630‑563‑6454.