Phyllis Lockett

Founder & Senior Advisor

LEAP Innovations

Phyllis Lockett is a serial social entrepreneur who has led transformation efforts in education, government and the civic arena. Mrs. Lockett is currently the founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations, an organization headquartered in Chicago that works with schools to catalyze and ignite education innovation and prepare students for the changing world of work. As the president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, she helped raise more than $70 million to support opening 80 new public schools. Her prior corporate experience includes sales, marketing and business development with IBM, Kraft Foods and General Mills. Ms. Lockett serves on the Board of Directors of the CME Group, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Saga Education, and is an advisor to GSV Ventures. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, and The Commercial Club of Chicago. Phyllis is a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about education innovation