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Sheelagh Whittaker (MBA ‘75)

Author, Global non-exec board member, Retired CEO Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

The Verities: Leadership behaviours that endure

Sheelagh Whittaker loves to laugh. A savvy strategist and CEO, shrewd observer of the zeitgeist, and engaging storyteller – imparting wisdom from her invariably humorous stories – she rose to corporate top echelons back when people thought the glass ceiling was an observation deck.

A Schulich MBA grad (Class of ’75), Sheelagh was the first female CEO of a TSX listed company.  She has served as CEO, board member, and mother in Canada, the US, Britain and Australia.