Kathy Graham

Kathy Graham is the Founder and Principal of The HQ Companies, Inc., a group of four firms focused on strategies for board, career, and corporate growth in this digital age. For corporations, many of her recent consulting engagements involved identifying and recommending prectical solutions for the cultural/people/position aspects of digital transformations.

Kathy earned an MBA in Analytic Finance, Econometrics, and Statistics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from North Central College.

She has combined her experience of observing how professionals through C-Suite executives actually progress or not in their careers with her academic knowledge to create the content, programs, and successful outcomes that are the hallmark of The HQ Companies.


Kathy is Co-Chair of Membership for the Chicago Finance Exchange, an invitation-only organization of the top 200 Chicago women leaders in finance.

Kathy has served for seven years on The University of Chicago’s Alumni Club of Chicago Board as a Board Member, most recently as Chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee for all of the University’s colleges and formerly as Co-Chair of their Governance Committee.

Since 2017 Graham has led 2020 Women on Boards Chicago as Chair, growing the event in size and content each year—last year's event featured 45 private and public company board directors interacting with 300 notable attendees.