Our Team


Barbara Burgess

Barbara being the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Vision Realization Officer, is responsible for designing and leading the strategic vision for Wright.

Introduction :

Barbara is a corporate consultant, coach, trainer, and specialist in the areas of transformational leadership, transformative education, marketing, and employee empowerment. She has over 22 years’ experience marketing in a broad range of industries including healthcare, industrial supplies, association management, financial services, and consumer goods.

In her dynamic talk on Emotional Intelligence, Wright Foundation COO Barbara Burgess gave us valuable lessons we can all apply in work and in life. She made it clear —the most effective influencers turn emotion into action and use it to their advantage—an important benefit for communications, teaming, leadership, and life.

–Matt Dunfree SVP, Global Presales, Dell Technologies

Background :

Prior to joining Wright, Barbara was the Director of Internet Marketing for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a Brand Manager for the Internet Commerce division of W.W. Grainger, a key member of the team who launched one of the first successful business‐to‐business websites. Previous to her experience at W.W. Grainger, Barbara held sales and marketing positions at Nestle Foods and Peiser’s Medical Supplies.

Barbara graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in French and business.

Fun Facts :

What is your favorite quotation?

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

What is your favorite place in Chicago that isn’t a typical tourist destination?

“The Garfield Park Conservatory.”

What do you do outside of work?

“I get to learn a lot about myself from my 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter.”

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?

“Paris, so I could eat all of their yummy croissants and good cheese!”