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ELITE was created and founded by Sara Sirotzky in 2009, with assistance from co-founders Joan Mazurek and Patricia MacDonald. Their original intent was to help their Chicago colleagues find employment through networking and education. ELITE has grown and helped many leaders find employment. The group has remained informal and relationship based; ELITE graduates stay connected to this supportive network for development and networking.

The group originally began as Professionals in Transition [PIT] and was renamed to Executive Leaders in Transition Exchange (ELITE), a registered 501c3 non profit organization based in Chicago.

Board of Directors  

  • Michelle Smead, President
  • Joe Baker, Membership
  • Dan Mc Hugh, Membership
  • Steve Brown, Sponsorship
  • Patty Bogosh, Programs
  • Sara Sirotzky, Treasurer
  • Debra Jackson, Nominations
  • Rai Ali
  • Bert Allen
  • Laurel Bellows
  • Dean Chung
  • Joan Mazurk
  • James Miranda
  • Patricia MacDonald, Emeritus

Jillian Potter – ELITE Administrator


  • Advanced Resources – Consulting & Staffing/Placement
  • Baker Tilly
  • Bellows Law Group
  • Colliers International – Commerical Real Estate
  • IIT Stuart School of Business
  • PeopleResults – Human Capital Consulting
  • PNC Bank
  • Radius Worldwide
  • Stratego Partners – Cost Savings Strategy
  • Swoon Staffing
  • Sara Sirotzky – Managing Director, Marsh
  • Riveron Consulting – Management Consulting
  • Ultimate Software
  • Workday

Sponsors attend monthly meetings, provide ongoing financial support and job leads, and network with members.