Patricia Q. Connolly
Patricia Q. Connolly is an executive with notable success guiding discussions on leading and governing in the 21st century. While supporting and contributing to multiple Boards of Directors, she has brought energy and transparency to the task of corporate governance. Ms. Connolly’s background is a rare blend of corporate and nonprofit leadership. Through her varied experience, she has gained a unique perspective on the critical role that a Board of Directors has in steering an organization to success. Regarded as an influential thought leader, she guides companies through pivotal decisions and periods of significant change.
She advanced through a series of positions at financial services firm PNC Financial Corp during her early career culminating with her role as Group Vice President for its retail and private banking group. Here, she gained a firm grasp of the various principles that underpin the Corporate world. Ms. Connolly then applied her business acumen to the nonprofit sector, holding executive roles at prominent institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She infused nonprofit operations with new efficiency and cost-effectiveness that streamlined processes and positioned long-term success. During this period, her contributions included driving a 60% increase in annual donations to the country’s oldest natural history museum.
Ms. Connolly served as Executive Director of Drexel University’s Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute (formerly the Center for Corporate Governance) from 2008 to 2020. Although situated in the academic arena, she has been heavily involved with the for-profit sector while consulting various Directors. She established two new flagship programs that have strengthened the discourse and education on new corporate governance areas. Ms. Connolly secured a $5 million naming endowment to ensure a sustainable, long-term future for the Institute. Ms. Connolly served as Chairman of the Nominating & Governance Committee for a 1500-employee, 370-physician medical center.
Ms. Connolly holds an MA in History & History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in History from Bryn Mawr College. She also received an AS in Finance from The Wharton School.