Go to myBenU
LinkedIn Instagram Twitter YouTube Facebook
Journeys in Leadership


Established in 2020 by the College of Liberal Arts “Forward” task force, Journeys in Leadership (JIL) is a nonpartisan, non-political speaker series generously supported by the Becker Endowment fund.  The aim of the series is to highlight the successes (and challenges) of an eclectic mix of local, state, national and international leaders from across a range of professional and academic experiences.

Stressing the importance of a liberal arts education, the common thread of the JIL speakers is their commitment to community discourse and living active, healthy lives.  Whether considering the life skills of a renowned poet, the musical and business acumen of a symphony CEO, or the dedication to international service of an aid worker, each of these carefully selected speakers has been invited to Benedictine University to share their life’s journey, with the primary goal of teaching and inspiring our students.

Journeys in Leadership events are held via Zoom and there are plans to have in person speakers back on our campuses in the near future, as part of this series.  All JIL events are free and open to the public, and feature not only a keynote speaker but also a unique group of student, alum, faculty and community panelists that participate in each event.

Kerry Andrews
SVP, Scripted Production Finance, Fremantle
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | Goodwin 411 and ZOOM 

Kerry Andrews grew up in Illinois, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in International Business & Economics from Benedictine University. In 2014, she attained her M.B.A. in International Business and Finance, also from BenU. She currently resides in La Crescenta, California with her two children.

Ms. Andrews has extensive experience in financial management for feature films and television; working for most of the major entertainment companies including NBC Universal, Sony, Warner Bros., CBS and Disney.

Ms. Andrews spent seven years as an executive with The Walt Disney Company, working on titles such as Shake It Up and Good Luck Charlie. She later transitioned to NBC Universal where for five years she oversaw half of all content produced by Universal Studio Group, including Umbrella Academy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and Never Have I Ever.

Since October 2022 she has been with Fremantle, a large international organization, as senior vice president of Scripted Production Finance, where she currently oversees hundreds of different projects in development.

Journeys in Leadership Featured Speakers

  • Kerry Andrews

    Kerry Andrews

    SVP, Scripted Production Finance, Fremantle
  • Maurice Bell

    Maurice Bell

    Sr. Director, Gatorade Performance Portfolio
  • Sean Casten

    Sean Casten

    House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District of Illinois
  • Terence Clark

    Terence Clark

    Drummer, Producer and Creative Artist
  • Todd Durkin

    Todd Durkin

    Trainer, Author, Motivational Speaker
  • Martha Gilmer

    Martha Gilmer

    CEO, San Diego Symphony
  • Grant Harris

    Grant Harris

    CEO, Connect Frontier LLC
  • Maurice Hobson

    Maurice Hobson

    Historian, Author & Associate Professor, Georgia State University
  • Alexa James

    Alexa James

    CEO, NAMI Chicago
  • Sharon Lazich

    Sharon Lazich

    United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • AJ Mendez

    AJ Mendez

    Author, Screenwriter, Mental Health Advocate, Former Professional Wrestling Champion
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    Poet and Author
  • Peter Roskam

    Peter Roskam

    Attorney & Former U.S. Congressman
  • Scott Seiver

    Scott Seiver

    Producer, Editor, Mixer and Musician
  • Laura Spinney

    Laura Spinney

    Author and Science Journalist
  • Amina Waheed

    Amina Waheed

    Producer, Fault Lines - Al Jazeera English
  • Kristen Ziman

    Kristen Ziman

    Retired Police Chief, Motivational Speaker
Book An Appointment

Phillip Hardy, Ph.D.
[email protected]
(630) 829-6292