Patricia Q. Connolly is an executive with notable success guiding discussions on how to lead and govern 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. During her early career, she advanced through a series of positions at financial services firm PNC Financial Corp. This culminated with her role as vice president for the firm’s 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 was able to infuse nonprofit operations with a new efficiency and cost-effectiveness that streamlined processes and positioned long-term success. Her contributions during this period included driving a 60 percent increase in annual donations to the country’s oldest natural history museum.
Since 2008, Ms. Connolly has served as Executive Director for Drexel University’s Center for Corporate Governance. Although situated in the academic arena, she has been heavily involved with the for-profit sector while consulting various boards of directors. She established two new flagship programs that have strengthened the discourse and education on new corporate governance areas. Ms. Connolly is also presently engaged as chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee for a 1500-employee, 370-physician medical center.
Through her varied record of experience, Ms. Connolly has gained 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 enjoys the chance to guide companies through pivotal decisions and periods of major change.