Jackie Moss, a William Blair investment counselor, was presented the first Women’s Leadership Award on February 26 at a luncheon held during the Windy City Open annual professional squash tournament at the University Club of Chicago.
Moss was recognized for her dedication to the business and athletic community, including the sharing of her love of the sport of squash with Chicago youth. She was a founding member and the first board chairman of MetroSquash, a Chicago not-for-profit organization that uses the sport, academics, and mentoring to encourage students to finish high school and college.
“It’s a huge honor to be able to share some of the same experiences and benefits I’ve had from the game of squash with the urban students of Chicago,” Moss says. “That means expanding students’ horizons from travel to meeting people and learning about the world outside of Chicago.” Moss began playing squash at 11 and went on to become captain of Princeton’s women’s squash team.
Moss co-chaired MetroSquash’s $8 million campaign to build an eight-court and four-classroom center in Woodlawn, a South Side neighborhood, that now serves more than 300 students a year.
“The kids start in fifth grade and continue through college,” she says. “Each student commits to at least three days per week in the program—half of the time is academics and other half is squash instruction.”
The first members of MetroSquash are now seniors in college.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a retired U.S. track and field athlete and Olympic gold medalist, gave the keynote speech during the leadership luncheon. Kersee discussed balancing track and basketball with college studies and spoke about her experience competing in the 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympic Games, the mental component of sports competition, and the changes she has seen in sports today.
Moss has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and in 2014 joined William Blair, where she manages investment portfolios for families, endowments, and foundations. A member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago, Moss received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is married and has twin sons, 7, who are just beginning to play squash.