Margaret Mueller, AM’97

Chicago, Illinois

Executives' Club of Chicago

Margaret Mueller, AM’97, fell in love with the University of Chicago the moment she stepped on campus. Her time, first as a graduate student at large and then in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), was transformational. While she went on to receive her PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, the University of Chicago will always be her intellectual home.

Mueller is the president and chief executive officer of the Executives’ Club of Chicago. In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategic vision and execution of how the Club delivers on its mission of serving as Chicagoland’s premiere resource for connecting, developing, and growing best-in-class leaders to strengthen themselves and their organizations.

After receiving her PhD in sociology, Margaret left academics to pursue a career in market research and brand strategy. In 2012, she launched CarbonSix as one of the most successful health and wellness strategic research firms in its space. After helping bring the company to sale, Margaret facilitated a roll up of four companies into a single brand, Shapiro+Raj. Margaret took the helm as president of Shapiro+Raj in 2016 and was instrumental in a significant transformation and reinvention of the firm into what is now the sixth-largest independent insights company in North America.

Mueller has continued to engage closely with the University overall and MAPSS specifically. As an industry expert, she has brought her expertise into the classroom as a guest lecturer about market research methods, and as an adviser and coach of students in the management labs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

While she now operates in the world of business, she will always be a social scientist at heart. The contribution to the University of which she is most proud is serving as the founding Alumni Board president for MAPSS, which continues as a thriving alumni community to this day.