Wendy Guillies

President and CEO

Wendy Guillies is the president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with more than $2 billion in assets.

Guillies leads the Foundation’s work to boost student achievement in Kansas City and to accelerate entrepreneurship across the country. Before becoming CEO, she played an instrumental role in building the Foundation's local, national and global reputation as a thought leader and innovator in its fields.

Guillies has deep expertise in communications, marketing, organizational development and talent management. She serves on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, KCSourcelink, MRI Global, Folience and the Enterprise Bank Advisory Board. The Kansas City Business Journal named her to the Power 100 list in 2016 and 2017, and TechWeek KC named her to the Tech 100 list. She was also selected for the 2014 class of Women Executives in Kansas City by Ingram's magazine.

Guillies is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a graduate of the University of Nebraska. She currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas, where she and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.