Associate Director, Executive Education, Office of the Provost

About Lindsey Berry

Lindsey Berry is an Associate Director in the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago, with a particular focus on the Harris School of Public Policy.

For Harris, Lindsey oversees the school's growing executive education programs, working with faculty to develop and market them. She also collaborates across UChicago more broadly to expand the reach and impact of non-degree programming. Lindsey’s expertise derives from her previous position at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she worked on executive education programs for three years.

Prior to arriving at UChicago, she spent five years at non-profits helping supply local hospitals in Indiana and Illinois with needed blood products through partnerships with donors at corporations and universities. Lindsey earned a BA in communications from Indiana University Bloomington and an MPA from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. When she’s not pitching companies on executive education, she can be found arguing the virtues of Chicago Cubs baseball with her husband and son.

Get to Know Lindsey

Do you have a book that you re-read over and over?

The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton, is one of those books that I read often. In fact, I keep it on my nightstand. The book is divided into different chapters on various topics like frustration, difficulty, a broken heart, and so on. For each topic, Alain takes the perspective of a different philosopher. My favorite is the chapter written from the perspective of Nietzsche that discusses the value of struggle and how it ultimately makes for a richer and more fulfilling life. This book helps me remember that life is an ebb and flow and I often suggest it to people who are navigating difficult times.

Is there a musical artist that has touched your life?

Tom Petty was my first concert when I was younger. “Wild Flowers” was the song that my dad and I danced to at my wedding. And, in the summer of 2017 I saw Tom Petty at Wrigley Field. When I learned of his death recently, I felt a substantial loss. His music lives on, and I intend to share my passion for Tom Petty’s catalog with my son.

When is the last time you felt inspired?

I am inspired whenever I meet others who have encountered  immense struggle or tragedy. One of my dearest friends has battled cancer not once, but three times. Whenever I speak to her, it is all about life and I am immediately inspired by her strength. She is a Chicago native, which leads me to my second source of inspiration. Nelson Algren once wrote about Chicago:  “… once you've come to be part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” After living here for four years, I agree. I’m proud to call myself a Chicagoan not just because of the people, places, art, and food, but also because I’m connected to the history and legacy of incredible achievements by Chicagoans, like Algren, who have come before me and continue to inspire me.  

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  • Best brunch spot in Logan Square

  • Donating blood

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