Barbara Landers Bowles ’68

Barbara Landers Bowles '68
Trustee Emerita (Named October 5, 2017)

In 2007, Barbara Landers Bowles, retired as Vice Chair of Profit Investment Management where she managed its midcap portfolios. After an illustrious career in the investment management arena, she left to pursue her longtime goal of establishing and funding the Landers Bowles Family Foundation that focuses on charity related to education. She was the founder and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of The Kenwood Group, Inc. from 1989 until it was acquired by Profit in January of 2006. From 1984 to 1989, Bowles served as Corporate Vice President of Kraft, Inc. and headed the investor relations department.

Bowles, a Nashville native, holds a M.B.A. degree in Finance from the University Of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. degree in Mathematics with Honors from Fisk University in 1968. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1977.

She serves as a director of several corporations and organizations including Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Hospira Inc. She is also a senior director of the Chicago Urban League. In 2013, Barbara began her service as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Fisk University.

Barbara was named a History Maker in 2002. In 2003, Barbara was honored with the Alumni of the Year Award from the African American MBA Association of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and in February 2008, received the Chicago African American History Maker Award from the DuSable Museum of Chicago. In addition to mentoring young people, Barbara enjoys bridge and tennis. She and her husband, Earl, and their son Terrence, are residents of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community of Chicago.