Carrie Meghie

Carrie Meghie, co-president of Becker Ventures and owner of St. Jane Hotel, shares what makes her proud, what drives her crazy and the three little words that guide her intentions.

By Bridget Daley

Portrait by Anthony Tahlier

July 08, 2019 10:00 AM

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What Chicago neighborhood or suburb do you live in? Bucktown.

What cause is nearest and dearest to you right now?  I am co-founder and board chair of the Jackson Chance Foundation, which partners with hospitals to provide complimentary parking passes to every family with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We ensure that the financial burden of parking does not stand in the way of any parent being with their child.

When you look back on your career so far, what are the moments that you are most proud of? I am most proud of the impact I’ve been able to have on others and our community—from providing employment opportunities, to seeing former team members thrive, to helping families and critically ill babies through our charity.

What is your favorite quote or motto? My current favorite quote is “Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics” by Jane Addams.

Who is your mentor or muse? My father and my mother.

Name your No. 1 life-changing, aha moment… The loss of my 10-month-old son in 2012 put my priorities into immediate perspective. It gave me certainty in knowing what’s important and valuable in life.

What sets your soul on fire? When I’m told I’m not capable of doing something, it drives me.

What is your biggest mistake or regret? I appreciate mistakes and the value they provide, but I regret when they happen because I didn’t listen to my gut or trust myself.

What is your biggest challenge, professional or personal, that you work on every day? Since becoming a mother, I made the decision to slow down at work and limit new projects. Turning down potential opportunities is my greatest challenge. 

Give us one word that best describes how you live your lifeDetermined.

Use three adjectives to describe the sophisticated woman you aim to be… Self-aware, high integrity and kind.