Ruth Sweetser

Ruth Sweetser is the Director, Corporate Relations, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. In this position she works to strengthen relations between the university and business and industry. Sweetser develops programs to meet needs of industry, represents the university in areas of education/professional development, training/workforce preparation and research collaboration, and manages relationships with companies such as Microsoft and Boeing. She is also a frequent presenter and media guest on the topic of gender equity.

Sweetser is the immediate past president of the 100,000 member strong American Association of University Women (AAUW), from 2005-2009. Sweetser also served as president of AAUW Illinois, Inc. from 1995-1998. Twice designated as an AAUW Named Honoree, she also won the AAUW-Illinois Agent of Change Award in 2003. Since 1996 she has also been a member of the Gender Equity Advisory Committee of the Illinois State Board of Education. She has received extensive recognition for her professional and community work.