The "Lunch with Mayor Lori Lightfoot" fundraising event was held at Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor, Illinois. Algernon Penn and Dr. Suzanne Penn attended along with numerous supporters.

Lori Lightfoot is the current 56th Mayor of Chicago. Since assuming her current position, she has undertaken an ambitious agenda to expand the economic growth of Chicago's neighborhoods and communities.

Wow, we experienced a fun and high energy afternoon!

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Dr. Suzanne Penn


The Office of Dr. Suzanne Penn announces the celebration of their fortieth year in business. Dr. Penn is a highly successful tax and wealth management entrepreneur with a PhD in Business Administration who focuses on implementing new ideas regarding leadership - as a thought leader, visionary and change agent.

She is the Founder and Chairman of MTS Tax Solutions, a national tax practice servicing educators, attorneys, surgeons and business owners since 1981. In addition, since 1990, professionals and business owners have also utilized the expertise of "Dr. Sue" and her team at MFS WealthCare; a financial service firm and insurance brokerage licensed in Illinois and Florida. At MFS
WealthCare, Dr. Penn and her staff help clients to retire early and discover the benefits of lifetime income. “Dr. Sue” as she is known believes "the more clearly you define your financial goals, the more likely you are to Re-create Your Life.” Both businesses are located at 200 E. Randolph, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601.

Over the years, Dr. Penn has also given back to the community that has supported her. She was the founder and Executive Director of Financial Independence Institute (F.I.I.) an Illinois non-profit which educated over 7,000 attendees at their annual "Champagne Seminar" events and their "Certificate Seminar" series which provided topical information on small business, real estate and investments. Featured key-note speakers over the years included television host Oprah Winfrey, editor Susan Taylor, actress Marla Gibbs and advertising executive Barbara Proctor.

F.I.I.’s board members included Dr. Arnita Boswell (sister of Whitney Young), Linnie Woods-Stewart (Mary Kay Independent National Director Emeritus), and John Rogers (Ariel Capital). Advisory Board members included Rev. Dr. Willie Barrow (Rainbow-PUSH Coalition) and Sandra Finley (The League of Black Women).

She is a celebrated author. Her book “The Pink Corner Office: Women Achieving Power In The Workplace,” was honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary Award Dinner sponsored by the Chicago Library Foundation in October 2017.

“Dr. Sue” has been the recipient of many awards such as the Images-Leadership Award, The Kizzy Award for Professional Achievement, The League of Black Women’s-Black Rose Award, the 2009 Chicago Defender’s- Woman of Excellence Award and The New Orleans Center of Successful Living’s-Spirit of Greatness Award among others. She has also been recognized for her work by former United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu and former New Orleans Mayor and current National Urban League President Marc Morial.

Suzanne has been featured in Newsweek, Today’s Chicago Woman and Crain’s Chicago Business magazines; and the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and N’Digo newspapers. Dr. Penn has also been a contributing writer for the Chicago Defender Newspaper.

Dr. Penn holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Illinois-Chicago, an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and a Ph.D. in Business Management from Kennedy-Western University. 

She is a member of the President’s Council at the University of Illinois Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board at Keiser University’s Graduate School of Business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information regarding the Office of Dr. Suzanne Penn, please visit, email [email protected] or call (312) 577-7590.

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"Jamila Trimuel and the Ladies of Virtue receives the Willie Taplin Barrow Emerging Leaders Award".

Thanks goes out to The Chicago Foundation of Women along with Dr. Patricia Carey and Dr. Calvin Morris from the legacy fund of the late Rev Willie Taplin Barrow.

Featured in the picture is Dr. Suzanne Penn and my husband Algernon Penn in addition to my daughter and son in law, Jamila and Damien Trimuel.

Rev. Barrow was the iconic co-founder of Operation Push, formerly Operation Breadbasket alongside Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson.

What a night! It was filled with tears, excitement and inspiration!

Rev. Dr. Willie Taplin Barrow

Rev Willie Barrow To Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award At The Pastors & Church Leaders' Award Prayer Breakfast - 2004

Jacqueline Jackson and her son, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., were featured at a book signing event for the book "Loving You, Thinking Of You, And Don't Forget To Pray" on February 28th, 2019 at the Bureau Bar and Restaurant in Chicago. Chicago Mayoral candidate, Lorie Lightfoot was in attendance.

Featured in the pictures are Santita Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Jacqueline Jackson, Lorie Lightfoot, Dr. Suzanne Penn and my husband Algernon Penn.

Santita and Jesse Jr. are the daughter and son of the iconic Jesse Louis Jackson and Jacqueline is his longtime wife.

What a night! It was filled with fun, excitement and promise.

My daughter, Jamila Trimuel and her organization Ladies of Virtue, were featured at Sarah Jakes Roberts' event "A Night in the Wild" on Feb 19, 2019 at the House of Hope in Chicago.

Featured in the pictures are Jamila Trimuel, Cora Jakes Coleman, Damien Trimuel, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Toure' Roberts, Dr. Suzanne Penn and my husband Algernon Penn. Sarah and Cora are daughters of the iconic Bishop T D Jakes.

"Evening with the Kennedy's" fundraiser for Chris Kennedy for Governor held at Dr. Zenobia Sowell's dental office.
Algernon and Dr Suzanne Penn, Max Kennedy, brother of Chris Kennedy.
Congressman Danny Davis
Sarah Kennedy, daughter of Chris Kennedy - Chris is the son of Robert F. Kennedy.
Victoria Ann Kennedy, wife Max Kennedy.
Wow, what a fun, high energy night!

Dr. Suzanne Penn was honored at the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Award Dinner at the
UIC Forum where she along with 83 other authors were recognized that evening.
Featured in the picture are best selling author Margaret Atwood (far left),
Dr. Suzanne Penn (center), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (to Dr. Penn's right)
and emcee Bill Kurtis (far right). Oh, what a night!

Algernon H. Penn, Dr. Suzanne Penn, and Linda Johnson Rice
As featured in the December 2017 issue of Modern Luxury Magazine under Social Scene: "More than 800 guests had the opportunity to hold spirited dinner-table conversations with some of the country's leading authors with ties to Chicago".
Dr. Suzanne Penn was one of 83 featured authors to be honored at the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Dinner which was held at the UIC Forum in Chicago.

To view the full press release, click here

Dr Sue along with husband, Algernon H. Penn and the Interim President of Malcom X College, David A. Sanders.
Dr Sue's daughter Jamila Trimuel along with husband Damien Trimuel. Jamila received the "Hidden Figures" award from Rush University. Oh what a night!

Dr. Sue along with her husband Algernon H. Penn at the MacCormac College 2016 Christmas party. Also in attendance were professors Abraham Martinez, Sarah Sears, Susan Torres and Chancellor Alexis Stephens.  

Al and Dr Sue recently attended the retirement celebration of UIC's Dr. Barbara Henley, the highest and longest ranking African American educator in the State of Illinois college and university system.

Algernon and Dr. Suzanne Penn attending the Learn 2 Laugh fundraising event sponsored by MacCormac College in Chicago where Dr. Penn is on the faculty teaching Business and Entrepreneurship courses (04/2016).

Al and I had a wonderful time at the University of Illinois' Legacies & Leaders event on April 8th, 2016 as we enjoyed the evening with friends, Dr. JENNIFER BRIER, Director of the Gender and Women's Studies at UIC.

What fun! Dr. Suzanne Penn (center right) attended the University of Illinois Chicago's Board of Visitors holiday meeting of which she is a member. Included in the photo is UIC LAS Dean Astrida Orle Tantillo (center left) and (second to the far right) Chancellor Michael Amiridis.

Host Chancellor Michael Amiridis greeting Dr. Suzanne Penn at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Liberal Arts and Sciences' Board of Visitors holiday meeting of which Dr. Penn is a member.

Algernon and Dr. Suzanne Penn attending the Christmas celebration at MacCormac College in Chicago where Dr. Penn is on the faculty teaching Business and Entrepreneurship courses (12/2015).

Captain of the Norwegian Sky, Dr. Suzanne Penn and Algernon Penn,  at the 2015 Leadership@Sea, Family and Friends Bahamas Cruise sponsored by Re-create Your Life Learning Center.

Al Penn, Bill Kurtis (Master of Ceremonies) and Dr. Suzanne Penn at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, October 21, 2015.

  Algernon and Dr. Suzanne Penn, June 17th, 2015 Reception at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago


  The couple attended the "Leadership in the 21st Century" event
  presented by President Timothy L. Killeen and the University of Illinois Foundation. Wow, what a night!

October, 2013