Over a 45-year career as a Chicago lawyer, chief executive and corporate director, Sheli Rosenberg executed enough big deals and took enough companies public to be deemed a superstar.
She also knew what it was like to be the only woman in the room, to be called a "little lady" and to be asked to fetch the coffee.
She reached corners roped off to many women while dedicating considerable time to paving the way for others. She was the only woman to lead a coed legal group in the country in the early 1970s and co-founded the Chicago Network, the city's pre-eminent group of female executives.
But enough was enough, even for an overachiever. Rosenberg, now 69,...