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Sam Rud


Director of Marketing

Sam joined Bennett Day School in 2019, and has since been promoted twice, from Senior Marketing Associate to Marketing Manager, and now serves as the Director of Marketing. Before joining Bennett, Sam worked as a Senior Marketing Coordinator at LaSalle Network, a high-growth staffing and recruiting firm. She studied Public Relations and Marketing at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Chicago in 2017 after graduation. While in college, Sam worked as a student ambassador, gaining valuable admissions experience that sparked her interest in a career in education.

Throughout her time at Bennett, Sam has automated admissions processes, increased brand awareness, improved lead generation, elevated Bennett’s social media presence, managed a successful website redesign, and ensured that families continued to discover Bennett even during the global pandemic. Her work has significantly contributed to Bennett’s impressive growth over the last 5 years.

Sam finds inspiration in her mother, a lifelong educator who modeled innovation and adaptability, traits that Sam brings to her role as Director of Marketing. She enjoys helping families learn about the unique, project-based approach that makes Bennett special.

Bennett is a place where she’s found purpose, joy, and friendship, and she’s grateful to be part of a community where students and faculty alike are encouraged to be curious, fail forward, and make a positive impact.