NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

From Galas to Governance: The Evolving Role of Boards in the Non-Profit World

February 11, 2016
Chicago, IL




Both not-for-profit and for-profit boards are challenged with increasingly complex and rapidly changing environments. With the growing awareness of the importance of governance on not-for-profit boards have come a number of critical debates about the evolving role of the board. While the importance of fundraising and community awareness will never go away, today’s not-for-profit boards need to include a much stronger focus on corporate governance. How do you achieve this balance? Our discussion topics with our expert panel and participant roundtables will include:


  • What are the key issues facing not-for-profit boards today?
  • What is the evolving role of the board and how is the board culture changing? How does the board balance fundraising needs with fiduciary and strategic responsibilities?
  • With the increasing challenges facing the not-for-profit world, what is the right board composition?
  • How does the board balance its responsibilities and accountabilities to its various constituencies? 
  • What is the board’s role in protecting the company’s reputation? Addressing issues raised by various media?


  Feb. 11th Summary

Location and Time


The Chicago CLub
81 E. Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605

7:30-7:45 a.m. Registration/Networking

7:45-10:00a.m. Extended Program w/ Peer-to-Peer session

Speaker Spotlight


Emily Nicklin

Moderator Emily Nicklin is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis and has been lead trial counsel in both jury and bench trials, as well as arbitrations, in various state and federal venues including Arkansas, California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. Her practice includes cases (both individual and class actions) concerning professional liability for accountants and consultants, securities and common law fraud, contract, tort (including product liability and personal injury), employment discrimination, constitutional law and municipal law. She is a Trustee of the University of Chicago, and a member of its Board’s Executive Committee. Emily also is a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Karen Teitelbaum

Panelist Karen Teitelbaum is the President/Chief Executive Officer at Sinai Health System, an urban, teaching healthcare system comprised of four hospitals, an epidemiological research institute focusing on healthcare disparities, a community institute with over 25 distinct programs, over 800 medical staff members, and 4,000 employees. Focused on the delivery of high quality services in an efficient and cost effective manner, Sinai Health System has achieved national recognition in quality while reducing costs by millions of dollars due to greater efficiency and management of population health. Karen serves on the boards of the Illinois Hospital Association, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Family Health Network, Women in Health-Life Sciences, and has served on the boards of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School and as Board Vice President for The Theraplay Institute, an internationally recognized training organization. She is a member of the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and has been a member of the American Hospital Association Council on Maternal Fetal Health. She was recently named one of “100 Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in managed care and marketing and strategy for nonprofit organizations, and is a speaker on healthcare delivery topics such as population health management in an urban environment. Karen holds a Master’s of Management degree from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Constance Keller

Panelist Constance Templeton Keller is Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Field Museum of Natural History. She is a former Chair of the Illinois Board of Trustees and former Chair for the Illinois Campaign Task Force of The Nature Conservancy. She also serves on the Nature Conservancy’s National Campaign Committee for The Campaign for a Sustainable Planet. Connie’s volunteer commitments include, The Nature Conservancy of Illinois, The Field Museum, Women’s Board at Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboretum Board of Advisors, and she serves an Endowment Foundation Trustee for the Graue Mill and Museum. She previously served as a Director of Harris Bank Hinsdale, and as a Director of Templeton Kenly & Co. of Broadview, Illinois. She was a member of the University of Chicago Women’s Board Steering Committee, The Junior League of Chicago, The Robert Crown Center for Health Education, DuPage Children’s Museum, Hinsdale, Hospital, Community House of Hinsdale, and served on the Village of Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals. A graduate of Bradford Junior College in 1960, Connie continued her education at the University of Wisconsin where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1963. She received her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in April 1988. From 1963-1966, she was employed by Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith as a sales assistant, and was employed at Delta Airlines from 1966-1968 as a sales representative.

Gillian Darlow

Panelist Gillian Darlow is the CEO of the Polk Bros. Foundation, whose grants aim to reduce the impact of poverty and provide area residents with better access to quality education, vibrant arts experiences, preventive health care and basic human services. Polk Bros. Foundation is one of the largest funders of Chicago nonprofit organizations, making $25 million in grants and investing in nearly 400 Chicago nonprofits every year. Before joining the foundation in early 2013, Gillian was a principal with the Civic Consulting Alliance for seven years. With Civic Consulting, Gillian guided numerous initiatives to transform tourism, workforce, Chicago Public Schools, and City operations and led Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first-term transition, including writing his 2011 transition plan. Previously, Gillian held a number of leadership positions with education, arts, and economic development organizations throughout the country, including the Field Museum and Redmoon Theater in Chicago. Gillian is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism agency, and sits on several nonprofit boards, including Civic Consulting Alliance and Positive Coaching Alliance. She is a member of the Economic Club, the Chicago Network, and the Commercial Club of Chicago, and was selected as a 2010 Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader. She also recently served on the CPS Principal Quality Working Group, as the co-chair (with Kurt Summers) of the Mayor’s site selection task force for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago 2015 Transition team to examine ways to drive economic growth in Chicago’s neighborhoods, establish universal pre-K, and expand community engagement. Gillian holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA in education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and a BA in psychology from Harvard University.



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