Crain's recently published this list of notable women stating "Notable executive women over 50? Why don't you feature notable men?" It's a fair question, but let's face it: Women reaching the highest levels of business remains a work in progress. A generation ago, women in the C-suite were a novelty and, before that, they were few and far between.
Despite progress, women are still scarce among senior leaders, according to a 2018 report by nonprofit group Catalyst. Only 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and women account for less than a quarter of senior roles globally.
But a look through our list reveals women thriving as CEOs and other members of the C-suite, entrepreneurs and top managers in law, accounting, consulting, real estate and nonprofits. That should provide encouragement and inspiration for the next generation of women moving up.
NACD Chicago is proud to acknowledge Susan Crown, Julie Howard, Dian Pearse Becky Sheehan and NACD Chicago Board member, Sara Sirotzky
METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from the nomination materials submitted. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by editors. To qualify for the list, an honoree must currently be in a C-suite or equivalent role, have turned 50 by the publication date and be based in the Chicago area.
NACD Directorship magazine each year identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, regulators, and advisors. Promoting continued economic growth remains a priority for policy makers and directors alike. Therefore, our NACD Directorship 100 recognizes those who participate in actual board work who influence how that work is done.
This list is not intended to encompass all the career accomplishments of the Directorship 100 but rather to highlight public, private, and not-for-profit company directorships and primary positions. More extensive profiles appear in the July/August 2019 issue of NACD Directorship magazine.
Honorees and award winners will be celebrated at the NACD Directorship 100 Gala in New York City on June 26, 2019.
From the NACD Chicago chapter service area we recognize the following distinguished NACD members and partners:
Joe Adams, Kapila Anand, Christine Anderson, Deb DeHaas, Ted Dysart, Dave Kistenbroker, Bob Kress, Mike Powers, and Peter Tomczak.
Congratulations to all!
“We are very pleased to welcome Houlihan Lokey, a leading global investment bank as a new sponsor of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD),” said Paul Williams, Chicago Chapter President. “Houlihan Lokey’s broad expertise in complex financial transactions will provide valuable insight to our board and chapter, and sponsor representative, Peter Mullin will be a tremendous addition to the chapter.”
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NACD Chicago is enhancing its social media presence with a new LinkedIn page that will be open to all visitors, not just our membership. We believe that NACD Chicago has valuable content and insight that should be shared with anyone interested in examining best practices that help drive excellence in corporate governance. This open policy is designed to raise awareness of the world- class programs and speaker series that we offer and to attract new members who will both benefit from our mission of advancing board leadership and who will NACD Chicago is enhancing its social media presence with a new LinkedIn page
Christie Hefner and her powerful fellow panelists Dennis Chookaszian, Sheila Talton and Ami Wynne held almost 80 NACD members and guests riveted with their discussion and experiences on Implicit Bias and #MeToo Issues in the Boardroom. The extended Q & A was well received with active and impassioned dialog. Check out the program summary notes from chapter sponsor Financial Profiles.