What a win-win for all who attended this special summer event to hear how for-profit and non-profit boards may exist for different reasons, but both bear responsibility for the oversight of strategic planning, finances and leadership at their organizations. And collectively, the boards of corporations and foundations make decisions that help shape the vitality of a region. How can corporate America and the philanthropic community meet at a common table to learn and work in alignment for greater economic impact? Please plan to join us for this afternoon discussion with Dr. Helene Gayle and Linda Wolf. Networking reception immediately following the program.
Helene D. Gayle is President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations. The Trust works with donors, nonprofits, community leaders and residents to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that improve the quality of life for the residents of the Chicago region. As the seventh executive in the Trust’s history, Dr. Gayle is responsible for establishing the priorities of the Trust and building positive engagement with the Trust’s diverse family of stakeholders in ways that advance the organization’s mission and goals.
Prior to joining the Trust, Dr. Gayle was the inaugural CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit that brings together varied stakeholders to address complex global social challenges. She was instrumental in setting the organization’s direction and building its first program, Generation, designed to increase youth employment in India, Kenya, Mexico, Spain and the United States.
From 2006 to 2015, Dr. Gayle was President and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty-fighting programs reached over 97 million people in 87 countries. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, she also spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), focused primarily on combating HIV/AIDS. She was appointed as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, and achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She then directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America and the ONE Campaign. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," and Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership," she has been featured by media outlets as diverse as the New York Times, Washington Post, ForbesWoman, Glamour, Essence, O Magazine, National Public Radio and CNN. She has also authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice.
Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in pediatrics.
Her contributions have been honored with awards from Columbia University, Barnard College, Spelman College, Bryn Mawr College, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Public Health Service and AARP, among others. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.
Program Facilitator Linda S. Wolf retired as chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide in April 2005 after a 27-year career with the global advertising agency. As Worldwide CEO Wolf was responsible for the agency’s operations spanning 80+ countries and more than 200 units. Prior to assuming the Worldwide CEO role in January 2001, she was CEO of Leo Burnett USA from July 1996 through December 2000. From March 1992 through June 1996 Wolf was an executive vice president responsible for Business Development at Leo Burnett USA. Wolf is a director of Wrapports LLC and InnerWorkings, Inc. She serves on the board of trustees of Janus Funds. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Lurie Children’s Hospital, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Appointed in 2013 by the Chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Brenda J. Gaines retired as President and CEO of Citicorp Diners Club, a member of Citigroup. Gaines was responsible for leading the activities of the North American franchise in the global twenty-nine billion-dollar Diners Club International network. She served on the Diners Club International Global Board and the Citibank Canada Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Citibank, Gaines served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago’s Mayor Harold Washington and as Commissioner of the Department of Housing for the City of Chicago.
Gaines received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her graduate degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Ms. Gaines is a director of Tenet Healthcare and Southern Company Gas. She is a former director and Audit Chair of CNA Financial Inc. and Office Depot and Compensation Committee Chair at Fannie Mae. She is a former director of Nicor and AGL Resources. She currently chairs the Audit Committee at Tenet Healthcare. Ms. Gaines also serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and is a Director on the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Ms. Gaines has twice been honored as one of the NACD Directorship 100. In 2004, Ebony Magazine named Gaines in “15 at the Top in Corporate America” and Crain’s Chicago Business recognized her as one of the “100 Most Influential Women”. In 2002, Fortune Magazine recognized Gaines as one of “The Most Powerful Black Executives in America” and Black Enterprise Magazine included her as one of the “Top Fifty Blacks in Corporate America”. Ms. Gaines has been featured in the New York Times “The Boss” column and was also honored by her alma mater, Roosevelt University with the “Otto Wirth Award” for lifetime achievement.