Deborah DeHaas

Deb will be joining Corporate Leadership Center as CEO, effective November 2020, after retiring from Deloitte. Most recently, Deb was Vice Chairman and National Managing Partner, Center for Board Effectiveness, at Deloitte. She also has served as Deloitte’s Chief Inclusion Officer and as a member of the Deloitte U.S. Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Deb is a noted community leader, serving as a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; trustee at Northwestern University and University of Denver; director of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Foundation; and chair of the Civic Consulting Alliance.

Daniel Diermeier

Daniel is an Academic Advisor to the program, having served as the first Academic Director for CEO Perspectives in 2005.  He is the 9th Chancellor of Vanderbilt University. Previously, he served as Provost of the University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR). Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Daniel taught at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CityBase, an urban technology company.

Kenneth Porrello

Prior to joining CEO Perspectives, Ken served as a senior principal with Deloitte. At Deloitte, Ken led significant client transformation assignments across a variety of industry sectors, including financial services and the public sector. Ken serves on the Board of Directors of SteelCloud, LLC, a leading cybersecurity provider, and chairs the board of advisors for the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Ken is a graduate of McCormick and of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Cheryl Francis

Cheryl is a director of three corporate boards: Aon plc, Morningstar, and HNI Corporation. She is a Cornell University Emeritus Trustee and Presidential Councillor, and a board member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Cheryl was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co. from 1995-2000.  She is a frequent lecturer and panelist in university and business settings on subjects ranging from corporate governance, strategy and leadership and the advancement of women.

Sheila Penrose

Sheila is a director of McDonald’s Corp and JLL Inc., where she served as Chairman of the Board from 2005-2020. She was the first woman on Northern Trust Corporation’s Management Committee, as President of Corporate and Institutional Services. Sheila is a founding member of the 30% Club in the US, which advances women on corporate boards; she served as an advisor on Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum (Davos), and on the Advisory Board of Catalyst, the leading research organization on women in corporate roles.  A frequent speaker on leadership and corporate governance, Sheila is the recipient of several business awards.

Daniella Levitt

Daniella is responsible for the Leading Women Executives’ strategic direction, curriculum, design and delivery of programs, events and digital assets, as well as marketing and growth. Prior to joining Leading Women Executives, Daniella founded two companies and held consulting roles at Aon and Deloitte. She is a past Board member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Access Community Health Center and the Anti-Defamation League.