November 07, 2019 (7:30 am - 10:30 am)

Join us for the 5th Breakfast of Corporate Champions, celebrating and promoting gender parity on corporate boards.

Cipriani 42nd Street®, East 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA
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On November 7, 2019, the Women’s Forum of New York will once again honor CEOs and companies that exceed the national average of Board seats held by women and are leading the way to parity by 2025. Please join us as we give special recognition and honor S&P 500 and F1000 companies with at least 30% of Board seats held by women.

Leading CEOs and Directors will share their views on why gender balance in the boardroom is a strategic business imperative and how to make it happen.

A reception and dinner, co-hosted by Declan Kelly, CEO of Teneo and Janice Reals Ellig, CEO of Ellig Group will take place the evening prior, November 6, 2019 at 6:00pm at ’21’ Club, exclusively for CEOs, Directors, Speakers, and Silver Level and above Sponsors.

Additional questions, comments or concerns about the 2019 Breakfast, reception, etc. can be directed to the Women’s Forum of NY office by phone at 212-447-9107 or email us at 2019BCC@womensforumny.org.

Honorary 2019 BCC Co-Chairs

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.

Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

He is Chairman of The Conference Board and serves on the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Group of Thirty.

Mr. Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.


2019 BCC Women's Forum Event Leaders

Janice Reals Ellig, CEO, Ellig Group, 2021 BCC Founder & Chair

As the head of The Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as The Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.” A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database.

Carolyn Carter, CEO (Retired) Grey Group, Europe Middle East & Africa, 2021 BCC Co-Chair

Carolyn Carter’s career in advertising spanned 35 years culminating in her position as CEO of Grey Group Europe, Middle East & Africa from 2000-2010. Grey is a top ten communications network that represents more than one fifth of the Fortune 500 companies and became part of WPP, the world’s largest communications company in 2005.During her tenure as CEO, EMEA was the company’s largest region including more than 50 countries and 2000 employees. Carolyn drove a profit turnaround, installed a new generation of management, expanded operations in developing markets – Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa and expanded the network’s creative and digital capabilities. Grey EMEA was named Agency Network of the Year for communications effectiveness for a record four consecutive years by the EACA. Carolyn served domestically on the industry’s self regulatory body, the National Advertising Review Board, and was a regular speaker at international conferences. Carolyn retired from Grey in 2010 and relocated back to New York after living in London for 15 years. She currently provides business advice to clients, agencies and media companies.

Linda Willett, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and President, Women's Forum of New York

Linda is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest health care insurance company in New Jersey with more than $12B in annual revenue. Linda leads the teams responsible for: communications; compliance; enterprise risk management; government affairs; legal and regulatory affairs; public affairs; and, the Horizon BCBSNJ Foundation. Linda gained extensive business experience in several global industries including the consumer product, health care insurance, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to law school, she moved through a series of positions within the American Cyanamid family of companies, transitioning from Lederle Laboratories to the Shulton, Inc. subsidiary where she was Product Development Manager for major consumer brands. Linda joined the firm of McCarter & English after completing her law degree. She became National Coordinating Counsel for a large pharmaceutical company class action, overseeing the work of law firms in all of U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. She achieved partnership and built a practice defending medical device and pharmaceutical companies. In 1996, Linda joined her largest client, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and was appointed VP and Deputy General Counsel leading significant business activities in Europe, India and the Far East. Her work in Europe led her to co-found the European Justice Forum, formed to focus on the impact of private litigation on EU businesses and economies.

Panelists & Speakers

Maria Bartiromo, Anchor and Global Markets Editor, FOX Business Network – FOX News Channel

Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as Global Markets Editor in January 2014, after 20 years at CNBC. She is the anchor of Mornings with Maria on FBN (6-9 AM/ET) and anchors Sunday Morning Futures, the most watched Sunday morning program on cable (10 AM/ET) on FOX News Channel (FNC). Bartiromo was also named the new anchor for Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street on FBN (airing Fridays at 8 PM/ET) as of April 27, 2017. Bartiromo has been a pioneer in her industry. In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis. She has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. Honors include Emmys for her “Bailout Talks Collapse” and “Inside the Mind of Google” programs and a Gracie Award for “Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream.” In 2009, the Financial Times named Bartiromo one of the “50 Faces That Shaped the Decade.” She was the first female journalist inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

Joshua Bolten, President & CEO, Business Roundtable

Joshua Bolten is President & CEO of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of CEOs of leading US companies.  Before joining BRT in January 2017, Bolten was Managing Director of Rock Creek Global Advisors, a consulting firm that he co-founded in 2011.  Bolten spent the preceding two years as a visiting professor in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Bolten’s twenty years of government service includes eight years in the White House under President George W. Bush as Chief of Staff (2006-09), Director of the Office of Management & Budget (2003-06), and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (2001-03).  For the preceding two years, he was Policy Director of the Bush 2000 presidential campaign.  Bolten’s previous private sector experience includes work at Goldman Sachs in London and O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, DC.

Bolten received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 1976 and his law degree from Stanford in 1980. He is a member of the board of Emerson Electric Co.  He also serves on the boards of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the ONE Campaign, and Princeton University.

Michele Buck, President & CEO, The Hershey Company

Michele G. Buck is President and Chief Executive Officer for The Hershey Company, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionary. She is a proven leader with 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and a demonstrated track record of building brands consumers love, developing high performing teams and creating sustainable businesses in a rapidly evolving economic and social marketplace.

As its first female CEO, Buck is responsible for Hershey’s global operations and commercial activities. She joined Hershey in April 2005 as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer and has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President; Global Chief Growth Officer; President, North America; and most recently, EVP and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to Hershey, Buck was an officer of Kraft Foods and, during her 17-year tenure at Kraft/Nabisco, she held senior positions in marketing and general management, working on numerous categories including yogurt, desserts and snacks, and various brands including Altoids, LifeSavers, Planters and Snackwell’s. She started her career at the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo.

Buck serves on the Board of Directors at The Hershey Company; and New York Life, a Fortune 100 financial services company. She resides in Hershey, Pa. with her husband and three children.

Michael Corbat, CEO, Citi

Michael L. Corbat is Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, the world’s global bank, with approximately 200 million customer accounts and activities in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

Since becoming CEO in 2012, he has focused on leveraging Citi’s unique global network to serve its institutional and consumer banking clients with an emphasis on strong execution and the highest ethical standards. In the process, Mr. Corbat has made Citi a simpler, smaller, safer and stronger institution. Citi has improved the quality and consistency of earnings, and Mr. Corbat is committed to creating shareholder value by serving Citi’s stakeholders and fulfilling Citi’s mission of enabling economic growth and progress.

Mr. Corbat has been at Citi and its predecessor companies since his graduation from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1983. Prior to his current role, Mr. Corbat was CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa where he oversaw all of Citi’s business operations in the region, including consumer banking, corporate and investment banking, securities and trading and private banking services. Previously, Mr. Corbat served as the CEO of Citi Holdings, Citi’s portfolio of non-core businesses and assets. In this role, he oversaw the divestiture of more than 40 businesses and divested more than $500 billion assets, reducing risk on the Company’s balance sheet and freeing up capital to invest in Citi’s core banking business.

Mr. Corbat has also served as the CEO of Citi’s Global Wealth Management unit and was Head of the Global Corporate and Global Commercial Bank at Citi, a role in which he led the firm’s efforts to provide best-in-class financial services to top-tier multi-national corporations and financial institutions around the world.

Mr. Corbat has been honored by several civic and cultural organizations. He serves as Chairman of The Clearing House Association Supervisory Board and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Forum. He is also an executive committee member of the Partnership for New York City, a permanent board member of the Bank Policy Institute, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

Ilene Gordon, Retired Chairman, President & CEO of Ingredion Inc.

Ilene Gordon is the retired chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE:INGR). Currently, she is presiding director of International Paper and a director of Lockheed Martin.

Ms. Gordon was the first female director of five different public companies: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers Inc., Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics.

Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., and a Master of Science degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

She is among Forbes Global Game Changers and was FORTUNE’s Most Power Women for five consecutive years on the U.S. list and two years on the global list


Peter T. Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP and Founder, U.S. 30% Club

Peter T. Grauer is Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., a board member since 1996, he became Chairman in 2001, succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg, and then Chairman, President, and CEO a year later. From 2000 to 2002, he was managing director and senior partner of Credit Suisse First Boston, founding both DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and DLJ Investment Partners. He was managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 until CSFB acquired it in 2000. Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Grauer serves as lead director of DaVita, Inc. He is founding Chairman of the Community of Chairmen at the World Economic Forum and serves on the WEF Media, Entertainment and Information, Financial Services and Gender Parity Board of Governors. He is a member of the McKinsey Advisory Council, the British American Business International Advisory Board and the Asia Business Council. Grauer is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund and a member of the Partnership for Inner-City Education Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of The Economic Club of New York, Rockefeller University, and Prostate Cancer Foundation. Grauer is Founding Chair of the U.S. 30% Club and Chairman of the College Advising Corps.

Hubert Joly, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Best Buy Co. Inc.

Hubert Joly is chairman and CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and approximately $40 billion in annual revenue.

Mr. Joly joined Best Buy in 2012 and led the company through its much publicized Renew Blue transformation. The customer-focused strategy entailed: taking price off the table by ensuring Best Buy’s price competitiveness and matching online prices; investing in the online shopping experience; reinvigorating the customer experience in the stores by investing in the engagement and proficiency of the sales associates; partnering with the world’s foremost tech companies to help them showcase their technology; and taking $1.5 billion of costs out to fund the required investments. The transformation has resulted in improvements in customer satisfaction, market share gains, revenue growth and improved margins.

Now, Mr. Joly is leading Best Buy into its next phase, Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue. In this next phase, Best Buy is driven by a clear purpose: to help customers pursue their passions and enrich their lives with the help of technology. It aims to address their needs around entertainment, communication, productivity, security, health, etc. in a more holistic fashion. It seeks to evolve from selling products through transactions to providing solutions and building relationships.

Under Mr. Joly’s leadership, Best Buy has committed to preparing youth from underserved communities for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. Additionally, Best Buy is on a path to reduce its carbon footprint by 60 percent.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Mr. Joly was CEO of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. Before that, he led Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Vivendi Universal Games, and Electronic Data Systems’ business in France.

He serves on the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Orchestra. In August 2017, Mr. Joly was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction.

Margaret Keane, CEO, Synchrony

Margaret Keane is Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. A member of its Board of Directors, she led the company’s successful initial public offering in July 2014 and split-off from GE in November 2015.

Her passion for emerging technology and employee development has solidified Margaret’s reputation as a leader in the field. She has been recognized as one of American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” for 11 consecutive years (#4 in 2017) and one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” for the past three years (#25 in 2017). Fortune also named Margaret to their “Businessperson of the Year” list (#33 in 2016).

During an 18-year career with GE Capital, Margaret led the Retail Card platform as President and CEO beginning in 2004. She expanded her responsibilities in 2011 to become President and CEO of their North American Retail Finance business. Earlier, she held leadership roles that spanned consumer finance, vendor financial services, operations and quality. Margaret also held various leadership roles during 16 years with Citibank, where she began her career.

Margaret serves on the Allstate Corporation Board of Directors. Margaret is also dedicated to giving back to the community and serves on the National Board of Directors and chairs the Development Committee for buildOn, serves as a member of the St. John’s University Board of Trustees, serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter Board of Trustees and is a Member of the Board of Overseers and a Member of the Patient Care Committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Margaret is also the President of the Synchrony Foundation that funds Synchrony’s citizenship platform, Families that Work.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from St. John’s University. Margaret is married with two children and currently resides in Connecticut.

Carol Massar, Co-Anchor, Bloomberg Businessweek Bloomberg Televison/Radio

Carol Massar is co-host of “Bloomberg Businessweek,” airing on Bloomberg Radio daily from 2pm-5pm ET and weekly on Bloomberg Television.

An award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Massar joined Bloomberg Television in 1999. During her time at Bloomberg, Massar has anchored and reported around the globe including from the World Economic Forum in India, APEC Women and the Economy Summit, the World Business Forum, the Milken Institute Global Conference and more.

Massar began her career as a producer at the Financial News Network. She later served as a producer, reporter and anchor for Dow Jones Television which aired in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Massar was a correspondent for “The Asian Wall Street Journal Report” and “The Wall Street Journal Report” produced by Dow Jones and later by CNBC.

Massar earned a degree in economics from Barnard College/Columbia University, where she also delivered business news over Columbia’s radio waves, edited WKCR’s program guide and served on the station’s board.

Eileen McDonnell, Chairman & CEO, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

Eileen C. McDonnell is chairman and chief executive officer.  She joined Penn Mutual in 2008 as its Chief Marketing Officer.

Before joining Penn Mutual, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Ms. McDonnell serves on the Board of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) and is Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor of laws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.

In 2016 Eileen was honored by Drexel University LeBow College of Business as the 2016 “Business Leader of the Year.”  Also, Eileen has been awarded the honor of being inducted into The Business Excellence Institute’s Hall of Fame in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2017 Eileen was the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, Greater Philadelphia award in the area of Transformation.

In 2019, Eileen was honored with the Women Corporate Directors’ 2019 Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership.


Brian Moynihan, Chairman & CEO, Bank of America

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world.

In 2019, Bank of America was the only financial services company on Fortune magazine’s list of The Best Big Companies to Work For. Euromoney recognized Bank of America in 2018 as the World’s Best Bank and the World’s Best Bank for Diversity and Inclusion, as part of their annual Global Awards for Excellence. Bank of America is recognized as a top employer by Working Mother magazine and Military Times and by JUST Capital as the #1 most JUST company out of “Banks” industry. The company is also listed on Fortune magazine’s list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Best Workplaces for Parents. It was also named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Bank of America was also named the 2019 Catalyst Award winner, honored for supporting the continued development, empowerment and advancement of women in the company and around the world.

Moynihan participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, including as chairman of the World Economic Forum International Business Council, the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute (chair), the Business Roundtable, the Clearing House, the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable (co-chair) and the Business Council. He is a member of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.

Moynihan leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the museum council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Moynihan is also a member of the Brown University Corporation’s Board of Fellows, the Catalyst Board of Directors, the Council on Competitiveness Board of Directors, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board and the Appeal of Conscience Board of Trustees.

Moynihan works with public officials, businesses and civic leaders at the local level through his participation on the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council (chair), the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and the Partnership for Rhode Island.

Ronald P. O'Hanley, President & CEO, State Street Corporation

Ronald P. O’Hanley is president and chief executive officer of State Street Corporation.

Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of State Street Corporation and president and chief executive officer of State Street Global Advisors. Prior to joining State Street, he served as president of asset management and corporate services for Fidelity Investments. Prior to Fidelity, Mr. O’Hanley was president and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management and vice chairman of Bank of New York Mellon. Mr. O’Hanley began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner.
Mr. O’Hanley is a director of Unum Corp. He also serves on the boards of The Boston Foundation, WBUR, Syracuse University, and the IYRS School of Technology and Trades.

Mr. O’Hanley received his BA from Syracuse University and MBA from Harvard University.

Patricia F. Russo, Non-Executive Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Pat Russo has spent her career in the computing and communications technology industries.  Currently Chairman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), a global industry leader in providing information management solutions to businesses around the world, she also serves on the boards of Merck, KKR, and General Motors, where she chairs the Governance Committee.  She recently stepped off the board of Arconic after ten years of service where she most recently served as Interim Chair and chaired the Governance Committee.

Pat was the Chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies where she the company’s return to profitability and growth after the telecom industry downturn and later led the company through its cross border strategic merger with Alcatel.  Pat served as CEO of the combined company (Alcatel-Lucent) through the end of 2008.

Pat is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Partnership for DrugFree Kids, a national non-profit dedicated to preventing drug and alcohol abuse among youth.  She serves as a Senior Advisor to World 50, an organization dedicated to the development of senior executives across all industries.  She also teaches two seminars at the Wharton Business School Executive Education Program, one focused on Leading through Crises and the other on Mergers and Acquisitions.

Susan N. Story, President and CEO, American Water Works, Inc.

Susan Story is President & CEO of American Water Works, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility. Story leads a team of 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide service to more than 14 million people in 46 states. Story has served as CEO of American Water since May 2014, and served as Chief Financial Officer for one year before assuming the CEO role. Prior to her move to AWK in 2013, she spent 31 years at Southern Company (NYSE: SO), serving as CEO, Southern Company Services, Inc.; President & CEO, Gulf Power Company, Inc. from 2003-2010; and Executive Vice President, Southern Company Engineering and Construction Services, 2001-2003. She began her utility career as a nuclear power plant engineer. She serves as the independent lead director for Raymond James Financial, Inc. where she has been a director since 2008, and on the board of directors of Dominion Resources, Inc. Story recently served on the boards of the Bipartisan Policy Center, the US Water Alliance, the Alliance to Save Energy, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She is currently on the board of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Board of Advisors in Tampa, FL.

Christian Ulbrich, Global Chief Executive Officer, JLL

Alongside senior leadership, Christian is steering a strategy that positions JLL among the world’s leading companies. The vision calls for embracing market-leading digital solutions to help drive success for clients, employees and shareholders.

Christian has been in leadership roles at JLL for over a decade. He joined the company in 2005 as managing director for Germany. In 2009, he became CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and a member of the GEB. Prior to that, Christian spent seven years as CEO of the Hamburg-based HIH group of companies, following 10 years in senior roles with German and international banks.

Christian is a passionate advocate for a sustainable, diverse and inclusive global future. He is a Vanguard board member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative. He is also a member of the board of directors of Vonovia SE, Europe’s largest residential real estate company.

Christian earned a senior degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, and attended the Stanford University GSB program. He lives near Frankfurt, Germany.

Meg Whitman, CEO, Quibi, Former CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Former Chairman and CEO, Hewlett Packard Inc.

Meg Whitman is the CEO of Quibi, a mobile-only media technology platform bringing together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Quibi is the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing, allowing today’s leading studios and creative talent to tell original stories in an entirely new way. Prior to Quibi, she served as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and President and CEO for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Whitman was President and CEO of eBay Inc. where she oversaw its growth from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. She has also held executive-level positions at Procter and Gamble Company, Hasbro Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Bain & Company. Meg is the national board chair of Teach for America.

2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions Sponsors



Bank of America


Ellig Group


Bloomberg L.P.

BNY Mellon


The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s

Marsh & McLennan Companies


Morgan Stanley

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

State Street Corporation



U.S. Bancorp

Voya Financial

Ward Howell International




Brighthouse Financial

Globe Life Inc.

Quest Diagnostics Inc.




American Water Works, Inc.

Best Buy Companies Inc.

Broadridge Financial Solutions

CIT Group

General Mills, Inc.


Lincoln Financial

New Mountain Capital

New York Life



The Blackstone Group

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Con Edison

First Republic Bank

Google, Inc.



Lulu C. Wang

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

S&P Global

Wilmington Trust



Asbury Automotive Group

Ascena Retail Group

C.H. Robinson

Circle Wealth Management


Designer Brands Inc.

Domtar Corporation

FedEx Corporation

Hologic, Inc.


McKissack & McKissack

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Public Service Enterprise Group

PVH Corp.

Rite Aid

Tech Data

The TJX Companies

TravelCenters of America

Willis Towers Watson

We would like to thank BoardEx for providing the statistics and board data used to determine the awards.

Sponsorship Opportunity Levels

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$20,000.00 PLATINUM Sponsor – Includes Premier Seating for 8 to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 2 guests invited to prior evening’s reception.

$15,000.00 GOLD Sponsor – Includes 6 Preferred Seats to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 2 guests invited to prior evening’s reception.

$10,000.00 SILVER Sponsor – Includes 4 Seats to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 1 guest invited to attend prior evening’s reception.

$5,000.00 BRONZE Sponsor – Includes 2 Seats to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website.

$2,000.00 BENEFACTOR Ticket – Includes 1 Seat to the Breakfast and will be featured as a supporter on Program.

$1,000.00 PATRON Ticket – Includes 1 Seat to the Breakfast and will be featured as a supporter on Program.



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