NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

Accelerate shareholder value creation through the development and proactive placement of the next generation of diverse directors.

APRIL 27–28, 2017

Baker McKenzie Offices
300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000
Chicago Participant Fee – $6,000

*Participant fee only includes cost of program. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in the participant fee. The participant fee of $6,000 is due by April 7.

Please contact Anne Lewis at or 312.288.4921 if you have any questions related to our April program plans. Program materials will be sent to all participants in mid-April.


The NextGen Directors Program is designed to accelerate the development and placement of the next generation of corporate board members. A diverse group of high-performing board leaders from both public and private companies comprise the program faculty. Each program will focus on creating an intimate peer-to-peer learning environment where the case method will be utilized to explore critical board issues and the key challenges facing newly appointed directors. Each class member will have the opportunity to build personal relationships with current board leaders via one-on-one introductory discussions followed by local networking sessions over the course of the next year. Class members will be invited back to participate in future NextGen Programs to stay abreast of emerging corporate governance issues while expanding their personal networks at the board level. Concurrently, participants will have the opportunity to develop long-term mentoring relationships with high-performing board leaders.


+ Please send a copy of your resume/CV with accurate details of your career progression, including current title and key responsibilities/accomplishments, prior board service, plus education with graduation year(s). (Your LinkedIn bio is fine, as long as it is up-to-date and includes all the information listed.)

+ We need your current contact information, including the best email address and phone number to reach you on.

+ Please confirm you have the support of your board/CEO to participate in the program.

+ The participant fee of $6,000 is due by April 7. Please contact Anne Lewis at or 312.288.4921 if you have any questions related to our April program plans.

+ Program materials will be sent to all participants in mid-April.


Thursday, April 27

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast  Baker McKenzie Office, 300 East Randolph St. Suite 5000
8:30 AM Program Overview and Introductions  Tracy Porter / Keith Meyer
9:15 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities and Rights Bob Deignan / Craig Roeder
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact

– Audit/Risk/Finance

– Management Development and Rewards


Dennis Chookaszian / Tim Hohulin / Eric Rangen

Christine Heckart / Jan Koors / Dennis Zeleny

12:15 PM Lunch and Personal Journey Discussion Jim Nevels / Heather Wolf
1:15 PM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact, continued

– Nominating and Governance


Keith Meyer / Jim Nevels / Paul Williams

2:15 PM Board Case – Home Depot Bob Glauber
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Faculty Discussion – Home Depot Case Issues Faculty Panel led by Bob Glauber
5:30 PM Networking/Cocktails Fairmont Hotel, 200 North Columbus Drive
6:15 PM Dinner and First Board Experience/Expectations Panel Christine Heckart / Tracy Porter

Friday, April 28

7:30 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 300 East Randolph St. Suite 5000
8:00 AM CEO Discussion Jose Luis Prado / James D. White
9:00 AM The Role of the Board – CEO’s Perspective Panel Glen Messina / Keith Meyer / Lou Schorsch
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM The Role of the Board – Investor’s Perspective Panel Bob Glauber / James D. White / Chris Wightman
11:15 AM Director Selection Process – Insider’s Perspective Keith Meyer
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM One-on-One Meetings with Faculty
2:30 PM Wrap Up Tracy Porter


Dennis Chookaszian – Mr. Chookaszian is the former chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies. Prior to that he was a consultant with Deloitte. He also served as chairman and CEO of mPower, an online financial advice company. Mr. Chookaszian served as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC) and has served as a director on the boards of a number of publicly traded companies. Mr. Chookaszian currently serves on the boards of the Career Education, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Pillarstone, Prism, and MacDonald Dettwiler.

Robert Deignan – Mr. Deignan is senior counsel at Baker McKenzie and has held various management positions at the Firm for over 40 years, including serving as an Executive Committee member. Mr. Deignan has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance and board training. He has served on numerous not-for-profit, privately held and reporting company boards.

Robert Glauber – Mr. Glauber is a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as chairman and CEO of NASD (now FINRA), from 2000 to 2006. Previously he was under secretary of the Treasury for Finance from 1989 to 1992 and a professor of finance at the Harvard Business School for 25 years. Mr. Glauber is director at Northeast Bancorp, XL Group plc and Pioneer Global Asset Management S.P.A. Mr. Glauber has also served on the boards of Freddie Mac and Moody’s.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Brocade. Prior to joining Brocade, Ms. Heckart served as executive vice president of strategy, marketing, people, and IT at ServiceSource, a provider of cloud applications and services for managing recurring revenue. Previously, she was chief marketing officer at NetApp and Juniper Networks.  She was also general manager of Microsoft’s TV, video, and music business and president of TeleChoice.  Ms. Heckart is a member of the board of directors at Lam Research and 6sense.

Tim Hohulin – Mr. Hohulin is  Partner of the Assurance Services Practice at Ernst & Young. He has more than 30 years of experience, including the last eighteen as a partner, providing audit and other services to a broad spectrum of public and private companies. He has extensive experience serving both domestic and international companies principally in the manufacturing, distribution and gaming industries. He is focused on audit quality and works effectively with his clients to resolve issues timely and collaboratively.

Jannice Koors – Ms. Koors is a managing director with Pearl Meyer and leads the Chicago office. She has more than 25 years of experience in executive compensation and governance, and has consulted to companies of all sizes and industries. Prior to joining Pearl Meyer & Partners, Ms. Koors was a principal at SCA Consulting. She previously worked in the compensation consulting practices of Towers Perrin and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Koors is an NACD Governance Fellow, and serves as faculty for the NACD’s Director Professionalism and Master Class programs. In 2016 she was named for the ninth time to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Glen Messina –  Mr. Messina, is currently the CEO and president of PHH Corporation. His previous leadership roles included serving as CFO of GE’s equipment services business; CEO of GE’s mortgage services business and CEO of GE Chemical and Monitoring Solutions.

Keith Meyer –  Mr. Meyer is the president of the Directors Academy and global head of the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners. Mr. Meyer was founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors and previously was vice chairman and managing partner of the Global Board Consulting Practice and co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Meyer held a variety of operations, corporate development and finance leadership roles with Exxon and PepsiCo. He was also a member of McKinsey’s global Energy Practice.  He has previously been named to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

James Nevels – Mr. Nevels is chairman of The Swarthmore Group, an investment advisory firm which he founded in 1991. He has more than thirty years of experience in the securities and investment industry.  Mr. Nevels is a director of Alcoa Corporation, First Data Corporation, Hershey Trust Company and WestRock Company. Previously, Mr. Nevels was the chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Tracy Porter – Mr. Porter is the executive director of the NextGen Directors Program and the president/CEO of Premiere Solutions, LLC, a fleet management and equipment procurement services firm. Mr. Porter is a trustee at the University of San Francisco where he is vice-chair of the Audit Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Football League Alumni Association where he Chairs the Ethics Committee.

Jose Luis Prado – Mr. Prado is CEO of Evans Food Group. Previously, Mr. Prado was president of Quaker Foods North America, a division of PepsiCo, following senior leadership roles in the PepsiCo’s Latin America business. Mr. Prado serves as a director of Northern Trust, Brinker International, GENYOUth, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the Latino Corporate Directors Association.

Eric Rangen – Mr. Rangen was executive vice president, strategic initiatives for Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group) until his retirement earlier this year. Mr. Rangen was previously senior vice president and chief accounting officer at UnitedHealth Group, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Alliant Techsystems and a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP.  Mr. Rangen currently serves on the board of International Market Centers, Flexsteel Industries  and LTC Reinsurance.

Craig Roeder – Mr. Roeder is a partner practicing in the Chicago office of Baker McKenzie.  Mr. Roeder’s practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, corporate governance and public, private and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Louis Schorsch – Prior to his retirement last year, Mr. Schorsch was CEO of the $30 billion Americas business for ArcelorMittal, a member of the group management committee of ArcelorMittal S.A. and a member of the board of ArcelorMittal USA. He previously held CEO positions for various ArcelorMittal businesses, including Flat Carbon Americas, Mittal Steel USA and Ispat Inland.  Prior to ArcelorMittal, Mr. Schorsch was the CEO of the Global Steel Exchange and was a principal (partner) at McKinsey & Company where he co-led the Basic Materials Practice.

James D. WhiteMr. White is the chairman of the board of the Directors Academy. He was chairman, president and CEO of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement last year. Previously, Mr. White held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of Panera Bread Company, CallidusCloud and DeVry Education Group Inc. He also served on the board of Hillshire Brands prior to the company’s acquisition by Tyson Foods.

Chris WightmanMr. Wightman is a partner at CamberView Partners and a founder of the firm. Before joining CamberView, Mr. Wightman led global corporate governance and portfolio compliance oversight programs for Vanguard, one of the world’s leading investment management firms. Prior to Vanguard, Mr. Wightman was an associate attorney at a corporate law firm where he worked on business combinations and regulatory issues for financial services and healthcare clients.

Paul Williams – Mr. Williams is the co-leader of the North America Board Practice of Allegis Partners and a partner with Major Lindsey & Africa. Paul is a member of the board of directors for Essendant, Bob Evans Farms and Compass Minerals.  He currently is the Compensation Committee chairman for Bob Evans and Compass Minerals. Paul is also the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation and sat on numerous charitable and educational boards.  Paul served for several years as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc. His career began as a corporate and securities associate with the large law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Southern California and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times conference series for public company directors. In her role, she works with FT journalists, governance experts and sitting board leaders to set the agenda and engage speakers for ODX events in the US, Europe and Asia. She also runs the Outstanding Directors awards program, which has recognized exemplary independent board members annually since 1998. Prior to joining the FT in 2004, Ms. Wolf spent 15 years in management consulting, including eight as a principal at Capgemini. She began her career at Aon Hewitt.

Dennis Zeleny – Mr. Zeleny is founder of Zeleny Consultants LLC and works closely with senior C-suite leaders including CEOs, boards, chief human resources officers and their teams. Mr. Zeleny was senior vice president, administration and chief human resources officer for Sunoco and concurrently served as senior vice president human resources for Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Mr. Zeleny served as a member of the board of directors of Sunoco Logistics and of SunCoke Energy during its IPO. Mr. Zeleny also held several human resources leadership positions at PepsiCo and later global head of human resources  roles at Honeywell, DuPont, and Caremark Rx.


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