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 serves as Chairman of the Board. 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; an advisor on Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum (Davos); and served 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.

Ken 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.

Daniel Diermeier

Daniel has returned as the program’s Academic Advisor, having served as the first Academic Director for CEO Perspectives in 2005.  He is the 13th Provost of the University of Chicago, responsible for academic and research programs across the University and oversees the University’s budget.  Prior to his appointment as Provost, Daniel was Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR). He is a member of the Board of the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory and the Board of Trustees of NORC. 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.