Chicago Breakfast | Harassment in the Workplace: Challenges Board Members & C-Suite Executives Face

Wednesday, February 07, 2018
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM CST
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60602



Please join the Private Directors Association in Chicago for a breakfast program featuring a panel discussion on "Harassment in the Workplace: The Challenges Facing Board Members and C-Suite Executives".

New revelations about harassment in the workplace seem to come out with each news cycle.  They have been accompanied by the realization that this inappropriate behavior is widespread and has been tolerated for many, many decades.  It is as if by denying it, not speaking about it, and not dealing with it, some of us have wanted to believe that it was not occurring; that it was the “new normal.”  Based on the prevalence of the behavior, it is probably not a matter of “if,” but “when” every owner, board member, C-Suite executive, and leader will be facing this issue.

Despite the prevalence of harassment in the workplace, most executives have never dealt with it and do not know where to start or how to navigate its legal, insurance, human resources, and psychological aspects.  Private Directors Association has assembled a panel of experts to discuss and help you be better prepared to prevent and address harassment. Attendees will leave the program with a checklist of questions to ask and things to do when they return to the office that has been developed by the panelists. 





Jon Vegosen
Founding Member
Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn Ltd.

Jon is a founding member of Chicago corporate and litigation law firm, Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman and Dunn Ltd. (FVLD), where he was co-managing partner for eight years.  Although Jon provides legal counsel on a wide variety of matters, he has extensive experience working with companies and boards of directors on issues directly related to preventing and investigating sexual and other harassment in the workplace.  The Commission on Women in the Legal Profession has hailed the anti-harassment policy that Jon developed at FVLD as a model for the American Bar Association.  Approved as an EEOC anti-harassment trainer, Jon has conducted trainings for numerous clients, boards, and professional groups, as well as for employers that have been the subject of EEOC investigations and settlements.  Jon speaks widely and has authored several articles about harassment issues.  Jon has received the highest of peer review ratings, has been a “Leading Lawyer” in Employment Law by Leading Lawyers Network for several years, and has been designated a Super Lawyer in Illinois in employment law for the past three years.  Jon has extensive board experience, including serving as Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO of the United States Tennis Association in 2011 and 2012.  Jon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University and received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, graduating Cum Laude.


Aaron Turner
Senior Advisor
Risk Strategies Company

Aaron is a senior advisor with Risk Strategies Company who consults with clients to implement the most effective practices for balance sheet protection and business preservation.  His focus is helping executive teams prepare for and effectively manage claim scenarios involving regulators, shareholders, business partners or other parties.  Aaron also has extensive volunteer experience and has advised not-for-profit boards and staff on their potential liabilities and the ways they can protect board members, employees and the entities themselves.  Aaron received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from Miami University (Ohio).


Terra Winston

Terra Winston, Ringleader of inTerractions ( and founder of inTerract Consulting (, has dedicated her life to helping clients navigate successful careers that drive fulfilling lives.  She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with over 20 years of business consulting experience and creates results for companies and individuals, from boardrooms to plant floors.

Terra’s successful approach comes from her unique blend of “hard” and “soft” business skills.   She holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Stanford University, and coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute and International Coach Federation.  Prior to founding inTerract, Terra worked at Deloitte as a consultant on process, strategy, and organizational engagements and as a Director at PepsiCo doing traditional HR and organizational development.

With an expertise in leadership development, facilitation, and diversity, Terra offers a broad variety of solutions for her clients.  As a coach she helps leaders and entrepreneurs make meaningful impact on their organizations.  A sought after speaker, Terra delivers workshops and keynotes that do more than entertain – they give attendees the tools to change behavior.


Gail Golden, Ph.D.
Gail Golden Consulting, LLC

Gail is the Principal of Gail Golden Consulting, LLC.  As a psychologist and consultant for over twenty years, she has developed deep expertise in helping businesses build better leaders and create dynamic environments for their employees.  Before founding Gail Golden Consulting, she was a consultant at an international management psychology firm.  Previously, she was Founder and Chief Psychologist of Golden Psychology Services in London, Ontario.  Gail received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Chicago, her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University, and her MBA from The University of Western Ontario.  She is a licensed psychologist in Illinois.  Gail teaches at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and has been quoted in Fast Company, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Today's Chicago Woman, and numerous other publications.  Among her numerous presentations are: Women and Power, Influencing without Authority, and Creating High-Performing Teams.



Lee H. Eisenstaedt
Leading with Courage Academy

Lee Eisenstaedt brings more than 35 years of diverse finance and operations experience to the clients of the Leading With Courage® Academy.  He has written two books on leadership and is in the process of writing his third.  Lee and (and the Academy) focuses on helping new and emerging leaders make a bigger impact, sooner by increasing their self-awareness of their leadership strengths and blind spots. Prior to founding the Academy, Lee was a founding partner of L. Harris Partners, LLC, during which time he surveyed/interviewed several thousand clients of professional services firms. He has been a Chief Operating Officer of a Top 5 and a Top 50 CPA firm and spent the majority of his career, 22 years, with the SC Johnson family of companies, as a finance and operations executive in the US and Europe. Lee is a Certified Everything DiSC® trainer and Net Promoter® Certified Associate.