Chicago | Become a More Effective Director: Learn About Effective Director Workshop Series


Thursday, February 07, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:15 AM CST
BMO Harris Bank N.A.
115 S. LaSalle Street, 2nd Floor Executive Dining Center
Chicago, IL 60603



If you are a Functional Expert looking to get on a Board, or are already on a Board and want to ensure that you are contributing at a high level, this program is for you. The Chicago Chapter of the Private Directors Association® Effective Director Workshop Series is under development. It will represent a first attempt at capturing the core teachings, skills, best practices and research important to anyone serving as a Director on a Fiduciary Board or Advisory Board. It will be delivered by 16 of PDA’s most experienced leaders.

On the morning of February 7th the Chicago Chapter Education Committee will provide an overview of the 16 Module Effective Director Workshop Series (EDWS) based on 6 foundation books and various PDA member articles This Breakfast discussion will provide an overview of the Series that brings together insights and tools on each of the four pillars of knowledge for a Private Director. See the Chicago Chapter November Newsletter for details. The EDWS afternoon series will be conducted from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at BMO Harris and adjourn before the PDA evening programs on the following dates.

  • Governance and Board Operations (March 13th)
  • Strategy, Business Operations and Planning (April 24th)
  • Legal Issues (May 15th)
  • Finance and Accounting ( June 19th)

The February 7th Breakfast discussion will focus on the Knowledge and Skills of Effective Directors, Tools of Best Practice and New Developments in each of these four key areas. It will include suggestions on how aspiring and current board members can improve skills and stay on top of changes to help ensure they are adding value to the boards of the organizations on which they sit.

Breakfast Attendees will have the opportunity to save $400.00 and sign up for the 16 module Workshop Series at a 50% discount off the $800 inaugural Series Price.

Attendees will receive an Award of Attendance and special access to speakers. Attendance and completion of the four part series will not guarantee a Board position. It will however equip you with a better knowledge of the Roles and Responsibilities and Best Practices as a Director on a Private Company Board.





William J. Hass, CTP
TeamWork Technologies, Inc.

William J. Hass (Bill) is CEO of Teamwork Technologies, Inc. and a Managing Partner of Board Resources. He is a PDA Founder and Co-author of Board Perspectives: Building Value though Strategy Risk Assessment and Renewal and The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and the World’s Top Companies Build Value. Bill advises clients on strategic issues and performance Improvement through more effective decision making and reporting processes.

Bill is a founder and Past Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association where he received various education awards. Prior to founding TeamWork Technologies, Bill was a Partner in the Special Services practice of Ernst & Young. Over the years he founded a consumer electronics company and has reviewed and consulted on hundreds of business plans from small family-owned companies to billon dollar corporations. He is a Director of Mperial Asset Management and various not-for-profits. He holds US and foreign patents and received his MBA from Booth and a BS Engineering from University of Illinois-Chicago.


Alice Peterson
The Loretto Group

Alice Peterson likes to bring together the people, processes and systems which together turn purpose and vision into reality.

After beginning her career in finance and M&A positions at PepsiCo, Kraft, and Sears, Ms. Peterson moved to operations and general management roles. She started and ran the Sears Online business in 1999, growing it from zero to $500 million in 18 months. She left the Fortune 100 world and in 2002 founded Syrus Global, which provided risk management, ethics and compliance solutions. Syrus was acquired by a public company in 2009 and she stayed with the acquiring company through 2011 to open and grow markets in Europe, the middle East and Asia.

Most recently, Ms. Peterson ran a healthcare start-up where she operationalized the founder’s concept. She had previously worked in private equity, buying and selling companies with her partners. She started and ran Big Shoulders Capital, an asset-based lender. She currently helps small and mid-size businesses via The Loretto Group to achieve sustainable profitability, operational scaling, and winning cultures.


Diane M. Meister
Founder and Managing Director
Meridian Associates Inc.

Diane M. Meister is Founder and Managing Director of Meridian Associates Inc., a management consulting group that operates as an outsourced Strategy Office for middle-market companies. Meridian advises boards of directors and assists business leaders and senior executives to anticipate, prepare for and capitalize on changing industry environments using non-traditional, scenario-based strategic planning approaches. Meridian also assists in development and implementation of new company growth Initiatives, including initially small “early bets” that have potential to mitigate strategic risk and achieve important new, mission-critical revenue for the firm.

With an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a background in innovation and brand management at Leo Burnett Company, Diane has advised directors of 12 private company boards and assisted leaders of over 50 often-underperforming companies to drive profitable new top-line growth. As Vice President, Strategy of the Private Directors Association, she is currently overseeing development of the 2021 PDA Strategic Plan and also chairs the PDA Model Board MeetingSM Program.


Henry Krasnow
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP

Henry Krasnow, Partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, develops strategies for a wide range of entrepreneurial, family and privately-held businesses to solve business/legal problems by analyzing the risks, costs and impact on profitability of the available alternatives. His book, Your Lawyer: An Owner’s Manual, provides valuable insights into how a business can better manage its lawyers to get more value. His articles on this subject and others have appeared in Family Business Review, FFI Practitioner, and Crain’s Chicago Business.

He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Michigan, received his CPA degree from the University of Illinois, served as an adjunct professor of law at both Kent and John Marshall Law Schools, is a certified Family Business Advisor and has received awards from Best Lawyers in America, America’s Most Honored Professionals, Leading Lawyer’s Network, Family Firm Institute and Top Lawyers of Chicago.