Chicago Breakfast | The Board/CEO Relationship: Finding the Right Balance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM CST
9700 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018



In a privately-owned firm, the board is often viewed as a valuable resource for executive management in providing new perspectives and support. Effective boards learn to balance a collaborative working relationship with effective oversight for management through a variety of practices and behaviors. In this program, we'll discuss how directors think about the tensions between these forces and how boards can ensure an effective partnership with the CEO and other company leaders while maintaining objectivity and upholding their fiduciary responsibilities, including topics such as performance management for the CEO, the role of independents, communication in/out of the boardroom and more. 


Jim Brasher

Professional Strategy Group

Jim Brasher is a veteran business advisor with more than 35 years’ experience. A proven leader, mentor, and client service professional, Jim has an acute ability to synthesize complex business issues into manageable, practical solutions. Jim served as vice chair for a multimillion dollar Big 4 tax practice and as managing partner for a national accounting firm.  He also held regional leadership positions, is a board member of a closely held manufacturing company, is a former board member of an international public accounting firm, and served as mentor and teacher to many successful business professionals. In 2011, Jim founded Professional Strategy Group (PSG), an organization dedicated to strategy, coaching, and training client serving professionals at every level of their careers.

Catherine Jaros
Managing Director

Cathy Jaros is a Managing Director of The Peakstone Group, where she is responsible for transaction origination and execution, with primary emphasis across all phases of the food value chain and consumer facing industries.   Cathy has extensive experience in merger and acquisition and strategic corporate development. Her clients include food and package goods, healthy ingredients, technology, and manufacturing companies. Cathy had over 25 years of corporate general management, where she served as Vice President of corporate marketing and development for Tribune Company.  She is the former Chief Executive Officer and President of several early stage consumer-focused technology companies.

Challis Lowe
Seaway Bank and Trust

Challis Lowe is an experienced corporate board director since 2000 with service ranging from a $14B US Bank in S.C. to a Chicago community bank; a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT); a mutual fund and a large Catholic Healthcare System. Her corporate board leadership includes Compensation Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair, and Co-Chair of a CEO Search Committee. With more than 20 years’ experience as a “C” suite Human Resources Executive within global companies, she has a proven record of providing strategic counsel to the CEOs and Boards she has served. Her career industry expertise includes health care, consumer retail, transportation, logistics, supply chain solutions, and financial services.


Lee 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, focusing on helping new and emerging leaders make a bigger impact, sooner. 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.  Lee spent the majority of his career, 22 years, with the SC Johnson family of companies.

Thank you to our host, Wintrust!