The Wharton Club of Chicago in conjunction with the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago invites you to hear Christie Hefner, former CEO Playboy Enterprises
Christie Hefner, Fortune's List: 100 Most Powerful Women
From 1988-2008, Christie Hefner was Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., making her the longest serving female CEO of a U.S. public company. During her tenure, she oversaw policy, management and strategy in all areas. Hefner restructured the company, initiating its highly successful electronic and international expansions, including leading the company onto the Internet, making Playboy the first national magazine on the web. She also greatly expanded the leveraging of the Playboy brand via licensing, generating close to $1 billion in annual global retail sales, 80% of them in women’s products. When she left, over 40% of her executives were women. For three years she was named to FORTUNE’s list of the 100 Most Powerful Women.
She now has a portfolio of business activities which includes serving as Chairman of Hatch Beauty, a brand and product innovation company in the personal care space; on the advisory board of the R.D. Offutt Company, a multi-billion dollar family owned agricultural conglomerate; and on the advisory board of Coin Lion, a cryptocurrency exchange and portfolio management platform that rewards users for sharing information related to the management of digital assets. Previously, she served as Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, a new division of the renowned wellness lifestyle company created to extend the Canyon Ranch brand via media and business partnerships.
She is also on the board of the D.C. based Center for American Progress Action, the leading progressive public policy think tank, and for over 20 years, she has served on the board of Trustees for Rush University Medical Center. She’s a Civic Leadership Committee Member Of the Better Government Association which works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform She was a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200, and the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, and she was the first woman elected into the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. She has also served on the board of advisors for Springboard since 2007, which coaches women entrepreneurs, particularly in the tech space, and has raised over $6 billion for women run companies. She spent four years as project board chairman for the CORE Center which conducts clinical research and provides prevention education and outpatient care for people with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.
Christie’s a native Chicagoan, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year of college, she graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature in 1974.
EVENT DETAILS (ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED):
DATE: Monday, October 15, 2018
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 12 at 4:00 PM
5:30 pm Wine & Cheese Reception
6:00 pm Presentation
LOCATION: McDermott Will & Emery, 444 W Lake Street, Chicago IL 60606
Important: Visitors must present a valid photo ID to building security on the plaza level. After checking in with security, please proceed to the 40th floor, the Firm’s main lobby. Check in on 40th floor, stair access to 41st floor. Please advise in advance if you require elevator access to 41st floor.
PARKING: Recommended parking is at 191 N. Wacker Dr. or 180 N. Franklin.
Wharton Club members and their guests: $25/person
CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received two (2) business days BEFORE the event or the attendee who made the reservation may not receive a refund, regardless of participation, due to costs associated with the reservation.