2016-2017 Executive Committee


Ilene S. Gordon
Chairman, President & CEO
Ingredion Incorporated

Ilene S. Gordon joined Ingredion Incorporated in May 2009 as chairman, president and chief executive officer. Ingredion employs 11,000 people worldwide and had net sales of $5.6 billion in 2015.

Ms. Gordon joined Ingredion from Rio Tinto Alcan where as president and CEO of Alcan Packaging she led a $6.5 billion global packaging business based in Paris, France. Previously Ms. Gordon spent 17 years in executive roles at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco Inc., and two years at Signode. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant based in Boston, London and Chicago.

Ms. Gordon holds a BS in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of science degree in management from MIT.

In addition to Ingredion, Ms. Gordon serves on the board of directors of Lockheed Martin and International Paper. She is a vice chair of The Conference Board and a member of the MIT Corporation, the Institute’s board of trustees. She received the National Association of Directors 2013 Director of the Year award, and she is listed among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business.

A Chicago resident, Ms. Gordon is also a director of World Business Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago. She currently serves as chair of The Economic Club of Chicago.

First Vice Chairman, Programs

Robert A. Livingston
President & CEO
Dover Corporation

Robert A. Livingston is president and chief executive officer of Dover Corporation.  Before being named to this role in 2008, Mr. Livingston held senior management positions at three of Dover’s business segments over the span of 14 years, including a four-year stint as segment chief executive officer.  Mr. Livingston began his career with Dover in 1983 when the company acquired K&L Microwave, Inc., where he was serving as vice president of finance.

Mr. Livingston’s passion for leadership development led to his creating the Dover Executive Leverage and Leadership Academy (DELLA) in 2005. DELLA is a key internal program focused on growing and advancing management talent within Dover.

Headquartered just outside Chicago, Dover is a Fortune 500 company, and a diversified global manufacturer delivering innovative equipment and components, specialty systems and support services through its four major operating segments: energy, engineered systems, fluids, and refrigeration and food equipment.

In addition to being a trustee and executive committee member of the Museum of Science & Industry and member of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, Mr. Livingston serves on the boards of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives' Club of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare and the National Association of Manufacturers.

A native of Salisbury, Maryland, Mr. Livingston received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Salisbury University.

Second Vice Chairman, Forums

Keith Cardoza
Principal & Chief Investment Officer
Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc.

Keith Cardoza is a principal and the chief investment officer of Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth (BRF), which provides investment advice to wealthy families with over $10 billion of assets. Mr. Cardoza co-chairs BRF’s Investment Strategy Committee and leads the firm’s asset allocation and manager selection efforts.

Prior to joining BRF, Mr. Cardoza served as a managing director of Merrick Ventures, an investment firm focused on technology investments. The U.S. Patent Office awarded three patents to Mr. Cardoza, including one for the Ocean Tomo 300 Patent Index, the first intellectual-property based stock-index. Previously Mr. Cardoza chaired Boeing’s Investment Strategy and Asset Allocation Committee, responsible for the investment strategy for $41 billion in retirement assets. Prior to Boeing, Mr. Cardoza managed the $6 billion global equity portfolio for the Illinois State Board of Investment.

Mr. Cardoza received a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and is a chartered financial analyst, having served as a past chair of CFA Society Chicago. Mr. Cardoza is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and The Chicago Club. He serves on the Board of Visitors to the University of Chicago’s Humanities Division. Mr. Cardoza chairs the nominating committee of Cinema/Chicago, presenter of the Chicago International Film Festival. He has served on the Executive Committees of Chicago Children’s Choir, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Chicago Stock Exchange. He also served on the boards of Joffrey Ballet, St. Chrysostom’s Day School, and the Union League Club of Chicago. Mr. Cardoza is a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.


Kym Hubbard
Retired Treasurer, Chief Investment Officer & Global Head of Investments
Ernst & Young LLP

Kym M. Hubbard is the retired treasurer, chief investment officer, and global head of investments for Ernst & Young, LLP (EY). She was responsible for the creation and implementation of investment policy and strategy for the firms affiliates across 150 countries. Ms. Hubbard oversaw the management of all U.S. retirement plan assets, with total assets in excess of $15 billion. As treasurer, she had responsibility for risk management, credit, cash management, corporate governance, and treasury cyber security.

Prior to working with EY, Ms. Hubbard held senior government positions with the State of Illinois, as executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) and as a portfolio manager of one of the state’s multi-billion dollar public pension fund. Ms. Hubbard authored successful pension legislation that unanimously passed the Senate and the House and was signed into law by the governor.

The bulk of Ms. Hubbard’s career has been in senior level positions in the financial services industry; first as an auditor of Fortune 500 companies at Price Waterhouse, then in the investment banking business, having worked with a major Chicago bank and several top financial institutions, including a Japanese investment management firm. Ms. Hubbard’s professional activities include the advisory boards of Vanguard Asset Management and Aon Hewitt.

Her civic activity includes board member of Lurie Children’s Hospital Medical Board and Audit Committee member; board member of the Shedd Aquarium and Finance Committee member; and an appointment as chairman of the Illinois Student Assistant Commission (ISAC) by the governor of Illinois.


Theodore L. Dysart
Vice Chairman
Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Theodore L. Dysart is a vice chairman with Heidrick & Struggles where he is a leader in the Global Board of Directors Practice and an active member of the CEO search practice. Mr. Dysart is responsible for senior-level executive search assignments and is a functional specialist at Heidrick & Struggles, working exclusively on board, CEO and succession planning engagements. He has placed more than 600 executives on the boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap and private companies. BusinessWeek ranked him as one of the 150 most influential head hunters in the world and Executive Search Review named him one of six “executive recruiters to watch”. Over the last several years, he has been named eight times to the Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential individuals in corporate governance by Directorship magazine.  In 2011, he was named to the list of “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University.

Serving as a board and CEO-level advisor, Mr. Dysart helps clients to identify and attract the proper mix of leadership required for building and managing effective businesses. His consultative-driven approach focuses on working with boards to look at long-term development plans for both management and board succession planning.

A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Dysart was a member of the first class to receive a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. He is active in civic circles and serves on the board of directors of The Chicago Club, The Economic Club of Chicago, The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois and CECP, The Force for Corporate Good.

President & CEO

Donna F. Zarcone
The Economic Club of Chicago

Donna F. Zarcone is president and chief executive officer of The Economic Club of Chicago (ECC). Prior to the ECC, Zarcone was founder and president of D.F. Zarcone & Associates LLC, and previously served for 8 years as president of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc.

Ms. Zarcone currently serves on three corporate boards, Cigna Corporation, CDW and The Duchossois Group, and previously served on the board of The Jones Group and Wrightwood Capital. Ms. Zarcone also serves on the board of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago; Committee of 200; Chicago Network; and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Ms. Zarcone holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Illinois State University.

Ex Officio

John R. Ettelson
President & CEO
William Blair

John R. Ettelson is the president and chief executive officer of William Blair. Before being named president in 2003 and CEO in 2004, Mr. Ettelson held various leadership positions within the firm, including head of mergers and acquisitions, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. He joined the firm in 1984 as an associate in the Corporate Finance Department and became a partner in 1989. He has been the lead banker on many of the firm's largest transactions.

Mr. Ettelson is chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln Park Zoo and the immediate past chairman of The Economic Club of Chicago. He serves on the board and the executive committee of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where he is also chairman of the investment committee. In addition, he is on the board and is chairman of the investment committee of the Francis Parker School. Mr. Ettelson is on the boards of SIFMA and The Executives' Club of Chicago and is a member of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. Mr. Ettelson received his ScB from Brown University in 1980 and his JD and MBA from the University of Chicago in 1984.


Jeffrey S. Aronin
Chairman & CEO
Marathon Pharmaceuticals

Jeffrey S. Aronin is an entrepreneur, business leader and life science investor. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Marathon Pharmaceuticals. Marathon Pharmaceuticals is a bio-pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and commercializes high-need prescription pharmaceutical products for patients with rare diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Prior to Marathon, Mr. Aronin founded Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Under his  leadership, Ovation became one of the world’s premier drug companies developing drugs for rare diseases. Ovation was sold in 2009 to Lundbeck. After the acquisition, Mr. Aronin served as Lundbeck’s president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Aronin serves on several business and civic boards including Discover Financial Services (NYSE), the Executive Committee of World Business Chicago (appointed by Mayor Emanuel), Chicago Next and the Executive Board of The Commercial Club of Chicago, among others. He is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Mr. Aronin has been inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. He was also honored with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is the founder of MATTER, a successful life science innovation center created to support entrepreneurs.


Debra A. Cafaro
Chairman & CEO

Debra A. Cafaro is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company with an enterprise value exceeding $30 billion that owns 1,300 healthcare and senior living properties in North America and the United Kingdom. Under Ms. Cafaro’s leadership, begun in 1999, Ventas’ market capitalization rose to $26 billion in 2015, from $200 million. 

In 2016, Forbes named Ms. Cafaro as one of the 100 “World’s Most Powerful Women” and first among top-performing women CEOs, ranked by total return.  In 2015 and 2014, the Harvard Business Review recognized Ms. Cafaro as one of the top 50 “Best-Performing CEOs in the World.” She was named by GlobeSt.com as one of nine “Game-Changers” in commercial real estate since 2000, and by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Ms. Cafaro serves on the Executive Committee of the boards of The Real Estate Roundtable and The Economic Club of Chicago. She is also a member of the boards of Chicago Infrastructure Trust, University of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and World Business Chicago

Prior to joining Ventas, Ms. Cafaro was president and a director of Ambassador Apartments, Inc., a multifamily REIT.  She also practiced real estate, corporate and finance law for 13 years following her 1982-83 judicial clerkship with the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Ms. Cafaro received her JD cum laude in 1982 from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was named its Distinguished Alumna in 2011, and her BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.  She is married and has two children.


Michael C. Krauss
Co-Founder & President
Market Strategy Group

Michael C. Krauss is a veteran management consultant, business advisor, investor and entrepreneur.

At Market Strategy Group, a boutique strategy consultancy he co-founded in 2004, Mr. Krauss serves clients ranging from large global organizations, mid-cap firms and start-ups.

Prior to his work with Market Strategy Group, he was a partner at Diamond Technology Partners and OmniTech Consulting, which was acquired by Diamond in 1999. Mr. Krauss also held leadership roles at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Mr. Krauss served on the board of directors and chaired the audit committee of Ellerbe Becket, a global architecture and engineering firm. He serves on the board of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Krauss was co-chair of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Council of Technology Advisors. He is a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Business Marketing Association. He is a frequent speaker on business strategy and technology topics. His editorial columns have appeared in the Chicago SunTimes and Marketing News where he is the @ C-Level columnist.

He is a judge of the Chicago Innovation Awards and a member of The Chicago Club and The University Club of Chicago.

Mr. Krauss holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He earned a CPA in the State of Illinois.


Manuel Sanchez
Founder & Managing Partner
Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP

Manuel Sanchez is the founder and managing partner of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP. Over the past 29 years the firm has earned a reputation as one of the premier civil litigation defense firms in the State of Illinois and has grown into the second largest minority-owned law firm in the United States.

Mr. Sanchez is a highly accomplished trial lawyer, specializing in multi-million dollar complex product liability, construction, professional liability, employment law, civil rights, commercial and toxic tort defense litigation. He has been the lead counsel and successfully tried to verdict more than 75 cases in both state and federal court in Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. He has received an AV Preeminent peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the past 27 years.

Highly regarded by his peers, he is a multi-term elected member of the Illinois State Bar General Assembly, past co-chair of the ABA Commission on the Jury and in 2013 he was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Award for Excellence by the Illinois Bar Foundation. He has also been named annually a Super Lawyer in Illinois since 2006, a recognition given to the top five percent of attorneys in each state.

Mr. Sanchez presently serves on the boards of numerous business organizations including The Executives’ Club of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Independent Maps of Illinois. He is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago since 1995.

He currently serves on numerous not-for-profit boards including: Children's Memorial Hospital, Choose Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northern Illinois Foundation, Loyola Council of Regents, Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Chicago Scholars.

In 2011 Mr. Sanchez was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.


Alejandro Silva
Retired Chairman
Evans Food Group Ltd.

Alejandro Silva is the chairman of Evans Food Group, Ltd., a Chicago company founded in 1947. Under Mr. Silva’s leadership, Evans Food Group has become the largest private label pork rind manufacturer in the world, with plants in Ohio, California, Texas, and Mexico.

Mr. Silva serves on the board of directors of Chicago’s PrivateBancorp, Inc. and Walgreens Co. He is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is chairman of the Finance, Audit and Budgeting Committee for the Chicago Transit Authority and he is on the boards of the Museum of Science & Industry, The Field Museum, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and The Commercial Club of Chicago.

Mr. Silva earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemical engineering from the Technology Institute and Superior Studies of Monterrey in Mexico and a master’s degree of science in food technology from the National College of Food Technology in England. He attended the Harvard Business School, Owner/President Management Course.