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Committees and Boards

The HistoryMakers Board of Directors

George W. Bilicic - Vice Chairman of Investment Banking

Lazard, Ltd. | Chicago, IL

George W. Bilicic heads Lazard Ltd’s Midwest investment banking business and global efforts in power, energy and infrastructure. In addition, he serves as a member of the Firm’s Investment Banking Committee and Deputy Chairman Committee. Other than his time at KKR, Mr. Bilicic has been at Lazard since March 2002. From May 2008 to October 2008, Mr. Bilicic served as a Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure at KKR. Previously, Mr. Bilicic had been a Partner in the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1995. Mr. Bilicic left the Cravath partnership, effective January 2001, to begin his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department focused on power and energy clients. Mr. Bilicic has been involved in a number of community and other not-for-profit organizations including the following as a member of the Board of Directors (or equivalent), unless otherwise indicated: American Ballet Theater, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Cristo Rey Network (current), Family Justice, Georgetown University Law School (current), Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, Hofstra University, Metropolitan Planning Council (current), MFY Legal Services, NY Team Elite AAU basketball program (founder and team sponsor), Refugees International and YMCA of Greater New York. Mr. Bilicic is also a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago.

Toni Cook Bush - Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs

News Corporation | Washington, D.C.

Antoinette Cook Bush is Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs at News Corp. Ms. Bush joined the new News Corp from Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP, where, over her nearly 20-year tenure, she rose to become the Partner in charge of its Communications Group. In this role, she represented leading media/entertainment and telecom entities in regulatory, legislative and transactional matters. Ms. Bush also served as Executive Vice President of Northpoint Technology Ltd. from 2001 to 2003. Prior to her first stint at Skadden, Arps, Ms. Bush served as Senior Counsel to the Communications Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has oversight for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In this role, she was the principal staff person responsible for legislation involving communications issues, including the Cable Television Act of 1992. From 1981 until she joined the U.S. Senate Committee staff, Ms. Bush practiced communications law in Washington, D.C.

Kelly McNamara Corley  – General Counsel

Discover Financial Services | Chicago, IL

As Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Discover Financial Services LLC, Corley manages the legal advisory and compliance matters involving the firm’s credit, banking and transaction services businesses. Before becoming General Counsel in 1999, Kelly McNamara Corley served as Managing Director, responsible for the firm’s global government relations and corporate philanthropy programs. A graduate of both the University of Southern California and George Mason University School of Law, she worked for Morgan Stanley for 24 years and is a member of the Virginia and Illinois Bar Associations.

Al B. Reid  – Vice President

Abbott Laboratories | Chicago, IL

Al B. Reid is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Abbott Laboratories. Al serves as a corporate strategist and mergers & acquisition professional for the Abbott executive management team by providing strategic advisory and operational management support for their global businesses. Al has provided executive leadership for a variety of global growth initiatives including acquisitions/spin-offs, strategic partnerships, divestitures and geographic expansion in key emerging markets. Prior to joining Abbott in 2000, Al held a variety of positions at Baxter Healthcare, Dun & Bradstreet, Paramount Communications and the Federal Reserve Bank in management consulting, treasury, corporate finance and strategy roles. He serves on the Board of Directors at Senior Helpers, Chicago Youth Centers and the Aurelia Group. Al is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (MS) and Clark Atlanta University (BA).

Julieanna L. Richardson  – Founder & Executive Director

The HistoryMakers | Chicago, IL

Founder and Executive Director of The HistoryMakers, Richardson has a diverse background in theatre, television production and the cable television industries. A graduate of Brandeis University (Theatre Arts and American Studies) and Harvard Law School, she worked as a corporate lawyer prior to serving in the early 1980s as the Cable Administrator for the City of Chicago’s Office of Cable Communications. There she established the Chicago Cable Commission, the City’s regulatory body. She went on to found Shop Chicago, a regionally based home shopping channel. For eight years, her production company, SCTN Teleproductions, managed three local cable channels for TCI, the nation’s largest cable operator. SCTN Teleproductions served as the production arm for C-SPAN, Peoples Energy, ESPN, the Economic Club of Chicago, AT&T Broadband, and Prime Cable.

Shannon L. Schuyler  – Principal, Corporate Responsibility Leader; President

PwC Charitable Foundation| Chicago, IL

Shannon Schuyler is a Principal and PwC Americas Corporate Responsibility (CR) Leader. She also serves a member of PwC’s Global CR Board and is the President of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. Through her work, Shannon is proving that corporate responsibility is as critical an avenue for achieving growth as any other business investment. She oversees social and environmental initiatives that support PwC’s broad sustainability commitments, helping to activate employee engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and connectivity, and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace. Shannon is a highly accomplished and sought-after CR professional with a deep understanding of social innovation, supply chain and pro bono programs, sustainability, youth education, financial literacy, employee engagement and effective cross-sector collaborations. She also spends a portion of her time with PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions practice, working with clients on their approach to internal sustainability. Shannon is a board member of numerous charitable organizations. In 2013, she was named PR News’ “CSR Professional of the Year” and “Female Executive of the Year” by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Chris Simmons  – Former Managing Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers | Washington, DC

Chris Simmons is the Managing Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") for the Washington Metro Market, which includes PwC offices in Washington, DC; Northern Virginia (Tysons Corner); Baltimore and Richmond (Virginia). Prior to his appointment as the Managing Partner Washington Metro Market, Simmons was a member of PwC's United States Leadership Team, and one of eight direct reports on the staff of the CEO. Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1992, Simmons was a Vice-President in the Corporate Finance practice at Bankers Trust Company of New York, where he led the analysis and structuring of large leveraged buyout financings, and other finance transactions. Prior to that experience, Simmons spent a total of five years in local sales and national marketing positions with IBM (based in Philadelphia) and Wang Laboratories (Lowell, MA), respectively. Simmons earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Harvard University. Among other activities, Simmons is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the board of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

Andrea L. Taylor  – Former Director Citizenship & Public Affairs, North America

Microsoft Corporation| New York, NY

Media executive Andrea L. Taylor was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1947. After graduating from Charleston High School in 1964, Taylor moved to Boston and graduated from Boston University in 1968 with her B.A. degree in journalism. In 1988, Taylor founded and directed the Ford Foundation’s Media Fund. She then became the president of The William Benton Foundation in 2001. From 2004 to 2006, Taylor served as the vice president of the Education Development Center, and as the director of its Center for Media and Community. Taylor also founded Davis Creek Capital. In 2006, Taylor was named as the director of North American Community Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. Taylor was also a member of the board of directors for the Film Forum and Ms. Foundation for Women. Taylor received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University and the 2013 Creative Spirit Award from the Black Alumni Association of Pratt Institute.

B. Joseph White  – President Emeritus

University of Illinois | Champaign, IL

B. Joseph (Joe) White is James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He focuses on leadership, corporate governance and business in American society. White is president emeritus of the University of Illinois, dean emeritus of the Ross School of Business and professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Michigan. White served as president of the University of Illinois from 2005 through 2009. He served as interim president of the University of Michigan in 2002. He was dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan from 1990 to 2001 and Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Leadership in Management Education from 1995 to 2004. White has private-sector executive experience, including six years as an officer of Cummins, Inc., a diesel engine and power systems manufacturer, and a year helping rebuild Fred Alger Management Co., an asset management firm devastated by 9/11. He is a director or trustee of two public companies, Equity Residential and Kelly Services and two private companies, Gordon Food Service and M Financial Holdings. He has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations and is currently a director of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. White received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1969 and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University in 1971. He earned his doctorate in business administration in 1975 at the University of Michigan. White has written, taught and spoken extensively on leadership and management, corporate governance, human capital and higher education. He is the author of The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader (New York: AMACOM, 2007) and Boards That Excel: Candid Insights and Practical Advice for Directors (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014).

Donna M. Carroll – President

Dominican University | Chicago, IL

Donna M. Carroll is in her 23rd year as president of Dominican University. She is the first lay president of the institution, which was founded in 1901. Today, Dominican is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top master’s level universities in the Midwest and, by BestColleges.com, as one of the top Catholic universities in the country. Prior to her appointment at Dominican, Dr. Carroll served as Secretary of the University at Fordham University (NYC), and Vice President, Dean of the College and Dean of Students at Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. Named one of 20 Chicago “Women to Watch in 2010” by Crain’s Chicago Business, Dr. Carroll also is identified regularly as one of the “100 Women of Influence” by Today’s Chicago Woman and was listed among the top ten women in education by the Chicago Sun-Times. In March 2013, she was honored as a “Woman of Purpose” by Womenetics. In addition, Dr. Carroll is the recipient of the CEO Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Dr. Carroll received her bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College and master and doctoral degrees in higher education administration and counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management, and Leadership Washington. Dr. Carroll also writes and lectures widely on topics related to higher education, leadership and vocation.

Katherine M. Gehl  – President and CEO

Gehl Foods, Inc. | Germantown, WI

Katherine was the fourth-generation President and CEO of her family owned company, Gehl Foods, Inc. where she led the company’s aggressive growth strategy. Gehl, founded in 1896, is a food manufacturing company producing low-acid aseptic, shelf-stable dairy products such as cheese sauces, puddings, and dairy-based beverages. During Katherine’s tenure, Gehl Foods was included in “The Wisconsin 75,” an annual ranking of the largest closely held companies headquartered in Wisconsin, and was #64 in Dairy Foods listing of the Top 100 dairy companies. In 2013, Gehl Foods was acknowledged as one of the SE Wisconsin “Fast Growing Firms” by the Milwaukee Business Journal, and in 2015, Gehl Foods was named Small Business of the Year by the BizTimes. Katherine oversaw the acquisition of Gehl Foods by Wind Point Partners in March of 2015, and she continues to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. At the time of the sale, Gehl Foods had almost $250 Million in sales and 350 employees. In 2010, Katherine was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, OPIC (an agency of the United States government that mobilizes private capital to solve critical world challenges through economic development) and was confirmed by the US Senate in October 2011. Katherine is a board member of the Marcus Corporation, The Centrist Project, The Water Council, The La Follette Board of Visitors, Gehl Foods, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and The Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a former board member of The Joffrey Ballet, Public Allies, the Faye Gehl Conservation Foundation and the Golden Apple Foundation. She is currently a member of The Greater Milwaukee Committee, The Economic Club of Chicago and The University Club of Milwaukee.

Randall E. Mehrberg – Partner

Jenner & Block | Chicago, IL

Randy Mehrberg supports Jenner & Block’s Corporate, Litigation, and Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practices, as well as the Energy and Regulatory industry groups. He has more than 35 years of experience in private practice and as a chief legal counsel and a strategic business leader for multi-billion-dollar public companies. In addition to his transactional and litigation experience, Mr. Mehrberg twice served as general counsel for large public companies, ran a subsidiary of a multinational company, and was also a government GC. Mr. Mehrberg has had significant P&L responsibility, led thousands of employees, managed multi-million-dollar budgets, and directed M&A and corporate strategy at two public companies. He has served on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Law School Dean’s Advisory Council, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Millennium Park, the NJTV Public Television, the Center for Collaborative Change, the Latin School of Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry, Northwestern Law School Corporate Counsel Institute, and the Association of General Counsel. He has received several awards, including the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, Legal Services Award from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the David C. Hilliard Award from the Chicago Bar Association, the Award for Service to the Poor from the Catholic Charities, and the H.O.P.E. for the People Man of the Year award.