In the course of his distinguished career, Edward A. Brennan served as chairman and CEO of Sears, Roebuck, & Company, and as a director on the boards of some of America’s leading companies, including 3M, American Airlines, Exelon, and McDonald’s.

In recognition of Ed Brennan’s commitment to strong and successful board leadership, Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business established the annual Edward A. Brennan Forum on Corporate Governance. This event gathers business leaders and industry experts to discuss trends and issues affecting corporate governance, their implications, and possible responses.

The event is moderated by Charles Elson, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.

2019 Panelists
  • Adela Cepeda, Managing Director at PFM; Board member at BMO Financial Corp., UBS Funds, Morgan Stanley Pathway Funds; Chair at Mercer Mutual Funds
  • Michelle Collins, President at Cambium LLC; Board member at Ulta Beauty, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, CIBC Bank US, and Health Care Service Corporation
  • Additional panelists to be announced soon

Upcoming Event

14th Annual Forum on Corporate Governance
"The Changing Face of America’s Boardrooms"
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. // Panel at 8:00-9:00 a.m.


University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago
Free; Registration Required
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Diverse boards expand a company’s ability to adapt to the changing multicultural landscape, but corporate America has long struggled to populate major boards with women and minorities. Despite increased attention that diversity of gender, ethnicity, and age may correlate to great innovation, many large companies have been slow to adopt change.

A panel of leading corporate and governance professionals will discuss the topic and definition of diversity, why it matters, what it means for companies and stakeholders, and future trends.

Noted corporate governance expert Charles Elson, the Edgar S. Woolard Chair in Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, will serve as moderator.

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