Christie Hefner, Groundbreaking Creative Executive and Brand Innovation Expert
Christie Hefner has led major global brands from the brink to the cutting edge through creative vision and transformative leadership, and has provided key insights on the power and process of self-disruption in today’s business world.
NEW Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
NEW Location: USB, One North Wacker Drive, 34th floor, Chicago
Time: 5:30 pm Registration/Networking with Wine & Cheese Reception
6:00 pm Presentation
Cost: HCC members and their guests: $25
Non-HCC members: $45
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Christie Hefner has spoken to audiences around the world on the creation of brands and global multichannel marketing, the merits and benefits of developing and running a family business, women leaders and women in business, how to create a successful international business model, the ever-evolving media and its importance, First Amendment rights and their commercial impact and insight into the American consumer.
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.
Hefner is a passionate advocate of freedom of expression, social justice and equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman elected to the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization and has worked hard to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards nationwide. As part of that effort, she has served as a panelist at Foley & Lardner's nationally renowned annual National Directors Institute. In 1991, Hefner was inducted into the Women's Business Development Center Hall of Fame for "opening doors and building opportunities for all women entrepreneurs." She was also on the advisory board of and was spokesperson for "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything" which sparked a global conversation about the consequences of women's shifting roles in the workplace and in society. Hefner is also a founding member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of preeminent women business owners and executives whose mission is to foster, celebrate and advance women’s leadership in business and of the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors whose mission is to continue to expand the WCD community through leadership, diversity, education and best practices in corporate governance.
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.
NEW DATE: Thursday, October 18, 2018
TIME: 5:30 pm Registration/Networking with Wine & Cheese Reception
6:00 pm Presentation
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 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.
COST: HCC members and their guests: $25
Non-HCC members: $45
CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received two (2) business days BFORE the event or the attendee who made the reservation may not receive a refund, regardless of participation, due to costs associated with the reservation.
Reservations will be held at the door.
Thursday, 10/18/18 at 5:30pm - 5:30pm | iCal
One North Wacker Dr. 34th floor
Chicago, IL 60606 US
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