About the Speakers
Howard Brod Brownstein
President, The Brownstein Corporation; Director, P&F Industries (NasdaqGS: PFIN), Merakey, NACD Philadelphia Chapter
Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a nationally-known turnaround and restructuring professional, and regularly provides programs for Women in the Boardroom. He is President of Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services, as well as investment banking, fiduciary services, litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He regularly serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies, and currently serves on the boards of: P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN) where he chairs the Nominating/Governance and Strategic Planning & Risk Assessment Committees, Renew Financial, where he serves as chair of the Risk Committee, and Merakey, a nonprofit with over 10,000 employees. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, and also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Immediate Past President and Board Chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter. He has authored ninety articles and textbook chapters, is a Contributing Editor at two publications, and is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU and elsewhere. He received JD and MBA degrees at Harvard, and B.S. (Wharton) and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Katie Lawler is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Ms. Lawler joined ITW in October 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources, and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company). Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice.
Ms. Lawler currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Chicago and the Board of Trustees for the Shedd Aquarium.
Ms. Lawler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.
Managing Director at Pearl Meyer
Jane Park, principal in the New York office, joined Pearl Meyer in 2005. With more than 10 years of experience, Jane advises public and privately-held clients on executive and non-employee director compensation issues. Her work is focused on pay governance, incentive plan design, pay-for-performance alignment, compensation benchmarking, proxy analysis, and special programs for IPO and M&A transactions. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.