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Midwest Chapter Meeting - The MasterMind Advisory Board

When: 11/14/2012
From 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Where: McDermott, Will & Emery
227 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL  60606
United States
Contact: Midwest Chapter of FFI

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The MasterMind Advisory Board

The MasterMind Advisory Board was conceived by a group of successful business people who wanted to bring their skills and talent to CEOs, entrepreneurs and non-profit Executive Directors who did not have access to a Board of Directors or an Advisory Team.

Join us on November 14 to learn from experienced business people that have built, grown, led and advised a diverse group of companies.


About the Presenters:

James Kelly, Management Consultant, MasterMind Advisory Board

Jim Kelly is a highly experienced, strategic management consultant, sales leader and versatile relationship manager working with executives from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He has a strong business background with solution orientation, and an impressive track record of strong results in sales, revenue growth, client retention and client satisfaction. During a 30 year career at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), Jim built trusted relationships with clients while providing consulting and outsourcing solutions to their people-related needs. As leader of the Midwest Client Management group at Hewitt Associates, Jim coached and developed teams of account executives, responsible for annual revenues of $500 million. As a partner/owner for over twenty years, Jim held many leadership roles, including the Global Leader Forum which represents the top 1% of the firm.

Jim’s areas of expertise include business strategy, consultative sales, human resources, and communication. His collaborative approach and insightful analysis ensures solutions that address all critical perspectives.

In addition to being a member of the Mastermind Advisory Board, Jim serves on the Midwest Board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF as well as the Business Advisory Board for Robert Morris University. He is also the Treasurer for Friends of Susan Sweeney, candidate for Illinois State Representative. Jim holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He passed all parts of the CPA exam and is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries.


Joseph Ginsburg, Attorney and Counsel, MasterMind Advisory Board 

For almost 40 years, Joe has served as legal counsel to domestic and international business in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, as well as risk analysis and dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in the negotiation and documentation of domestic and international transactions including financing, acquisition, divestiture and mergers.

Joe also has extensive experience in representing family owned and closely held businesses. He provides advice and counsel in ownership and management succession planning and wealth management strategies for businesses and their owners. A life-long Chicagoan, Joe graduated law school and established a respected law firm dedicated to representing clients, not handling matters, and became a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI). He continues to participate in an FFI peer study group of other professionals serving family businesses and has been invited to speak and write on the subject, including the selection of his article as an award-winning tome for the organization.

To give back to the community, Joe volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Make-A-Wish. Spending time with his family and traveling as time allows takes up his leisure time when he’s not golfing.


Janelle Brittain, MBA, CSP, MasterMind Advisory Board

As an internationally renowned corporate and board consultant, executive coach, trainer and speaker, Janelle Brittain and her company The Dynamic Performance Institute, LLC has helped guide Fortune 100 companies as well as entrepreneurial companies and non-profit organizations to accelerate the performance of people and companies throughout the world.

Her work focuses on leadership development, effective boards, corporate turnarounds, team cultures and change management for organizations across the U.S., Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The superior skills of Janelle as an Executive Coach has guided many CEOs and executives to handle higher level challenges and meet goals through their staff and strategies. She has the unique skill of training and coaching Board members how to be highly effective on a Board, whether it is non-profit, private or public. She is well known for her expertise in strategic management and leadership as well as advise to companies on how to transform themselves as they evolve through growth, downsizing or mergers.

Janelle attained business experience in management, marketing, sales, consulting and training through her affiliation with companies such as Xerox, Control Data and leading healthcare organizations. She is the author of six published business books and is frequently quoted in business publications includingThe Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and Crain’s Chicago’s Business.

In addition to her company that was founded in 1989, Janelle has served on Professional Association Boards of Directors for over the last 25 years in a variety of officer positions from Treasurer to President. She also served on and led five Corporate Advisory Boards and one Corporate Board. Janelle is currently a Director of Boardroom Bound’s Boardology™ Institute.

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