Sheila has served as Chairman of the Board of JLL Inc. (Jones Lang LaSalle), a F150 company, since 2005. She is a director of McDonald’s Corp, where she chairs the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee. Over the last two decades, Sheila has served as an independent director for global companies in the specialty chemicals, secure identity and transactions, financial systems, restaurant, and real estate services industries.  

Since 2002, Sheila has served as the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Corporate Leadership Center, partnering with F500 companies to augment and accelerate the leadership development of their senior executives through the CEO Perspectives and Leading Women Executives programs. Some 200 CEO program graduates and speakers are members of Sheila’s network, and are unique resources for insights into the perennial and emerging issues on the CEO agenda.

Sheila attends the World Economic Forum’s Community of Corporate Chairmen, where she is a member of the Steering Committee and a frequent speaker. She is a founding member of the US 30% Club, which advances women on corporate boards, and served on the Advisory Board of Catalyst, a leading research organization on women in corporate roles.

Sheila served as Executive Advisor to Boston Consulting Group for several years, focusing on change management and professional and financial services. She was the first and only woman member of Northern Trust Corporation’s Management Committee for seven years, as President of the Corporate Bank.  Prior to moving to the US, Sheila was an Economic Advisor at the British Treasury.


With a degree in economics and a post-graduate diploma in education from the University of Birmingham in England, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, Sheila attended the Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She later served on the Advisory Boards at Stanford and LSE.


A regular speaker on leadership and governance, Sheila has been profiled in many business periodicals and was a finalist for the Chairman of the Year award by NYSE Governance Services. She is the recipient of the ADL Woman of Achievement, Girl Scouts Luminary, YWCA Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Business Hall of Fame and Women on Boards 2020 awards.