Sheila is a director and chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee of JLL Inc. (Jones Lang LaSalle), a F150 company, where she served as Chairman from 2005-2020. She is a director of McDonald’s Corp, chairing 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 CEOs who are program graduates and speakers are unique resources for insights into the enduring and emerging issues on the CEO agenda.

Sheila served on the steering committee of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Corporate Chairmen, where she has been 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 is profiled in many business periodicals and was a finalist for the Chairman of the Year award by NYSE Governance Services. She received the ADL Woman of Achievement, Girl Scouts Luminary, YWCA Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Business Hall of Fame, and Women on Boards 2020 Lifetime Achievement awards.