Leaders: Born or Bred?

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 68 minutes
Recorded Date: October 12, 2017
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  • Characteristics of strong leaders
  • Authentic self promotion and business development
  • Road to leadership
  • Takeaways
Runtime: 1 hour and 8 minutes
Recorded: October 12, 2017


There are certain characteristics that good leaders have in common, such as decisiveness, transparency and speed to action, however research shows that great leaders come in all shapes and sizes – with many different styles and communication strategies. This discussion will highlight how successful leaders have honed their skills while honoring individual values

This program was recorded on October 12th, 2017.

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Heather McAllister

General Counsel & Secretary
Penn Foster, Inc.

Heather McAllister serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Penn Foster. Heather has overall responsibility for Penn Foster’s legal, compliance and governance matters. She is also a member of the executive management team that sets strategic direction for the company. Heather most recently was Vice President, Legal and Compliance of K12 Inc. (LRN) where she counseled the company on a wide range of legal, compliance and business matters.

Prior to K12, Heather served as Counsel for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and worked for two prestigious law firms based in Washington DC and New York City. She has also served as Special Counsel to public companies including Unilever (UL) and Hilton Worldwide (HLT).

Heather has a strong and proven record in effectively promoting strategic business goals in a variety of sectors including education, biotech, hospitality, energy and manufacturing and tech, working with multidisciplinary teams across business functions, supporting domestic and international business relationships, and managing day-to-day legal, compliance and business issues. She is also a frequent speaker on legal, compliance and governance issues at a variety of conferences, law schools and firms and has lectured at Georgetown Law School.

Heather earned a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from The George Washington University. She also holds a certification from the Harvard University Program on Negotiation and CCEP and CIPP licenses in compliance and privacy, respectively.

Elizabeth Greenwood

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC.

Ms. Greenwood is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC (“TCP”). TCP is a leading alternative investment management firm with over $7.5 billion in committed capital. Since 1999, TCP has invested more than $18.5 billion in over 500 portfolio companies. The firm manages onshore and offshore private funds, CLOs, registered funds and a publicly-traded business development company (BDC), TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:TCPC). TCP’s investors include public and private pension funds, financial institutions, multinational corporations, endowments and foundations, charitable organizations and family offices.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Greenwood oversees TCP’s compliance program. She takes the lead working with TCP personnel to design policies and procedures that meet regulatory and contractual requirements. She is also the point person providing internal guidance and responding to external inquiries from regulators, investors and counterparties. With over 20 years of experience in the alternative asset management industry, Ms. Greenwood is an expert in fund formation, governance, compliance and management.

Prior to joining TCP in 2007, Ms. Greenwood worked in venture capital and hedge funds. She served as General Counsel & CCO of Strome Investment Management and as counsel for Pacific Capital Group and its portfolio companies, including Global Crossing and World POG Federation, among others. She began her legal career as an Associate with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Ms. Greenwood received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as Chair of the Legal Steering Committee of the Small Business Investor Alliance.

Shazmah Hakim

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Marriott International, Inc.

Shazmah Hakim is a Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel at Marriott International, Inc. where she serves as the Practice Group Leader for the Global Brands, Marketing, Sales and Consumer Insights division. Her team is responsible for providing legal support to the company’s portfolio of thirty hotel brands, Marriott’s loyalty programs including Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, traditional and digital marketing, creative and content production, sales initiatives, strategic alliances, global sponsorships, social media outreach, and influencer engagements.

Previously, she worked in Dubai as the General Counsel of Kingdom Hotel Investments, a leading international hotel and resort real-estate investment company which focused on the worldwide development of luxury hotels, resorts and related real-estate products. Shazmah started her legal career as an associate at the Washington D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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