About The Speakers
Christie Hefner is a seasoned professional with more than thirty years of executive and board experience in both public and private companies. From 1988-2008, Hefner was Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., making her the longest serving female CEO of a U.S. public company. During her tenure, Christie restructured the company, initiating its highly successful electronic and international expansion. She also greatly expanded the leveraging of the Playboy brand via licensing, generating close to $1 billion in annual retail sales, 80% of them in women’s products. When she left, over 40% of her executives were women. For three years, Christie was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in the World.
A strong advocate for women, Hefner was a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200, and the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors.
Christie is on the Advisory Board of Springboard Enterprises, a nonprofit that is an accelerator for women tech entrepreneurs and supports them as they raise capital to grow their businesses. She has been inducted into the Women’s Business Development Center Hall of Fame for “opening doors and building opportunities for all women entrepreneurs.”