Cornell College of Business Annual Chicago Predictions Event

by Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D)


Wed, 22 Feb 2017

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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Chicago Marriott Downtown

540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

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The Cornell College of Business, together with the Johnson Club of Chicago, invite you to join them for the
Annual Chicago Predictions Event 

Jeffrey  Winton, BS '80
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Communications Officer, Astellas Pharma 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6:30 - 9:00. p.m.

Presentation to begin at 7:15
Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Special guest Mark W. Nelson, Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, will provide an update from Cornell.
Alumni and guests: $55
Current students: $40
Fees include drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a dessert reception. 
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Let us tell you a little more about the Cornell College of Business Predictions series
How did the Prediction series get started? First launched by the Johnson Club of the Bay Area 22 years ago, the Predictions series quickly became a tradition supported by Johnson alumni clubs throughout the U.S., and also in London. Every year, Predictions events welcome all members of the Cornell community to come, mingle, and listen to top leaders and thinkers share industry insights for the coming year.   
What is the format? Each event opens with a networking cocktail reception that includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. The following program includes an update from Johnson Dean Mark W. Nelson, a Predictions announcement, and a TED-style talk by the keynote speaker followed by an interactive Q&A session. The event concludes with a passed dessert reception.
Why are they called Predictions events?
In addition to a forward-looking keynote presentation, club leaders collaborate to create a short list of business-related questions for attendees, who are asked to cast their best predictions for 2017. Those who offered the most accurate responses to the 2016 Predictions questions will be honored at this year's events.
Cornell College of Business Partnership
This year, Johnson is partnering with the School of Hotel Administration and Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management to bring you a series of Cornell College of Business Predictions events. While continuing with our long-standing Predictions tradition, we're happy to offer more opportunities to connect with alumni, students, and friends of Cornell.
We hope to see you at a Predictions event in your area! Click here to view a complete lineup of the 2017 Cornell College of Business Predictions Series.

For more information, contact the Johnson Alumni Affairs Office at

1-800-847-2082, ext. 2 or at alumni@johnson.cornell.edu


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Chicago Marriott Downtown

540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States


Jeff Winton, BS'80

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer

Astellas Pharma

Jeffrey Winton is the senior vice president, corporate affairs, and chief communications officer at Tokyo-based global pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma, one of the two largest healthcare companies in Japan and a top 20 global biopharmaceutical company. In this role, Winton is responsible for leading a multi-faceted corporate affairs function that includes patient advocacy; product communications; corporate, brand and reputation communications and management; corporate social responsibility; and government affairs and policy. In addition to leading corporate affairs, Winton serves on the company’s Management Committee and is the president of the Astellas US Foundation.
Prior to joining Astellas in 2013, Winton served as vice president and head of global communications at Eli Lilly and Company. There, Winton was responsible for providing company-wide global strategic leadership for all communications. He was a member of the Lilly Global Corporate Affairs Leadership Team.

Before joining Eli Lilly and Company, Winton was managing partner of West Mill Consulting LLC., a firm that works with clients to provide strategic planning, program development and tactical implementation in disciplines that include communications, public relations and affairs, marketing research, brand development and recruitment.
Winton served as group vice president, global communications at Schering-Plough prior to joining West Mill Consulting LLC. In this role, he was responsible for strategic planning and tactical execution for all global communications programs for the company’s broad portfolio in human pharmaceuticals, animal health and veterinary medicine, and consumer health care. The company was acquired by Merck in 2009.

Prior his time at Schering-Plough, Winton served as vice president of global public relations for Pharmacia, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2003. He led public relations efforts for all of Pharmacia’s global businesses.

Previously, Winton worked for Hoffmann-La Roche, where he was responsible for directing public relations, public affairs and advocacy development efforts. Winton also directed U.S. and international communications for American Cyanamid, which was acquired by Wyeth (now Pfizer).

During his 35 years in the business, Winton also worked for prominent public relations and advertising agencies.

Winton graduated with distinction from Cornell University, with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences. In addition, he has completed several graduate-level courses at Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University in New York. Winton currently serves on the Cornell University Advisory Council and in leadership positions in a number of agricultural and community organizations. Winton is involved in various professional organizations, including Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSA Health Academy, The Seminar and Arthur W. Page Society.

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