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Carol Lavin Bernick

The Lavin Family Foundation; Former Chairwoman, Alberto Culver

Carol Lavin Bernick is CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management, a privately held company that manages diversified
investments and owned operating companies ranging from retail and consumer products to thoroughbred racing.
In her prior business career, Carol spent 37 years in key executive roles at the Alberto Culver Company, a manufacturer
and marketer of international beauty brands including TRESemmé, Alberto VO5, Nexxus, St. Ives and was the second
largest manufacturer of ethnic hair care products in the world with brands such as Motions, Soft & Beautiful, and more.
Alberto Culver was also the parent of Sally Beauty Company, the largest distributor of professional beauty supplies
worldwide, until the two companies separated into free‐standing public companies in 2006.

Early in her career at Alberto Culver she created iconic brands such as Static Guard and Mrs. Dash, among others. While
dramatically growing the company, Carol instituted a nationally‐recognized cultural overhaul profiled in the June 2001
Harvard Business Review and in numerous other books and articles. Carol led the consumer products business for over
ten years and succeeded her father as Executive Chairman of the company in 2004. In 2011, she initiated and oversaw
the sale of the company to Unilever.

Among her various community commitments, Carol is the chair of the board at Tulane University. She is also a board
member, and past chair, of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, a board she has served on for over 23 years. She also
served on the board of Northwestern University, including 10 years spent on the Executive Committee of the Global
Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management. In addition, Carol served on the Executive Committee of the
Chicago Community Trust. She founded the Friends of Prentice, a volunteer group of executives and professionals, which
has raised tens of millions of dollars for Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital to benefit infant and women’s health.
Carol is the founder of Enchanted Backpack, a charity formed in 2017 to serve under‐resourced schools in the Chicago
area. Enchanted Backpack provides all the needed school supplies, recreational materials, tens of thousands of books,
and winter coats to over 20,000 pre‐kindergarten through eighth grade students annually. In addition, she created CC’s
Wish List to bring nonprofits incredible gifts of soft goods in‐kind to maximize community impact. From small to large,
local to national, CC’s Wish List supports organizations that assist the homeless, domestic abuse victims, children’s
agencies, universities, veteran’s groups and more. Carol serves as the head of her family’s foundations, which focus
primarily on education, healthcare, programs designed for the betterment of families, and the prevention of childhood

Among the many awards she has received from numerous civic and charitable groups, she was perhaps most honored
by having been named National Working Mother of the Year by the Moms in Business Network.

Carol authored Gather As You Go: Sharing Lessons Learned Along The Way, a book featuring over three hundred stories
that share wisdoms gleaned from her professional, philanthropic and personal life experiences. In addition to its retail
sales, thousands of copies of Gather have been distributed at their request to universities, nonprofits, corporations, and
education‐based organizations across the country. It is her hope that the lessons in Gather will have an impact on the
lives of executives, students and people of all ages. Net proceeds from the sale of the book support Enchanted

Carol has three children married to incredible spouses and eight grandchildren ages eight and under