Heather Yanak founded Cameo Advisory Group after nearly 20 years in the legal, compliance, and leadership/talent management industries as a practicing attorney and strategic advisor. Throughout her career, she has served as a guide to hundreds of Global 2000 general counsel, chief compliance and risk officers, human resource executives, and their departments.
Ms. Yanak is a recognized expert in the areas of compliance program creation and evolution, talent and team development, project and change management, and departmental transformation initiatives; she is frequently invited by national and global organizations to present to their constituents on these topics.
Prior to launching Cameo Advisory Group, Ms. Yanak was with Huron Consulting Group (now Consilio) and the CEB Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council and CEB Legal Leadership Council where she assisted hundreds of executives at the world’s largest companies in navigating the cost-pressures, evolving risk landscapes, and functional requirements facing their departments. Heather received her B.A. from Tulane University and her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of the Houston Tulane University Alumni Association.
Recent speaking engagements and publications include:
Engaging the Evolving Workforce in Compliance | Balancing Act: Successfully Manage the Risks & Opportunities of Third-Party Partners | Talent Management: How Successful Law Department Leaders Develop Their People While Leveraging Themselves | A Story of Siloed Parts: Critical Components for Achieving GRC Success | Improving Board Reporting and Training Effectiveness: Practices to Transform Board Communications and Education | Legal Project Management: Getting the Most Value from Outside Counsel | Change as a Constant: Planning and Leading Department Change Initiatives | The General Counsel as Leader of the Law Department | Strategic Planning and the Role of the General Counsel | Collaborating and Communicating for Success | Enabling and Receiving Delegation & Time Management | Taming the Beast: Information Management and Governance in a Global Environment (Part 1 and Part 2)
Carliss Chatman serves as Cameo Advisory Group’s Strategic Business Director, which joins her deep knowledge of the corporate landscape, business organizations, and ethics and talents for connecting people and opportunities to create successful partnerships.
In addition to her role at Cameo Advisory Group, she will be joining Northern Illinois University College of Law in summer 2017 as an Assistant Professor after serving for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor Stetson University College of Law. She teaches in the areas of professional responsibility, business organizations, non-litigation skills, and contracts. Professor Chatman’s scholarship interests are in the fields of corporate law and civil procedure. Her scholarship is largely influenced by 11 years of legal practice in complex commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, and the representation of small and start-up businesses in the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As a result, her scholarship is intersectional with a focus on issues at the heart of commercial litigation: the interplay of business entities, government, and natural persons.
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Professor Chatman’s work is also influenced by over two decades of service on non-profit boards and involvement with community organizations. Through leadership positions she has developed expertise in corporate governance and non-profit regulation. She has also been instrumental in strategic planning and fundraising efforts. Professor Chatman has actively advocated on behalf of non-profit organizations at state and federal legislatures.
Prior to law teaching and joining Cameo Advisory Group, Professor Chatman was a commercial litigation attorney in Houston, Texas. In practice, she focused on trial law, appeals and arbitration in pharmaceutical, health care, mass torts, product liability, as well as oil, gas and mineral law. In addition to negotiating settlements and obtaining successful verdicts, Professor Chatman has also analyzed and drafted position statements regarding the constitutionality of statutes and the impact of statutory revisions for presentation to the Texas Legislature.
Professor Chatman is a 2004 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of The Texas Journal of Women and the Law, and served on the Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Duke University with honors in English. She has been admitted to the bar in all Texas courts and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
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