Michele Baker Richardson is founder and principal of Higher Education Advocates, LLC, a college consulting and coaching firm whose domestic and international client base includes the families of Fortune 500 C-suite executives, and top-ranked colleges and universities. Her expertise includes strategic advising and counsel regarding development and presentation of credentials and yield management. Her experience as a corporate health lawyer, health law professor and dean for over 600 law students prepared her for the complexities and challenges of board work in the ever changing the health care industry. Ms. Richardson began her board service in 2004 as a member of the Governing Council for Advocate South Suburban Hospital, at a time when the small community hospital was first integrating into the Advocate Health Care Network. After two years, she was asked to join the system Board of Directors (Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation) where she has served in several leadership roles, and currently serves as Chairperson (since 2014). Ms. Richardson has also chaired the strategic planning committee, the executive committee, and the compensation and benefits committee, and has previously served as vice-chair and as a member of the finance and audit committees.