Carol Lavin Bernick


Carol Lavin Bernick is the CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management. In her prior business career, she spent 37 years in key executive roles in the Alberto Culver Company until its acquisition in 2011 by Unilever. At the time of the acquisition Bernick was executive chairman of Alberto-Culver, a $1.6 billion global manufacturer of consumer products including Alberto VO5, TRESemme, Nexxus, Motions, St. Ives, Noxzema, Simple Skin Care, Mrs. Dash and Static Guard—the latter two she created. Among her various community commitments, Bernick is a board member, and immediate past board chair, of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. She is also a member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and serves as a vice chair of the Board of Tulane University. Bernick is the founder of Friends of Prentice, a volunteer group of executives and professionals that has raised millions of dollars for Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital to benefit infant and women’s health.

Appointed in 2017 by the Trustees Committee