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Gloria Castillo giving her 2018 50th Anniversary Gala Remarks

Chicago United: 50 years of driving inclusion


Vision from Leadership

The year 2018 marked Chicago United’s 50th year as an organization and ushered in new pathways for growth and innovation. During the year, we had many chances to reflect on how far we have come from a city set ablaze by racial tensions to a city that we continue to strive to transform into the most inclusive business ecosystem in the nation. Our 50th anniversary was a celebration of all that we

capacity for inclusion and develop and retain the best talent in the process. Leading boldly has made the Five Forward Initiative™ a national model for regional economic development. Leading boldly draws our members to exclusive Diversity Officer

help enhance corporate culture by breaking down barriers to inclusion. Collectively, we have an awesome power to change the conversation around race, diversity, inclusion and economic parity in this city. We invite you to Lead Boldly with us in 2019 and beyond.

Roundtables to share their challenges and successes toward advancing diversity and inclusion in

accomplished over a half century, but it was also a groundbreaking year; helping us to pour a strong

their organizations.

foundation on which to build the important work of our second 50 years, exemplified by our new call

leadership brought their enthusiasm and resources to numerous Chicago United events over the past year,

to action — “Leading Boldly.” We will push boundaries to advocate

including our Member Receptions, the National Thought Leader Forum,

for multiracial leadership — and challenge the Chicago business community — and our members —

the Chicago Unites Concert and the CEO Summer Breakfast Series discussions.

Our member corporations and their

Kip Kelley Aon plc Chief Executive Officer - Aon Affinity US Chairman, Chicago United Board of Directors

to do the same. Our member companies support With the leadership of our impressive Board of Directors, Chicago United’s member companies realize the potential to go farther and faster, to touch lives, change biases, and promote sustainable diversity in the Chicago business community. And, everyone has a role to play. Leading boldly is how we launched the Corporate Inclusion Institute; the first-ever citywide business talent development program is designed to expand organizational



Chicago United by tapping into our rich program offerings, but there is still more members can do to engage with our mission. This year, we invite you to attend thought-provoking Chicago United Race and Business Forums. If you have not already done so, get involved with the Five Forward Initiative™ and commit to job creation through growing strategic partnerships with local MBEs. Or participate in the Corporate Inclusion Institute, designed to

Gloria Castillo President and Chief Executive Officer Chicago United

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Chicago United Members Drive Inclusion


Corporate Entities


Employees in the U.S.


Employees Worldwide

Industry Breakdown of Membership

4 3 3 7 13 7 12 5

Accounting Services Advertising/Public Relations/ Marketing Construction Energy Financial Services Food and Retail Healthcare Higher Education

2 11 3 1 7 16 1 4

Hospitality/Travel Legal Services Manufacturing Media Nonprofit Professional Services Shipping Technology Services

Chicago United President and CEO, Gloria Castillo, and immediate past chair, Anne Pramaggiore, Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon Utilities, welcome new Chairman, Kip Kelley, Aon plc Chief Executive Officer - Aon Affinity US at Chicago United’s 50th Anniversary Gala.



Snapshots: Chicago United Honoring Leadership Chicago United 50th Anniversary Gala Nov. 2, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago




companies represented


media impressions


social media posts

2018 Presenting Sponsors



Most successful event to date

Chicago United Advocacy in Action Published October 2018

Chicago United’s 2018 Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile is the most complete review of the status of diversity and inclusion progress in Chicago’s top corporations. The report evaluates the top-level findings on gains and losses in diverse representation in leadership in the city’s top 50 publicly held corporations and illuminates current trends affecting the executive suites and the talent pipeline. The report also provides an assessment scorecard for leaders to track progress and identify steps forward for corporations in their diversity and inclusion efforts. There have been modest gains in minority representation at the board level in the last six years, but minority representation in the executive ranks is higher in Chicago United member companies. Representation of ethnic minorities in Chicago’s Top 50 companies in 2018 is closer to national benchmarks at both the board level and executive ranks, except for Asian executives where more representation is shown nationally.

Chicago United members are leading Chicago minority representation on their Boards of Directors and in executive suites.

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Snapshots: Chicago United Knowledge Sharing Exclusive Member Programs


exclusive member programs held in 2018: 5

CEO Summer Breakfast series


Diversity OďŹƒcer Roundtables


Annual Meeting


Member and Business Leaders of Color Reception


Five Forward Seminar


Inside Inclusion Reception




companies represented

Transformational Inclusion Forums


events held in 2018: 1

National Thought Leader: Featuring Common, Founder of the Common Ground Foundation


Chicago Unites Concert


social media posts





CEO In the Community

• March 1 – Gloria Castillo attended an event hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago Great Cities Institute, titled “The Kerner Report: 50 Years Later.” Dr. Fred Harris, an original (and last surviving) member of the Kerner Commission was the keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion. Individuals on the panel included: Timuel Black, civil-rights activist and historian, José Lopez of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Willie J.R. Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, and Anthony Lowery of the Safer Foundation. • March 22, 2018 – Castillo was the keynote speaker at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for the Women’s Impact Network. She gave the Women’s History Month keynote about courageous conversations. • April 11 – Chicago leaders gathered to celebrate Leadership Greater Chicago’s 35th Anniversary. • April 16 – The Economic Club of Chicago welcomed author and WBEZ South Side reporter Natalie Y. Moore for the club’s inaugural Author Discussion Series. • April 25 – The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council hosted its 51st Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair.

• June 2 – Castillo attended the 2018 Latina Expo, a national platform produced by Imagen Marketing Consultants, a Chicago-based multicultural marketing agency. • Sept. 22 – Castillo contributed an article about inclusion as a leadership competency to the Association Forum • Sept. 30 – Castillo was presented with the Chicago Latino Network (CLN) Diversity Champion Award for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. This CLN Award recognized her accomplishments toward advancing multiracial leadership in corporate business to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color. • Oct. 6 – Chicago United was presented with a proclamation from Cook County. Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle introduced the proclamation in chambers. Leaders Council Member Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, participated in the presentation, and CEO Council Member Stuart Strahl, President & CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, gave remarks. • Oct. 25 – Castillo was interviewed on PushHER TV where she discussed Chicago United’s 50th Anniversary Gala and gave advice to young women about climbing the corporate ladder.

• Oct. 27 – Castillo was on iHeartMedia (KISSFM, Inspiration 1390, LITE FM, V103, WGCI, and BIG 95.5) to discuss the history of Chicago United, the state of diversity in Chicago’s business community and the 50th Anniversary Gala.

• Dec. 3 – Castillo attended the Illinois Bicentennial in her capacity as the Illinois Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair and celebrated all that is great in Illinois: our history, our people, and our communities. • Dec. 10 – Castillo talked on air with Craig Dellimore from WBBM-AM, MarySue Barrett of the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Ghian Foreman of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation, about the many challenges facing Chicago’s next mayor and how voters should judge the wide field of candidates.



Chicago United Honoring Leadership 50th Anniversary Gala Chicago United’s 50th Anniversary Gala celebrated 50 years of advancing inclusive leadership in business. For 50 years, Chicago United has maintained dialogue among multiracial senior leadership driving corporate and minority-owned businesses, civic and non-profit leadership in the common goal of creating a stronger social and economic climate.

Presented By

Chairman’s Circle

Advocates For Change



Media Partner

The 50th Anniversary gala was our most successful dinner yet, exceeding our fundraising goal of 1.3 million to advance diverse leadership in Chicago. We were honored to present the inaugural Bridge Compass Award to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, Financial Services Pipeline and the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council. This award honored an industry sector that is taking collective action to include and transcend individual company efforts to advance multiracial leadership at the local and national level.

Steering Committee Steve Austin Regional Director-Great Lakes Region Morgan Stanley

Darrel Hackett President BMO Wealth Management U.S.

Anne R. Pramaggiore Senior Executive Vice President and CEO Exelon Utilities

Percival Barretto-Ko President Astellas Americas

Dean M. Harrison President and CEO Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

John C. Robak President Greeley and Hansen

Kevin Brookins SVP, Strategy & Administration– retired ComEd, An Exelon Company George Burciaga Chief Executive Officer IGNITE CITIES Greg Case President and Chief Executive Officer Aon David R. Casper President and CEO BMO Harris Bank Nim Chinniah Executive Vice President Northwestern University

Linda Imonti Partner in Charge, Advisory Office Leaders and Chicago Advisory Office Leader KPMG LLP

John W. Rogers Jr. Chairman & CEO Ariel Investments, LLC William Santulli Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Advocate Aurora Health

Vildan Kehr Divisional Vice President Global Talent Acquisition Abbott

Karriem Shakoor Chief Information Officer UL

Kip Kelley Aon plc Chief Executive Officer Aon Affinity US

Maurice Smith President Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

James P. Kolar Central Market Managing Partner PwC LLP

Stuart Strahl, Ph.D. President and CEO Chicago Zoological Society

David P. Conrad Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Market Executive

Richard Mark Chairman, President and CEO Ameren Illinois

John W. Daniels, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Quarles & Brady LLP

Charles R. Matthews President and CEO Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas

Dr. Robert Gabriel Campus Director University of Phoenix

Nichole Owens Director of Customer Care ComEd, An Exelon Company

Maurice Grant Principal Grant Law, LLC

José Luis Prado Chairman and CEO Evans Food Group, Ltd.

Scott Swanson President PNC Bank, Illinois Frederick Waddell Chairman of the Board Northern Trust Melvin D. Williams President Nicor Gas



Chicago United Advocacy in Action Sponsor

On Oct. 2, 2018, Chicago United hosted its Five Forward Initiative™ 2018 Minority Business Enterprise seminar titled, “Leveraging Five Forward to Build a $100 Million Business.”

• Launched in 2008 • $850 million economic impact • 4,700 jobs created

Ralph G. Moore lead the interactive discussion about framing your value proposition for corporate America and the characteristics of successful corporate partners and strategic alliances. Our Five Forward participants and members walked away with insights about how to leverage relationships within Five Forward and Chicago United to enhance their growth strategy.

Kip Kelley

Aon plc CEO – Aon Affinity US Chairman, Chicago United

Aon’s leadership discusses their partnership with Chicago United’s Five Forward Initiative™.



Chicago United Knowledge Sharing 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting Breakfast


March 14, 2018

Chicago United held its annual meeting with the overarching theme “The Year of the Programs” at Prentice Women’s Hospital, hosted by members of Northwestern Medicine. Members, Business Leaders of Color and Diversity Officers gathered for the election of Chicago United board members, an award ceremony and honest conversation about diversity goals. Anne R. Pramaggiore, Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon Utilities and immediate past Chicago United chairwoman, and Gloria Castillo, President and CEO of Chicago United, welcomed attendees. New board members included Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Chief External Affairs Officer of Advocate Aurora Health Care, Opella F. Ernest, Chief Clinical Officer of Healthcare Service Corporation, and Karriem Shakoor, Senior Vice President - Chief Information Officer of UL.

Chairman’s Award Recipients

Organizational Visionary:

Chicago United Ambassador:

CEO Council Champion:

Peggy Davis, Chief Officer of Programs and Strategic Integration The Chicago Community Trust

Nokihomis Willis, Senior Vice President of People, Culture and Communication Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

James P. Kolar, Central Market Managing Partner PwC LLC

Program Champions:

Chicago United Benefactor:

The Championship Team:

Cesar Davolina, Jr., Founder and President Cristina Foods

Diane Whatton, Vice President, Community Affairs BMO Harris Bank

SDI Presence LLC

Mary Larsen, Director, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity Advocate Health Care The meeting included a panel of board members; (pictured left to right) Darrel Hackett, Nichole Owens, and George Burciaga, moderated by Chicago United President and CEO, Gloria Castillo. The theme of the panel was Changing Today and Leading Tomorrow: A Dialogue with Chicago United Board Members. 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW


Chicago United Knowledge Sharing National Thought Leader in Inclusion



May 1, 2018

Each year, Chicago United selects a National Thought Leader in Inclusion; an individual who has become a unique voice for diversity, equity and inclusion in Chicago or nationally. In our 50th anniversary year, we welcomed Chicago-born Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning artist and founder of the Common Ground Foundation, Common, as our 2018 National Thought Leader. Through his business and philanthropic endeavors, Common advocates for racial and ethnic equity and social justice.

Common shared insights about his life, work and leading figures such as Dr. Maya Angelou and Ambassador Andrew Young. In one of many stories Common shares with Gloria, he talks about a post-rehearsal gathering for the film Selma which Young visited. According to Common, “We stood around him and he said, ‘What are you willing to die for? Live for that.’ And he said this was the philosophy of the people of the civil rights movement. ‘We were willing to die for freedom, for justice and for equality, so we lived for it.’”



Chicago Unites Concert

The Chicago Unites Concert engaged our member companies’ employee resource groups (ERGs), with 15 ERGs volunteering at this event.

Sept. 5, 2018

Chicago United and the Chicago Sinfonietta collaborated to produce a free concert celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion in recognition of Chicago United’s 50th Anniversary and the Sinfonietta’s 30th Anniversary.

Chicago Unites was our gift to the city. The concert marked the first time the Chicago business and arts communities had come together to promote unity, diversity and inclusion with a free concert. Business leaders and residents from throughout Chicagoland came together at Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park for a musical celebration of the city’s diverse people and diverse business community. The program focused on the mix of cultures in Chicago with a message of inclusiveness and unity. Family program activities took place in the “Unity Village” prior to the concert, featuring diverse young performers. The Check Your Blind Spots bus, an initiative of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, was also onsite during the event. The bus helps people experience ways to mitigate unconscious bias in their everyday lives.

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Chicago United Exclusive Member Programs CEO Breakfast Series

A new concept was developed by the Membership Committee to invigorate member engagement. Based on the positive response from two pilot sessions, the Chicago United Board of Directors hosted a series of events for CEO Council members. Each breakfast was limited to 10 participants to ensure meaningful dialogue. These peer-led breakfasts provided a unique opportunity for senior executives to engage in private conversations driven by immediate issues of race and business.

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Hosted by John C. Robak President Greeley and Hansen

Hosted by Nichole Owens Vice President of Customer Channels ComEd, an Exelon Company

Hosted by Tameka Morton Partner EY

Hosted by Darrel Hackett President BMO Wealth Management - U.S.

Hosted by James P. Kolar Central Market Managing Partner PwC LLP

The CEO Breakfast Series revealed strategies for how to drive business growth and develop an organization through the promotion of inclusive practices and multiracial leadership.



Diversity Officer Roundtable Series


Chicago United hosted two 90-minute Diversity Officer Roundtables about current trends and leading practices in diversity and inclusion. During these roundtables, the participants shared knowledge among peers and across industries in an intimate group setting of approximately 20-25 professionals. These roundtables resulted in new ideas and concepts that can advance an organization’s current diversity and inclusion practices.

We kicked off the 2018 series on March 7 with PwC’s Chief Purpose Officer, Shannon Schuyler, and a discussion about the impact of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™. This landmark coalition is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

The second session took place on June 27, 2018. This roundtable was titled “Toward Inclusion: Strategies for Engaging Muslim Colleagues.” Husna T. Ghani, a strategy and communications consultant in the fields of education, technology, and business development, spoke on the topics of diversity and inclusion in the workplace specifically for American Muslims. Ghani’s dialogue-based presentation addressed the education, solutions, and benefits of engaging your Muslim team members and clients.

Shannon Schuyler speaks about how CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is changing the game for corporations.



Chicago United 2018-2019 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chairman Kip Kelley Aon plc Chief Executive Officer Aon Affinity US

Immediate Past Chair Anne Pramaggiore Senior Executive Vice President and CEO Exelon Utilities

Treasurer George Burciaga Chief Executive Officer IGNITE CITIES

Secretary John W. Daniels, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Quarles & Brady LLP

Investment Officer Santino Bibbo Managing Director Cabrera Capital Markets

Linda Imonti Partner in Charge, Advisory Office Leaders and Chicago Advisory Office Leader KPMG LLP

James P. Kolar Central Market Managing Partner PwC LLP

John C. Robak President Greeley and Hansen

Karriem Shakoor Senior Vice President Chief Information Officer UL

Board Members Maurice Grant Principal Grant Law, LLC Darrel Hackett President BMO Wealth Management U.S.

Parrish Ivy Principal Deloitte Tax LLP

Tameka Morton Partner EY

Cristy Garcia-Thomas Chief External Affairs Officer Advocate Aurora Health Care

Nichole Owens Vice President of Customer Channels ComEd, An Exelon Company

Opella Ernest, M.D. Chief Clinical Officer Healthcare Service Corporation

Kairos Consulting Worldwide Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP KDM Engineering KPMG LLP Laner, Muchin, Ltd. Loop Capital LSL Healthcare Inc. Macy’s McDonald’s Corporation Mesirow Financial MillerCoors Mitchell & Titus, LLP Montenegro Morgan Stanley MZI Group Inc. Nash Brothers Construction Co., Inc. Nicor Gas NJW Consulting Northern Trust Northwestern Medicine Northwestern University Odell Hicks & Company, LLC Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas

PMI Energy Solutions, LLC PNC Bank Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp. Primera Engineers, Ltd. Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C. PwC LLP Quarles & Brady LLP RGMA RME (Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc.) Robert R. McCormick Foundation Roosevelt University Rush University Medical Center Reyes Group Ltd. Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Scharf Banks Marmor SDI Presence LLC SEEL LLC Sidley Austin LLP Sodexo The Boldt Company

Eric Smith Regional President Fifth Third Bank

Member Companies Abbott AbbVie Access Community Health Network Advocate Aurora Health Care AGB Innovative Security Solutions Allstate Corporation Aon Ariel Investments Astellas US, LLC Bank of America Baxter International Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation BMO Harris Bank N.A. BP America Inc. Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Chicago Botanic Garden The Chicago Community Trust The Chicago Urban League The Chicago Zoological Society

Chubb Clarity Partners, LLC ComEd, An Exelon Company CSMI Cushman & Wakefield Deloitte DivIHN Evans Food Group Ltd. EY Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Fifth Third Bank Franczek P.C. Golin Grant Law, LLC Greeley and Hansen Guerrero Howe Custom Media Heidrick & Struggles Hispanic Housing Development Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation IGNITE CITIES Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC

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Chicago United 2018 Year in Review  

A recap of Chicago United's events, programs, media activity and membership stats for the year .

Chicago United 2018 Year in Review  

A recap of Chicago United's events, programs, media activity and membership stats for the year .