The 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala
Honoring the Past. Shaping the Future. December 4, 2008, Hilton Chicago
The work of Chicago United is made possible by the support of our members: Abbott
Ernst & Young LLP
Advocate Health Care
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Primera Engineers, Ltd.
Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan, LLP
Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt, P.C.
A. Pomerantz & Co.
Hewitt Associates, LLC
Ralph G. Moore & Associates (RGMA)
Hill, Taylor LLC
Azteca Foods, Inc.
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Bank of America Baxter International Inc. Beaman Incorporated Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Holland Capital Management The Hollins Group Jewel-Osco Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC
Keene Advisory Group LLC
BP America Inc.
Laner Muchin Dombrow Becker Levin & Tominberg
Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Cardenas Marketing Networks, Inc. Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. The Chicago Community Trust Chicago State University Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chicago Tribune Company Chicago Urban League City Colleges of Chicago Columbia College Chicago ComEd, An Exelon Company Crain’s Chicago Business Creative Printing Services Endow, Inc. Environmental Design International, Inc.
Rush University Medical Center Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Sara Lee Corporation SD∙I (System Development. Integration, LLC) Seaway Bank and Trust Company ShoreBank Corporation Sidley Austin LLP Smith Whiley & Company Spencer Stuart
Loop Capital Markets, LLC
Mayer Brown LLP
United Building Maintenance, Inc.
McDonald’s Corporation USA LLC
The University of Chicago Medical Center
Merrill Lynch Mesirow Financial National City Bank Illinois Neal & Leroy, LLC NJW Companies
University of Illinois at Chicago USG Corporation Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC Weber Shandwick WorldWide
Wedgeworth Business Communications
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Winston & Strawn
Nuveen Investments Odell Hicks & Company Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp.
Welcome to the 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala
December 4, 2008 Dear Conference Participants: Welcome to Chicago United’s 40th Anniversary Gala – a ruby anniversary for an organization with a sterling record of achievement. This is an especially joyous occasion for ComEd because we have been a torchbearer of Chicago United’s cause since its inception. It is humbling to acknowledge all that has been accomplished in 40 years to live the dream of inclusion and equality. It is equally inspiring to acknowledge the vigilant call to leadership and responsibility that Chicago United continues to make of each of us. I join you in saluting Ms. Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, as recipient of this year’s National Bridge Award. Ms. Nooyi has been a steadfast steward of promoting the values of diversity and inclusion across PepsiCo. Like Ms. Nooyi, the members of Chicago United recognize that an enterprise-wide commitment to diversity is key to building a corporate reputation because it is the right thing to do for employees, for consumers, for our communities, and for shareholders. ComEd and our 5,600 employees salute Chicago United on 40 years of groundbreaking accomplishments. We also congratulate Chicago United President Gloria Castillo for her leadership. My colleagues and I at ComEd thank everyone affiliated with Chicago United for their role in growing diversity at the executive level. We look forward to advancing the cause that began four decades ago as we continue working side-by-side toward workplaces and communities that allow every one of us to achieve our greatest potential.
Frank M. Clark Chairman and CEO
40th Anniversary Co-Chairs:
Advocate for Change Sponsors:
Corporate Citizen for Change Sponsors:
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Dear Conference Participants, For 40 years Chicago United has maintained the dialogue among multiracial senior leadership driving corporate and minority-owned businesses and civic and non-profit leadership in the common goal of a creating a stronger social and economic climate for all races. During that time, our dedicated members have directly led many of the city’s important initiatives including, but not limited to, collaborating with other civic organizations to create the Regional Transit Authority; creating a special Task Force on Education which provided executive leadership to local schools; helping secure the passage of the Illinois Affordable Housing Act; developing Invest in Chicago, a West Pullman community revitalization effort; measuring and benchmarking racial diversity in Chicago Corporations through the Corporate Diversity Profile; promoting board-ready minority executives in the Business Leaders of Color publications; focusing attention toward multiracial leadership development at the Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference; and building a stronger regional economy and minority businesses of scale through Five Forward. It is through fierce constructive conversation and collaboration, steadfast strategies that are the foundation of all our programs and events like today’s Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards ceremonies, that Chicago United fosters inclusion and provides an opportunity for senior executives from all racial and ethnic groups to learn from one another, confront and break down racial barriers and achieve shared objectives. Discussion of accomplishments of the past forty years must include acknowledgement of Barack Obama’s exhilarating victory as momentous and impactful because of the lessons it teaches. It teaches individuals, once again, that persistence, intelligence and an open mind can lead to personal advancement. But the victory also creates a classroom in which corporate leaders should take a seat. Obama and his campaign offer a roadmap for improvements that can, and should, be shaped by diversity and inclusion. His appeal to voters from different ethnicities, generations and geographies was enriched by the diverse campaign team he assembled for their mix of experience and viewpoints. His victory demonstrates that when we bring diverse thinking to the table, we all gain tremendous benefits and a competitive advantage. A conference of this depth of talent and content cannot be developed and delivered without the support of an active membership and many friends.
First, I would like to thank Jim Skogsbergh, chairman of the Chicago United Board of Directors, and all its members for their unwavering support. A great deal of respect and gratitude to our partners at ComEd who is a founding member of Chicago United, an inaugural supporter of this conference and today’s presenting sponsor. ComEd has provided extraordinary leadership and serves as an example for some of the best diversity practices in this city. Enormous thanks to all today’s sponsors and especially our 40th Anniversary Co-Chairs for your extraordinary support. Chicago United also appreciates the partnership with ABC7 who has generously run public service promotions and lent the talents of Cheryl Burton and Ravi Baichwal. We also appreciate the advertising support of Crain’s Chicago Business, the Tribune Company, Minority Business News USA and Women’s Business Development Center. We extend a very special thanks to James Skogsbergh and Advocate Health Care for donating a portion of our printed materials and Novak Law Offices for providing the conference briefcases. Finally we thank each and every member of Chicago United for their personal and organizational resources to build the conference and support its mission. David Rudd and the team at The Axis Agency have helped this organization achieve remarkable and invaluable media coverage surrounding the events of this year. Judy Mathews, president of Community Interface, has become the most versatile consultant and strategist imaginable. Finally, the team at Chicago United is without a doubt the hardest working group ever assembled. I can only begin to express my personal appreciation to Sal Bayron, Janice Buford, Teresa Sarna and Ana Souchet. To all who made this conference a success, thank you! Sincerely,
Gloria Castillo President Chicago United
Table of Contents
Schedule of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9 About Chicago United. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-93 Speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95-104 Bridge Awards Dinner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105-107 Partners in the Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Bridge Awards Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 National Bridge Award Recipient. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110-111 Chicago United James W. Compton Research Competition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Schedule of Events 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Diversity Leadership Luncheon
Welcome: Ravi Baichwal, Weekend Anchor and Reporter, ABC7 News
Presenting Sponsor Remarks: K evin B. Brookins, Vice President Distribution System Operations, ComEd
Presenter: W arren Smith, Director, Midwest Human Resources Leader, Ernst & Young LLP; Co-Chair Corporate Diversity Profile Committee
Keynote Address: George Herrera, President & CEO, Herrera-Christina Group, Ltd.
The Corporate Diversity Profile bi-annual survey measures racial diversity specifically in corporate governance and the executive level management of Chicago’s large corporations to ensure that the corporate community has the information it needs to benchmark progress. Join us as we review the findings published in the 2008 Corporate Diversity Profile, explore several critical issues facing corporate diversity and inclusion efforts and examine the Call to Action outlined in the report which recommends specific strategies to increase the flow of diverse talent into senior leadership positions. Chicago United would like to acknowledge Kevin Connelly, Chairman, Spencer Stuart for his leadership as the 2008 Corporate Diversity Profile Chairman and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago whose economists worked with Chicago United to present information on workforce demographics projections, forecasts and growth projections.
“Baxter is proud to take a leadership role in developing the 2008 Corporate Diversity Profile to
Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Baxter International Inc.
ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce where differing ideas, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are respected and valued. We believe that inclusion drives innovation, and creates trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community partners. Global inclusion means Baxter will continue to develop new life-saving technologies today and for years to come.”
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Northwest Hall 5, Lower Level
Diverse Talent-Management Strategies: Effective Mentoring Relationships
Presenter: Guy Summers, President, Farrell Group, LLC
Moderator: Kelli Lester-Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Sara Lee Corporation
Building a pipeline of multiracial talent requires innovation, outreach and commitment from organizational leaders. According to the Corporate Leadership Council, the most effective strategy for realizing employee potential relates to employee interpersonal connections, highlighting the importance of professional, information-rich networks to high-potential employee development. Surrounding employees with high-quality direct managers, colleagues, and direct reports can boost an employees’ potential to succeed in more senior, critical positions by 20% or more. This workshop session will discuss the key characteristics of successful and effective mentoring relationships, as well as strategies for identifying both mentors and mentees. Topics to be explored include the fundamentals of mentoring, characteristics of effective mentoring relationships, what mentors and mentees each need to bring to the relationship and developing a results-oriented approach. continued-
Schedule of Events 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Diversity and Organizational Performance: Quantifying the Connection
Moderator: N ik Theodore, Ph.D, Director, Center for Urban Economic Development, University of Illinois
Northwest Hall 1, Lower Level
Presenter: Cedric Herring, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Sociology
The measurable impact of diversity in today’s business environment is a hotly debated issue. Many theories and hypotheses have been tested to determine its impact on corporate productivity and profitability. This workshop session will illustrate the connection between diversity and firm value by examining a case study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Sociology in collaboration with the University’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs. This session will present the results of the study’s four hypotheses and answer the omnipresent question: Does diversity pay?
Workshop IIIA Northwest Hall 2, Lower Level Career-Building Learning Experiences for Winning Diverse Workforces
Presenter: LaShana Jackson, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Aon Corporation
Moderator: J acki Robinson-Ivy, Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Northern Trust
Diverse leadership is a business imperative in today’s global economy. Selecting and developing talent is crucial to the future success of an organization. Corporate talent managers are looking for viable strategies to identify and develop the leadership capabilities of their diverse talent base. This workshop session will examine how to drive diversity at the top levels of an organization by implementing strategies that create diverse work experiences, providing candidates with a balanced set of skills in their functional area.
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Northwest Hall Foyer
Northwest Hall 5, Lower Level Workshop IB Diversity at the Top: Recruiting and Retaining Emerging Executives Presenter: Lydia Mallett, Ph.D, Vice President, Staffing & Diversity, Tyco International Moderator: Adrienne Pitts, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Diversity in senior leadership creates new opportunities for both the organization and its
employees. Today’s organizations are faced with a number of challenges in recruiting and retaining emerging executives of color. Identifying talent, increasing cultural competency, and assisting candidates to create professional development plans should be organizational priorities aligned with the overall business strategy of the company and integrated into recruitment and retention processes. This workshop session will also explore leveraging networks to build new relationships such as alumni and professional associations, external community and business partners, and employee network groups.
Schedule of Events 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop IIB Northwest Hall 1, Lower Level Building Minority Businesses of Scale: Supply-Chain Mastery
Presenter: Dr. Quintus Jett, Senior Research Fellow, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College Moderator: Phillip Styles, Manager, Supplier Diversity, Aon Corporation
A study conducted in 2006 by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth revealed that minority businesses were lagging in their understanding of supply-chain mastery. Increasing knowledge in the fundamentals of supply chain management will enable minority business enterprises (MBEs) to partner with other companies to increase capacity, recognize movements in the supply chain that create opportunities and to elevate your value proposition to gain entry into supply chains with higher growth potential. This workshop session will examine the benefits of supply-chain mastery in achieving growth in a global economy. It will also explore other innovative strategies such as Chicago United’s Five Forward Initiative, which addresses strategic partnering between MBEs and mid- to large-sized corporations to build scale.
Workshop IIIB The Real Story Behind Board Diversity
Northwest Hall 2, Lower Level
Presenter: Virginia Clarke, Global Diversity Practice Head, Spencer Stuart Moderator: Roxanne Ward, President, Black Corporate Directors Conference; Vice President & Corporate Liaison of Ariel Investments
The increasing influence of diverse consumers, workforces and business partnerships in the U. S. and abroad, has elevated the discussion on achieving sustainable diversity in corporate governance. Although many corporations have bought in to the benefits of a diverse board, achieving diversity has not been an easy task. This workshop session will examine the opportunity landscape among corporate and not-for-profit boards, strategies for becoming an attractive candidate, exploring what motivates diverse executives to want to serve, and the value of focusing on developing your functional expertise.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
40th Anniversary Gala
Grand Ballroom International North & South
CHICAGO UNITED is the catalyst driving business leaders to maximize economic impact for all races. Created in 1968, Chicago United was the first group to bring together racially diverse CEOs with a common goal of creating a stronger social and economic climate for everyone in Chicago. To achieve sustainable impact, members focus on multiracial leadership development in corporate governance and executive level management; developing a pipeline of future multiracial executive leaders; and cultivating multiracial business partnerships. Through a fierce brand of constructive conversation, Chicago United fosters inclusion and provides an opportunity for senior executives from all racial and ethnic groups to learn from one another, confront and break down racial barriers and achieve shared objectives. Chicago United’s members range from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, representing some of the Chicago’s brightest leaders. These companies have a shared investment in the city and in building sustainable diversity in the workforce and leadership. Members are among the nation’s thought leaders in developing sustainable diversity in a way that strengthens the corporate community, the broader economy and society as a whole.
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PRESENTING SPONSOR
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ComEd embraces the differences that make each of us unique, and enrich us all. Together we can build a world where our differences make us stronger. ComEd is very proud to support Chicago United. Congratulations on your 40th anniversary!
ÂŠ Commonwealth Edison Company, 2008
As a founding member of Chicago United and an inaugural supporter of the Changing Color of Leadership Conference, ComEd is proud to
serve as the presenting sponsor for its 40th anniversary gala. Since 1968, ComEd has actively participated in Chicago United, maintaining a
dialogue among Chicago’s multiracial senior leadership, and driving corporate support for
minority-owned businesses. We share the
common goal of creating a stronger social
and economic climate that reflects the diverse communities in which we live.” Frank M. Clark
Chairman and CEO ComEd
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA MEDIA SPONSOR
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A true shift towards diversity happens when
it becomes second nature, part of the very
fabric of who we are – both in front of the
camera and, perhaps even more importantly, behind the scenes. In the television news business, it’s not enough to hire on-air staff
and say, “now we’re diverse.” At ABC7, taking an inclusive approach to the people we hire leads to an inclusive approach to the stories we cover and the manner in which we present
the news each day. It is the only way we can truly flourish, the only way we can forge that essential connection with our viewers. Emily L. Barr
President & General Manager ABC7
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA 40TH ANNIVERSARY CO-CHAIRS Advocate Health Care Ariel Investments Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois BP America Inc. Harris Bank Illinois Tool Works Inc. Northern Trust Corporation Sara Lee Corporation
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Congratulations on 40 years of helping to close the gap between race and business.
Advocate Health Care applauds Chicago United for building a stronger social and economic environment in the Chicago community.
www.advocatehealth.com Bethany Hospital • Christ Medical Center • Good Samaritan Hospital Good Shepherd Hospital • Hope Children’s Hospital • Illinois Masonic Medical Center Lutheran General Hospital • Lutheran General Children’s Hospital • South Suburban Hospital Trinity Hospital • Advocate Medical Group • Advocate Physician Partners Dreyer Medical Clinic • Advocate Home Health Services
Diversity enriches an organization with a broad perspective of cultures, lifestyles, back-
grounds and ideas. The rich tapestry of our
diverse associates, leaders, physicians and patients is instrumental in creating Advocate Health Care’s unique healing environment.” James H. Skogsbergh President and CEO
Advocate Health Care
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At Ariel Investments, we strongly believe
diverse people with diverse backgrounds
are more likely to challenge conventional wisdom and ultimately generate better
decisions. Running any business has its
challenges, but having a diverse group helps to ensure a better outcome.” John W. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ariel Investments
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At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, we’re passionate about the health and wellness of the communities we serve. It’s why we sponsor and support programs that help people stay active, challenged and involved. From the arts and education to outreach wellness programs, our goal is to encourage everyone to live healthy and inspired lives.
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HCSC’s commitment to Diversity is the right
thing to do and makes good business sense. As a result, we are capable of seeing health issues through the eyes of our members.” Pat Hemingway Hall President & CEO
Health Care Service Corporation
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The most powerful energy is that of our people.
beyond petroleum ÂŠ 2007BP, p.l.c.
At BP, we aim to create a truly inclusive
meritocracy, in which the diversity of our
workforce reflects our global reach and maximizes available talent while respecting individual differences. Our commitment to the development of a culture of diversity and inclusion is a true business imperative that
creates a platform for creativity, innovation
and problem solving where talent thrives. Our long-standing relationship with Chicago United helps us achieve those goals.” Crystal E. Ashby
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs Refining and Marketing, BP
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l e a de r s h i p. Harris is proud to be associated with the great work of Chicago United. We congratulate tonight’s honorees, and all of Chicago’s dynamic leaders!
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We embrace diversity. We gain strength through our people and our perspectives. At
Harris, this is a core value. It’s our vision to be the bank that defines great customer experience and to do that we must be a truly diverse organization – one that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Ellen M. Costello
Chief Executive Officer Harris Bankcorp, Inc.
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ITW is proud to sponsor the Changing Color of Leadership Conference
A Fortune 200 company with nearly 100 years of history, ITWâ€™s 825 business units manufacture an array of innovative components, as well as systems and consumables, for customers worldwide.
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A diverse workforce is the cornerstone of our
success at ITW. Chicago United shares our belief that the unique perspectives and inno-
vative ideas that result from different cultures, backgrounds, genders and races produce op-
timal results. For this reason, we are proud to be a part of the Changing Color of Leadership Conference. Diverse view points, open commu-
nications and inclusion result in customer
satisfaction, valued employees, rewarding vendor partnerships and better communities in which to work and live.” David Speer
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Illinois Tool Works Inc.
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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their
dreams. — ELEANOR
Northern Trust salutes those whose dreams have broadened our horizons, brightened our worlds, and helped make Chicago United’s 40th Anniversary Gala a success. Congratulations on your 40 year anniversary!
northerntrust.com Northern Trust banks are members FDIC. ©2008 Northern Trust Corporation.
Recognizing, valuing, understanding and celebrating diversity – in clients, employees
and communities – distinguishes us in the marketplace. We are a stronger and more competitive organization for embracing this principle.”
President and Chief Executive Officer Northern Trust Corporation
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energizing Sara Lee Corporation’s mission is to simply delight you…every day. Delighting people everyday is not only our business mandate, but also it is the commitment we make to the communities in which we conduct business. Sara Lee is proud to sponsor Chicago United’s 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & 40th Anniversary Gala.
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www.saralee.com Equal Opportunity Employer
We operate in a global and multi-cultural
marketplace. Therefore, we believe that having a workforce comprised of people from different
backgrounds and life perspectives can lead
to better customer and consumer insights, greater innovation and a more inclusive
environment for our employees. At Sara Lee, diverse talent flourishes and diverse ideas thrive.”
Brenda C. Barnes
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sara Lee Corporation
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA A D V O C AT E F O R C H A N G E S P O N S O R S Aon Corporation Crain’s Chicago Business Hewitt Associates PepsiCo
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Committed. Just Ask Chicago United. Aon is proud to support the Changing Color of Leadership Conference We salute this yearâ€™s Bridge honorees and the outstanding work of Chicago United in p romoting dive r sit y in business leadership. Visit aon.com to experience how Aon teams with clients and communities to deliver value and impact.
Hire the Best. Build the Best. Be the Best. This statement captures both Aon’s promise and our potential with respect to creating an inclusive environment that nurtures the
unique backgrounds, skills and creativity of
our employees, suppliers and partners. For Aon, diversity is an integral part of our strategy and
will continue to drive the innovation and collaboration needed to provide our clients with the best solutions and services worldwide.” Gregory C. Case
President & CEO Aon
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INFINITE CHICAGO We salute Chicago United for four decades of developing sustained diversity in corporate governance, management and business partnerships throughout this great city.
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It’s not what we say about diversity that
counts, it’s what we do about it. At Hewitt, we’re committed to making a difference
in diversity in our leadership ranks. We are
also committed to taking into account our clients’ workforce diversity in the work we do for them. Russ Fradin
Chairman and CEO Hewitt Associates
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Cherishing Talent Cherish is a powerful idea. It's about how we support the growth of our leaders and our communities, helping them to succeed together and fulfill their dreams. And that’s why we support Chicago United’s 40 years of acting as a catalyst driving business leaders to maximize economic impact for all races. We cherish your recognition in presenting the 2008 National Bridge Award to Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO. Her leadership continues PepsiCo's commitment to diversity and inclusion and provides the vision that inspires our executives–today and tomorrow. By working together, we can shape the future of multiracial leaders and minority businesses.
At PepsiCo, diversity is at the heart of our
company. We support diversity in our hiring practices because as a global food and
beverage company we believe our workforce
must reflect the diverse groups of consumers we seek to serve. We support diversity up and down the supply chain because it
enables our businesses to integrate and
operate seamlessly in markets of all kinds. Diversity has been intrinsic to our company’s long history of success and remains essential to our promising future of growth.” Indra K. Nooyi
Chairman and CEO PepsiCo
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA C O R P O R AT E C I T I Z E N F O R C H A N G E S P O N S O R S Aetna, Inc. The Allstate Corporation Baxter International Inc. Chicago Tribune Company Ernst & Young LLP Jewel-Osco Kraft Foods Inc. Macy’s Inc. McDonald’s Corporation USA LLC National City Bank PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Synch-Solutions, Inc.
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GOOD HANDS® WORKING TOGETHER CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. Allstate is proud to sponsor Chicago United’s 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & 40th Anniversary Gala.
Your Good Hands® make all the difference. That’s Allstate’s Stand.®
© 2008 Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL
Baxter is proud to support Chicago Uniteds Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Baxter employees share your commitment to making a meaningful difference in peopleâ€™s lives. At Baxter, we apply our expertise in biotechnology, medical devices and specialty pharmaceuticals to develop innovative therapies that save and sustain lives around the world. It is this higher purpose that binds us as a company and as global citizens.
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© 2008 ERNST & YOUNG LLP
The power of teamwork? The more we pull together, the more we can achieve. That’s our philosophy at Ernst & Young, not just for serving our clients, but our community, too. That's why we’re joining with Chicago United to help support their work in fostering inclusion and creating a stronger social and economic climate for everyone in Chicago. A better tomorrow takes all of us.
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Convenience You Can Count On! Jewel-Osco is proud to support Chicago United and the 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala
We proudly share their commitment to corporate diversity.
At Kraft, our products appeal to many different consumers. A diverse perspective enables us to see first-hand how we can meet consumer needs through innovation and high quality products. Kraft is a proud sponsor of The 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala.
Macyâ€™s congratulates Chicago United on 40 years of being the catalyst in driving business leaders to maximize economic impact for all races. With our best wishes for continued success. Your partners at Macyâ€™s.
A welcome sign for everyone. From neighborhood to neighborhood, coast to coast and around the world, McDonaldâ€™s is proud to celebrate diversity. Everyone is always welcome in our home, no matter what side of the counter youâ€™re on.
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National City is proud to support Chicago United and the 5th Annual Changing of Color Leadership Conference. Thank you for your continued efforts in promoting a stronger social and economic Chicago.
Call 1.800.925.9259 for the nearest National City location. Over 120 Ilinois branches to serve you.
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leadership. commitment. growth.* PricewaterhouseCoopers is proud to honor National Bridge Award recipient Indra K. Nooyi and to salute Chicago United for building sustainable diversity in business leadership.
© 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. All rights reserved. “PricewaterhouseCoopers” refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or, as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity. *connectedthinking is a trademark of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (US).
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Synch-Solutions salutes Chicago United for its ongoing commitment to multiracial leadership development. Synch-Solutions Provides Management Consulting and Enterprise Technology Solutions for Government, Education, Utility & Commercial Sectors.
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA LEADERSHIP SPONSORS Access Community Health Network Archer Daniels Midland Company AT&T Bank of America The Boeing Company Bonaparte Corporation Café Media Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. CDW Charter One Bank Chicago Sinfonietta Columbia College Chicago Corn Products International, Inc. Holland Capital Management Leo Burnett Worldwide LifeSource Mayer Brown LLP Mesirow Financial Nicor Gas Northwestern Memorial Hospital Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp. Primera Engineers, Ltd RR Donnelley Rush University Medical Center Smith Whiley & Company Spencer Stuart United Airlines University of Chicago Medical Center USG Corporation
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Health Network Caring. Committed. Connected.
Access Community Health Network salutes Chicago United on 40 years of dedication to creating a stronger social and economic climate for everyone in Chicago.
With 50 health centers throughout the Chicago area, Access Community Health Network offers quality, affordable health care for all ages regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Call Toll Free
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ADM is proud to sponsor Chicago United.
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Boeing proudly supports Chicago United in its mission to bring senior executives of all ethnicities together to build a stronger social and economic climate for everyone in Chicago.
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At Charter One, we support those who share our spirit and dedication. And we applaud those who believe in making a difference within their communities. Congratulations Chicago United and all of the Business Leaders of Color, for your success and accomplishments.
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The Nation’s Most Diverse Orchestra
In 1987 Maestro Paul Freeman founded the Chicago Sinfonietta with the vision of creating a professional orchestra of the highest quality that would truly reflect the wonderful diversity of the city. Twenty-two years later, the Chicago Sinfonietta, through its innovative programming and outreach, leads the nation in the inclusion of people of color in both its members and audience. Learn more at ChicagoSinfonietta.org
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Columbia College Chicago is proud to support Chicago United’s 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference. As the largest private arts and media college in the country, Columbia College is committed to access and opportunity in the arts and media. Through the diversity of our students and graduates, Columbia College Chicago brings a rich vision and multiplicity of voices to American culture.
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HOLLAND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT congratulates
Chicago United on its
40th Anniversary Holland Capital is an independent investment management firm offering both equity and fixed income portfolio management to institutional investors and individuals. For more information contact: Valerie King Director of Marketing 312.553.4831 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Zaldwaynaka (Z) Scott Litigation Partner Mayer Brown LLP
“Growing up, when black women lawyers were nearly impossible to find, justice was my only hero.” Today, Z’s heroes work beside her— a dynamic and diverse team of attorneys who are changing not just the face of Mayer Brown. But the heart. Together, we are strengthening the way we serve our clients worldwide. Mayer Brown — 2006 recipient, Minority Corporate Counsel Association Thomas L. Sager Award (Midwest Region). To learn more about our diversity and inclusion programs, visit mayerbrown.com/diversity.
Mayer Brown is a combination of two limited liability partnerships: one named Mayer Brown LLP, established in Illinois, USA; and one named Mayer Brown International LLP, incorporated in England.
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Mesirow Financial is a proud leadership sponsor of Chicago United’s 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & 40th Anniversary Gala
Investment Management | Investment Services Insurance Services | Investment Banking Consulting | Real Estate www.mesirowfinancial.com
The Mesirow Financial name and logo are registered service marks of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. © 2008, Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. Investment Services offered through Mesirow Financial, Inc., Member NYSE, SIPC. Insurance Services offered through Mesirow Insurance Services, Inc.
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Congratulations on promoting 40 years of sustainable diversity
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The Northwestern Memorial Hospital family is proud to sponsor Chicago United’s 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership conference and congratulates the Bridge Award winners for their commitment to diversity.
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The accounting function is increasingly under the spotlight: increased scrutiny and the continuous introduction of new regulations have combined to increase the level of complexity.
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Prado & Renteria brings simplicity to complexity. Our professional staff is specialized by practice areas providing our clients specifi c expertise resulting in accurate reporting, the development of compliant infrastructures, and the identifi cation of effective internal control mechanisms. If your business falls into one of our practice areas we invite you to call us at (312) 567-1330 for a complimentary consultation. Proud Sponsor: Chicago United’s 5th Anual Changing Color of Leadership Conference.
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RR DONNELLEY IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE 5TH ANNUAL CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND BRIDGE AWARDS DINNER RR Donnelley is an EEO/AA employer. For more information, visit www.rrdonnelley.com or email your resume to email@example.com. To partner with us please email corporatesupplierdiversity.com or call 312.326.8000.
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Rush University Medical Center proudly congratulates Chicago United for 40 years of driving change and diversity. To build sustainable diversity, you need a strong foundation of inclusion. For more than three decades, health care professionals and students at Rush University Medical Center have volunteered their time and skills to address the needs of Chicago’s underserved communities. Community service is a vital part of Rush education and employment. Shaping the health care leaders of tomorrow. Recognizing diversity as the cornerstone of scientific discovery. Putting patients first in everything we do.
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Smith Whiley & Company is a proud sponsor of The 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala.
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it’s our business. Spencer Stuart applauds Chicago United for 40 years of leadership in developing a pipeline of future multiracial leaders and its lasting contribution to the promotion of diversity, strengthening the corporate community, the broader economy and society as a whole. We are proud to sponsor the 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and congratulate Indra Nooyi, this year’s recipient of the prestigious Bridge Award.
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When we step back and see what we can achieve as a community, it can change our view of the world. As Chicago’s Hometown Airline,® United is proud to be the official airline of Chicago United. united.com
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As a leading manufacturer of building materials, USG is a proud sponsor of the 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & 40th Anniversary Gala. Congratulations Chicago United for 40 years of commitment to building diversity.
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Chicago United appreciates the dedicated work of the following partners who make this conference a success:
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CHICAGO UNITED 2008 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS
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Abbott Cano Container Corporation Champion Realty Advisors, LLC Chicago Board of Education Creative Printing Service, Inc. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP SD.I (System Development.Integration, LLC) University of Chicago Medical Center University of Illinois at Chicago W. E. O’Neil Construction Company Women’s Business Development Center
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Conference Speakers Ravi Baichwal
Weekend Anchor and Reporter ABC 7 News Ravi Baichwal co-anchors the ABC 7 Weekend News at 5 and 10 p.m., Chicago’s number one weekend newscasts, alongside Karen Jordan. He also reports for ABC 7’s daily newscasts. Baichwal joined ABC 7 Chicago in November 2006. Prior to arriving in Chicago, Baichwal was an integral part of CTV News, Canada’s number one news organization. He hosted CTV Newsnet Morning on the service’s all-news channel, and reported for CTV National News. He also served as a substitute network anchor and host. During his tenure, Baichwal gained a national reputation for seamless coverage of live, breaking news. He covered the fast changing world of politics and served as host of two award-winning election night specials. Other historically significant stories he has covered include the terrorist attacks on the London Underground system, the discovery of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein by U.S. soldiers and the death of Pope John Paul II. Baichwal was also a frequent guest host on one of Canada’s top radio stations, a regular guest on the country’s most irreverent sports talk show, and often hosted Canada’s pre-eminent business news channel, Report on Business Television. Baichwal believes in community service and volunteers with various charities dedicated to childhood welfare, AIDS and health issues.
Kevin B. Brookins
Vice President Distribution System Operations ComEd As vice president of ComEd’s Distribution System Operations, Kevin Brookins is responsible for operating one of the largest electrical distribution systems in the U.S., serving about 3.8 million customers throughout Northern Illinois. ComEd has 5,600 employees and revenues of approximately $5.8 billion. Mr. Brookins started his career in 1983 as a ComEd corporate planning analyst. He became vice president of DSO in April 2008. Prior to this, he served in a number of key positions, including vice president, work management & new business; vice president, customer field operations, for ComEd and PECO; director of construction and maintenance in ComEd’s Chicago Region; and director of regional operations in ComEd’s Southeast Region. In 2008, Mr. Brookins was selected by the editors of U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine as among the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology and by the editors of DiversityMBA Magazine as among the Top 100 Executives Under 50. In 2006 and 2007, he was also recognized by Who’s Who in Black Chicago. He serves on the boards of First Northern Credit Union, LISC/Chicago, and Chicago United. He became a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago in 2003. Mr. Brookins holds a BS in electrical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from Governors State University in University Park, IL. – 95 –
Conference Speakers Cheryl Burton
News Anchor and Reporter ABC 7 News Emmy award winning Cheryl Burton co-anchors two of the #1 rated newscasts in Chicago. Burton co-anchors the ABC 7 News at 5 p.m. and is a contributing anchor of ABC 7’s 10 p.m. newscast. The Chicago native joined ABC 7 as a weekend co-anchor and reporter in November 1992. Burton’s reporting has taken her to the heart of Chicago neighborhoods, across the United States and around the globe. Whether she’s covering the historic opening of Oprah’s school for girls in South Africa, exposing the plight of one of Illinois’ poorest schools or assessing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Burton brings compelling stories home to Chicago. She is dedicated to exposing racism and bringing the stories of the underprivileged to the forefront. Burton has received many honors for her work including several Emmy Awards. She is very active in the Chicago community and gives much of her time to non-profit groups and charities. She is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of America and serves as a motivational speaker for the Chicago Public Schools. She serves on the boards of the Life with Lupus Guild, the Multicultural Dance Center and City Year. She also participates in the Rush-Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s fashion show. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
President Chicago United, Inc. Gloria Castillo is president of Chicago United, a racially diverse corporate membership organization that brings together diverse business leaders to improve race relations and increase access to opportunities for people of color in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Ms. Castillo received the “Minority Small Business Champion of the Year” award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) June 2008; “The Best Business Agenda” from La Raza Newspaper October 2008. She was also awarded the 2006 Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce-Minority Business Development Agency and in recognition of her community and philanthropic work was awarded the Rose Award by Jackson Park Hospital Women’s Board October 2008 and Champion for Change by Women Employed September 2008. Ms. Castillo is a member of Chicago 2016 serving on the Outreach Committee and was appointed to the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors (MCTA) August 2008; and the Board of the Field Foundation May 2008. She was appointed to Chicago City Colleges Board of Trustees by Mayor Richard M. Daley in July 2005; she was also appointed to the MBE/WBE Mayoral Task Force in February 2004. Ms. Castillo is a resource board member of the Metropolitan Planning Council, is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Goodman Theatre, Board of the Mexican American Democratic Organization and the Mexican American Political Action Committee, Acción Chicago and as Advisory Council Chair of Mujeres Latinas en Acción. – 96 –
Conference Speakers Virginia Clarke
Global Diversity Practice Head Spencer Stuart Ginny Clarke is a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Financial Officer practices and heads the Spencer Stuart global Diversity Practice. Her search clients include corporate real estate services firms, insurance companies, banks and other financial and professional services companies. She has successfully recruited professionals in a variety of seniorlevel functions, including general management, finance, accounting and marketing. In her leadership of the Diversity Practice, Ms. Clarke works with global clients to customize diversity recruitment and retention strategies; she also oversees the firm’s efforts to provide clients with diverse slates of candidates through knowledge management and by embedding diversity and inclusion into the firm’s culture and infrastructure. Prior to joining the firm, she spent several years in banking and 10 years in the real estate investment management business with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Her activities included asset management, portfolio management, capital raising and client servicing. She received her BA from the University of California at Davis and a master of management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board and the board of Medical Properties Trust in Birmingham, Alabama.
Cedric Herring, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology and Public Policy University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Sociology Cedric Herring is professor of sociology and public policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Dr. Herring is former president of the Association of Black Sociologists, and he was the founding director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC. He publishes on topics such as race and public policy, stratification and inequality, and employment policy. He has published five books and more than 50 scholarly articles in outlets such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Race and Society, and Social Problems. His most recent books are Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the “Color-Blind” Era and The State of the State of Illinois. He is the author of “Does Diversity Pay?: Racial and Gender Composition and the Business Case for Diversity,” a forthcoming article in the American Sociological Review. He has received support for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and others. In addition, he has shared his findings in community forums, in newspapers and magazines, on radio and television, before government officials, and at the United Nations.
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Conference Speakers George Herrera
President & CEO Herrera-Christina Group, Ltd. George Herrera is the founder, president and CEO of the HerreraCristina Group, Ltd, a Hispanic-owned, multidisciplinary management firm, specializing in marketing, communications, corporate diversity, public affairs, event planning, and research. Founded in 2003, with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, the Herrera-Cristina Group has an impressive roster consisting of Fortune 100 companies and national organizations as clients. Mr. Herrera serves as an independent director of Wyndham World Wide Corporation, the world’s largest hospitality company, where he serves as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee. He also serves on Burger King Corporation’s Diversity Action Council (DAC), which is composed of BKC professionals and outside thought leaders. The DAC serves as an independent, working advisory board for the formulation and evaluation of BKC’s diversity development goals. He is the creator of the national syndicated television show “Hispanics Today”, which is seen on NBC, CBS and ABC networks throughout the United States. Viewed by over 30 million viewers weekly, Hispanics Today showcases the accomplishments of Hispanics in business, politics, sports and entertainment. Mr. Herrera is a Fellow, of The Wharton Society of Fellows, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion Aon Corporation As director of diversity & inclusion, LaShana Jackson is responsible for providing strategic insight and thought leadership for Aon’s talent and business initiatives. In 2002, she began her career with Aon as a participant in its Rotational Development Program, a program designed to accelerate the development of high potential, recent college graduates. After completing the rotational program, she held the role of Human Resource Specialist where she worked with the diversity and talent development groups to manage and create leadership development programs, mentoring programs and various diversity initiatives. She is actively involved in community service and is a board member and the annual fund-raising chairperson for the South Side Community Art Center, a non-profit based in south Chicago. Ms. Jackson received her BA in marketing from Howard University.
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Conference Speakers Quintus Jett, Ph.D
Senior Research Fellow Tuck School of Management, Dartmouth College Quintus R. Jett is currently a senior research fellow at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Dr. Jett is an innovator in the fields of entrepreneurship and economic development. He has served as a faculty member in business and in engineering, and has a record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals in the field of management and organizations. Dr. Jett authored “Minority Business Enterprises: Mastering the Supply Chain,” published by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the Department of Commerce (2006). He, with supply-chain professors David Pyke and Eric Johnson, explains how the mastery of supply-chain strategies can support the vitality of small and minority-owned businesses, in spite of supplier consolidation and global outsourcing. He has published related pieces on this topic in recent issues of Minority Business Entrepreneur and Electric Perspectives. Dr. Jett holds a Ph.D in organizations and a M.S. in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion Sara Lee Corporation As director of diversity & inclusion, Kelli Lester-Brown is responsible for creating the foundation for diversity and inclusion success for North America. With a proven record in defining vision, developing strategy and executing action plans that produce sustainable results she is an invaluable resource to Sara Lee’s leadership. Before joining Sara Lee, she excelled in roles of increasing responsibility in public and community affairs, public information and media as director of diversity and staffing at Emmis Communications, headquartered in Indianapolis. There she built and managed the staffing processes, ensured compliance and led recruitment and diversity initiatives for the organization. Ms. Lester-Brown’s work with her previous employer has been highlighted in industry publications, city magazines and recognized in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Diversity Awards. She was also named as one of 30 Young Leaders of the Future, featured in EBONY Magazine and is currently an Advisory Board member of Crain’s Chicago Business on gender diversity matters. Ms. Lester-Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Ball State University.
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Conference Speakers Lydia G. Mallett, Ph.D
Vice President, Staffing and Diversity Tyco International As vice president of staffing and diversity, Lydia G. Mallett is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the organization’s total staffing requirements. Additionally, Dr. Mallett is responsible for developing and implementing a corporate-wide diversity strategy addressing issues such as workforce representation and retention, and work-life effectiveness. Dr. Mallett also serves as counsel to Tyco’s senior executives in helping them devise and carry out diversity initiatives aligned with the strategic business objectives of the company. Prior to joining Tyco in 2004, she was vice president and chief diversity officer at General Mills where she developed and implemented a senior management accountability strategy. Her most notable accomplishment was the design and implementation of a co-mentoring strategy for women and people of color. Active in community service, Dr. Mallett works with several non-profits advocating for the fair treatment and inclusion of women and people of color in all aspects of society. She has served as national president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, president of the Minnesota Women’s Campaign Fund, and is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council. Dr. Mallett holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master in labor/industrial relations, and a doctorate in social psychology from Michigan State University.
Partner Sidley Austin LLP Adrienne B. Pitts is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, with significant civil and criminal trial experience. She practices principally in the areas of complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, and white collar defense matters, including conducting corporate internal investigations and counseling clients through federal grand jury, Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission inquiries. Ms. Pitts is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation task force, and a board member and former Chairperson of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. Ms. Pitts is also a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Inn of Court. In May 2007, Ms. Pitts received the Alta May Hulett Award from the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance For Women for excellence in the practice of law and for promoting the advancement of women in the profession. Ms. Pitts was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Chicago Urban League, Inc. She is also a 2007 Chicago United Business Leaders of Color honoree. She is vice president of the Board of Directors of L.E.A.R.N. Charter School and is a member of the Board of Trustees of High Jump, which provides academic enrichment for gifted low-income students. Ms. Pitts is also a 2005 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. Ms. Pitts holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Boston University School of Law. – 100 –
Conference Speakers Anne R. Pramaggiore
Executive Vice President, Customer Operations, Regulatory and External Affairs ComEd, An Exelon Company Anne Pramaggiore joined the company in 1998 and has helped direct the company’s legal and regulatory efforts through the restructuring transition. She has served as a liaison to the Illinois Commerce Commission and functioned as a key participant in the statewide effort on Illinois electric restructuring. In addition, she oversees the distribution and transmission rate department, revenue requirements, and state regulatory, environmental and strategic issues. Before joining the company, Ms. Pramaggiore was a partner in the trade regulation practice group of Chicago law firm McDermott, Will & Emery. Prior to that, she clerked for the Honorable Charles Kocoras, United States District Court, Northern District Illinois. She serves as a member of the Boards of the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Institute of Public Utilities and the Financial Research Institute. Ms. Pramaggiore is a graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-inchief of the school’s Law Review, and holds a BA in communications and theater from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations Northern Trust Jaclene L. Robinson-Ivy is vice president of public and government relations at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Previously, she was a relationship manager in the Correspondent Trust Services Division of the Institutional Financial Services Group. Correspondent Trust provides trust and custody services to bank trust departments, independent trust companies and investment managers. Ms. Robinson-Ivy joined Northern Trust in 1988 and served in various capacities in securities operations before being named an officer in June 1995, a second vice president in July 1999 and a vice president in June 2003. She was a member of the 2001-02 Northern Trust United Way Leadership Team and Co-chair of the 2002-03 Northern Trust United Way Leadership Team. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Northern Trust UNCF Walkathon, a member of the Quality Service Medallion Nomination Committee for C&IS, a former member of the United Way WINNGS Committee, and was the recipient of the 2002 Chairman’s Diversity Award. Currently, she is vice president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals. Ms. Robinson-Ivy received a B.S. degree from Western Illinois University.
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Conference Speakers Phillip Styles
Manager, Supplier Diversity Aon Corporation As manager of supplier diversity, Phillip Styles is responsible for implementing all initiatives of divisional diversity business development and mentoring minority businesses through the bidding/ request for proposal processes. He also manages divisional key suppliers’ diverse business involvement. Prior to becoming manager of supplier diversity, he served as vice president of Aon Consulting where he was responsible for clients, generating revenue, developing new business and managing client work and teams. Mr. Styles joined Chicago-based Aon Corporation in 2001 as director of community affairs and had responsibility for maintaining Aon’s long-standing tradition of community involvement. He worked with numerous community groups in the Chicagoland area on behalf of Aon to sustain programs and activities that support and benefit initiatives in education, medical research and other community-based services. He is actively involved in the community and serves on the board of The Support Group; an organization created to develop young leaders and provide alternatives to gangs, guns and drugs. Mr. Styles earned his BS degree in business management from Northwestern University, where he also played NCAA basketball for the Northwestern Wildcats from 1987 through 1989. He also played professional basketball on an international level for three years in various countries, including Mexico, England and the United Arab Emirates.
Director, Midwest Human Resources Leader Ernst & Young LLP Warren M. Smith is a director and the area human resources leader for Ernst & Young’s Midwest region. In this capacity he oversees the enterprise human resource function and is responsible for the development and deployment of strategic human resources initiatives for more than 3,400 employees in the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin offices. Prior to transferring to the Chicago marketplace in the fall of 2005, Mr. Smith spent three years with Ernst & Young’s Strategy and Operations Group where he managed both strategy development and resource management for the Americas People Team. He is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, the Society of Human Resources Management, Chicago United and Chicago State University’s College of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
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Conference Speakers Guy Summers
President Farrell Group, LLC Guy Summers is president of Farrell Group, LLC, based in Chicago. Farrell Group is a performance improvement company that works with individuals and teams on developing more effective business relationships. The firm offers coaching, communications, and consulting services. Prior to starting Farrell Group, Mr. Summers worked in the financial services industry, including over 20 years in commercial and personal banking at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago. Mr. Summers holds a bachelor of urban planning from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has also trained at the College of Executive Coaching.
Nik Theodore, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Program Director, Center for Urban Economic Development University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Nik Theodore directs the Center for Urban Economic Development in the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and is an expert on workforce development, the day labor market, and labor economics. He teaches and consults on urban planning and labor markets in the United States and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Theodore was a 1997-98 Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy based at Manchester University (UK) and project director in the Chicago Urban League’s Research & Planning Department (1988-97). He was recently named by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders, a two-year program designed to make the city more competitive globally. Dr. Theodore is among an elite group of eighteen professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors selected to participate in the program. Dr. Theodore earned his doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Conference Speakers Roxanne Ward
President of the Black Corporate Directors Conference Vice President & Corporate Liaison of Ariel Investments Roxanne Ward is president of the Black Corporate Directors Conference (BCDC), a forum for seasoned black directors of publicly traded companies founded in 2002 by Ariel Investments (Ariel) and Russell Reynolds Associates. She is also vice president, corporate liaison, of Ariel, which is a Chicago-based investment management firm founded in 1983. Ariel manages separate accounts for institutional clients and also serves individual investors and 401(k) plans through its no-load Ariel Mutual Funds. Ms. Ward joined Ariel in September 1999. Prior to being named President of the BCDC, she served as corporate and board secretary for Ariel Capital Management, LLC, Ariel Capital Management Holdings, Inc., and Ariel Distributors, Inc. She also assists Ariel’s chairman and CEO with special, high-level projects. Actively involved with many civic and community organizations, Ms. Ward is a member of the City of Chicago Board of Education and sits on the Boards of Directors of WTTW and the Safer Foundation. She serves as a Co-Chair of the Mayoral Policy Caucus on Prisoner Reentry and also is a former member of the City of Chicago Desegregation Monitoring Commission and of the Boards of the Illinois Facilities Fund and Congo Square Theater Company. Ms. Ward received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Chicago in 1975 and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1976. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979.
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2008 Bridge Awards Dinner
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2008 Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner
Welcome Cheryl Burton News Anchor and Reporter ABC7 News
Opening Remarks James H. Skogsbergh President & Chief Executive Officer Advocate Health Care Chairman, Chicago United Board of Directors
Bridge Awards 2008 National Bridge Award Indra K. Nooyi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer PepsiCo Acceptance on behalf of Ms. Nooyi by:
Richard Beck Executive Vice President Pepsico Chicago
Invocation Dinner Music by Chicago Sinfonietta
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2008 Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner
Presenting Sponsor Anne R. Pramaggiore Executive Vice President, Customer Operations, Regulatory and External Affairs ComEd, An Exelon Company
Chicago United Vision for the Next Decade Gloria Castillo President Chicago United
Raymond F. McCaskey Chairman, Health Care Service Corporation Former Chicago United Board Chairman
Michael W. Lewis Executive Vice President Harris Bank Immediate Past Chairman Chicago United Board of Directors
James C. Tyree Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Mesirow Financial Chairman, Chicago United Five Forward Initiative
Luna Negra Dance Theater Performance Adjournment
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Partners in the Arts
Now in its 22nd season, the Chicago Sinfonietta has enriched the cultural and educational quality of life in Chicago since 1987, while gaining significant recognition on the national and international stage. The Sinfonietta is the most diverse orchestra in the country (as determined by a 2008 survey conducted by Professor Earl Carter of Julliard), employing more musicians of color than any other ensemble. The orchestra performs subscription seasons at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago and at Lund Auditorium in River Forest. Under Founding Music Director Paul Freeman, the Sinfonietta has earned a reputation for innovative programming that attracts underserved and new audiences. Over forty percent of the subscribers and single ticket buyers are people of color. The Sinfonietta has recently been recognized for its work of championing diversity and inclusiveness in classical music by receiving the Wallace Foundation’s Award of Excellence, one of only nine Chicago arts organizations chosen out of fifty local applicants, and by the World Diversity Leadership Summit in 2007 as their Global Diversity in the Arts award recipient. In addition, the Chicago Sinfonietta has produced fourteen CDs, has embarked on six European tours, and has performed twice at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. In August the orchestra performed its debut concert at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion for an audience of 11,000.
Luna Negra Dance Theater creates, performs, and teaches contemporary dance by Latino choreographers. In ten years, Luna Negra Dance Theater has established itself as a significant and vital component of Chicago’s arts and cultural community. Since Eduardo Vilaro founded Luna Negra in 1999, the company has served as a springboard for Latino contemporary choreographers to give expression to their stories and bring new life to the cultures of their communities. Steering away from stereotypes and folkloric representations, Luna Negra brings to audiences modern Latino expressions with energy, power and passion, reflecting through dance the immense cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century. Luna Negra’s distinctive style blends the discipline of ballet with the dynamic movements of contemporary dance, infused with the explosive energy of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance forms.
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Bridge Awards Introduction
2 0 0 8 C H I CAG O U N ITED B R I DG E AWAR D S The Bridge Award represents the first national award that honors a CEO who is an advocate for multiracial diversity in corporate governance. In keeping with the spirit of our advocacy in support of the development of multiracial participation at all levels in business, this award brings visibility to those who have driven change and have inspired others to follow. Chicago United (CU) established the Bridge Award during its inaugural Changing Color of Leadership Conference in November of 2004. The award celebrates the accomplishments of a chief executive officer of a publicly held corporation who has inspired and supported diversity on its board of directors. The award also recognizes a corporation’s commitment to diversity in senior level management and its business partnerships among diverse firms. Our efforts focused on the Fortune 100 to select this year’s recipients of the National Bridge Award Recipient. After conducting a rigorous examination of publicly available company data, CU reviewed five national companies with diverse boards of directors based on a specific threshold of diverse board member participation. The National Bridge Award serves to honor the exemplary practices of a Fortune 100 corporation. Each company was evaluated on quantitative and qualitative data by an internal and external committee. The committees consisted of corporate and non-profit executives, entrepreneurs and academicians, and were selected based on their neutrality and experience. The committees were provided with rating/ranking criteria and a cumulative point system for the award selection process. We applaud the 2008 Bridge Award recipient Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, for being a true champion for diversity in governance, management, and business partnerships. Your leadership, vision, and commitment will continue to foster innovative approaches to achieving diversity in corporate governance throughout the business community.
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At PepsiCo, diversity is at the heart of our company. We support diversity in our hiring practices because as a global food and beverage company we believe our workforce must reflect the diverse groups of consumers we seek to serve. We support diversity up and down the supply chain because it enables our businesses to integrate and operate seamlessly in markets of all kinds. Diversity has been intrinsic to our company’s long history of success and remains essential to our promising future of growth.” Indra K. Nooyi
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2008 Chicago United National Bridge Award Recipient I N DRA K. NOOYI
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer PepsiCo Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi leads one of the world’s largest convenient food and beverage companies, with 2007 annual revenues of more than $39 billion. The company operates in nearly 200 countries, and employs more than 185,000 people worldwide. Its principal businesses include: FritoLay snacks, Pepsi-Cola beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices and Quaker foods. The PepsiCo portfolio includes 18 brands that generate $1 billion or more each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s commitment to sustainable growth, defined by Mrs. Nooyi as Performance with Purpose, is focused on generating healthy financial returns while giving back to communities the company serves. This includes meeting consumer needs for a spectrum of convenient foods and beverages, replenishing the environment through water, energy and packaging initiatives, and supporting its employees through a diverse and inclusive environment that recruits and retains world-class talent. The company is listed on the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index. Mrs. Nooyi was named President and CEO on October 1, 2006, and assumed the role of Chairman on May 2, 2007. She has directed the company’s global strategy for over a decade and was the primary architect of PepsiCo’s restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the spin-off and public offering of company-owned bottling operations into anchor bottler Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), acquiring Tropicana, and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo. Recently, she has been driving critical cross-business initiatives to enhance operations and enable PepsiCo to meet the changing needs of consumers and retailers. Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer since 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo’s board of directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo board of directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Rescue Committee and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. She is a Successor Fellow of Yale Corporation, member of the Board of Trustees of Eisenhower Fellowships, a member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission and currently serves as Chairman of the US-India Business Council. She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College in Madras, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters. – 111 –
James W. Compton Research Competition
TH E C H ICAG O U N ITED JA M E S W. COM PTON R E SEARC H COM PE TITION The James W. Compton Research Competition is a program designed to support the research and advocacy work of Chicago United. Additionally, we honor the work of James W. Compton, retired chief executive officer of the Chicago Urban League, and founding member of Chicago United. This research competition has been designed for college students to contribute to Chicago United’s body of research, and bring national attention to the impact of diversity in corporate governance, executive management and business partnerships in major corporations. The award-winning individual and/or team is presented with a monetary award during the Bridge Awards Dinner. The research study will be published and distributed each year at Chicago United’s Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference. The research competition awards an individual and/or a team of scholars with a $5,000 grant for the research study judged to be the most outstanding. Chicago United gratefully acknowledges the funding of The Chicago Community Trust, making this grant award possible. Submissions are reviewed by a jury of scholars and industry-specific professionals. Judging criteria considers: • Practical significance to diversity practitioners • Quantitative and qualitative methodology applied • Uniqueness of analysis Chicago United congratulates the competition awardees.
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2008 Board of Directors Officers James H. Skogsbergh, Chairman President and CEO Advocate Health Care Maria de J. Prado, Treasurer President & Partner Prado & Renteria CPAs, Prof. Corp.
Kevin B. Brookins, Secretary Vice President Distribution System Operations ComEd, An Exelon Company Michael W. Lewis Immediate Past Chair Executive Vice President Harris Bank
Board Members William Bonaparte Chief Executive Officer Bonaparte Corporation
Joseph Gregoire President & CEO, Illinois Banking National City Bank Chicago
Lester Coney Executive Vice President Mesirow Financial
Ralph V. Hughes Regional Vice President Macyâ€™s, Inc.
Michael F. DeSantiago President Primera Engineers, Ltd.
Keith Nielsen President Jewel-Osco
Kathy Ford Partner Ernst & Young
John D. Sterling Chief Executive Officer Synch-Solutions
Douglas Goare Senior Vice President Worldwide Supply Chain McDonaldâ€™s Corporation USA LLC
Mark Urquhart Vice President of Facilities Design & Construction University of Chicago Medical Center
Albert Grace President Loop Capital Markets, LLC
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