Paths to Professional Empowerment and Leadership November 15, 2012, Hilton Chicago
The 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
2012 Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Steering Committee Chicago United Board of Directors Chairwoman: Patricia Hemingway Hall President and CEO Health Care Service Corporation Steering Committee: Jose Amario Corporate Executive Vice President Worldwide Supply Chain, Development, and Franchising McDonald’s Corporation Gregory C. Case President and CEO Aon Corporation
Joseph A. Gregoire State Chairman of Illinois Banking PNC Bank
John W. Rogers, Jr. Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer Ariel Investments LLC
Brett J. Hart Senior Vice President and General Counsel United Continental Holdings, Inc.
James H. Skogsbergh President and CEO Advocate Health Care
Andrew J. McKenna Chairman McDonald’s Corporation Chairman Schwarz Supply Source Anne R. Pramaggiore President and CEO ComEd, An Exelon Company
Ellen Costello CEO and US Country Head BMO Financial Corporation
David B. Speer Chairman and CEO ITW Frederick H. Waddell Chairman and CEO Northern Trust Corporation
Richard Price Chairman and CEO Mesirow Financial
2012-2013 Chicago United Board of Directors Officers:
Patricia Hemingway Hall, Chairwoman President and CEO Health Care Service Corporation
Olga Camargo Senior Vice President, Investment Advisory Mesirow Financial
Gordon Werkema, Vice Chairman First Vice President and COO Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Stan Deans President of the Central Region UPS
Maria de J. Prado, Treasurer Partner Prado & Renteria CPAs, Prof. Corp.
Michael F. DeSantiago CEO & President, Energy & Built Environment Primera Engineers, Ltd.
Kevin B. Brookins, Secretary Senior Vice President, Strategy and Administration ComEd, An Exelon Company Joseph Gregoire, Immediate Past Chair State Chairman of Illinois Banking PNC Bank
Kathy Ford Partner Ernst & Young LLP Albert Grace President Loop Capital Ralph V. Hughes Vice President, External Affairs/ Corporate Communication Macy’s
Kip Kelley Regional Managing Director Aon Risk Services, Inc. Aon Michael W. Lewis EVP, Regional President Chicago Metro Region BMO Harris Bank N.A. James H. Skogsbergh President and CEO, Advocate Health Care John D. Sterling Chief Executive Officer Synch-Solutions Monica Walker CEO & CIO – Equity Holland Capital Management LLC Chairman’s Council: Raymond F. McCaskey, Ex-Officio
Welcome to the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
November 15, 2012 Dear Conference Participants, On behalf of Chicago United, thank you for joining us at the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. A mission of Chicago United – to develop sustainable diversity in corporate America– mirrors one of BMO’s central goals. Our objective to create lasting diversity affects all aspects of our business, from our hiring decisions, to our support of nonprofit organizations, to our investments in underserved communities. The theme of this year’s conference, Paths to Professional Empowerment and Leadership, is especially meaningful for BMO. We know that to weather economic challenges and meet the evolving needs of our clients, we must cultivate a diverse, dynamic group of leaders who understand the complexities of our business and the communities where we operate. It’s good business, and it’s the right thing to do. Congratulations to this year’s honorees for fostering economic inclusion and creating a stronger social and economic climate for all. When we promote an environment that encourages and appreciates each individual’s unique contributions, everyone benefits. Sincerely,
Ellen Costello CEO and US Country Head BMO Financial Corp.
November 15, 2012 Dear Conference Participants, Welcome to the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. All of us at Chicago United are pleased that you are joining us and we appreciate your support. This annual conference is a unique and dynamic forum that brings together business leaders, minority business owners, and diversity professionals to discuss issues and share strategies for creating sustainable organizational change. It is one of many programs and services that Chicago United provides as it continually promotes diversity in corporate leadership and governance, cultivates multiracial business partnerships, and advances an inclusive and vibrant business community. I’m extremely pleased that two men who enthusiastically share Chicago United’s goals have been selected to receive the Bridge Award this year. William Weldon, chairman of Johnson & Johnson, and Gregory Wasson, president & CEO of Walgreen Company, understand well that diversity in their boardrooms and among their leadership teams and partnerships with minority vendors in their supply chains helps their companies better prepare for change and opportunity. Please join me in congratulating and celebrating these two outstanding leaders. Finally, I hope you find the conference and the Bridge Awards Dinner informative, invigorating, and inspirational. Sincerely,
Patricia Hemingway Hall President & CEO Health Care Service Corporation Chairwoman, Chicago United Board of Directors
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Acknowledgements Dear Conference Participants, A conference of this depth of talent and content cannot be developed and delivered without the support of an active membership and many friends. I would like to thank Pat Hemingway Hall, chairwoman of the Chicago United Board of Directors, and all its members for their unwavering support. A great deal of gratitude goes to CEO and US Country Head Ellen Costello, BMO Financial Corp., for presenting this year’s conference. Tremendous thanks to the Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Steering Committee for generating heightened support of this event, as well as all of today’s sponsors, especially our Chairman’s Circle, for your extraordinary support. A very special thanks to the expert panelists, moderators, and speakers taking part in today’s conference, including luncheon keynote Luke Visconti, owner of DiversityInc Media LLC, and our National and Chicago Bridge Award winners William C. Weldon, chairman of Johnson & Johnson, and Gregory D. Wasson, president & CEO of Walgreen Co. Chicago United appreciates extraordinary partnerships with corporations, foundations, and institutions across the region. We value the partnership with ABC7 who has generously run public service promotions and lent the talents of Ravi Baichwal and Stacey Baca. We also value the advertising support of Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, and Women’s Business Development Center. We are delighted by the Chicago Sinfonietta who performs during our Bridge Awards Dinner each year. The Chicago Community Trust has become an invaluable supporter of Chicago United’s BoardLink program. Many thanks to PNC for donating signage at today’s event. We extend a very special thanks to James Skogsbergh and Advocate Health Care for donating all of the printed material surrounding this conference and for filming memorable moments at today’s event. 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, vice president of The Axis Agency, has helped this organization achieve strong media presence through meaningful communications support. Charmon Parker Williams, Ph.D., principal consultant/president of Parker Williams Consulting, has made tremendous contributions as the primary author of the revitalized Corporate Diversity Profile. Special thanks to Warren Smith of Ernst & Young and Maude Toussaint-Comeau of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for their extraordinary commitment of expertise and resources, and to Teresa Sarna who spent countless hours in data review and editing the publication. Judy Mathews, president of Community Interface, is a vital consultant and organizational strategist to the organization who is also responsible for delivering the high-quality programs and workshops of this Changing Color of Leadership Conference. We would like to thank the exceptional professional services business partners who have been working with us to produce this conference from inception including PJH & Associates, Patricia Vogt Design, Wedgeworth Business Communications, Quam Interactive, Ana Miyares Photography, Dot Ward Photography, and, newcomer, Suvada Software. Finally, to the mighty team at Chicago United, I can only begin to express my personal appreciation to Sal Bayron, Joe Hernandez, Carrie Osslund, Teresa Sarna, Ana Souchet, and Jennifer Vera. To all who made this conference a success, thank you! Sincerely, Gloria Castillo President and CEO
Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion. Chicago United is the premiere organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values. PROGR A MS AN D PRODUCTS
Transformative Inclusion Members Series • Transformative Inclusion Exclusive Session • CEO Council Meetings • Diversity Officer Meetings • Leaders Council Meetings Changing Color of Leadership Conference Chicago United Bridge Awards Five Forward Corporate Diversity Profile Business Leaders of Color Corporate Governance: An Executive Development Program BoardLink Chicago United & Chicago Scholars Career Mentoring Sessions Please visit www.chicago-united.org for more information.
Go to the “About Chicago United” tab at the back of this program for a brief description of Chicago United Programs.
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Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Diversity Leadership Luncheon
International Ballroom Foyer International Ballroom
The Chicago United Corporate Diversity Profile is a biennial survey that measures racial diversity specifically in the leadership ranks of large corporations, on corporate boards, and in executive level management. At this luncheon, we will release the revitalized 2012 Profile which has evolved to become a tool that helps Chicago corporations chart their own customized paths toward increased multiracial leadership. Some of the changes to be unveiled will include a series of scorecards in six categories that relate to the kind of talent development necessary to move executives of color into C-suites and leadership ranks. A CEO, a business unit leader, or a team leader can now conduct a self-assessment to help determine how his or her organization can improve in critical areas including recruitment, performance management, succession planning and more. Diversity officers and managers will be able to provide clear and measurable direction to mid-level managers for how they will be expected to drive diversity and inclusion as a business imperative. Corporate Diversity Profile Presentation by: Marjorie Paddock, U.S. Director - Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management, BMO Harris Bank N.A. Warren M. Smith, Midwest Director of People (HR), Americas People Team, Ernst & Young Keynote Speaker:
“Ask the White Guy,” columnist, DiversityInc Magazine Luke Visconti, owner of DiversityInc Media LLC—the publisher of DiversityInc Magazine—will speak at the Diversity Leadership Lunch. Like Chicago United, Visconti encourages an open and honest dialogue about corporate diversity and inclusion issues. His column, “Ask the White Guy: Controversial Q&A with Luke Visconti,” is read widely at diversityinc.com. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plenary Session One
Williford Room, 3rd Floor
Adopting the Empowerment Principle C-suite leaders of high performing organizations (HPOs) will discuss the value of empowering emerging leaders. Empowering people to succeed fosters an atmosphere of trust and competitive strength. Each will provide insights on how sharing the power created leaders and teams of people with incredible skill sets that have helped transform their organizations. uring this session you will learn how CEOs and other corporate leaders help their people D become self-aware and in touch with their power; and how the selfless act of empowerment maximized their own potential for becoming better leaders. Executive management teams understand the benefits of changing the internal beliefs in people to inspire greatness. Empowerment inspires creative innovation. ear from some of our local leaders and how empowering others to lead helps create a H diverse talent pipeline of future corporate executives. – 10 –
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plenary Session One (continued)
Williford Room, 3rd Floor
Adopting the Empowerment Principle
Moderator: Steve Pemberton, Divisional VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreen Co. Panelists: John Daniels, Jr., Chairman, Quarles and Brady LLP Marco Tasso, Chief Executive Officer, Northstar Lottery Group LLC Valerie Van Meter, SVP, CFO, EEO Officer and Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Plenary Session Two
Williford Room, 3rd Floor
Empowerment and Self-Directed Leadership Senior leaders from local corporations and businesses will continue the discussion on empowerment, and how they have taken the power to develop their own leadership abilities and effectiveness to transform themselves and others. They each will provide an overview of how self-awareness helped them recognize the leader within, and how being empowered by executive management was an essential element to their success. This session will provide you with the tools for self-discovery and awareness as well as things you can do on your own or with the help of others; and how empowerment develops the talent pipeline at all levels. his panel offers a unique opportunity to gain insight on the intangibles of leadership T development. Moderator: Mary Richardson Lowry, Partner/Attorney, Mayer Brown Panelists: Kathy Ford, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, SVP, Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, McDonald’s Corporation Shundrawn Thomas, Managing Director and Global Business Head, Exchange-Traded Funds Group, Northern Trust Global Investments 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bridge Awards Dinner
2012 National Bridge Award Recipient: William C. Weldon Chairman of the Board, Johnson & Johnson
2012 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient: Gregory D. Wasson President & CEO, Walgreen Co. – 11 –
CHICAGO UNITED 2012 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE A N D B R I D G E AWA R D S D I N N E R PRESENTED BY
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Dedication. Determination. Leadership. BMO Harris Bank is proud to be Presenting Sponsor of Chicago Unitedâ€™s Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
BMO Harris BankSM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC.
The unique perspectives and ideas of our
employees enable BMO to provide creative solutions and financial guidance tailored to the needs of our customers. At BMO, we live
our core value embrace diversity, and strive
for this to resonate within the communities in which we live and work.” Ellen Costello
CEO and US Country Head BMO Financial Corp.
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ABC 7 has a strong commitment to diversity
in who we hire, in the stories we cover and in the way we do business. We must continually
strive to keep diversity at the forefront of the decisions we make. It is critically important
to our station that we reflect the community we serve and the rich tapestry of Chicago. John Idler
President and General Manager ABC7
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Advocate Health Care BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois/HCSC PNC Bank Walgreens
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Advocate Health Care applauds Chicago United’s commitment to the “Changing Color of Leadership”
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Medical Group
Advocate Eureka Hospital
Advocate Physician Partners
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Dreyer Medical Clinic
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Home Health Services
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Health Care celebrates our diversity and we value each individual’s contribution to our mission and healing ministry. This
commitment is demonstrated as we live our philosophy of being the best place for
associates to work, physicians to practice and patients to heal.” Jim Skogsbergh
President and CEO
Advocate Health Care
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Making a difference starts by embracing our differences. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to support the Changing Color of Leadership Conference. In recognition of the admirable work Chicago United continues to provide, as well as this yearâ€™s Bridge Award honorees, Blue Cross salutes those committed to diversity in business leadership. Inclusion has, and always will be, one of the most important beneďŹ ts you can provide individuals within your company. Blue Cross commends Chicago United on their advocacy.
A Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
HCSC embraces the truth that diversity
and inclusion have the power to enrich our collective wisdom. A diverse workforce and
leadership have the power to enrich a company’s products and services to better meet the needs
of all customers. Companies with diversity and inclusion at their core have the power to enrich and strengthen the fabric of Chicago.” Patricia Hemingway Hall
President and Chief Executive Officer Health Care Service Corporation
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for fighting the good fight. Working for the community. Inspiring the community. PNC supports those who are striving to do amazing things every day. That’s why we’re so proud to be a part of Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner.
©2012 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved. PNC Bank, National Association. Member FDIC
At PNC, we view diversity as a core value and
a business imperative. Diversity and inclusion
produce an engaged workforce that more closely mirrors the markets PNC serves, better
positioning us to anticipate and meet customer needs. By fostering an inclusive culture, our
employees feel valued and empowered to focus
on their strengths, honor their differences, and celebrate their contributions. The more successful we are at fully engaging our employees, the more
successful we will be in meeting the needs of our customers, communities and shareholders.” Joseph Gregoire
State Chairman of Illinois Banking PNC Financial Services, Inc.
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Each day, our team members help customers get, stay and live well. Walgreens is proud to sponsor the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards and salutes the ongoing mission of Chicago United. We congratulate President & CEO Gregory D. Wasson on being a 2012 Bridge Award Recipient.
Aligning our diversity and inclusion initiatives
to the strategic direction of the company
is a critical step to continued success. Our team members understand, as do I, that a
future built on D&I must be carried out by everyone – at all levels of the organization, at every location.”
Gregory D. Wasson President & CEO Walgreen Co.
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ComEd, An Exelon Company Crain’s Chicago Business Greeley and Hansen Illinois Tool Works Inc. McDonald’s Corporation Northern Trust Sun-Times Media United Airlines Walmart
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BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER CREATES AN ENERGY ALL ITS OWN. Diversity is the foundation of any strong organization. That’s why ComEd is proud to lend our support to programs that bring people together in the spirit of the community. ComEd is proud to support Chicago United.
www.ComEd.com | 1-800-EDISON-1
© 2012 Commonwealth Edison Company
I believe that success in the future is dependent
on evolving our culture. It’s about people, their shared beliefs, and their commitment. As businesses, we must create an environment
where innovators and imaginative thinkers will thrive; that not only accepts differences, but
embraces differences. An environment where
people of varying backgrounds, experiences, and views can thrive is the type of workplace
culture that will nurture creativity and drive
success. We must become excited about the way people are different. The odds of develop-
ing the most innovative solutions to problems
will improve in proportion to the breath and diversity of inputs into the decision making process. Success depends on having the best of people doing the best of thinking and that
means having the greatest pool of talent from which to draw.”
Anne R. Pramaggiore President and CEO ComEd
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Crain’s is a proud sponsor of Chicago United’s Changing Color of Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner.
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Achieving true diversity is a paramount
business priority at Greeley and Hansen. We know that a diverse and multicultural
employee base drives engagement, innovative thinking, and greater organizational effectiveness, which allows us to better serve our
clients, and ultimately contributes to the success
and growth of our firm. Our goal is to create a truly inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds, cultures, skills, and experiences
work together and inspire one another to be their best.â€?
John C. Robak
Chief Operating Officer Greeley and Hansen
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I touch lives everywhere
I thrive on challenges
We are ITW. ITW is a leading, diversified manufacturing company built on innovation, integrity, and the talent and entrepreneurial spirit of our people. These values have fueled our growth, and ITW has hundreds of businesses in nearly 60 countries, reaching across multiple industry platforms. Together, we are ITWâ€”a Fortune 200 company that has prospered for 100 years and changed the way people live and work all over the world. Learn more about ITW at www.itw.com. TransporTaTIon IndusTrIaL packagIng Food EquIpmEnT poWEr sysTEms & ELEcTronIcs consTrucTIon producTs poLymErs & FLuIds
At ITW, diversity and inclusion are part of the
very fabric of how we operate. We strive to foster a diverse workforce and an inclusive
environment that meets the needs of our
stakeholders and provides an opportunity for
everyone to reach their full potential. Through our communication and our actions, our efforts are focused on creating an environment where differences are valued.” David B. Speer
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Illinois Tool Works Inc.
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A welcome sign for everyone. From neighborhood to neighborhood, coast to coast and around the world McDonald’s® is proud to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Everyone is always welcome in our restaurants, on both sides of the counter.
McDonald’s® is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. ©2012 McDonald’s.
Diversity and inclusion make good business sense because that’s how we’re able to get
as close to the customer as possible; it is integrated into everything we do.” Don Thompson CEO
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We’re committed to maximizing opportunities.
For over 120 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping our clients and our community reach their full potential. That’s just one of the many reasons we proudly support Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and salute this year’s Bridge Awards honorees. For more information, visit northerntrust.com.
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At Northern Trust we understand that
recognizing, valuing and celebrating diversity – among our clients, employees and communities
– distinguishes us in the marketplace. We are a stronger and more competitive organization for embracing this principle.” Frederick H. Waddell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northern Trust Corporation
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The Chicago Sun-Times is proud to support Chicago United.
Subscribe today with our best offer for friends, family and partners of the Chicago Sun-Times. Just $26 for 26 weeks. Visit suntimes.com/friend or call 888-848-4637.
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ÂŠ 2012 United Air Lines, Inc. All rights reserved.
We connect more than just cities. Proud to support Chicago United and the 2012 Bridge Award recipients.
We at United support the rich diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures of our co-
workers, customers and business partners. By
Working Together with dignity and respect, United creates an inclusive work environment, where all co-workers can contribute to and participate in our success.” Jeff Smisek
President & Chief Executive Officer United Airlines
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CHICAGO UNITED 2012 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE A N D B R I D G E AWA R D S D I N N E R C O R P O R AT E C I T I Z E N S F O R C H A N G E
Abbott Allstate Aon Baxter International Inc. BP America Inc. Cambium LLC Chicago Magazine Ernst & Young LLP Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P. The Hillshire Brands Company Kraft Foods Northwestern Memorial Hospital OfficeMax Prado & Renteria, CPAs Prof. Corp.
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AchieveMore Abbott is proud to support Chicago Unitedâ€™s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
Visit us at www.abbott.com. www.facebook.com/abbottcareers www.linkedin.com/company/abbott-
WITH LEADERS LIKE YOU, WE’RE ALL IN GOOD HANDS®. Allstate is proud to support Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner.
People come first. Everything else is second. That’s Allstate’s Stand.®
© 2012 Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL
Tomorrowâ€™s results require commitment today. Aon is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work. As a Corporate Citizen for Change Sponsor, we are proud to support Chicago United in its mission to promote multiracial leadership in business and advance economic opportunity for all. Visit aon.com to see how Aon is helping organizations committed to excellence address risk and shape their workplace of the future.
Risk. Reinsurance. Human Resources. Empower Resultsâ„˘
Baxter is proud to support Chicago United and the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner 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. baxter.com
The most powerful energy is that of our people. Through a culture of inclusion, we energize diverse talent to drive innovations and maximize positive outcomes. Thatâ€™s why BP salutes Chicago United for its ongoing commitment to achieving real and sustainable progress in multiracial corporate governance, leadership development and business partnerships. Congratulations to Chicago United and the 2012 Bridge Award winners. We salute your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
ÂŠ 2012 BP America Inc.
We salute Chicago United for its on-going commitment to achieving real progress in multiracial corporate leadership development and business partnerships. Additionally, our heartiest congratulations to the 2012 Business Leaders of Color and the Bridge Award recipients. We look forward to your continuing success for many years to come. Chicago magazine is proud to support Chicago Unitedâ€™s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
©2012 Ernst & Young LLP. All Rights Reserved. ED none.
Reaching new heights? At Ernst & Young, we believe in setting high standards, stretching ourselves, and rising to our full potential. We’re proud to support Chicago United in honoring the 2012 Bridge Award recipients for their commitment to an inclusive and diverse business community. It’s a soaring achievement. ey.com
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GROSVENOR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, L.P. IS PROUD TO SUPPORT
CHICAGO UNITED AND THE
9TH ANNUAL CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE & BRIDGE AWARDS DINNER CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HONOREES
GREGORY D. WASSON
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WALGREEN CO.
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engaging The Hillshire Brands Company strives to nourish our consumers through the products we produce and drive positive change in the communities and environment around us.
As we work to become the most innovative meat-centric food company in the U.S., weâ€™re using our entrepreneurial spirit to grow our core business, launch new branded products, and propel future investment in our brands.
www.hillshirebrands.com Equal Opportunity Employer
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is proud to sponsor
Chicago Unitedâ€™s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership conference and congratulates each of the Bridge Award Honorees for their commitment to a vibrant, diverse and inclusive business community.
www.nmh.org / 312-926-1000
We not only accept differences, we empower them.
Creating opportunities for diverse organizations to grow and thrive. When you feel valued and supported in your work environment, you naturally want to do your best work. We created Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) to give employees of varying backgrounds and talents a sense of community, and an opportunity to share ideas for marketing to our diverse customers. At OfficeMaxÂŽ, we are proud to have so many unique voices to help guide us toward success. From the vendors we do business with, to the dedicated associates who make business possible, the choices we make in our workplace are what differentiate us in the marketplace.
For more information, contact the Office of Diversity at email@example.com
ÂŠ 2012 OMX, Inc.
simplicityto complexity 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.
PRADO & RENTERIA Cer tified Pu blic Account ants
Prado & Renteria brings simplicity to complexity. Our professional staff is specialized by practice areas providing our clients specific expertise resulting in accurate reporting, the development of compliant infrastructures, and the identification 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.
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CHICAGO UNITED 2012 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE A N D B R I D G E AWA R D S D I N N E R LEADERS FOR CHANGE Ariel Investments, LLC Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC CDW Chapman and Cutler LLP Charter One The Chicago Community Trust Chicago Sinfonietta Chicago Tribune Columbia College Chicago Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. DeVry Inc. Heidrick & Struggles Holland Capital Management LLC The Institute for Transfusion MedicineSM Jewel-Osco Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP KPMG LLP Loop Capital Macy’s ManpowerGroup Mesirow Financial MillerCoors MZI Group Nicor Gas Northstar Lottery Group, LLC Primera Engineers, Ltd. Quarles & Brady LLP Reyes Holdings, LLC Robert R. McCormick Foundation Rush University Medical Center SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC) Sodexo Michael and Jacky Ferro, the Sun-Times Foundation The University of Chicago University of Chicago Medical Center UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium) University of Illinois at Chicago UPS Wintrust Financial Corporation – 67 –
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Lately, telling investors to slow down and think long-term has become the hot new thing. At Ariel Investments, that’s always been our style. For over 29 years, we have focused on one thing—a patient approach to investing. To learn how we can help you build wealth over time, call or click today.
Ariel Investments is a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors, defined contribution plans as well as institutional clients. – 68 –
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CDW is proud to support Chicago United and the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference. Congratulations to William C. Weldon and Gregory D. Wasson who are the 2012 Bridge Award honorees for their leadership in sustaining diversity.
Good Business Demands Diversity. As a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education, valuing diversity is an important priority for CDW. With over 100,000 products from over 1,000 top brands, CDW understands that every customer has unique IT needs. A diverse supplier network adds innovation to our business and helps us serve our customers best.
800.800.4239 | diversityatcdw.com 123142
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“All of us are driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.” – Michelle Obama
Attorney advertising material.
Chapman and Cutler is proud to support Chicago United in its efforts to change the world of executive leadership.
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Celebrating our differenCes brings us together. 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.
Member FDIC. Charter One is a brand name of RBS Citizens, N.A. 129543
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Our regiOn’s cOmmunity fOundatiOn Since 1915, The Chicago Community Trust has partnered with its generous donors, high-performing grant recipients and dedicated community leaders to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Chicago. Together we continue to build a better Chicago region. For more information, please visit www.cct.org.
The Chicago Community Trust
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Chicago United Program Book Ad
MEI‐ANN CHEN, MUSIC DIRECTOR PAUL FREEMAN, FOUNDER
“No other classical institution so consistently challenges expectations and breaks down the walls around players, soloists, composers, and audiences. Every minute of a Sinfonietta performance defies stereotypes.” —Chicago Sun‐Times
Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 WENTZ CONCERT HALL NAPERVILLE
MONDAY, JANUARY 21 SYMPHONY CENTER CHICAGO Good seats available now | ChicagoSinfonietta.org | 312.236.3681
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An arts and media college committed to a wellrounded liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. Through the diversity of its students and graduates, the school brings a rich vision and a multiplicity of voices to American culture, encouraging students to author the culture of their times.
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Columbia College Chicago applauds the work of Chicago United and its support of business leaders of color in our community.
Cushman & Wakefield is proud to support Chicago United
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Moving with confidence.
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Congratulations to the 2012 Bridge Award Honorees:
Mr. William C. Weldon & Mr. Gregory D. Wasson We applaud your commitment to diversity in business both in Chicago and nationwide.
www.devryinc.com DeVry’s purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. Its colleges and universities offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare and technology and serve students in secondary through postsecondary education as well as accounting and finance professionals.
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Heidrick & Struggles is the leadership advisory firm providing executive search and consulting services, including leadership assessment, leadership development, CEO succession, leadership talent strategy, top team effectiveness and board effectiveness. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles’ professionals operate from principal business centers globally. For more information about Heidrick & Struggles, please visit:
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HOLLAND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Is proud to sponsor
9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Holland Capital Management LLC was established in 1991 as an investment advisor We specialize in the investment management of large and mid cap growth equity strategies for institutional clients. Holland Capital is 100% employee owned and managed Chicago based firm. We are proud to be both a certified minority business enterprise and a female‐owned investment management firm. Visit us online at www.hollandcap.com.
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Committed Blood Donor
Commitment. Blood donors are at the core of everything we do. Their diversity makes our community stronger; because of them we are saving lives in the Chicagoland area. LifeSource is proud to sponsor Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference.
ONE COMPANY. ONE COMMITMENT.
www.lifesource.org • 1.877.LIFESOURCE • 1.877.543.3768
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Katten is proud to support Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference.
We applaud Chicago United’s dedication to diversity and inclusion and we commend the innovation, knowledge and teamwork of all of the Bridge Award honorees.
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chicago orange county
london: katten muchin rosenman uk llp
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Building better tomorrows starts with shared efforts. Count us in. © 2012 KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and the U.S. member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. The KPMG name, logo and “cutting through complexity” are aregistered trademarks or trademarks of KPMG International. NDPPS 122869
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is proud to support the
Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner Loop Capital provides the following institutional services: Analytical Services
Public and Corporate Investment Banking
Global Equity, Taxable and Tax-Exempt Sales & Trading
Regional Locations Atlanta
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Headquarters: 111 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 1901 Chicago, Illinois 60604 P (312) 913-4900 F (312) 913-4928 www.loopcapital.com
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Macy’s is proud to support the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Award Dinner and applauds Chicago United for its work to bridge the gap between race in business
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE At Manpower,® we connect the potential of people to the ambitions of business for mutual success. That’s why we’re committed to making our communities better places to live and work. We thank Chicago United for its commitment to promoting the city’s diversity in leadership. We’re proud to be your sponsor.
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Mesirow Financial is proud to support Chicago United.
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Securities offered through Mesirow Financial, Inc. Member NYSE, SIPC. Insurance services offered through Mesirow Insurance Services, Inc. Mesirow Financial refers to Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. and its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates. The Mesirow Financial name and logo are registered service marks of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. © 2012, Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.
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MillerCoors® Salutes MillerCoors Salutes Chicago United’s Chicago United and the Changing Color of 2011Leadership Business Leaders of Color Conference ®
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9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
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Northstar Lottery Group is proud to support Chicago United’s Changing Color of Leadership Conference Leadership Conference United’s Changing Color of is proud to support Chicago
Northstar Lottery Group is a new consortium of best-in-class companies committed to responsible revenue growth.
Northstar is an active and responsible community partner in Illinois. We are working to maximize opportunities for businesses owned by minorities, women and disabled persons.
As the private manager of the Illinois Lottery, Northstar is unlocking the power of the Lottery to generate increased revenue for local schools and infrastructure.
We stand committed to making the Lottery more beneficial for Illinois communities.
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Primera Engineers proudly supports Chicago United and the 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
Engineering & Design Excellence
100 South Wacker Drive • Chicago, IL 60606 t: 312.606.0910 • www.primerachicago.com
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Quarles & Brady Is Proud To Support Chicago United and The 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference At the law firm of Quarles & Brady, diversity is woven into our core business strategy. We believe that as our diverse attorneys and staff succeed, our clients do too. Congratulations to Bridge Award honorees William C. Weldon and Gregory D. Wasson. For more information, please contact Ted Yi (312) 715-5209 or firstname.lastname@example.org 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4000 Chicago, IL 60654
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The Robert R. McCormick Foundation proudly supports Chicago United and its commitment to building sustainable diversity in business leadership.
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Rush University Medical Center Proudly Supports Chicago United’s Mission of Building Diverse Leadership
To build sustainable diversity, you need a strong foundation of inclusion. That means always keeping your neighbors in mind. 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.
Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.
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For more information about Rush, visit www.rush.edu or call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
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Sodexo Sodexo supports Chicago United as a Leader for Change.
Lenarda, Human Resources Manager, Tanzania
Engaged employees drive business success. That’s why we’re committed to creating an environment where
each employee contributes to his
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or her full potential. By fostering
a culture based on mutual respect and inclusion, we make every day a better day at Sodexo. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what our employees have to say about working for the world’s leader in
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Quality of Life services on bit.ly/ SodexoCommunity.
To view these employees’ stories, scan the smart tag or visit bit.ly/SodexoCommunity. Get this app at http://gettag.mobi
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Strength in Diversity We are proud of UHC members’ commitment to strong supplier diversity programs in their communities. We are honored to sponsor Chicago United’s 2012 Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. UHC is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers.
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The University of Chicago Medicine is a proud sponsor of Chicago United’s 9th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
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The University of Illinois at Chicago congratulates
Chicago United Leaders for Change on its 9th anniversary UIC is Chicagoâ€™s 16th largest employer and ranked one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. It is committed to fostering diversity in community engagement and providing opportunities to minorities, female and persons with disability owned businesses, as representative of its workforce and student body.
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UPS is proud to support Chicago United
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intrust is proud to support Chicago United’s 2012 Changing Color of Leadership Conference, Paths to Empowerment and Leadership.
The Changing Color of Leadership Conference offers a forum for business leaders, diversity professionals, and minority business owners throughout the Chicago region. Wintrust is happy to contribute to such an important event.
www.wintrust.com Banking products provided by Wintrust Financial Corp. banks.
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CHICAGO UNITED 2012 CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE A N D B R I D G E AWA R D S D I N N E R D I N N E R TA B L E PA R T N E R S AT&T Cedar Concepts Corporation Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago PwC LLP Smith Whiley & Co. The Nielsen Company United Building Maintenance, Inc.
Special Acknowledgement of Support Andrews Printing Blue Foundation Community Interface Novak Law Offices Schwarz Supply Source Siegman Consulting Services
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Conference Speakers Stacey Baca
Weekend Anchor and Reporter ABC 7 News Stacey Baca is a triple threat on the ABC 7 News Team. She is a journalist who anchors, reports, and stays connected through Twitter and Facebook. She joined ABC 7 Chicago in June 2002. On the anchor desk, Baca delivers the number one rated weekend morning newscasts: ABC 7 News Saturday and Sunday Mornings. She is a versatile reporter who covers a wide range of stories: breaking news, crime, education, politics, and feature stories, among others. She contributes to the afternoon newscasts and often reports on ABC 7 News at 10. Baca is passionate about covering military news throughout the Chicago area. This is a personal mission because she is married to a retired naval aviator and has been involved in military life for more than 20 years. Prior to joining ABC 7 News, she anchored and reported at KNSD in San Diego (1999-2002). In California, she covered everything from the military, politics, crime, and courts, to international border issues between the U.S. and Mexico. She also traveled overseas to cover the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Before California, she worked in Norfolk, Virginia home of the country’s largest Navy base reporting and anchoring the Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts at WTKR-TV (1996-1998). Baca’s journalism career did not begin on television; it started with newspapers. In her hometown of Brighton, Colorado, Baca worked for the Brighton Standard Blade while she was attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating, The Denver Post hired Baca as a staff writer (1992-1996). She uncovered information about the local militia movements and detailed how HIV/AIDS was affecting the Latino community. Throughout her career, Stacey has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Associated Press and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). She is also a member of NATAS and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Stacey Baca is passionate about education and often speaks to elementary, middle and high school, and college students.
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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. He also reports for ABC 7’s newscasts. Baichwal joined ABC 7 Chicago in November 2006. In 2008, he won the Emmy award for best anchor in the Chicago/Midwest region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Prior to arriving in Chicago, Baichwal was an integral part of CTV News, Canada’s number one news organization. He was the host of “CTV Newsnet Morning with Ravi Baichwal” and reported for CTV National News. He also anchored and hosted marquee network shows including Canada’s number one newscast, “CTV National News.” 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 fugitive former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein by U.S. soldiers, and the death of Pope John Paul II. Baichwal also served as a guest host on some of Canada’s premier radio stations, and appeared regularly on the country’s most irreverent sports talk show. As well, he sat in as a host on Canada’s pre-eminent business news channel. Prior to joining CTV’s national news division in 2002, Baichwal was a principal anchor reporter for CTV’s local station in Vancouver. Baichwal began his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, starting out as a researcher in Calgary in 1996. He moved up successively to associate producer, reporter and anchor positions with business programs on CBC Newsworld. In Chicago, Baichwal volunteers with various charities dedicated to children, health, and diversity issues. Ravi Baichwal is married to award-winning broadcaster Sonja Nordahl. They have two children.
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Conference Speakers John Daniels
Chairman Quarles & Brady John Daniels has been the Chairman of Quarles & Brady LLP since 2007. In his position, he has led the Firm through a fundamental transformation, shifting from the traditional operational model upon which most major law firms are built to a client-centric, businessminded organization. Daniels has driven this fundamental cultural shift in the midst of the worst economy in decades, leading to significant growth while most of the legal industry has declined. Daniels is well recognized in the legal community as well as the business community. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s fifty (50) most influential diverse attorneys in America. He is listed in The Business Journal of Milwaukee “Power Book” (2009 & 2010), was named 2009 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Milwaukee Bar Association, received the 2008 “Leadership Award” from the National Bar Association, and was identified as one of the “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know” by Lawdragon in 2008. Finally, Mr. Daniels is fully credentialed in legal literature, having been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (1993-present: Real Estate Law), Chambers USA® (2003-present: Real Estate) and the 2005-2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Real Estate). He is also Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated. Daniels, formerly the national president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, has established an impressive career in the practice of real estate law, representing national, regional, local and governmental owners, and investors. He has played a significant role in some of the most complex real estate redevelopment projects in the United States. Daniels has further led Quarles to a position of industry prominence as a firm that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Firm ranks impressively in surveys conducted by women’s and minority groups, and both clients and independent organizations have recognized and honored Quarles for its achievements in this area. As the only African-American chairman in the AmLaw 200, Daniels was named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal in 2008, and he has received the 2008 James Howard Baker Award for his efforts to improve the quality of life for African-Americans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John Daniels received his JD from Harvard University, an MS from the University of Wisconsin and a BA from North Central College.
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Conference Speakers Kathy Ford
Tax Partner Ernst & Young Kathy Ford is the Midwest Sub-Area leader for tax accounting risk advisory services (TARAS). In that role, she consults with many audit and non-audit clients on topics such as SOX 404 and other IFRS and U.S. GAAP tax accounting issues. She has worked with multi-national Fortune 100 companies on projects to improve their tax accounting processes, validate their deferred tax balances, and implement FIN 48. Ford is a frequent speaker on tax accounting developments at various conferences, including the Tax Executive Institute and the Chicago Tax Club. Skilled in international, federal, state, and local tax matters, she has over 19 years of broad experience in tax planning for multi-national corporations in a range of industries, including automotive, industrial equipment, consumer products, software, and oil and gas. She serves on Ernst & Young’s America inclusivity steering committee; Ernst & Young’s Midwest ethnicity champion and is the executive sponsor for Ernst & Young’s Asian employee network. She is also a past finalist of Ernst & Young’s chairman’s value award; a Illinois CPA Society “Woman to Watch” award winner and serves on the boards of Chicago United and the Midwest board of Ascend. Kath Ford is a certified public accountant and received her BBA from the University of Michigan.
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Conference Speakers J.C. Gonzalez
Senior Vice President Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability McDonald’s Corporation J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez serves as senior vice president, McDonald’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, responsible for coordinating corporate social responsibility, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, as well as McDonald’s philanthropic efforts around the world, including Ronald McDonald House Charities. A 27-year employee of McDonald’s, Gonzalez has held a number of positions in the U.S. as well as overseas during his career. Previously, he served as president of McDonald’s Latin America, responsible for operations of all McDonald’s restaurants in this area of the world including over 2,000 restaurants, in 29 countries with sales in excess of $5 billion. Gonzalez has served on several community boards, including The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation-Los Angeles (Board member and secretary), Fundación Infantil Ronald McDonald-Mexico (founder and president), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, The People with Disabilities Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, as well as the President’s Advisory Council of the Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center and The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. Today, he serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Council of La Raza (N.C.L.R.) and the Board of Directors of The Council of The Americas. J.C. Gonzalez has a B.S. in Biochemical Engineering with minors in Food Technology and Marine Sciences from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, in Mexico, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, where he was inducted into The Latino Honor Society.
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Conference Speakers Marjorie Paddock
U.S. Director - Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management BMO Harris Bank N.A. Marjorie Paddock currently serves as the V. P. and director, U.S. Diversity & Inclusion, at BMO-Harris Bank. She has been with BMO Harris for over 25 years and during this time, has worked in finance, human resources, and retail banking. In her current role, Marjorie has accountability for the development and implementation of the U.S. Diversity & Inclusion strategy, including policy, governance, compliance and the development and facilitation of results-oriented initiatives and programs with an emphasis on embedding diversity and inclusion into HR policy and practice, the business, and the culture to create and support a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. Marjorie has been a speaker at the Top 100 Employer conference, MasterCard Diversity conference, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conference and has also participated in panel discussions and presentations at the University of Toronto, Roosevelt University, and at Northwestern University â€˜s Advanced Executive Program. She graduated from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada with an MBA in financial services.
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Conference Speakers Steve Pemberton
Divisional Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer Walgreens Steve Pemberton is divisional vice-president and chief diversity officer for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 111 year history. Prior to assuming his role at Walgreens, Pemberton was chief diversity officer and vice-president of Diversity and Inclusion at Monster.com, the leading global online careers property. As vice-president of Diversity and Inclusion, he had end-to-end management responsibilities for the Diversity and Inclusion business unit which focused on helping employers diversify their workforce. At Walgreens, Pemberton is responsible for overseeing the company’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects the culture, people, and perspectives of the company while reflecting its current and future customers and communities. He and his team are specifically focused on the following areas: strategic diversity management, diversity councils and business resource groups, disability initiatives, supplier diversity, and compliance objectives. Pemberton is the first chief diversity officer of an internet company and has become recognized as one of the nation’s leaders on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the growth of the American industrial complex. In 2006, Fortune named Pemberton one of the Top 20 Chief Diversity Officers in corporate America. In 2007, Pemberton was called to Capitol Hill to provide expert testimony on best practices in diversity recruiting. A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. His critically acclaimed memoir, A Chance in the World (www.achanceintheworld.com), was published by Thomas Nelson earlier this year. Steve Pemberton serves on several boards including the Home for Little Wanderers who established the Pemberton Fund for the Future to assist children aging out of the foster care system. Steve Pemberton serves on several boards including the Home for Little Wanderers who established the Pemberton Fund for the Future to assist children aging out of the foster care system.
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Conference Speakers Mary Richardson Lowry Partner/Attorney Mayer Brown
Mary Richardson-Lowry has a commercial transactions, governance, legislative, compliance, and regulatory practice representing the public and private sector. Mary represents clients in general commercial transactions, including, but not limited to, telecommunications, transportation, health facilities, finance, local regulations, land use, housing, and urban development, waste treatment, energy-related service agreements, as well as issues of public policy and administration. Richardson-Lowry has been recognized by Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women and is the recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Center Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2010, as well as the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women in Illinois Award in 2011, and has been appointed to numerous boards and commissions, including serving as the immediate past president of the City of Chicago Board of Education. Mary Richardson-Lowry joined Mayer Brown in 2002 and is currently a member of the firm’s Lateral Hiring and Diversity and Inclusion committees. Previously, she served as commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings (1998–2002) managing the revisions of the Chicago Building Code, a staff of 500 regulatory employees and a budget of 36 million. From 1994 to 1998, she acted as assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago, overseeing City-State-Federal agreements and multi-department projects.
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Conference Speakers Warren M. Smith
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 4,300 employees in the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Northwest Ohio offices. Prior to transferring to Chicago in the fall of 2005, Warren 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. Warren received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and Society of Human Resources Management. In addition to his work with Chicago United, he is also a member of the College of Business Advisory Council of Chicago State University. A native of Northern Virginia, Warren and his wife Tasha have three children.
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Conference Speakers Marco Tasso
Chief Executive Officer Northstar Lottery Group LLC Marco Tasso was appointed president and chief executive officer of Northstar Lottery Group in May of 2012. Working in collaboration with the Illinois Lottery, Tasso is overseeing the first-ever private manager model for a US Lottery. Under this historic public-private business model, Tasso will modernize the sales and marketing functions for the 38-year old Illinois Lottery, while building a brand that resonates with people across Illinois. Previously, he worked with Lottomatica, the world’s largest operator of lotteries, for over seven years. Starting as the CFO of Italian Operations, he then assumed the role of Lottery and Services VP. Under that capacity he was responsible for the Scratch and Win brand, the fastest growing segment in the Italian gaming market. Tasso was instrumental in affecting brand transformation and impressive revenue growth from e200 million up to e10 billion, the single largest instant business globally. During this period, he also led the brand transformation of the 500-year old Lotto product by introducing the innovative 10ELotto. This innovation resulted in 40 percent growth in draw-based sales after five of consecutive years of declining sales. Tasso leveraged the Lottery retail and technology network and developed the Commercial Services business aimed at modernizing and expanding the access to payment and Public Administrative services for Italian citizens. A significant part of Lottomatica’s success was the retail expansion program and the innovative merchandising formats for varying trade styles. During his time with Lottomatica, he managed all operations with direct responsibility on marketing and communications, product development, regulatory relations and drawing management. In his previous roles at Bain and Company and Ernst & Young, Tasso worked as a consultant with experiences ranging from strategy to finance and manufacturing. During this period he served several clients including Fiat and SEAT Pagine Gialle, Gruppo Coin and Telecom Italia. Tasso started his career as a high school math and physics teacher. Tasso received his degree in mathematics from University of Messina and his MBA from CUOA Vicenza. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
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Conference Speakers Shundrawn Thomas
Managing Director and Global Head Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds Group Shundrawn A. Thomas serves as managing director and global head of Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds Group. In this capacity, he is chiefly responsible for developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, working with regulatory agencies, managing vendor relationships, and attracting and developing talented professionals. He is also responsible for managing financial, operational, and reputational risk across the business. Thomas serves as a trustee of the registered investment company that oversees the businesses activities. Previously, Thomas served as president and chief executive of Northern Trust Securities, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation. In addition to his general management responsibilities, he was responsible for overseeing financial management and working with regulators including FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the subsidiary. Thomas serves as a trustee for Wheaton College and is a member of the executive board. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Florida A & M University Foundation, Communities in Schools Chicago and Urban Ministries, Inc., a privately held publishing and media company. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and is widely respected by professional colleagues for his dedication to excellence and his principled business approach. Thomas was recognized in 2007 by Crain’s Business as one of Chicago’s top 40 business leaders under the age of 40; listed in the 2009 Chicago United Business Leaders of Color publication; and selected by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the nation’s top 50 diverse executives under the age of 50. Shundrawn Thomas received a BS in accounting from Florida A&M University and an MBA with concentrations in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Shundrawn actively holds the series 7, series 63 and series 24 FINRA securities licenses.
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Conference Speakers Valerie Van Meter
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Director of Minority & Women Inclusion Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Valerie Van Meter is senior vice president and CFO for the 7th Federal Reserve District. She leads the Central Bank Services division, which includes Discount Window Lending, Payments System Risk, Reserve Accounting, and Statistical and Financial Reporting. In addition, she oversees the Bank’s Finance division, is the director of Minority and Women Inclusion, and is a member of the Bank’s Management Committee. Van Meter has been with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1993, holding various management positions in Central Bank Services, the Customer Relations and Support Office, and the Detroit Branch. From 1984 through 1993, she held various official positions with California Federal Bank and First Interstate Bank of California. Van Meter began her career at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 1978. She has been a director for Junior Achievement of Chicago since 2004, a member of the Honorary Advisory Board of the Student Veterans of American since 2012, and a member of Chicago United’s Leaders Council since 2008. Valerie Van Meter holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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2012 Bridge Awards Dinner
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2012 Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner
Host Ravi Baichwal Weekend Anchor and Reporter ABC 7 News
Presenting Sponsor Ellen Costello CEO and US Country Head BMO Financial Corp.
State of Illinois Pat Quinn Governor
Invocation Rev. Dr. Stacey Edwards-Dunn Executive Minister Trinity United Church of Christ
Dinner Music Chicago Sinfonietta
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2012 Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner
Chicago United Leadership Gloria Castillo President and CEO Chicago United
Chicago United Chairwoman of the Board Patricia Hemingway Hall President and CEO Health Care Service Corporation
Presentation of the 2012 Chicago Bridge Award 2012 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient Gregory D. Wasson President and CEO Walgreen Co.
Presentation of the 2012 National Bridge Award 2012 National Bridge Award Recipient William C. Weldon Chairman of the Board Johnson & Johnson
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Partners in the Arts
“No other classical institution so consistently challenges expectations and breaks down walls around players, soloists, composers and audiences. Every minute of a Sinfonietta performance defies stereotypes that “they” don’t like “our” music — or that “we” don’t like “theirs,” depending what side of the color line chance has planted you. No orchestra audience listens with such passion and cheers with such exuberance. Such was the case Monday night, when the Sinfonietta performed a season-opening program at Symphony Center.” Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times
The Chicago Sinfonietta opened its 25th season just a few weeks ago and reinforced its reputation for presenting concerts like no other orchestra in the United States. Founded in 1987 by pioneering African-American conductor Paul Freeman, the orchestra is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness in classical music while performing some of the most innovative concerts to be found anywhere in the field. The Sinfonietta was honored by ASCAP as the nation’s most innovative concert programmer in 2012. The orchestra performs at Chicago’s Symphony Center, Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, the Harris Theater, and Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The Chicago Sinfonietta introduced Music Director Mei-Ann Chen to rave reviews last year. She is one of the nation’s most dynamic and exciting young conductors who also directs the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and performs as a guest conductor with leading orchestras worldwide. Chicago Sinfonietta musicians truly represent the city’s rich cultural landscape and continue to fulfill the orchestra’s mission of Musical Excellence through Diversity™. A recent survey of major orchestras revealed that the Chicago Sinfonietta is the most diverse professional orchestra in the United States. Through this distinction, the Chicago Sinfonietta serves as a national model for inclusiveness in classical music. The Sinfonietta is committed to education and provides three programs that serve elementary school-age students through college graduates. Over 2,000 Chicago Public School students are served by the organization’s Audience Matters and SEED programs. In 2008 the Sinfonietta began its groundbreaking fellowship program, Project Inclusion, which provides professional development for diverse musicians. A number of the musicians performing tonight are Project Inclusion musicians. The Chicago Sinfonietta has produced fourteen compact discs, including the groundbreaking three-disc African Heritage Symphonic Series released on Cedille Records. The orchestra has embarked on six European tours, and has performed twice at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In August of 2011, the Chicago Sinfonietta performed for over 7,500 people at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to introduce Mei-Ann Chen to the people of Chicago. On Monday, January 21st the Sinfonietta will present its seventh Arts & Diversity Reception prior to its annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. concert. For more information about the reception and concert, please contact the Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or visit our website at www.chicagosinfonietta.org. – 122 –
Bridge Award Introduction
2 01 2 C H I CAG O U N ITED B R I DG E AWAR D The Bridge Award represents the first national award that honors CEOs who are advocates 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 Awards during its inaugural Changing Color of Leadership Conference in November of 2004. The Awards celebrate the accomplishments of chief executive officers of publicly held corporations who have inspired and supported diversity on their board of directors. The Awards also recognize their corporationâ€™s commitment to diversity in senior level management and business partnerships among diverse firms. After conducting a rigorous examination of publicly available company data, CU reviewed 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 500 corporation. The Chicago Bridge Award serves to honor a corporation supporting the development of a vibrant and richly diverse business community in the Chicago region. Each company was evaluated on quantitative and qualitative data by an internal and external committee. The committees consisted of corporate and nonprofit 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 Bridge Awards recipients for being true champions for diversity in governance, management, and business partnerships. Their leadership, vision, and commitment will continue to foster innovative approaches to achieving diversity in corporate governance throughout the business community.
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Diversity and inclusion at Walgreens are more than business initiatives – they are a way of life, embedded deep in our culture. As a retailer in diverse communities across the country and Puerto Rico, we want to reflect that diversity in many ways – in the products and services we offer, in our choice of the vendors and other entities with whom we do business, and in our everyday interactions with our customers, patients and each other.” Gregory D. Wasson
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2012 Chicago United Chicago Bridge Award Recipient Gregory D. Wasson
President and Chief Executive Officer Walgreen Co. Gregory D. Wasson is president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co. and has served on the company’s board of directors since 2009. Mr. Wasson joined Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1980 while a student at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Indiana. After earning his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1981, he managed several Houston Walgreens drugstores before being promoted to district manager in 1986. He was promoted to a regional vice president of Walgreens store operations in 1999. In 2001, Mr. Wasson was named a Walgreens vice president and executive vice president of Walgreens Health Initiatives, the company’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). He was promoted to president of Walgreens Health Initiatives in 2002 and named a Walgreens senior vice president in 2004 and a Walgreens executive vice president in 2005. He became president and chief operating officer of Walgreens in 2007 and was appointed chief executive officer in February 2009. Mr. Wasson continues to drive a Walgreens culture of high performance, access, and opportunity. His senior leadership team is one of the most diverse among Fortune 500 companies, and together they have watched over the growth of food oases in medically underserved communities, conducted Wellness Tours in partnership with the National Urban League, achieved a top 100-point rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, leveraged the Walk With Walgreens campaign to raise funds for HIV/ AIDS research through the Magic Johnson Foundation, achieved the Corporate Champion Award from YWCA of Lake County, Illinois, as well as Casa Central, and been nominated for the Corporation of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council for excellence in supporting minority- and women-owned businesses. He also commissioned the launch of Walgreens corporate Business Resource Groups, which are devoted to employee engagement and development, attracting and retaining the best talent available, and increasing brand awareness in diverse communities. During Mr. Wasson’s tenure as CEO, Walgreens created the Diversity and Inclusion division, headed by its first chief diversity officer. In addition, Walgreens active employment of people living with disabilities has become a national model. Mr. Wasson also serves on the board of directors of Alliance Boots GmbH, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group in which Walgreens holds a 45 percent equity stake. Currently, Mr. Wasson also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He is a board member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council, the Consumer Goods Forum, World Business Chicago, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Midtown Educational Foundation. – 125 –
We believe that attracting, developing and retaining a base of employees that reflects the diversity of our customers is essential to our success. We also believe success hinges on relationships with diverse professional and patient organizations, civic groups and suppliers.” William C. Weldon
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2012 Chicago United National Bridge Award Recipient William C. Weldon Chairman of the Board Johnson & Johnson
William C. Weldon is chairman of the Board of Johnson & Johnson. He assumed his current responsibilities in April 2012. Previously, Mr. Weldon served as chairman and chief executive officer, a position he held since April 2002. He was elected to the Board in February 2001. Mr. Weldon joined Johnson & Johnson in 1971 in the sales and marketing department of its McNeil Pharmaceutical subsidiary. In 1982, he was named manager, ICOM Regional Development Center in Southeast Asia. Mr. Weldon was appointed executive vice president and managing director of Korea McNeil, Ltd., in 1984 and managing director of Ortho-Cilag Pharmaceutical, Ltd., in the U.K. in 1986. In 1989, he was named vice president of Sales and Marketing at Janssen Pharmaceutica in the U.S., and in 1992 he was appointed president of Ethicon Endo-Surgery. In 1995, Mr. Weldon was named a company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson and worldwide franchise chairman of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, the Johnson & Johnson affiliate that develops new procedures for minimally-invasive surgery and designs related products. In 1998, Mr. Weldon was promoted to the Executive Committee and named worldwide chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group. He was named vice chairman of the Board of Directors in 2001. During his tenure as chairman & chief executive officer, diversity was a central part of the cultures across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. According to Weldon, “diversity is a key to our people’s passion for improving the health and well-being of people the world over. Further, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is deeply rooted in the values instilled by Our Credo and is exemplified in a number of our companies’ programs and activities.” Caring for the world, one person at a time… inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Among his outside activities, Mr. Weldon is a member of the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is also a member of the executive committee of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a member of The Business Council, a member of The Business Roundtable and a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council. Mr. Weldon also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Quinnipiac University. He previously served as chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Mr. Weldon was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He and his wife have two children and one grandson. – 127 –
About Chicago United SIGNATURE PROGRAMS AND PRODUCTS
TRANSFORMATIVE INCLUSION: MEMBERS SERIES | Driving Culture Change Chicago United recognizes the challenge corporations face in creating a diverse and inclusive culture, articulating its business case, and driving the value of inclusion at multiple levels within their organizations. In order to address the need, Chicago United created the Transformative Inclusion Members Series. These sessions feature presentations by national experts who approach diversity and inclusion from different disciplines. These experts expand our understanding, leadership capabilities, and growth potential and are a continuous benefit to members of Chicago United. Chicago United presents the Transformative Inclusion Series in modules with three varying themes each year to further deliver on its mission to help its members utilize deeper conversations about the ability of diversity and inclusion to optimize organizational performance. With the goal of continuing the discussion and delving deeper into each topic, the themes presented during each Transformative Inclusion Exclusive Session will be carried through and studied further at meetings of the Chicago United CEO Council, Diversity Officers, and Leaders Council. These member meetings complete the module for that topic that will drive the business application throughout various levels of our member organizations. The Transformative Inclusive Member Series topics aid members of Chicago United to grow diverse talent in the leadership pipeline, expand the pool of minorities available for leadership positions, and ultimately increase diversity in boardrooms and executive level management. Transformative Inclusion Exclusive Session These exclusive opportunities for employees of Chicago United member organizations to hear a variety of national experts are intended to benefit executives responsible for leading teams. CEOs, executive level managers, business unit leaders, human resource and talent management professionals, supply chain and procurement specialists, and more can be present to experience these presentations and then return to their organizations with shared knowledge to continue the discussion of how to apply the concepts within their own organizations. CEO Council Meetings Members of the Chicago United CEO Council attend a peer level discussion of the topic as it relates to maintaining a positive corporate culture and driving business growth through diversity and inclusion. Diversity Officer Meetings The Diversity Officer Meetings bring diversity practitioners from Chicago’s corporations together to share best practices in diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation. Leaders Council Meetings Members of the Chicago United Leaders Council meet to discuss the practical applications of the concepts presented.
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About Chicago United SIGNATURE PROGRAMS AND PRODUCTS FIVE FORWARD | Invigorating the Local Economy Five Forward is a strategic initiative that enlists the commitment of CEOs of mid- to large-sized corporations in the Chicago metropolitan area to establish or expand business relationships with five current and/or new local minority firms. The initiative is designed to build a stronger regional economy and minority businesses of scale. The cornerstone of the Initiative is the premise that corporate spending with Chicago area MBEs generates economic output and jobs within the region. In addition to the direct impacts, this spending leads to successive rounds of spending by businesses, proprietors, and employees. Chicago United and the Center for Urban Economic Development of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) prepared a report on the economic impact of corporate spending with local MBEs, and that report formed the basis of The Five Forward Initiative™. The 2007 report indicated that approximately $228 million in spending by 14 surveyed corporations led to a total estimated impact of roughly $425 million. The indirect and induced impacts associated with this direct spending reflected economic activity generated as direct spending circulated within the regional economy. Because MBEs are more likely to hire people of color, as well as contract with other MBEs, it is generally understood that spending with MBEs – and the associated “multiplier effects” – disproportionately benefit minority communities, as compared to spending with majority-owned firms. Additionally, total regional employment associated with this spending led to approximately 4,000 jobs. The multiplier effect and the job creation are the significant results of the plan prescribed by The Initiative. The Five Forward Initiative™ gathers empirical data to measure the impact on the regional economy when spending by committed corporations with local MBEs is increased. Chicago United is in production on an updated economic impact analysis based on data collected from the companies participating in Five Forward. Empirical and anecdotal evidence indicates that corporate spending with local MBEs is creating jobs and, thereby, expanding the local tax base. The Five Forward total MBE spend reported by all committed companies for the second quarter of 2012 showed an increase of 31% when compared to the second quarter of 2011. Five Forward Committed Companies Advocate Health Care Aon Corporation Aramark Healthcare Ariel Investments LLC Baxter International Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation BMO Harris Bank N.A. BP America, Inc. City Colleges of Chicago ComEd, An Exelon Company Ernst & Young LLP GE Healthcare Jewel-Osco Kraft Foods
Loop Capital Macy’s McDonald’s Corporation Mesirow Financial Microsoft Northern Trust Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Northstar Lottery Group, LLC OfficeMax, Inc. Rush University Medical Center SDI (System Development.Integration LLC) The Nielsen Company The University of Chicago Medicine UHC
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Five Forward Participating MBE Companies
Ten (10) company names not included due to confidentiality restrictions.
9008 Group Inc. dba/Act Group Acosta and Associates Inc. Aquent Beaman Incorporated Blackwell Global Consulting Bonaparte Corporation BPS Staffing, Inc. Bridgeforth Wolf and Associates Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Cano Container Catalyst Consulting Group Centrax Corporation Chicago Biomedical Services Company Chicago Defender Columbia Tool and Gage Company Community Interface Inc. Commonground Computer Resource Solutions Construction CAD Solutions Inc. Creative Printing Service, Inc. CS Insurance Strategies CSMI Delivery and Distribution Solutions Dot Ward Photography Inc. EKI Ekla Encore Paper Environmental Design International Inc. Environmental System Design Inc. Executive Coaching Connections, LLC Fina Interactive Inc. Food for Thought Catering Professionals LTD Foster Electric/The Foster Group Gim Electric Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP Guy Brown Products Holland Capital Management LLC Insurers Review Services Inc. Iyka Enterprises, Inc. The Kaleidoscope Group, LLC La Costa Facility Solutions Lambent Risk Management Limo Corporation Worldwide Loop Capital LSL Industrial Inc. Magnetic Office Products
Mays Chemical Company Mazik Global Medical Business Systems Melvin & Company Montenegro Paper Nak-Man Corporation N’DIGO Nexus Pharmaceutical Omar Inc. Pace Systems Inc/Microcity Peralta Garcia Solutions Pinto Construction Popcorn and More Inc. Primera Engineers, LTD. Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C. Reggio’s Pizza Inc. Reyes Group Risk & Insurance Management Services dba/Eagle One CMS Riteway-Huggins Construction Services Inc. Rolei Financial Service RT Beverage Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Salus, Inc Seaway Bank and Trust Company SMI-Alcott Smokin’ Joe Products Software House International Sonoran Technology Sunrise Technology Sutton Ford Inc. Synch-Solutions SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC) Systems Unlimited The Better Benefits Family Group Inc. The Comfort Cake Company Thomas Service Trice Construction US Messenger and Logistic Inc. Vernon Williams Architects Vire Technologies Viva USA Inc. Washington Pittman & McKeever, LLC Wedgeworth Business Communications Williams Capital Group, LP
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CORPORATE DIVERSITY PROFILE | Benchmarking Progress If we are to effectively address the vexing issues at the intersection of race and business, as Chicago United has sought to do for more than 40 years, then we must look analytically at the truth and do so without fear of trial or judgment. Chicago United’s nationally-recognized Corporate Diversity Profile (CDP) is a biennial survey that measures racial diversity specifically in the leadership ranks of large corporations, on corporate boards, and in executive level management. It is a benchmark for corporations to measure their progress in this area. The revitalized 2012 Profile has evolved to become a tool that helps Chicago corporations chart their own customized paths toward increased multiracial leadership. A preview of a series of scorecards in six categories that relate to the kind of talent development necessary to move executives of color into C-suites and leadership ranks has been added. A CEO, a business unit leader, or a team leader can now conduct a self-assessment to help determine how his or her organization can improve in critical areas including recruitment, performance management, succession planning and more. Diversity officers and managers will be able to provide clear and measurable direction to mid-level managers for how they will be expected to drive diversity and inclusion as a business imperative.
BUSINESS LEADERS OF COLOR | Identifying Talent The biennial Business Leaders of Color publications feature viable candidates for Fortune 1000 companies’ boards of directors. These innovative, global thinkers are ready to provide shareholder value in a changing world and inspire others as they ascend to leadership. While achieving personal success, each has contributed to the cultural, civic, and educational life of the Chicago region. The Business Leaders of Color publication was conceived through fierce discussion that has become a trademark of Chicago United. The Corporate Diversity Profile Survey, which occurs on a biennial basis alternating the BLC, measures racial diversity specifically in leadership ranks, on corporate boards and in executive level management of large corporations. When examined from a leadership perspective, the study continually finds corporations visibly lacking in racial diversity in corporate governance and senior management. After the first study was conducted, Chicago United viewed the results as an opportunity to understand resistance to greater board diversity. The debate uncovered a widespread call for the need to identify diverse talent for the Fortune 100, 500, and 1000. In response, Chicago United’s leadership took action to create a highly visible publication that demonstrates the level of diverse talent available in Chicago and the Business Leaders of Color publication was born. The Business Leaders of Color publications provide a talent showcase of individuals eminently qualified to serve our nation’s corporations. Through their identification, Chicago United aims to accelerate the rate of change of diverse representation in corporate governance.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: AN EXECUTIVE DEVELOPENT PROGRAM | Driving Change The Corporate Governance Executive Development Program is a unique opportunity for Business Leaders of Color who seek to position themselves as attractive candidates for board director roles with for-profit entities. As a result of the extensive and thoughtful collaboration between Chicago United and Notre Dame Executive Education, participants will develop working knowledge of corporate board governance, structures, and challenges in today’s evolving marketplace, as well as create and begin implementing an individual strategic plan to attract corporate board invitations. Some of the unique aspects that the Corporate Governance: An Executive Development Program addresses are the culturally sensitive issues multiracial board directors may face. Does being a person of color on a corporate board carry unique responsibilities and how does a director incorporate a sense of responsibility to his or her community into board duties?
BOARDLINK | Linking Corporate and Civic Leaders BoardLink provides the business community a unique leadership development tool that allows emerging leaders of color access to opportunities to develop skills that will expand their managerial experience and build business networks. BoardLink also enables leading non-profit organizations to more easily engage Chicago’s leaders of color in places where they can impact the organization’s mission. BoardLink is an electronic referral source where leaders of color looking for board opportunities can post their availability, and non-profit organizations in search of racially/ethnically diverse board members can post their openings. Both groups have access to search listings, share information, and make a connection. There is currently no similar referral source available to the city’s non-profit sector. Since BoardLink came online in 2008, it has made 39 connections that resulted in successful placements of diverse candidates on Chicago area nonprofit organization’s boards of directors. The average number of requests for connection per month for 2012 year-to-date is 45. This illustrates a steady increase in usage as requests for connection were an average of 27 per month in 2011 and 18 per month in 2010. The number of current active candidate profiles in the database is 201. The number of current active nonprofit profiles in the database is 143.
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CAREER MENTORING SESSIONS | Building the Pipeline Chicago United and The Chicago Scholars Foundation produce a series of sessions to introduce Chicago Scholars to members of Chicago United’s Leaders Council. The Leaders Council members serve as mentors and role models helping Scholars gain essential knowledge and skills they will need for various industry segments and professions. Chicago United’s Leaders Council members provide valuable counsel to the next generation of Chicago’s workforce by assisting junior- and senior-year college students to identify and prepare for career opportunities. The goal of the career mentoring initiative is to produce valuable interactions between aspiring students and seasoned professionals to create a smoother transition from college to career for students. CHANGING COLOR OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE | Supporting Change Chicago United is committed to creating an environment where senior leaders can share common experiences to promote multi-racial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders that share common values. The Changing Color of Leadership Conference has become the “go-to” forum for business leaders, diversity professionals, and minority business owners throughout the Chicago region to discuss strategies that energize corporate leaders and create organizational change. Chicago United is the premier advocacy organization where Chicago’s leaders convene to discuss methods that allow individuals of color to break through barriers to reach their full potential. CHICAGO UNITED BRIDGE AWARDS | Recognizing Champions The Bridge Award represents the first national award that celebrates the accomplishments of chief executive officers of publicly held corporations who have inspired and supported diversity on their board of directors. The awards also recognize their corporation’s commitment to diversity in senior level management and business partnerships among diverse firms. The Bridge Award recipients are true champions for diversity in governance, management, and business partnerships. Their leadership, vision, and commitment will continue to foster innovative approaches to achieving diversity in corporate governance throughout the business community. This award brings visibility to those who have driven change and inspires others to follow in Chicago and throughout the nation.
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ABOUT CHICAGO UNITED Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion. Chicago United is the premiere organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values.
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The work of Chicago United is made possible by the support of our members: A. Pomerantz & Co.
Greeley and Hansen
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Quarles & Brady LLP
Access Community Health Network Advocate Health Care Aon Ariel Investments LLC Azteca Foods, Inc. Bank of America
Holland Capital Management LLC The Hollins Group Inc. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP KPMG LLP
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. RGMA Rush University Medical Center Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Sara Lee Corporation
SDI (System Development. Integration, LLC)
Sidley Austin LLP
Smith Whiley & Co.
BMO Harris Bank N.A.
UBM Facility Services Inc.
BP America Inc.
Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
The University of Chicago / The University of Chicago Medicine
Carrington & Carrington, Ltd.
Mitchell & Titus, LLP
Central City Productions, Inc.
MZI Group Inc.
The Chicago Community Trust
Neal & Leroy, LLC
The Chicago Urban League
Chicago State University
NJW Consulting Services
Columbia College Chicago
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Northstar Lottery Group, LLC
Crain’s Chicago Business
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC
Creative Printing Service, Inc.
Odell Hicks & Company, LLC
The Axis Agency/Weber Shandwick
Ernst & Young LLP
Wedgeworth Business Communications
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp.
Finacial Executives International
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP
Primera Engineers, LTD.
Battle Law Office, P.C. Baxter International Inc. Beaman Incorporated Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation
UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium) University of Illinois at Chicago UPS Urban Partnership Bank USG Corporation Walgreens
Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC.
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