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Year in Review
VISION FROM THE CHAIRWOMAN
A year of demonstrated impact and longevity in leadership At the beginning of 2013, I wrote about our shared challenge
middle-management ranks and beyond by focusing on the
I look back on the ways Chicago United continued to be a
to do more to create corporate cultures of inclusiveness. As
catalyst for change and a thought leader for its members, I
can confidently say that the organization did help advance
Last year was significant for the Five Forward Initiative™, our
leadership in business.
conjunction with the University of Illinois, presented a report
greater economic opportunity and increased multiracial
Chicago United delivered results on each of its three key
advocacy platforms—diversity in corporate governance, enhanced multiracial leadership in senior management, and effective, sustainable business partnerships. I’m even more
proud that these results were demonstrated during Chicago United’s 45th year of service to our region.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis Aguilar spoke to our members about the state of diversity and inclusion in corporations across the country, lending
important perspective for Chicago United’s measures to increase diversity on local boards. The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility partnered with Chicago United for a special presentation that featured differing views on
the challenges and opportunities that companies face in recruiting more directors of color.
plan for regional economic development. Chicago United, in on the economic impact of Five Forward. The report revealed that the pilot program to create local jobs and expand the
economy through corporate expenditures with area minority-
owned businesses (MBEs) generated more than 1,400 jobs
from 2009 to 2011. The program also led to a 21 percent rise in total corporate spending with selected MBEs.
We capped off the year with our 10th Annual Changing
Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. The Conference showcased fresh, new Culture, Inclusion and Diversity or “CID” Talks, which were designed to inspire
executives to create their own “big ideas” for culture change in their respective companies. McDonald’s Corp.’s Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson spoke about intentional inclusion as he accepted the Bridge Award. It was the first
time that the award was presented to one of Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color.
Additionally, Chicago United presented another stellar
Last year’s results show that Chicago United’s members and
who are well qualified to serve on the boards of Fortune
the seeds of change planted over the years. Because of the
Business Leaders of Color publication with 45 men and women 1,000 companies. Individuals who have been featured in the
BLC publication over the years have served in 135 corporate directorships.
In the area of executive leadership development, Chicago
United presented the compelling research of Harvard
University’s Dr. Mahzarin Banaji. Her work is invaluable in
helping us to address the hidden biases that prevent each person from making the smartest decisions in human capital development. Similarly, our Diversity Officer Roundtables
provided practical solutions for increasing diversity in
benefits of using the Chicago United Corporate Diversity
supporters can take great pride in seeing progress grow from shared, ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ commitment to this work, this organization will continue to maintain a
unique role in local business leadership and competitiveness. I’ve been proud to
serve as chairwoman of an organization that sets the tone for advancement in
an area that’s vitally important to us all. Patricia Hemingway Hall President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Service Corporation
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
Advancing multiracial leadership In 2013, I had the privilege of speaking to executives and
The CEOs of our member companies partake in candid
corporate business and urban development. In crystallizing
pursuit of tactics to improve their own practices, Leaders
influencers who have national, even international, reach in my thoughts and remarks, I realized the ways in which Chicago United has evolved in 45 years.
Weâ€™ve always pushed an agenda of increased opportunity
for businesses owned by people of color. In 2013, we showed
the real economic impact of that agenda, manifested in the results of the Five Forward Initiative.
In the last decade, Chicago United has sharpened its focus on the requirements for creating a more diverse pipeline
of business leaders. Last year, for the first time, a Business Leaders of Color accepted our Bridge Award for exemplary and holistic commitment to diversity and inclusion.
At our Annual Meeting, we heard from a commissioner
of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that our organization is a national stand-out for our dedication to
advancement of corporate board diversity. Later in the year, we presented 45 more exceptional men and women who
discussions of race in business among peers. Through
Council discuss challenges in their own organizations, share
best practices, and build relationships among leaders with shared values.Through this remarkable spirit of sharing, our members have an unmeasurable impact on the city.
In 2014, Chicago United will continue to strive to be a
thought partner for members. We will convene discussions
with national experts in leadership and diversity. We will be a catalyst for greater representation of people of color in the pipelines for corporate talent. We will serve a consultant
for companies that want to customize their own effective practices for intentional inclusion.
Our members will see a Five Forward Initiative with a
renewed focus on the main goal of creating minority owned
businesses of scale. Also, we will focus heavily on building our membership with a more robust member onboarding process.
have credentials to serve on corporate boards.
With the continued leadership of the Chicago United
Chicago United can boast these accomplishments because
my staff and I will do all that we can to help senior leaders
our members have a pure commitment to more inclusive
corporate cultures, a commitment thatâ€™s expressed far
beyond their generous financial support of the organization.
Board of Directors and strong support of our members, see changes on the horizon and get ahead of them using diversity and inclusion as business imperatives.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago United
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results Board of Directors Drives Strategic Direction The Chicago United Board of Directors has continued to enhance the programs and products that support the organization’s unique three-tiered platform that holistically advances a culture of inclusion in business and contributes to a more prosperous community.
The Chicago United Board of Directors met four times
in corporate SEC reporting in order to better assess a
a diverse board.
Health Care Service Corporation / Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
February 28, May 8, August 22, and October 24 The organization’s current primary research and program offerings promote multiracial leadership in corporate
governance and executive level management, develop
a pipeline of future multiracial leaders, and cultivate multiracial business partnerships.
Chicago United serves as a unique thought partner in corporate inclusion strategy by providing:
• Exposure to national thought leaders in diversity and
inclusion research and practice like Dr. Mazarhin Banaji,
corporation’s commitment to developing and maintaining
• E xclusive, high-level discussion among peers with shared values at CEO Council Strategy Sessions, Diversity Officer Roundtables, and Leaders Council Forums that provide
exploration of critical issues facing leaders responsible for developing corporate culture.
• Advocacy in action through primary research and programs that drive systemic change. Signature programs and products include Five Forward, the Business Leaders of Color publications, the Corporate Diversity Profile publications
which include an inclusion Toolkit, The Transformative
Inclusion Member Series, BoardLink, The Bridge Awards, and The Changing Color of Leadership Conference.
a leading scientist in the study of unconscious bias
In aligning our refined vision to our programming, the
commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
differentiated, and effective resource.
and its effects on decision making, and Luis Aguilar, a
Commission who led the call to increase accountability
Board ensures that the organization remains a relevant,
2013 Board of Directors Officers: Patricia Hemingway Hall, Chairwoman President and CEO Health Care Service Corporation Gordon Werkema, Vice Chairman First Vice President and COO Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Maria Prado, Treasurer Partner Prado & Renteria CPAs, Prof. Corp.
Kevin B. Brookins Secretary Senior Vice President, Strategy and Administration ComEd, An Exelon Company Joseph A. Gregoire Immediate Past Chairman State Chairman of Illinois Banking PNC Bank (Retired) Board Members: Robert Aguilar COO Cabrera Capital Markets LLC Stan Deans President, Central Region UPS
Michael F. DeSantiago CEO & President, Energy & Built Environment Primera Engineers, LTD.
Michael W. Lewis EVP, Regional President, Chicago Metro Region BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Retired)
Kathy Ford Partner EY
James H. Skogsbergh President & CEO Advocate Health Care
Albert R. Grace, Jr. President Loop Capital
Monica Walker CEO and Chief Investment Officer - Equity Holland Capital Management
Ralph V. Hughes Vice President, External Affairs Macy’s Kip Kelley Regional Managing Director & Executive Vice President, Aon Risk Services Central, Inc. Aon Corporation
Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community January: Castillo served as a panelist on issues related
Castillo, A Mexican American Legal Defense and Education
industries at the “Black History Month Kick-Off Event
Awards Gala Host Committee and hosted a table at their
to diversity and the impact of inclusion across various
Opening Ceremony” sponsored by BMO Financial Group.
Chicago United served as a co-host for the Chicago
Sinfonietta annual Concert Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February: Castillo was a panelist for
Fund (MALDEF) Board member, served on their 2013 Chicago
annual event. MALDEF promotes social change through
advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation.
June: The University of Illinois at Chicago held its Urban
Serving Universities 15th Annual Meeting to look at the
changing and intensifying relationships between urban
the Chicago Urban League’s unveiling
universities and urban communities. Castillo was the
American participation on public cor-
diversity, inclusion, and the role education plays in the
of the report of their survey of African
keynote speaker and talked about multiracial leadership,
porate boards, Leadership and Diversity
growth of urban communities.
presence of African Americans on the
July: Castillo participated as a member at the Rainbow
March: Womenetics recognized Castillo among 12
current state of the economy and new business frontiers
of Corporate Boards, regarding the
boards of Chicago and surrounding areas public companies.
outstanding women in the Chicago area who ‘Transform
Vision into the Language of Action’ and have advanced
their organizations. These women were celebrated for their
excellence in leadership as a fresh standard for business and the community.
Castillo was featured in a video prepared by the Federal
Reserve Bank of San Francisco to mark its 100th anniversary
in 2014. The video highlights community partnerships and
PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 42nd Annual
Conference Business Luncheon. Participants discussed the
August: Urban Alliance held its annual year-end event,
“The Public Speaking Challenge.” Castillo participated as a judge for recent graduates from Chicago Public Schools
giving their first public presentation for most of the young presenters.
Castillo was a guest author in Today’s Chicago Woman’s
leaders throughout the United States.
August edition. The article called to action the development
April: Castillo was honored as a distinguished local leader
shared responsibility of ensuring the diversity of those
and celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls
Corporate Diversity Profile as a tool to provide best practices
May: The Chinese American Service League (CASL) held its
September: Castillo serves as a member of the Chicago
participated as an event sponsor. The organization provides
The joint committee marked its two-year anniversary
housing, and financial education services.
Castillo served as a panelist at the YWCA’s “Empowerment
October: Chicago Insight with Ty Wansley interviewed
at the 25th Annual King Legacy Awards Gala, benefitting Club located on the west side of Chicago.
24th Annual Gala where Castillo, an Advisory Board member, child, elder, employment training, family counseling,
Evening: Diversity in Leadership: How does Chicago Stack Up?” where Castillo encouraged audience members to be
the change they wanted to see in the world and begin to
of the next pipeline of leaders in the workplace and the
leaders in wait. She discussed Chicago United’s 2012
in bringing diverse talent into the pipeline.
and Cook County City County Collaboration Commission.
of the collaboration providing a two-year report of
Castillo and discussed the 10th Annual Changing Color
of Leadership Conference and the 45th Chicago United
Anniversary Gala. The conversation highlighted the work of Chicago United.
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community Castillo discussed CEO insights in “Innovation and Cultural
fit: Companies Aim to Make Them Co-exist,” an article
featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation, a
new digital media for entrepreneurs in Chicago. The article
discussed hiring executives who work to find the qualified
candidates who fit their organizations definition of culture. Castillo points out that corporate culture may be defined by
inclusion and “fit” applies to the ability to embrace many
personal styles and identity factors. Castillo represented Chicago United at the Black Women’s Lawyers’ Association
on a panel for board diversity.
Castillo participated in the Cook County Budget Hearings
Uptown Professional Magazine Award Recipients
Castillo was a beneficiary of the Chicago Catalyst Award
from Uptown Professional Magazine, which honors
individuals who have demonstrated an unwavering
to bring voice and visibility to her appointed role on the
commitment to diversity.
the Chicago United Five Forward program has had on the
Castillo also received the Philanthropy Leadership Award
City County Collaboration Commission and the impact County to increase inclusion and potential for growth of
at the National Medical Fellowships Champions of Health
local minority business enterprises.
Awards that recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments,
November: Castillo was a recipient of the Latino Leaders
promote diversity in medicine and better healthcare for all
dedication, and commitment of individuals for efforts to
Magazine 2013 Chicago Maestro Awards – receiving
represent the lifetime achievement in the professional life
Castillo was a noted speaker at The Conference Board
the auspicious Leadership award. The Maestro Awards
of a Latino leader.
Diversity and Inclusion Council and discussed the
business case for diversity and inclusion and how it drives
December: The Donors Forum held a panel discussion
in partnership with Exelon on the topic of “Diversity in
Nonprofits: Improving Diversity in Board, Staff, and Vendors.”
Castillo participated on a panel discussion and talked about the benefits of a diverse nonprofit board and staff and the
commitment to diversity beyond the internal organization to the vendors used.
The Chicago Tribune published a letter to the editor Maestro Award Winners: (left to right) Rey B. González, Maestro Award for Community Service, Juventino Cano, Maestro Award for Entrepreneurship, Gloria Castillo, Maestro Award for Excellence in Leadership, and José Luis Prado, Professional Achievement Award
from Castillo in which she discussed the growth of
minority owned businesses as critical to dealing with the unemployment that plagues communities of color. The
Chicago United Five Forward Initiative™ program which
strives to increase corporate utilization of minority owned
firms that are capable of serving them was featured.
Chicago United’s 10th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 45th Anniversary Gala Chicago United honored McDonald’s CEO and President Don Thompson at its annual Bridge Awards Dinner at the Hilton Chicago on November 19, 2013. The Bridge Award represents the first national award that honors chief executive officers
who advocate for multiracial leadership in corporate governance and executive level management and who foster diverse
business partnerships. This award brings visibility to those who have managed change and inspires others to follow. We applaud Don Thompson for supporting the development of a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive business community.
The organization also introduced its 45 Business Leaders of Color, men and women identified as strong candidates for board directorships at Fortune 1,000 companies, which is discussed in greater detail later in this publication.
45th Anniversary and Bridge Awards Gala presenters (left to right) Chicago United Vice Chairman of the Board Gordon Werkema, first vice president & COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Chicago United Chairwoman of the Board Patricia Hemingway Hall, president and CEO Health Care Service Corporation; 2013 Bridge Award Recipient Don Thompson, president and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation; Presenting Sponsor Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd, An Exelon Company; Host Ravi Baichwal, weekend anchor and reporter, ABC 7 News; and Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United
Member Recruitment Steering Committee Chairman Richard S. Price, chairman and CEO, Mesirow Financial
Nearly 1,200 attendees packed the Hilton’s ballroom to recognize these outstanding business leaders and acknowledge Chicago United’s 45th Anniversary. ABC7’s
Ravi Baichwal emceed the evening, and Illinois Governor Pat
Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered congratulatory remarks.
Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, an
Exelon Company, was also presented with an award for
ComEd’s decades-long commitment to Chicago United. ComEd was the presenting sponsor of this year’s Changing Color of Leadership Conference.
The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, president, Cook County Board
The Honorable Pat Quinn, governor, State of Illinois
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results The dinner gala followed the 10th Annual Chicago United
Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President and General Counsel,
with the Diversity Leadership Luncheon, featuring members
Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, McDonald’s Corporation;
Changing Color of Leadership Conference which kicked-off of the 2013 Business Leaders of Color engaging in a lively discussion on intentional inclusion.
Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source
Richard S. Price, Chairman and CEO, Mesirow Financial
During the afternoon, conference attendees were immersed
John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment
showcased a diverse group of 12 transformational leaders
Jim H. Skogsbergh, President and CEO,
in Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity or “CID” Talks. CID Talks from the boardroom to the C-suite who presented refreshing
and innovative ideas to inspire attendees to create their
own “big ideas” for culture change, inclusion, and diversity in their companies. The series provided a broad depth and
breadth of subject maters, and challenged the audience to
Officer, Ariel Investments Advocate Health Care
Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman and CEO, Northern Trust Corporation
Gregory D. Wasson, President and CEO, Walgreen Co.
think about dynamics in their respective environments that impact diversity and inclusion strategies and practices.
Diversity Leadership Luncheon
“This year’s Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner were thought-provoking and truly dynamic,” said Chicago United President and CEO Gloria
Castillo. “It was an honor to gather with Chicago United
members and supporters who collectively share a vision for
greater inclusion and diversity in the business community.” Chicago United would like to thank the 2013 Changing
Color of Leadership Conference and 45th Anniversary Gala
Steering Committee and the events presenters and speakers
whose extraordinary contributions made this event an overwhelming success.
Chairwoman, Chicago United Board of Directors:
Diversity Leadership Luncheon presenters (left to right) Kevin B. Brookins, senior vice president, Strategy & Administration, ComEd, An Exelon Company; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; Ana Dutra, chief executive officer, Mandala Global Advisors; Sunil Garg, senior vice president, chief information & innovation officer, Exelon; Stacey Baca, weekend anchor and reporter, ABC7 News; The Honorable Sheila Simon, lieutenant governor, State of Illinois; and John P. Trainor, publisher / general manager, HOY
Patricia Hemingway Hall, President and CEO, Health Care Service Corporation
45th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor: Anne R. Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd, An Exelon Company Steering Committee: Gregory C. Case, President and CEO, Aon Mark Furlong, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank Joseph Gregoire, State Chairman of Illinois Banking, PNC Bank (Retired)
Diversity Leadership Luncheon panelists and moderator (left to right) Cathy Peng, chief business development officer, Ethertronics, Inc.; Ana Dutra, chief executive officer, Mandala Global Advisors; Sunil Garg, senior vice president, chief information & innovation officer, Exelon; John P. Trainor, publisher / general manager, HOY; and moderator Roger O. Crockett, president, R. O. Crockett Leadership Advisory
CID Talks I
CID Talks II
CID Talks moderators and speakers (left to right) Arthur Zayas Miller , president & CEO, MZI Group Inc.; Jeanna D. Bridges U.S. head, Diversity & Inclusion, BMO Financial Group; Paul Martin, corporate vice president & chief information officer, Baxter International, Inc.; Dr. Mi Ja Kim, prof. & dean emerita; E.D. of Global Health, Leadership Office; dir. Of Academy of International, Leadership Development, College of Nursing, University of Illinois, Chicago; Sally Nuamah Chicago scholar, advocate & filmmaker, Ph.D. candidate, Northwestern University; Lorraine Stomski, partner & Leadership Service line leader, Aon Hewitt; Amy Hilliard, founder & CEO, The ComfortCake Company, LLC; and JC Gonzalez-Mendez, senior vice president, Global CSR, Sustainability and Philanthropy, McDonaldâ€™s Corporation
CID Talks moderators and speakers (left to right) Shundrawn Thomas, SVP, managing director & global head Northern Trust Exchange Traded Funds Group, Northern Trust; Pedro DeJesus, executive vice president, general council & corporate secretary, Tampico Beverages, Inc.; Claudia M. Saran, principal, KPMG; Connie Lindsey, executive vice president, global head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust; David Wade, vice president, Air BP Americas, BP; Elizabeth W. Reese, president, Nicor Gas & senior vice president, AGL Resources; Nazneen Razi, senior vice president, chief Human Resources officer, Health Care Service Corporation; and John Rowe, chairman emeritus, Exelon Corporation
Chicago United members and supporters who collectively share a vision for greater inclusion and diversity in the business community experienced a thought-provoking, dynamic, and inspirational event.
Save the date for Chicago Unitedâ€™s 11th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner on November 18, 2014, at the Hilton Chicago.
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results The Chicago United Five Forward Initiative™ Created 1,400 Jobs in Two Years Amid Recession Now in its fifth year, Chicago United’s Five Forward Initiative
“This pilot provides a unique model for local and regional
businesses (MBEs) since 2009. The program generated more
regional economic plans, targeting job creation where it is
reported impressive gains for local minority owned
than 1,400 jobs and led to a 21 percent rise in total corporate spending with selected MBEs from 2009 to 2011.
Chicago United partnered
with University of Illinois’ Regional Economics Application Laboratory (REAL)
to analyze the program’s
leaders to add to their ‘tool belt’ in developing broader needed most and ensuring that all parts of our communities
have the opportunity to thrive,” said Graves, who was the
executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House. “We look forward
to further engagement and leadership from committed corporations and their MBE partners in helping to drive economic growth.”
impact, relying on expenditure data provided by 18
participating corporations. In April, the organizations
released Building a Stronger Regional Economy Through
the Utilization of Minority Business Enterprises that reported
that the pilot program generated a direct impact of $227.7 million. About $67 million of these direct expenditures were paid in wages and salaries, which led to 1,424 jobs.
According to Chicago United’s independent analysis, the
(Left to right) Don Graves with Chicago United members Ellen Costello, former CEO and US country head, BMO Harris Bank N.A., Nim Chinniah, executive vice president for administration & chief financial officer, The University of Chicago, and Pat Harris, global chief diversity officer, McDonald’s Corporation.
million rose to six companies in 2011 from only one in 2009.
The progress report provides guidance for corporations as
numbers grow to 596 in 2011 from 280 in 2009.
that optimize their competitiveness. These results were
number of MBEs with revenue ranging from $15 million to $30 Those same companies saw their collective employment
These results were announced
they implement best-in-class supplier diversity programs achieved despite the recession. These firms saw growth
while record numbers of small businesses reported huge
in April at a forum held at
losses. That level of success is incredibly encouraging.
the Federal Reserve Bank of
Chicago. The forum featured a
The program is unique because it is designed to not only
development by Don Graves,
minority-owned businesses, but also to provide the tools
keynote address on economic
encourage partnership between large corporations and
deputy assistant secretary for Small
Development, and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
and tips that help mature those relationships so that Don Graves, deputy assistant secretary for Small Business, Community Development, and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury
participants can see quantifiable change.
Corporations commit to a program like this because they
want to make a real impact. This process is effective and the impact is measurable. This is just the start of what we hope
will be real change and opportunity for Chicago’s minority business community.
Chicago United’s 2013 James C. Tyree Visionary Awardees: • Advocate Health Care • Ariel Investments LLC • BMO Harris Bank N.A. • City Colleges of Chicago • ComEd, an Exelon Company • EY (Left to right) Gloria Castillo and Valerie J. Van Meter, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois / Health Care Service Corporation
• Loop Capital The Five Forward pilot launched with the faith of
13 corporations that committed to increasing their
expenditures with current or new minority suppliers. Today, 28 corporations participate along with 109 MBEs.
The original 13 companies received Chicago United’s first-ever James. C. Tyree
• Macy’s • McDonald’s Corporation • Mesirow Financial • Rush University Medical Center • The University of Chicago / University of Chicago Medicine
Visionary Award for their
pioneering participation in the program. Tyree, the late chairman and chief execu-
tive officer of Mesirow Financial, drove develop-
ment of the Initiative with his vision and passion.
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results Business Leaders of Color Publication Chicago United produced the sixth iteration of Business
Co-Chairs Robert Aguilar, COO, Cabrera Capital Markets;
chairmen, nominating committees, chief executives, and
Manpower; Chris McFerrin, former commercial human
Leaders of Color in 2013. Through this publication, board executive search firms can find exceptional individuals who currently serve, or are ready to contribute, as board directors for Fortune 1000 companies.
Business Leaders of Color
has become a highly-visible
publication that demon-
resources manager, MillerCoors; and Ted Yi, co-managing partner, Chicago Office, Quarles & Brady LLP.
We’d also like to thank Crain’s Chicago Business for their
extraordinary contribution of the distribution of this publication.
strates the level of diverse
The individual Business Leaders of Color featured represent
The publication serves as a
recruit and groom other accomplished executives as an
talent available in Chicago. resource for those seeking to increase inclusion of diverse candidates in their
the kind of talent that companies seek, and they actively integral part of their mission. They all speak about valuing and developing people and relationships as top priorities.
boardrooms and business
The Chicago United Business Leaders of Color demonstrate
tification of these exceptionally qualified leaders, Chicago
including integrity, unwavering commitment to delighting
networks. Through the iden-
United aims to accelerate the rate of change of diverse
representation in corporate governance. We see the business Leaders of Color publication used often as a reference. It
also serves as inspiration, as was envisioned by the Chicago United thought leaders.
It takes a tremendous contribution by many to create this
impactful publication. Chicago United membership, as well as dedicated members of the community, rallied through
five levels of committee participation. Once the committee
similar traits that have contributed to their success customers, a drive to improve their organizations, genuine
concern for their communities, and a global perspective and experience. Additionally, we believe that a chief executive or
chair of a board nominating committee will be inspired by
the successful outcomes delivered by these men and women who embrace well-considered risks as opportunities. In an ever-changing global economy, companies must be open to new approaches to solving problems and expanding markets.
work was completed, the highly committed production
The Business Leaders of Color exhibit the innovation required
A listing of individuals who participated in the production
2013 Chicago United Business Leaders of Color measure their
team began producing a publication of exceptional quality. of this product is included in the “Acknowledgements” section of the publication.
to do that, and they lead their teams to do so as well. The success by victories claimed by their protégés. This is more
than altruistic. It is a good strategy to win the race for talent.
We have tremendous appreciation for the members of
It is with great pride that we presented in this publication
who provided nominations of exceptional individuals
business acumen and the breadth and depth of experience
Chicago United and the Chicago business community
for recognition in this publication. We’d like to recognize here the incredible contribution of Committee Chair
Sheila O’Grady, consultant, Spencer Stuart, and Committee
Anne Edmonds, regional vice president Metro Central,
a sterling collection of men and women who have the to contribute to the global competitiveness of corporations.
Business Leaders of Color Reception
Leaders of Color panel event that took place on December 5,
The Business Leaders of Color reception provided an oppor-
managing director and partner at Heidrick & Struggles
tunity for the current Business Leaders of Color honorees, past Business Leaders of Color honorees, and Chicago United members to meet one another in a private setting.
2013. Three Business Leaders of Color honorees, Billy Dexter, International, Brenda Russell, director and client relations executive at PwC, and Hugo Chaviano, senior partner at
Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman LLP, shared their personal insights, advice, and career strategies with attendees.
Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions Including the 2013 publication, The Business Leaders of Color
publications have identified approximately 265 eminently
qualified candidates for Fortune 1000 Companies’ boards of directors. In the face of a complex global economy, these The 2013 Class of Business Leaders of Color
Attendees were treated to remarks by the Mayor of Atlanta, the Honorable Kasim Reed. We thank Northern Trust for
hosting this inspiring introduction of the 2013 Business Leaders of Color on October 24, 2013.
demonstrated leaders have led large scale operations
domestically and internationally and driven innovation and transformational change in their organizations. Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions have goal of mobilizing Business Leaders of Color toward
advancing multiracial participation on corporate boards of directors. These sessions also provide Business Leaders of
Color an opportunity to foster relationships among this elite group. We would like to thank Marc Horner, vice president
– Investments, UBS Wealth Management, for hosting the 2013 Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions. Business Leaders of Color Strategy Session I May 1, 2013
Host: Marc Horner, UBS
Topic: Coalescing the Power of the BLC Network to Advance Greater Board Diversity Mayor of Atlanta, the Honorable Kasim Reed, Connie Lindsey, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, Gloria Castillo, and Rick Waddell, chairman & CEO, Northern Trust Corp.
Business Leaders of Color Panel Discussion The African American Association for Personal and
Professional Growth (APPG), a Federal Reserve Bank of
Chicago diversity network group, presented a Business
During this inaugural session of the Business Leaders of
Color Strategy Sessions, the Business Leaders of Color in
attendance shared their thoughts on the value of meeting
as an independent entity to discuss topics relevant to board placement. It was confirmed by the group that a series of
events as a program focus for Chicago United would be beneficial and well attended.
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results Business Leaders of Color Strategy Session II
mentorship, bringing his authentic self to work each day,
Host: Marc Horner, UBS
and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Chicago United would
August 14, 2014
Topic: A conversation with Alywin B. Lewis, president and
CEO, Potbelly Sandwich Works and David Snyder, publisher, Crain’s Chicago Business
and his roles on the boards of The Walt Disney Company
like to thank Lewis and Snyder for their contributions during this enlightening and entertaining discussion.
Chicago United presented 2011
Business Leader of Color Aylwin B. Lewis, president and CEO of Potbelly Sandwich Works, in an intimate conversation with Crain’s Chicago Busi-
ness publisher David Snyder. Lewis Aylwin B. Lewis
discussed milestones in his career,
Director Roundtables Chicago United co-produced a one-of-a-kind series of
organizations – not the solution anyone would wish on
“Directors Roundtables: Practical Leadership for Corporate
unfortunately) have other outside levers that can tip the
discussions, from 2011 through the beginning of 2013, titled Directors” in partnership with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Shields Meneley Partners, Sard Verbinnen & Co., and
Heidrick & Struggles. Chicago United is proud to have
collaborated with firms that are resources for corporate
boards and their nominating committees. These sessions
balance of change. This panel discussion explored inventive
and impactful ways boards have helped to shoulder some
of the responsibility to help stagnant organizations evolve, even with heightened governance pressures.
offered the Chicago United Business Leaders of Color an
board director. Chicago United closed out the series of the
Managing Director, Chetrum Capital LLC, Outside Director,
opportunity to learn about the critical responsibilities of a
Director Roundtables with a final session titled, “The Board Role in Driving Renewal.” February 12, 2013
Host: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP The Board Role in Driving Renewal
Every organization at some point has been faced with a
great challenge or obstacle that hinders future progress.
These tensions can arise from organizational fatigue,
M. Shan Atkins
True Value Company, Director, Spartan Stores, The pep Boys and Tim Hortons James B. Shein
Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy Kellogg
School of Management, Northwestern University, Author, “Reversing the Slide: A Strategic Guide to Turnarounds and Corporate Renewal”, Director, FJ Management, Wrightwood Capital and Electrical Controls international
lack of structural measurement, and/or significant
activists increasingly are responsible for reviving failing
Partner-in-Charge, Chicago, Heidrick & Struggles
financial distress. For public companies, shareholder
another. Private companies and nonprofits (fortunately or
Annual Members’ Meeting March 19, 2013
Hosted by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Chicago United was pleased to host Luis Aguilar, a
commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, at our Annual Meeting. Aguilar led the call to increase accountability in corporate SEC reporting in
order to better assess a corporation’s commitment to developing and maintaining a diverse board. Interviewed
Leaders Council Awards Presentation (Pictured left to right): David Snyder, publisher, Crain’s Chicago Business; KC Mosley, former sr. manager, enterprise supplier diversity, vice president, U.S. Procurements & Strategic Sourcing, BMO Harris Bank, the Chicago United 2012 Organizational Visionary; Gloria Castillo; Valerie J. Van Meter, sr. vice president & chief diversity officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the 2012 Chicago United Most Valuable Partner; and Gordon Werkema, first vice president & COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and vice chairman, Chicago United Board of Directors. (Not pictured: Valerie Corr Hanserd, Director of Government and Public Affairs, BP America Inc., the 2012 Chicago United Benefactor and Steve Pemberton, divisional vice president of Diversity & Inclusion, chief diversity officer, Walgreen’s, the 2012 Chicago United Program Champion)
(Left to right) David Snyder, publisher, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Luis Aguilar, commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
by Crain’s Chicago Business Publisher David Snyder,
do better, he said. He acknowledged Chicago United
as an organization that presents solutions worthy of consideration beyond the Chicago area.
Commissioner Aguilar discussed the progress he’s seen
We are grateful that he is an unequivocal champion
requirement that publicly-traded companies disclose, in
mission, and we thank him for the time spent with us.
among corporations since the passage of the SEC’s 2009 their proxy statements, whether and how their boards consider diversity when nominating new directors.
Motivated by the facts concerning lack of diversity of
corporate boards in the United States, Commissioner
of a cause that is so important to Chicago United’s
Chicago United would also like to thank Martin Cabrera, founder and CEO of Cabrera Capital Markets, who, when approached, didn’t hesitate to introduce Commissioner Aguilar to Chicago United.
Aguilar’s passion around the need to increase the diversity of corporate boards has also been shaped by the breadth of his experience.
Commissioner Aguilar addressed the opportunity for a
heightened competitive advantage that companies miss when their leadership lacks diversity. He noted that a
study from Calvert Investments has shown that 54 of S&P
100 companies disclose some level of EEO-1 diversity data, such as the percentage of women employees or numbers of new minority hires. However, many companies can
(Left) Luis Aguilar, commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Martin Cabrera, Jr., founder & CEO, Cabrera Capital Markets LLC
2013 Year In Review â€“ Intentional Inclusion Drives Results Chicago United Member Meetings Transformative Inclusion Member Series
Chicago United created the Transformative Inclusion Member Series to address challenges corporate leaders
face in creating a diverse and inclusive culture, articulating
the business case, and driving its benefits at multiple levels within their organizations. These sessions feature presentations by national experts who approach diversity and inclusion from different disciplines. These
experts expand our cognitive understanding, leadership
capabilities, and growth potential. Chicago United CEO and Leaders Council members are encouraged to invite others
within the organization for whom the subject matter is
evidence that how we perceive and associate social groups
units can experience these presentations and return to
decisions and, ultimately, inclusion.
applicable in their roles. Leaders from different business their organization with shared knowledge to continue the discussion of how to apply the concepts within their own organizations.
Chicago United presents the Transformative Inclusion Member Series varying themes each year to further
deliver on its mission to help its members utilize deeper conversations about diversity and inclusion to optimize organizational performance.
The Transformative Inclusion Member Series themes help
members grow diverse talent in the leadership pipeline and, ultimately, increase diversity in boardrooms and executive level management. Mahzarin Banaji May 22, 2013
Host: BMO Financial Group Implicit Bias and Predictive Behavior Chicago United and host BMO Harris Bank presented
Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor
of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard
University and author of a new book: Blindspot: Hidden
Biases of Good People, to Chicago United members in May. Banaji is a scientist who concentrates in understanding how the mind works. She has identified substantial
like age, gender, race, ethnicity, social class etc., impact our
In her session, Banaji spoke about the unconscious biases that everyone has, the impact they have on business decisions, and how individuals and organizations can be
mindful of these biases and help ensure inclusive thought
processes. She gave an enthralling, interactive presentation
that demonstrated that individuals carry biases as well as associations between groups and the behaviors they expect
of them that can create â€œblind spots.â€? These blind spots can prevent enterprises from making the best possible decisions, regardless of the facts.
Insider Game 2
their shared commitment to lasting solutions that address
Host: Bank of America
September 18, 2013
the lack of multiracial leadership in C-suites and corporate
Chicago United and Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility Premiere Insider Game 2
Chicago United and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) premiered the documentary, Insider Game 2, with a screening hosted by Bank of America.
Filmed largely in Chicago, Insider Game 2 further addresses
the underrepresentation of Hispanics in corporate boards. Chicago United Business Leader of Color Lou Nieto, board
member, AutoZone and Ryder System, and Chicago
United CEO Council member John Rogers, board member, McDonald’s and Exelon, are interviewed in the new film.
Responsibility to shareholders and responsibility to
community; recruitment practices of boards and search firms; and the value of relationships versus demonstrated
skill sets in the recruitment process were among the critical topics discussed.
The film and discussion are indicative of the programming
that Chicago United presents. Chicago United fosters open, honest discussion of race in business and this documentary supports that mission. We would like to thank HACR, Bank of America, and Sodexo for providing a forum to talk about
diversity and inclusion at the highest level of corporate America.”
The screening was followed by a lively panel discussion
There are more women and minorities on corporate boards
2013 Chicago United Business Leader of Color, and George
country’s rapidly shifting demographics or consumer base,
with Nieto, Ana Dutra, CEO, Mandala Global Advisors and a Herrera, board member, Wyndham Worldwide. Leslie
Sanchez, producer of Insider Game and Insider Game 2, moderated the panel.
Chicago United initiated the collaboration that brought
today, but diversity and inclusion has not kept up with the said HACR President and CEO Carlos F. Orta. According to
the HACR Research Institute and a recent report published by the Alliance for Board Diversity, Hispanics account for only 144 of 5,516 board seats on Fortune 500 companies.
together sponsors Sodexo and Bank of America along
“Insider Game 2 reinforces why Hispanic inclusion on
League as collaborating partners. The group demonstrated
value,” Orta said.
with Hispanic Executive magazine and the Chicago Urban
Keith Wagenknecht, senior vice president of Global Human Resources, Bank of America
corporate boards and in the C-suite is good for shareholder
(Left to right) Lou Nieto, Board director, AutoZone & Ryder, Leslie Sanchez, Producer, Insider Game 2, Ana Dutra, CEO, Mandala Global Advisors, Gloria Castillo, Carlos Orta, president & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and George Herrera, Board director, Wyndham Worldwide
James Williams, director, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, The University of Chicago Medicine
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results CEO Sessions CEO Sessions provide an opportunity for senior leaders to attend a peer level discussion of topics related to maintaining a positive corporate culture and driving business growth through diversity and inclusion. Chicago United serves as a thought
partner bringing to light issues senior leaders should consider in order to cultivate multiracial leadership in their business.
and Inclusion Advisory Board that advises on action steps
events that bring together local CEOs who are governed by
that Sodexo not only links manager bonuses to a diversity
The Chicago United CEO Roundtables are invitation only a board of directors. Roundtable participants come together
to experience presentations by national corporate leaders who exhibit leading diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices.
The CEO Roundtable Series provides rare and valuable opportunities to engage in confidential peer dialogue
focused on building diverse and inclusive leadership and a
to expand the company’s D&I commitment. Chavel added
scorecard, they also include a diversity competency in the performance management process which drives behavior change and commitment to diversity. November 19, 2013
Changing Color of Leadership Conference
diverse board of directors, thereby providing strong evidence
of the importance that Chicago’s business leaders place on maximizing the benefits of culture in business. April 18, 2014
Host: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
(Left to right) Anne R. Pramaggoire, president and CEO, ComEd, An Exelon Company, Don Thompson, president and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation, and Gloria Castillo
A special CEO roundtable was moderated by Presenting
Sponsor Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd, with the 2013 Bridge Award Recipient Don Thompson, president and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation. Thompson Attendees included (left to right) Jeff Paulson, Michael E. Eesley, Dr. Rohini Anand, Dean Harrison, Gloria Castillo, George Chavel, Valerie Van Meter, Gordon Werkema, Michael Norris, and Keith Wagenknecht.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted a conversation with George Chavel, president
and CEO of Sodexo North America. Chavel shared his George Chavel
company’s ongoing efforts to enhance its value proposition
through diversity. A provider of integrated food and facilities
management services, Sodexo has an external Diversity
discussed incorporating diversity and inclusion as a part
of the McDonald’s business model. Thompson’s comments
focused on unfreezing the pipeline to senior management, he stated, “people at a base level must see themselves
rising, or you won’t get their best productivity.” Thompson believes in leveraging differences to achieve greater customer satisfaction.
CEO Council Strategy Sessions
The Strategy Sessions are exclusive to Chicago United CEO
May 22, 2013
interactive discussions of shared values among peers.
Chicago United CEO members participated in a private and
Council members and are intended to be private, highly
Host: BMO Financial Group
intimate reception with Dr. Mahzarin Banaji. CEO members got the opportunity to talk with Dr. Banaji one-on-one and
ask questions related to her research and most recent book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.
Chicago United CEO Council members mix with Mahzarin Banaji
February 21, 2013
Host: BMO Financial Group
Haven Cockerham, president and CEO of Cockerham & Associates, LLC, guided Chicago United CEO Council members
in examining the state of diversity as reported in the Chicago United Corporate Diversity Profile with a focus on how leadership impacts the culture of inclusion. The discussion
included how diversity officers can leverage the toolkit to advance the member company’s current strategies.
(Left to right) Former U.S. Country Head for BMO Financial Group Ellen Costello, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, and Gloria Castillo
Diversity Officer Roundtables The Diversity Officer Roundtables bring diversity
Impacting Organizational Change: Lessons From the Field
together to engage in peer to peer dialogue about current
Host: Bank of America
practitioners from Chicago United member corporations challenges and leading practices in diversity and inclusion
strategy and implementation. Members gain knowledge across organizations and develop tactics to be applied in their own environments.
Corporate Diversity Profile Toolkit
September 25, 2013
Warren Smith, Midwest Region talent leader, America’s People Team, EY, and Valerie Van Meter, SVP and chief diversity officer, Federal Reserve of Chicago, led a roundtable discussion on their practical experience using the Corporate Diversity Profile toolkit.
February 20, 2013
The Toolkit includes important questions and scorecards
Charmon Parker Williams, president and CEO of the Parker
do to improve in areas critical to diversity and inclusion
Host: Bank of America
Williams Group, introduced Chicago United’s online toolkit
and the Corporate Diversity Profile to member diversity officers. During the roundtable discussion Parker Williams
demonstrated how to use the toolkit and how it can be implemented as a benchmarking system, assessing six
that help leaders determine what their organizations can
advancement, such as recruitment, succession planning, performance management, and more. The Profile was
developed with the guidance and contributions of EY and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
talent management areas.
2013 Year In Review – Intentional Inclusion Drives Results Leaders Council Meetings The Leaders Council Meetings showcase short transformative
Group Identities Impacting Organizational Culture
The programs offer members an opportunity to deepen
Host: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
talks with experts in order to advance diversity and inclusion. relationships and expand their toolkit of leading inclusion strategies.
Corporate Diversity Profile Toolkit February 14, 2013 Host: PwC
June 19, 2013
Leaders’ Council members discussed strategies to address
unconscious bias based on presentations by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clark Cabot professor of social Ethics at
Harvard University. Dr. Banaji explored how biases influence selection, promotion, and, ultimately, retention of talent.
Charmon Parker Williams, president and CEO of the Parker
Leaders Council members examined the complex concept of
toolkit and the Corporate Diversity Profile to Leaders
Blind Spot: Hidden Biased of good People. Leaders’ Council
Williams Group, introduced Chicago United’s online Council members. During the discussion Parker Williams
demonstrated how to use the toolkit and how it can be implemented as a benchmarking system, assessing six talent management areas.
group identity acknowledged by Dr. Banaji in her new book, members were led in a facilitated dialogue to examine the
implications group identity had on their own organizations. Through the discussion, Chicago United members continued to sharpen their advocacy around inclusion and how privileged identify can affect organizational decisions.
Boardlink BoardLink provides the business community a unique leader-
ship development tool that allows emerging leaders of color access to opportunities to develop skills that will expand
they will further impact diverse communities as they recommend and nominate colleagues for new board positions.
their managerial experience and build business networks. BoardLink also enables leading nonprofit organizations to
more easily engage Chicago’s leaders of color in places where
tion. There is currently no similar referral source available to the
I hope you are doing well. Just wanted to follow up and let you know that your advice on using Chicago United’s BoardLink has paid off! In 2013, Reading in Motion recruited two new board members through BoardLink: Corey Lewis and Omar Diaz. Each of them have been great additions to our board, contributing diverse expertise, extending our exposure into new industries and expanding RIM’s reach and visibility through their networks in the Chicagoland business community.
the tool. In fact, one nonprofit recently drafted a note of thanks
BoardLink is a phenomenal resource! Thanks again!
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
nonprofit 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 connec-
city’s nonprofit sector. Many organizations are regular users of to Chicago United for providing this invaluable source.
BoardLink has been responsible for the placement of 46 multi-
That’s 46 individuals who are increasing their leadership skills,
Vice Chair-Board Nominating Reading in Motion
racial professionals to nonprofit boards of directors in Chicago. broadening their networks, and moving into positions where
Leaders Council Pipeline Mentoring Sessions Chicago United and The Chicago Scholars Foundation produced a series of mentoring sessions to introduce
Chicago Scholars to members of Chicago United’s Leaders Council. The Leaders Council members serve as role models
to provide valuable counsel to Scholars - junior- and senioryear college students and the next generation of Chicago’s workforce, by identifying essential knowledge and skills they will need for various industry segments and professions.
The goal of the career mentoring sessions is to produce valuable interactions between aspiring students and seasoned professionals to create a smoother transition from college to career for students.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Greeley and Hansen
hosted two summer speed mentoring sessions in 2013. The sessions were arranged through a partnership between
Chicago United would like to thank our hosts and mentors who make this unique learning experience possible. June 27, 2013
Host: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Mentors:
Paula Brown, Manager, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Employment Liaison, Rush University Medical Center
Julie Hansen, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, AbbVie Tim Garrity, Executive Vice President, MZI Group Inc.
Maribel Mata Benedict, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Darryl Tom, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer July 25, 2013
Host: Greeley and Hansen
Chicago Scholars and Chicago United to give students
successful business leaders serving on the Chicago United
Archana Kuchimanchi, Civil Engineer, Greeley & Hansen
the unique opportunity to receive practical advice from Leaders Council, as well as to hear about personal career strategies and roads to success.
Nathan Hughes, Mechanical Engineer, Greeley & Hansen Janine Landow-Esser, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Patrick Scotto di Luzio, VP and Managing Director, US Strategy, BMO Financial Group
The Chicago United Team
Chicago Scholars experience Speed Mentoring with Chicago United Leaders Council members at Greeley and Hansen
Volunteer mentors provided valuable guidance to the next generation of Chicago’s workforce. Assisting college students to identify and prepare for career opportunities
promotes multiracial leadership development and ensures that Chicago remains competitive in the global economy for years to come.
Chicago United Team Holiday Lunch: (Front left to right) Carrie Osslund, executive assistant and accounting administrator, Gloria Castillo president & CEO, Teresa Sarna, director of member engagement, Salvador Bayron, manager of program data and analytics, (Back left to right) Ana R. Souchet, office operations administrator, David Rudd, vice president, Weber Shandwick, and Kimberly Casey, manager of member programs
Leaders Awards 2013 Ambassador James S. Williams Jr., Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, The University of Chicago Medicine 2013 Benefactor Kevin B. Brookins, SVP, Strategy & Administration, ComEd, An Exelon Company 2013 Program Champion Sheila M. Oâ€™Grady, Consultant, Spencer Stuart 2013 Visionary Pat Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Vice President-Community Engagement, McDonaldâ€™s Corporation 2013 Ambassador Honorable Recognition Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau, CEO & President Transportation & Infrastructure, Primera Engineers, Ltd. Hugo Chaviano, Senior Partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Lester Coney, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, Mesirow Financial Pedro DeJesus, Jr., Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Tampico Beverages, Inc. Melissa B. Donaldson, Director, Diversity Networks & Communication, Walgreen Co. Lancert A. Foster, Vice President, RGMA Julie M. Hansen, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Human Resources , AbbVie Valerie King, Director of Marketing, Holland Capital Management LLC Kim Lee, Vice President of Legal and Compliance, Northstar Lottery Group Jeanne Mason, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, Baxter International Inc. Maribel Mata Benedict, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Rick Shapren, Director, Human Resources - Central Region, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Terri Woods, Director of Human Resources, Greeley & Hansen LLC Jackie S. Woodward, Vice President, Marketing Connections , MillerCoors Ted Yi, Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Office, Quarles & Brady LLP 2013 Benefactor Honorable Recognition Valerie Corr Hanserd, Director, Government and Public Affairs, BP America Inc. Maria C. Lin, Director, Human Resources, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare La Rue Martin, Community Services Manager, UPS Leslie D. Minier, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP William Sharp, Vice President Corporate Community Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
2013 Program Champion Recognition Robert Aguilar, Chief Operating Officer, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Lenny D. Asaro, Managing Member, Neal & Leroy, LLC Katéy Assem, Executive Director, Chicago State University Foundation Deborah Baldwin, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director - Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Jeanna D. Bridges, U.S. Head, Diversity & Inclusion, BMO Financial Group Carolynn Brooks, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, OfficeMax, Inc. Paula J. Brown, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion/Community Employment Liaison, Rush University Medical Center Derrick E. Buckingham, Vice President, The Hollins Group Inc. Michael J. Cabrera, President, UBM Facility Services Inc. Willie E. Carrington, Principal, Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Carla S. Carstens, Director and Diversity Chairman, Financial Executives International Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Market Manager, Bank of America Lawrena Colombo, Partner, PwC LLP Anne Edmunds, Metro Market Regional Director, Manpower Timothy Garrity, Executive Vice President, MZI Group, Inc. Shelly Green, Senior Director, Talent Management & Diversity, USG Corporation Heather J. Haberaecker, Executive Assistant Vice President for Business & Finance, University of Illinois at Chicago Ted Hawkins, Partner Advisory, PwC LLP Debra Jennings-Johnson, Director, Supplier Diversity, BP America Inc. Janine Landow-Esser, Partner and Co-Chair of the National Diversity Committee, Quarles & Brady LLP Avis LaVelle, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Northstar Lottery Group Fawn Lopez, Vice President/Publisher, Crain’s Communication/Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician Dennis Montgomery, President, COR Consulting Group Dawn Nash Pfeiffer, Chief Marketing Officer, SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC) Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer, Divisional Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreen Co. Hilda S. Renteria, Partner, Prado & Renteria CPA’s, Prof. Corp Lisa A. Rowe, Senior Vice President, Aon Corporation Andrea Schwartz, VP, Media Relations & Cause Marketing for Macy’s North and Midwest Regions, Macy’s Charles W. Thurman, Vice President, Employee Trust and Assistant Treasurer, Baxter International Inc. Darryl Tom, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. 2013 Visionary Honorable Recognition Kathy Ford, Partner, EY Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Vice President Public Affairs and Government Relations, Northern Trust David C. Rudd, Vice President, Weber Shandwick Patrick R. Scotto di Luzio, Head, Personal Segment Management, BMO Harris Bank Fred H. Siegman, President, Siegman Consulting Services Warren Smith, Midwest Region Talent Leader, EY Valerie J. Van Meter, Sr. Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
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Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp.
Primera Engineers, LTD.
Access Community Health Network
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
Advocate Health Care
Greeley and Hansen
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Quarles & Brady LLP
Holland Capital Management LLC
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
Bank of America
The Hollins Group Inc.
Baxter International Inc.
Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC
Rush University Medical Center
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC)
Laner Muchin, Ltd
Sidley Austin LLP
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
UBM Facility Services Inc.
The University of Chicago /University of Chicago Medicine
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