Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity November 18, 2014, Hilton Chicago
2014 STEER I NG COMMITTE E Chicago United Board of Directors Chairman and Presenting Sponsor: Mark F. Furlong Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank Steering Committee: Gregory C. Case President and CEO Aon Rick Fezell Vice Chairman, Central Region Managing Partner Ernst & Young LLP Patricia Hemingway Hall President and CEO Health Care Service Corporation
Brett J. Hart Executive Vice President and General Counsel United Airlines
John W. Rogers, Jr. Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer Ariel Investments
Andrew J. McKenna Chairman McDonaldâ€™s Corporation Chairman Schwarz Supply Source
Jim H. Skogsbergh President and CEO Advocate Health Care
Anne R. Pramaggiore President and CEO ComEd, An Exelon Company Richard S. Price Chairman and CEO Mesirow Financial Beth Reese President, Nicor Gas and Senior Vice President AGL Resources
Scott C. Swanson President, Illinois PNC Bank Frederick H. Waddell Chairman and CEO Northern Trust Corporation Gregory D. Wasson President and CEO Walgreen Co.
2014- 20 15 C H ICAGO U N ITE D B OAR D O F DI R E CTO RS Officers:
Chairman Mark F. Furlong Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank
George Burciaga Chief Executive Officer elevate DIGITAL
Vice Chairman Gordon Werkema First Vice President and COO Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Treasurer Robert L. Aguilar Chief Operating Officer Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Secretary Kevin B. Brookins Senior Vice President, Strategy and Administration ComEd, An Exelon Company Immediate Past Chair Patricia Hemingway Hall President and CEO Health Care Service Corporation
John W. Daniels, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Quarles & Brady LLP Stan Deans President, Central Region UPS Michael F. DeSantiago CEO and President, Energy and Built Environment Primera Engineers, LTD. Kathy Ford Partner Ernst & Young LLP Albert R. Grace, Jr. President Loop Capital
Kip Kelley Regional Managing Director and Executive Vice President Aon Risk Services Central, Inc. Aon John C. Robak President and Chief Operating Officer Greeley and Hansen Bill Santulli Executive Vice President and COO Advocate Health Care Monica Walker CEO and Chief Investment Officer Holland Capital Management LLC
Welcome to the Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
Dear colleagues: Thank you for joining us for the Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. Your participation – and our conversations and work together here today – matter. Chicago United holds a special place in our city’s history. It has displayed extraordinary leadership in giving voice to the importance of keeping our business community and our work forces open to all, and a place where people of color can thrive. I know all our companies are better today because of our membership in Chicago United. Tonight, we celebrate excellence! Congratulations to our National Bridge Award recipient Jonas Prising, chief executive officer of ManpowerGroup, and to our Chicago Bridge Award recipient Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc. These are two business leaders who have solid achievements in creating dynamically diverse workplaces. And they seem tireless in always challenging themselves to do more. We celebrate their determination, and accomplishments. I know you’ll enjoy the program and make great connections here to help you do everything you can to promote the talent pipelines for people of color in executive level management and in corporate governance roles. Please also join me in thanking Gloria Castillo and her team for the meaningful agenda they drive through Chicago United. This work is essential to making all our workplaces better and to keeping our city vital. Sincerely,
Mark Furlong Board Chair, Chicago United Chief Executive Officer, BMO Harris Bank (Diamond Status/Five Forward Program)
Advocates for Change:
Corporate Citizens for Change:
Leaders for Change:
Acknowledgements Dear Conference Participants, It is with tremendous pride and appreciation that we present this Conference and Dinner, which is made possible through the support of Chicago United members and others of Chicago’s leading businesses, and the assistance of many friends. Foremost, I would like to express tremendous gratitude to presenting sponsor Mark Furlong, CEO, BMO Harris Bank, and chairman, Chicago United Board of Directors, and all its members, for their unwavering support. Many thanks to the Chicago United 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. Very special thanks to Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and CEO, Baxter International Inc., and Jonas Prising, CEO, ManpowerGroup, our Bridge Awards honorees; Michele J. Hooper, president and CEO, The Director’s Council, for sharing her insights at today’s Diversity Leadership Luncheon; Ernst & Young for making possible the research to illustrate the presence of diversity in the executive ranks of leading organizations and for presenting it at this conference along with the full body of work that is the Corporate Diversity Profile; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for their contributions of the research on trends that are forecasted to impact the ability to reach parity in the executive ranks; and all the transformational leaders participating in today’s CID Talks. Chicago United appreciates extraordinary partnerships with corporations, foundations, and institutions across the region. We value the partnership with ABC7 who has lent the talents of Ravi Baichwal and Terrell Brown. We also value the advertising support of Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune Media Group, and Women’s Business Development Center. We are delighted by the Chicago Sinfonietta who performs during our Bridge Awards Dinner each year. We extend a very special thanks to Bill Santulli and Advocate Health Care for donating printed materials in support of 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. The team at Weber Shandwick 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 Corporate Diversity Profile. 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 of this Chicago United 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 Suvada Software. Finally, to the mighty team at Chicago United, I can only begin to express my personal appreciation to Sal Bayron, Kim Casey, Carrie Osslund, Teresa Sarna, Ana Souchet, and special assignment contributor Anthony Dunbar. To all who made this conference a success, thank you! Sincerely,
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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. P RO GR A MS AN D PRO DUCTS CHICAGO UNITED MEMBERS’ SERIES | Driving Culture Change • Transformative Inclusion Member Forums • Chicago United Leadership Summit • CEO Council Meetings • Diversity Officer Roundtables • Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions • Leaders Council Meetings FIVE FORWARD | Invigorating the Local Economy CORPORATE DIVERSITY PROFILE | Benchmarking Progress BUSINESS LEADERS OF COLOR | Identifying Talent BOARDLINK | Linking Corporate and Civic Leaders CHICAGO UNITED LEADERS CONFERENCE | Supporting Change CHICAGO UNITED BRIDGE AWARDS | Recognizing Champions Please visit www.chicago-united.org for more information.
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Schedule of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Benefactors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Conference Speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 2014 Bridge Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Partners in the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Bridge Award Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 2014 National Bridge Award Recipient. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 2014 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 About Chicago United. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Schedule of Events
SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE MIX
Follow the Conversation: @ChgoUnited / #CULeadership Ravi Baichwal, ABC 7
@BaichwalABC7 / @ABC7Chicago
Terrell Brown, ABC 7
@TBrownABC7 / @ABC7Chicago
Louis Carr, BET Networks
@LouisCarrTv / @BETNETWORKS @glocastillo3 / @ChgoUnited
Gloria Castillo, Chicago United Martin R. Castro, Castro Synergies, LLC
@chi_sinfonietta @TeresaLCordova / @UICGCI
Teresa Córdova, Great Cities Institute, UIC
Rick Fezell, Ernst & Young LLP Mark F. Furlong, BMO Harris Bank
Darrel Hackett, BMO Private Bank
Patricia Hemingway Hall, Health Care Service Corporation
@HCSC / @BCBSIL
Michele J. Hooper, The Directors’ Council Connie Lindsey, Northern Trust
@directorscouncil.com @connieleads / @NorthernTrust
Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Baxter International Inc. Ulice Payne, Jr., Addison-Clifton LLC
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Government
Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Pat Quinn, State of Illinois
Beth Reese, Nicor Gas
Warren Smith, Ernst & Young LLP
Caroline Tsai, BMO Financial Group
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Schedule of Events 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Diversity Leadership Luncheon
International Ballroom Foyer International Ballroom
The Diversity Leadership Luncheon will explore the roles diversity and inclusion play in driving innovation, competitive advantage, and business objectives. Successful managers must skillfully oversee diverse teams, execute on project objectives, and meet organizational goals. Their influence and value as leaders are exponentially increased as they set strategic visions that inspire others and create cultures of excellence and inclusion. Gain insights on analyzing and diagnosing diversity and inclusion issues to lead and support strategic, long term, and sustainable inclusion in your organization. Diversity Leadership Lunch Keynote Speaker Michele J. Hooper President and CEO The Directors’ Council
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Presented by
The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile
Chicago United’s nationally recognized Corporate Diversity Profile (CDP) is a biennial study that measures racial diversity specifically in leadership ranks of large corporations, on corporate boards, and in executive-level management. It is one of the leading benchmarks for corporations to measure their progress in this area. The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile was developed under the guidance and in-kind support of Warren Smith, Central Region Talent Leader, Ernst & Young LLP, and the EY research team. Demographic and statistical data were captured on the presence of racial diversity on the boards and in the executive ranks of the top 50 Chicago companies. Smith also served as committee chair of the Corporate Diversity Profile Task Force.
Warren Smith Central Region Talent Leader Ernst & Young LLP
EY executives will present the results of the study outlining the link between organizational culture and business outcomes, how organizations create their own cultures, and how to conduct a cultural audit to identify your organization’s culture.
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Schedule of Events 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
CID Talks was launched in 2013 to present thought-provoking and innovative ideas from transformational leaders. Chicago United has assembled a diverse group of leaders from the boardroom to C-suite, as well as leading entrepreneurs, to provide you with their perspectives on culture, inclusion, and diversity. The format is designed to motivate and inspire others to look at their own personal and professional journeys to help create a systemic flow of “big ideas.” Presenters will share with you what inspired them to challenge their own leadership capacity on subjects such as surviving corporate acquisitions, minority entrepreneurs doing business in a global economy, and effective influence. Teresa Cordova, Ph.D. Director Great Cities Institute University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderator Caroline Tsai SVP, Chief Legal Officer, U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group BMO Financial Group
Louis Carr President, Media Sales BET Networks
Connie Lindsey Executive Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Northern Trust
Martin R. Castro President and CEO Castro Synergies, LLC
Ulice Payne, Jr. Managing Member Addison-Clifton LLC
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Schedule of Events
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Pre-Dinner Reception 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Bridge Awards Dinner
2014 National Bridge Award Recipient Jonas Prising Chief Executive Officer ManpowerGroup
2014 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Baxter International Inc.
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Grand Ballroom International Ballroom
The Chicago United 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner PRESENTED BY
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Dedication. Determination. Leadership. BMO Harris Bank is proud to sponsor the Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
BMO Harris BankÂŽ and BMO HarrisÂŽ are trade names used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC
A strong culture of diversity and inclusion is
key to bringing the best of BMO Harris Bank to our customers, our communities, and our employees. We are made stronger by our
ability to build teams that represent the values, priorities, and voices of our customers. I’m
proud of our commitments, of our track record, and especially of our determination to always challenge ourselves to do more.” Mark Furlong CEO
BMO Harris Bank
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The Chicago United 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner M E D I A PA R T N E R
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CH I C AGO
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
© 2014 WLS-TV, Inc.
We at ABC 7 attribute our success to diversity
being at the forefront of what we do and who we are. We know the best way to serve our
viewing audience is by reflecting the many wonderful communities in Chicago.” John Idler
President & General Manager ABC7 Chicago
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The Chicago United 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
Advocate Health Care Baxter International Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/Health Care Service Corporation
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Advocate Health Care is proud to support Chicago Unitedâ€™s 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Childrenâ€™s Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Advocate Eureka Hospital
Advocate Medical Group
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Physician Partners
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate at Home
Fundamental to serving our mission are the people of Advocate Health Care. We embrace
diversity and inclusion by inspiring engagement, fostering innovation and enriching the lives
of all physicians and associates. Advocate proudly celebrates and respects our diversity
and we value each individual’s contribution to our healing ministry.” Jim Skogsbergh
President and CEO
Advocate Health Care
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D o i n g
W o r k
T h a t
M a t t e r s .
Our employees are united in a quest to save and sustain lives by constantly advancing healthcare therapy and technology. We are driven by a passion for innovation and unwavering commitment to improve our communities through volunteering, mentoring, educating, giving and creating. Baxter b e l i e v e s t h a t a n i n c l u s i v e c u l t u re a n d d i v e r s e workforce fosters success and the sustainability of the company by inspiring innovation and engaging our employees, customers, community partners.
Baxter proudly supports Chicago United.
We are cultivating an inclusive and diverse
workplace where differing ideas, backgrounds,
experiences and perspectives are welcomed, respected, and valued. We believe that an
inclusionary environment nurtures innovation, and
customers, suppliers and community partners. At Baxter, we are in the business of saving and
sustaining lives worldwide. Global inclusion is not just good business practice. It enhances
Baxter’s ability to develop new life-saving technologies today and for years to come.” Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Baxter International Inc.
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Being a quality leader starts with celebrating equality. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to support the 11th Annual 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 benefits 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
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In the new marketplace, we recognize that
a culturally diverse outlook enables us to better serve customers, connect with
local communities, partner with business
stakeholders and engage our employees. However, diversity isn’t just a smart business decision; it’s the right thing to do.” Patricia Hemingway Hall President and CEO
Health Care Service Corporation
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The Chicago United 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner A D V O C AT E S F O R C H A N G E
Abbott Aon ComEd Crain’s Chicago Business Ernst & Young LLP Greeley and Hansen Hyatt Hotel Corporation ITW ManpowerGroup McDonald’s Corporation Northern Trust PNC Bank United Airlines Walgreens Winston & Strawn LLP
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Fostering an inclusive workplace is essential for Abbott’s success. We count on having a
variety of perspectives to drive the innovation we need to bring our science, and our company, to a higher level.” Miles D. White
President and CEO Abbott
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We believe in the commitments that
Aon is pleased to support Chicago United in its mission to promote multiracial leadership in business and advance economic opportunity for all. At Aon, we believe that who you are and what you believe in contribute to the richness of your knowledge, ideas and experience. These characteristics enrich and aid in forming an open, collaborative and inclusive environment. Take pride in who you are and where you work. Visit aon.com to learn more about how Aon empowers economic and human possibility for all.
Risk. Reinsurance. Human Resources.
Diversity and inclusion are a part of Aon’s
DNA – they are essential to our sustainability
and success. Our ability to deliver distinctive client value depends upon the innovation and capability that is generated from the richness
of our diverse talent. We know diversity helps us empower economic and human possibility – for all.”
President and CEO Aon
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LET’S HARNESS THE POWER OF OUR DIFFERENCES. Diversity is the foundation of any strong organization. As such, ComEd is proud to lend our support to programs that bring people together in the spirit of the community. ComEd is very proud to support Chicago United. Best wishes for a wonderful event!
www.ComEd.com | 1-800-EDISON-1
© 2013 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 developing 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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Chicago United has been an invaluable resource
in terms of keeping diversity issues front and center with Crain’s. Both our coverage and our
relationships within the minority business community have benefitted immeasurably as a result of our involvement.” David Snyder Publisher
Crain’s Chicago Business
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To be inclusive, you’ve got to really listen. We’re all ears.
We heard what you’re doing, and we see where you’re going. At EY we applaud Chicago United because we believe embracing diversity and inclusiveness makes all the difference in building a better future. Visit ey.com.
Diversity and inclusiveness are cultural—and commercial—imperatives that help differentiate EY in today’s global marketplace. Our clients
come to us with incredibly complex challenges. We address them in a distinctive manner by bringing together our teams’ many different
skills and perspectives to transform individual talents into collectively powerful solutions.”
Stephen R. Howe Jr. Reflecting on EY’s No. 3 ranking among DiversityInc’s 2014 Top Companies for Diversity EY Americas Managing Partner
U.S. Firm Managing Parther and
Member, EY Global Executive Board
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At Greeley and Hansen, we know that staff diversity is a valuable business asset that
drives innovation and creativity to provide our clients with sustainable solutions to meet
the needs of the communities they serve. As
a global environmental engineering firm, we’re committed to cultivating a truly diverse and inclusive workplace where people of all
backgrounds, cultures, skills and experiences work together to support and inspire one another to achieve their very best.” John C. Robak
President and Chief Operating Officer Greeley and Hansen
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ITW is proud to support Chicago Unitedâ€™s 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Weâ€™re changing the world one idea at a time.
Respecting differences and valuing the ideas of all our employees is not just the right
thing to do, it helps us drive innovation… a critical element of ITW’s differentiated
business model. Our large employee base is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity and we welcome the unique perspectives they bring to our organization. We also strive to foster an inclusive culture, which enhances customer
relationships and strengthens our ties to the
local and global communities where we do business.”
E. Scott Santi
President & CEO ITW
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ON FURTHERING POTENTIAL
ARE HUMANLY POSSIBLE
At ManpowerGroup,® we connect the ambitions of business to the potential of people for mutual success. We thank Chicago United for your commitment to leadership and diversity in Chicago. We’re proud to support the Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. Through our shared advocacy for diversity in business, we promote opportunity and growth in our communities. And together, we’ll get further.
manpowergroup.com © 2014 ManpowerGroup.All rights reserved.
At ManpowerGroup, people are the core of
our values, brand and business. We embrace
diversity as an essential business strategy. Through a commitment to inclusive business
practices, we create an environment that gives everyone the opportunity to achieve more than they imagined.” Jonas Prising CEO
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McDonald’s is proud to recognize ®
and support leaders advancing a culture of inclusion. The Golden Arches shine more brightly because of our diverse leadership and the work they do to inspire change.
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At McDonald’s, diversity and inclusion is everybody’s business. From the board room
to the crew room, we are all accountable to grow our business profitably. We embrace all the dimensions of diversity and leverage the differences that make us strong as we strive to meet the needs of our 69 million customers every day.”
President & CEO
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Empowering communities is always a worthwhile investment.
A culture of caring and a commitment to investing in the communities in which we live has been a part of Northern Trust for 125 years. In that enduring spirit, we are proud to support The Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. For more information, visit northerntrust.com.
Wealth & Investment Management | Trust & Estate Services Private Banking | Family Office Services
Hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and
fostering an inclusive environment are top
priorities at Northern Trust. The diversity of our workforce and our commitment to inclusion
brings out the best in our employees and enables us to provide consistent and innovative service to our clients around the globe.” Frederick H. Waddell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northern Trust 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 the Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
©2014 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.” Scott C. Swanson
Regional President of Illinois Banking PNC Financial Services, Inc.
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ÂŠ 2014 United Airlines, Inc. All rights reserved.
Proud to support Chicago United.
We at United support the rich diversity
of ideas, experiences and cultures of our
employees, customers and business partners.
By working together with dignity and respect, United creates an inclusive work environment, where all our employees can contribute to and participate in our success.” Jeffery A. Smisek
Chairman of the Board,
President and Chief Executive Officer United Airlines
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NICE WORK Thanks for helping make Chicagoâ€™s business community even more vibrant and diverse We congratulate this yearâ€™s award recipients, Jonas Prising and Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.
As Walgreens takes on an historic new role
as part of a global organization, it is more important than ever that we continue
embracing and promoting diversity and
inclusion, both internally and externally.
Helping people the world over to get, stay, and live well requires an understanding and an appreciation of the diversity of our
team members and the communities and individuals we serve—here and around the globe.”
Gregory D. Wasson President and CEO Walgreen Co.
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Winston & Strawn is proud to support Chicago United and its 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at
Winston & Strawn. Ours is a global practice that, we believe, should reflect the diverse world that we serve. To us, diversity involves
a commitment to understand, confront, and seek out differences. We are convinced that
a sense of inclusiveness adds depth to our lives, informs our work within the firm and
with clients, and allows us to become more
engaged as citizens of the larger community. In sum, everyone benefits from a culture that recognizes and respects an inclusive workforce.â€?
Firmwide Managing Partner Winston & Strawn LLP
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The Chicago United 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner 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
Allstate Insurance Company BP America Inc. Cushman & Wakefield GCM Grosvenor Kraft McKinsey & Company Nicor Gas The PrivateBank Sodexo UPS
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PUTS US ALL IN GOODreality. HANDS.
Allstate is proud to support Chicago United. Â© 2014 Allstate Insurance Co.
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 2014 Bridge Award winners. We salute your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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PROUD Nicor Gas is proud to support Chicago Unitedâ€™s work to enrich the economic fabric of our region by building sustainable diversity in business leadership.
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The PrivateBank is proud to support
Chicago United and congratulates the
2014 Bridge Awards recipients
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Engaged employees drive business success. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re committed to creating an environment where each employee contributes to his or her full potential. By fostering a culture based on mutual respect and inclusion, we make every day a better day at Sodexo.
The Chicago United 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner LEADERS FOR CHANGE Accenture American Medical Association Ariel Investments Associated Bank Bryan Cave LLP Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Cambium, LLC Cano Container Cargill, Inc. Chicago Botanic Garden Chicago Sinfonietta Chicago Tribune Media Group Deloitte LLP DeVry Education Group elevate DIGITAL Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago GE Golin Holland Capital Management LLC Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Loop Capital Macy’s Mesirow Financial MZI Group, Inc. Northwestern Medicine Primera Engineers, Ltd. PwC LLP Quarles & Brady LLP Robert R. McCormick Foundation Rush University Medical Center Schiff Hardin LLP University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) University of Chicago Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago U.S. Bank USG Corporation Weber Shandwick – 71 –
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Dedicated to improving the health of our nation.
FOR ALL. The American Medical Association is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of Chicago United’s efforts to help create a more inclusive environment for all. We are unwavering in our commitment to ensuring access to high-quality health care for America’s patients—from across all of our many diverse populations and in every community. ahealthiernation.org
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After three decades of patient investing, we’re off to a fine start.
To learn more, call 800.292.7435 or visit arielinvestments.com.
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Associated Bank is proud to support Chicago United’s Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
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Congratulations to Chicago United on the success of their 2014 Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
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Congratulations Chicago United on your Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. On behalf of Cano Container Corporation and all of our employees we would like to wish you a continued success in sustaining a growing multiracial leadership.
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Cargill sees inclusion and diversity as a key value to helping our employees and communities thrive. We thank Chicago United for its efforts to promote multiracial leadership in business and the benefits of diversity and inclusion, which creates a stronger social and economic climate for all races.
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Congratulations to the 2014 Bridge Award Winners: Jonas Prising AND
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Proud to support Deloitte supports Chicago United and the work they do to support the business community.
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A Century of Service The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago values and encourages a diverse and inclusive work environment where employees are respected and given opportunities to perform to their fullest potential. We strive to be a high performing organization by leveraging the diverse backgrounds, experiences, styles, approaches and perspectives of our employees. The Chicago Fed’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment is embedded in our vision, core values, and Corporate Social Responsibility framework. We salute our valued partner, Chicago United, for its work promoting multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity.
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GE is proud to sponsor Chicago United’s Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner. Congratulations to all Bridge Awards Honorees and thank you for your leadership in developing a vibrant and diverse business community in Chicago.
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11th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Holland Capital Management LLC was established in 1991 and specializes in high quality, conservative growth equity investment management for institutional clients. Holland Capital was named the 2014 Financial Services Company of the Year by Black Enterprise magazine. We are proud to be a both a certified minority business enterprise and a female-owned investment management firm. Visit us online at www.hollandcap.com.
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Since our founding in 1937, Mesirow Financial has been proud to support the organizations and agencies that improve the lives of those around us. Mesirow Financial is inspired by the work of Chicago United to promote multiracial leadership in business in our city. We stand by Chicago United in the belief that intentional inclusion drives results. We congratulate the 2014 Bridge Award recipients Jonas Prising, CEO ManpowerGroup and Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Baxter International, Inc.
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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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UHC is proud to support Chicago United’s 11th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 46th Anniversary Gala. By working together to foster diversity and inclusion, we are creating patterns for success.
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Recognized as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, the University of Illinois at Chicago is training tomorrow’s leaders for change.
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Community Partnering for the community
U.S. Bank is proud to support the Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
At U.S. Bank, our success is directly related to the success and vitality of the communities we serve. And we believe strong communities help make a strong economy. That’s why we feel it’s important to partner with organizations like Chicago United to provide corporate leadership on issues of community importance. Because no company gains the same strength alone as it can with the help of others. We’re glad to have the opportunity to partner with them.
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USG Corporation is proud to sponsor The Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner and congratulates National Bridge Award Recipient: Jonas Prising Chief Executive Officer ManpowerGroup and Chicago Bridge Award Recipient: Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Baxter International Inc. for their advocacy for multiracial leadership in corporate governance and executive level management.
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Conference Speakers Ravi Baichwal
Weekend Anchor and Reporter ABC7 News Ravi Baichwal co-anchors the ABC7 Weekend News at 5 and 10 p.m. He also reports for ABC7’s newscasts. Baichwal joined ABC7 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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Anchor and Reporter ABC7 News Terrell Brown is the station’s newest general assignment reporter and contributing news anchor. Brown’s first day on the air was April 14th. Brown exited his role as a correspondent with CBS News in New York to accept his new job in Chicago. With CBS, Brown has previously served as news anchor for “Up to the Minute,” “CBS Morning News,” and as fill-in anchor for the weekend editions of CBS’ nighttime newscasts. He also served as a CBS News reporter, covering some of the most major stories of the last few years. Brown had been with CBS since June 2009. During his time with CBS, Brown was honored with an Emmy Award for his work covering the campaign trail for the 2010 elections in California. Prior to his time with CBS Television, Brown was an anchor/reporter for WWBT-TV in Richmond, VA from 2005-2009. There, he helped launch, produce, and anchor the Richmond market’s highest-rated Saturday morning newscast, “12 News Today Saturday.” Brown also worked as a reporter and substitute anchor for the station’s weekday morning show. Brown’s news reports on the crash of a private jet helped earn the station an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2009. This was all done while Brown was still a college student. Brown, a native of Chesterfield, VA, graduated with honors in 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University. While attending the institution, Brown served as executive producer and reporter of VCU’s Capital News Service, overseeing political broadcast content from the 2008 Virginia General Assembly. He has since been honored with the prestigious alumni award presented by VCU’s faculty. Television has long been in Terrell Brown’s blood. While just a student at Matoaca High School, located just south of Richmond, Brown started the high school’s television production program. That program still exists today.
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President, Media Sales BET Networks Louis Carr is a highly accomplished senior sales executive and president, media sales, at BET Networks. In this role, he is responsible for generating advertising revenue from brands seeking to increase their market share within the African American Consumer Market (AACM). As president of media sales for more than 15 years, he is responsible for having generated more advertising dollars targeted to the AACM than any other sales professional in the media industry at over $4.5 billion. Carr has been named one of the most influential and prominent African Americans in the media and marketing industry and is recognized as having hired more African American sales professionals than any other executive or company in the industry. With Mr. Carr’s innate talent to lead and guide, he is the only African American media executive who has served on all of the following industry boards: International Radio and Television Society, the Ad Council, the American Advertising Federation, and the Cable Advertising Bureau. In addition, he currently serves on the boards of Boys Hope Girls Hope and the United States Track and Field Foundation (USTFF). Over 10 years ago, Carr established the Louis Carr Internship Foundation to provide a platform for students of color to gain practical experience through paid internships. Since its inception, over 100 students have received internships and full-time opportunities in the marketing and media industries with companies such as CNN, Discovery Networks, McDonald’s Corporation, BET Networks, GlobalHue, Burrell, Uniworld and Walton Isaacson. Carr and his wife, Diane, are also dedicated African American artist art collectors and have amassed an extensive collection.
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Martin R. Castro
President and CEO Castro Synergies, LLC Marty Castro is the president and CEO of Castro Synergies, LLC, a provider of strategic consulting services to corporations, entrepreneurs and non- profit organizations seeking to have a positive social impact on diverse communities. He is also co-founder and member of the corporate Board of Directors of New Futuro, LLC, a purpose-driven company that equips Latino families with the knowledge, guidance and the professional social network they need to get Latino youth into college and beyond. In January 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Castro to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding commission, which informs the development of national civil rights policy and enhances enforcement of federal civil rights laws and submits reports, findings and recommendations to the President and Congress. In March 2011, President Obama elevated him to serve as chairperson of the USCCR, the agency’s first Latino and its eighth leader since the Commission’s formation. In December 2009, Castro was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to chair the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission is the State public body that arbitrates complaints of discrimination in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act. Castro was selected by Hispanic Business magazine in October, 2011, as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. In December of the same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Roosevelt University for his work in the area of social justice. Castro is currently a trustee and the past chair of the Board of the National Museum of Mexican Art, the only accredited Latino Museum in the United States. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Community Trust (the Trust) and is one of the founders of Nuestro Futuro, a Latino philanthropy initiative at the Trust. He also is chair of the Trust’s Fellowship Selection Committee, helping to select non-profit leaders to perform community- focused fellowships. He received his B.A. in political science from DePaul University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
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Teresa Córdova, Ph.D., Director Great Cities Institute University of Illinois at Chicago
Teresa Córdova is the director of UIC’s Great Cities Institute. She is also professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA). Dr. Córdova is a former elected official on the Bernalillo County (New Mexico) Board of Commissioners. While a County Commissioner, she served on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority; The Metropolitan Transportation Board; and was chairwoman of The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Government Commission. While commissioner, she brought needed infrastructure projects and improvements, economic development, amenities such as open space and parks, a medical clinic, youth facilities,and various services to her district. She also initiated several long range planning projects. Before her appointment as the third permanent Great Cities director, she was chairwoman and professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is founder and former director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning at UNM. She was a National Research Council Fellow and has received multiple recognitions for her role in developing a small business incubator and commercial kitchen. She has sat on numerous national and local boards and steering committees of community development corporations, planning organizations, policy groups, and campus committees. Professor Córdova is currently president of the Board of Directors of The Praxis Project, a national, nonprofit organization that provides research, technical assistance, and financial support to tackle issues impacting the well being of communities. Professor Córdova received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Michele J. Hooper
President and CEO The Directors’ Council Michele J. Hooper is president and CEO of The Directors’ Council which works with companies to enhance the effectiveness of their corporate governance including board composition. Ms. Hooper is an audit committee financial expert with significant experience leading audit committees of several major global companies, a highly regarded governance expert, and business leader. Ms. Hooper serves on the Boards of PPG Industries (chairwoman, Audit Committee), and UnitedHealth Group (chairwoman, Nominating and Governance). Ms. Hooper’s previously served on the Boards of AstraZeneca PLC (senior independent director and chairwoman, Audit Committee), Target Corporation (chairwoman, Audit Committee), and Warner Music Group (senior independent director and chairwoman, Audit Committee). She is a Board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD); president, NACD Chicago, commissioner on the 2004- 2014 NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions (BRC) on Governance and co-chair of the 2010 NACD BRC on Audit Committees. Ms. Hooper is also a Board member of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a public policy organization serving investors, public company auditors and capital markets, and is chairwoman of the CAQ Working Group focused on deterring and detecting financial reporting fraud. Previously, Ms. Hooper served as president and chief executive officer of Voyager Expanded Learning and of Stadtlander Drug Company, Inc. Prior to joining Stadtlander, Ms. Hooper was corporate vice president, Caremark International Inc., and president of the International Business Group, responsible for the expansion of Caremark into Europe, Canada, and Japan. Ms. Hooper is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Commercial Club, Executive Leadership Council, the Chicago Network, and the Committee of 200. She earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Executive Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Northern Trust Connie L. Lindsey is executive vice president and global head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is the first African American woman to achieve the title of executive vice president in the history of the firm. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm’s response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and the community. She reports to the chairman and CEO. Prior to becoming the head of CSR, Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business, serving public fund and nonprofit clients. Lindsey is the immediate past national Board president of Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million member organization. Ms. Lindsey joined the Girl Scouts Board in 2005 and was elected national Board president in 2008 for a three year term. She was re-elected to the role of national Board president at the 2011 convention for another three year term. Lindsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in finance, and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
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Ulice Payne, Jr.
Managing Member Addison-Clifton LLC Ulice Payne, Jr., is managing member of Addison Clifton, LLC, an advisor regarding global trade compliance solutions, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations. Prior to Addison-Clifton, he served as the managing partner of the headquarter office of the Foley & Lardner LLP law firm and chairman of the firm’s International Business Team, representing global and domestic companies in cross-border transactions. Payne is a member and past chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce – Wisconsin District Export Council, and co-chair of the China Business Council of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of ManpowerGroup (NYSE), Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE), and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (past chairman). Payne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School. He also studied in the Masters of Law program at the University of London, England from 1986 to 1988.
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Chief Legal Officer, U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking BMO Financial Group Caroline Tsai is chief legal officer and senior vice president, U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group. Caroline joined BMO Financial Group in January 2014. Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO) is a highly diversified financial services organization. With total assets of $582 billion as of April 30, 2014, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and solutions around the world. In the U.S., BMO Harris Bank serves personal and commercial customers throughout the Midwest, Arizona, and Florida. She is accountable to the U.S. general counsel for the overall strategic leadership and oversight for all legal matters relating to Personal & Commercial Banking (P&C) in the U.S. and contributing to the achievement of the business’ strategic vision. Tsai has 15 years of broad corporate transactional, regulatory, and risk management experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining BMO, Caroline was senior vice president and associate general counsel at Bank of America Corporation (BAC) where she took a leadership role in diversity and inclusion programs and employee engagement and development. On BAC’s Charlotte LEAD for Women Leadership Council, she led initiatives focused on providing women with leadership, advancement, and career broadening opportunities. Tsai received her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, with distinction. She is currently co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, an organization representing the interests of 40,000 constituents. She is recognized as R3-100 by Inside Counsel Magazine and mentors law students, law firm associates, and in-house counsel.
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2014 Bridge Awards
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Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner
Host Ravi Baichwal Weekend Anchor and Reporter ABC7 News
The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle President Cook County Board
Dinner Music Chicago Sinfonietta Darrel Hackett President BMO Private Bank
Rick Fezell Vice Chairman, Central Region Managing Partner Ernst & Young LLP
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Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner
Mark F. Furlong Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank Chairman Chicago United Board of Directors
Gloria Castillo President and CEO Chicago United
Patricia Hemingway Hall President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Service Corporation Immediate Past Chair Chicago United Board of Directors
2014 National Bridge Award Recipient Jonas Prising Chief Executive Officer ManpowerGroup
2014 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Baxter International Inc.
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Partners in the Arts
“The city’s most brazenly unconventional symphony orchestra is ever looking for ways to shake up the classical music experience in ways that demolish boundaries and bring in more diverse audiences. The program scored on both counts.” John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Sinfonietta opened its 27th 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 adventurous concert programmer” in 2012 and was recently dubbed “Chicago’s hippest orchestra” by the Chicago Tribune. The orchestra performs at Chicago’s Symphony Center and Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Now in her fourth season leading the Chicago Sinfonietta, music director Mei-Ann Chen continues to garner rave reviews and earn new fans everywhere she performs. 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. This program has become the model diversity and inclusion initiative for the classical music field. All of the musicians performing tonight are Project Inclusion musicians. The Chicago Sinfonietta has produced fifteen 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 19th the Sinfonietta will present its ninth Arts & Diversity Reception sponsored by Exelon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, PwC, Korn Ferry, Chicago United, and Macy’s, 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. – 124 –
Bridge Award Introduction
2 0 1 4 C H I C A G O U N I T E D B R I D G E AW A R D S 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, these awards bring visibility to those who have driven change and have inspired others to follow. Chicago United (CU) established the Bridge Award during its inaugural Changing Color of Leadership Conference in November of 2004. The Award celebrates the accomplishments of chief executive officers of publicly held corporations who have inspired and supported diversity on their board of directors. The Award also recognizes 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 is 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 Award 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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At ManpowerGroup, people are the core of our
values, brand and business. We embrace diversity
as an essential business strategy. Through a commitment to inclusive business practices, we
create an environment that gives everyone the
opportunity to achieve more than they imagined.â€? Jonas Prising
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2014 National Bridge Award Recipient Jonas Prising Chief Executive Officer ManpowerGroup Jonas Prising, a recognized expert on the labor market and world of work trends, was named ManpowerGroup chief executive officer (CEO) in May, 2014. He is responsible for leading all aspects of ManpowerGroup’s business in 80 countries and territories worldwide. Prior to being elected CEO, Prising served as ManpowerGroup president from 2012 to 2014, leading the company’s $12 billion operations in the Americas and Southern Europe, and overseeing the global Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions businesses. Before joining Manpower Group, Prising worked for Electrolux, a Swedish multinational brand. During his 10-year tenure with Electrolux, he held various international positions within the consumer goods and business-to-business divisions, including regional manager for Asia Pacific, managing director of Sales Companies in France and the United Kingdom, and finally head of Global Sales and Marketing for one of its business-tobusiness divisions. Prising is passionate about preparing the workforce of tomorrow. He is a former chairman of the board of directors of Junior Achievement (JA) USA, and currently serves on the board of both the USA organization and JA of Wisconsin Inc. In addition, he serves as a co-chair of Innovation in Milwaukee, an organization focused on supporting entrepreneurial leadership. Prising holds an MBA (equivalent) from the Stockholm School of Economics and has participated in executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD and Yale. He speaks five languages: English, French, German, Swedish and Italian and has lived in nine countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Prising and his family reside in the Milwaukee area.
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We are cultivating an inclusive and diverse
workplace where differing ideas, backgrounds,
experiences and perspectives are welcomed, respected, and valued. We believe that an
inclusionary environment nurtures innovation,
and creates trusted partnerships with customers,
suppliers and community partners. At Baxter, we are in the business of saving and sustaining
lives worldwide. Global inclusion is not just good business practice. It enhances Baxter’s ability to develop new life-saving technologies today and for years to come.”
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2014 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Baxter International Inc. Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., is chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter, having served in this capacity since April, 2004. Prior to joining Baxter, Mr. Parkinson was Dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Parkinson served as the president and chief operating officer of Abbott Laboratories from 1999 to 2001, where he held a variety of management and leadership positions during his 25-year tenure from 1976 to 2001. He served as an executive vice president of Abbott and oversaw its international operations for pharmaceutical, hospital and nutritional products, as well as the U.S.-based Ross laboratories division. He has significant operational experience, having worked his way through the management ranks at Abbott, where he joined in 1976. He retired from Abbott Laboratories in 2001 following a 25-year career, having served in a variety of domestic and international management and leadership positions, including as president and chief operating officer. Mr. Parkinson also serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Northwestern Medical Group, the physician group subsidiary of Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; and as chairman of Loyola University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Parkinson earned both a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
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About Chicago United S I G N AT U R E P R O G R A M S A N D P R O D U C T S
CHICAGO UNITED MEMBERS’ SERIES | Driving Culture Change Chicago United recognizes the challenges 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 these needs, Chicago United created these exclusive sessions to expand our cognitive understanding, leadership capabilities, and growth potential as continuous benefits to Chicago United members. Sponsorship and co-sponsorship are available for each series or individual events. Transformative Inclusion Member Forums The Transformative Inclusion Members Forums feature presentations by national experts who approach diversity and inclusion from different disciplines. CEOs, executive level managers, business unit leaders, human resource and talent management professionals, supply chain and procurement specialists, and others responsible for leading teams 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. Chicago United Leadership Summit The Chicago United Leadership Summit brings together local leaders for a half-day forum to share tactical best practices in advancing diversity and inclusion in the leadership ranks, the talent pipeline, and business partnerships. Attendees choose from targeted plenary sessions led by highly accomplished business leaders who share how they maximize the value of diverse teams and create inclusive cultures as they lead large scale operations domestically and internationally. CEO Council Meetings Members of Chicago United’s CEO Council attend a peer level discussion of topics related to maintaining a positive corporate culture and driving business growth through diversity and inclusion.
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Diversity Officer Roundtables The Diversity Officer Roundtables bring diversity practitioners from Chicago United member corporations together to engage in peer to peer dialogue to share best practices in diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation. Leaders Council Meetings The Leaders Council Meetings showcase short transformative talks with experts in order to advance diversity and inclusion. Each 15 minute thought provoking presentation is followed by an interactive Q&A and a reception. The programs offer members an opportunity to deepen relationships and expand their toolkit of leading inclusion strategies. FIVE FORWARD | Invigorating the Local Economy The Five Forward Initiative™ 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 Five Forward. The Initiative was launched in 2008 as a pilot to increase spending by mid- to large-sized Chicago-area enterprises with local minority owned businesses (MBEs), thereby leading to significant regional economic impact. To quantify the economic benefits and impact of this Initiative in 2013, Chicago United collaborated with the University of Illinois’ Regional Economics Application Laboratory (REAL). Data were analyzed from 2009 through 2011 as reported by Five Forward Committed Corporations. Expenditures by 18 Committed Corporations with 50 MBE partners were analyzed in this survey. This assessment included the direct and indirect impacts including the multiplier effect (i.e., the manner in which a direct expenditure leads to subsequent rounds of spending, and thus total economic impact). The results of this impact analysis showed that the expenditures by Committed Corporations with their MBE partners generated a direct impact of $227.7 million. About $67 million of these direct expenditures were paid in wages and salaries. This led to the creation of 1,424 jobs. According to Chicago United’s independent analysis, the number of MBEs with revenue ranging from $15 million to $30 million rose to six companies in 2011 from only one in 2009. Those same companies saw their collective employment numbers grow to 596 in 2011 from 280 in 2009.
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In 2015, Chicago United will introduce Five Forward 2020, the next level of the Chicago United Five Forward Initiative™, which expands the vision of the Five Forward program and includes a network of partners who share the goal of a stronger regional economy by strengthening the minority business community. Five Forward Committed Companies Advocate Health Care
Ariel Investments LLC
Baxter International Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation
The Nielsen Company
BMO Harris Bank BP America, Inc. City Colleges of Chicago ComEd, An Exelon Company Ernst & Young LLP GE Healthcare Kraft
Northern Trust Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Northstar Lottery Group, LLC Rush University Medical Center SDI (System Development.Integration LLC) The University of Chicago Medicine University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)
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Five Forward Participating MBE Companies 9008 Group Inc. dba/Act Group
LSL Industrial Inc.
Mays Chemical Company
Acosta and Associates Inc.
Melvin & Company
The Better Benefits Family Group Inc.
Blackwell Global Consulting
BPS Staffing, Inc.
Bridgeforth Wolf and Associates
Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
Pace Systems Inc/Microcity
Peralta Garcia Solutions
Catalyst Consulting Group
Chicago Biomedical Services Company
Primera Engineers, LTD.
Columbia Tool and Gage Company
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
The Comfort Cake Company
Risk & Insurance Management Services dba/Eagle One CMS
Community Interface Inc.
Riteway-Huggins Construction Services Inc.
Construction CAD Solutions Inc. Creative Resources Unlimited
Rolei Financial Service
CS Insurance Strategies
Delivery and Distribution Solutions
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Dot Ward Photography Inc.
Software House International
Environmental Design International Inc. Environmental Systems Design Inc.
Food for Thought Catering Professionals LTD 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
US Messenger and Logistic Inc. Vernon Williams Architects Vire Technologies Viva USA Inc.
Washington Pittman & McKeever, LLC
Wedgeworth Business Communications Williams Capital Group, LP
Lambent Risk Management Loop Capital
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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 nationallyrecognized 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 (BLC) 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. – 135 –
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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. CHICAGO UNITED LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE | Supporting Change Chicago United is committed to creating an environment where senior leaders 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 that share common values. The Chicago United 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 award also recognizes 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 communityâ€™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: Abbott
General Electric Company
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
Ariel Investments Bank of America Baxter International Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation
Holland Capital Management LLC The Hollins Group Inc. Hyatt Hotel Corporation Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. RGMA Rush University Medical Center Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
BMO Harris Bank
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
SDI (System Development. Integration, LLC)
BP America Inc.
Sidley Austin LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
Krieg DeVault LLP
Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
Laner Muchin, Ltd
Carrington & Carrington, Ltd.
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
Central City Productions, Inc.
UBM Facility Services Inc.
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago State University
The University of Chicago / University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago Urban League
Mitchell & Titus
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Crain’s Chicago Business
MZI Group Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
Northstar Lottery Group
Ernst & Young LLP
Wedgeworth Business Communications
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Odell Hicks & Company, LLC
Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC
Financial Executives International
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) University of Illinois at Chicago UPS USG Corporation Walgreens Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC Weber Shandwick
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