2014 CHICAGO UNITED YEAR IN REVIEW
Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity
Vision from the Chairman Together, we made a difference in 2014. And it should be a
At the Bridge Awards dinner, we revealed our 2014 Corporate
membership in two decades, to announcing two important
the business community the need for continued focus on
source of great pride for us all. From enrolling our highest
initiatives, Chicago United continues to set the pace for the kind of business community we all want.
As this report will show, Chicago United remains focused
on our mission and vision for a more diverse and inclusive
business community, producing strong results surrounding the core pillars of diversity in corporate governance, talent
Diversity Profile (CDP), the results of which exhibited to inclusive practices. I think the power of the CDP is that it
makes a strong case for all of us to do more and to be better. As business leaders, we share a responsibility to give 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.
development, and sustainable business partnerships.
In 2014, Chicago United also received a significant grant
We welcomed several new members in 2014, including
Initiative™ and expand the impact through 2020. This
Chicago Botanic Gardens, elevate DIGITAL, General Electric Company, Golin, Krieg DeVault LLP, and Sodexo – bringing our membership to 85.
We also have 2015 membership commitments from
Astellas Pharma US, Bryan Cave LLP, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Zoological Society, Franczek Radelet P.C., Heidrick & Struggles, Hyatt Hotel Corporation, Northwestern University, and United Airlines.
In addition to achieving this milestone in membership, we
increased our revenue in 2014, which was, in large part, driven by growing support from both our members and
from the Surdna Foundation to elevate the Five Forward initiative – crucial to the economic health of this city – will improve business relationships and opportunities between Chicago corporations and MBEs. It supports the city’s
larger objective of positioning Chicago as a premier global business destination. In the coming year, Chicago United will look to our members to advance this initiative and meet
our goal of engaging 50 companies in Chicago’s business community and 150 local MBEs.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to
Chicago United. I look forward to our work together in 2015 to accelerate the change we all want to achieve together.
the business community at our Annual Chicago United
Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner. The dinner raised a record $860,000
Mark F. Furlong Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Diamond Status/ Five Forward Program)
Message from the President and CEO Chicago United experienced our strongest year to date due to increased member advocacy and commitment for advancing
multiracial leadership in corporate governance, executive
communities of color, and build MBEs of scale capable of competing for business on a national and global basis.
level management, and diverse business partnerships This
Over the past year, our Business Leaders of Color, arguably
increase parity in economic opportunity in an impactful
the country, with their combined representation in more
resulted in being able to move our initiatives forward to way in 2014.
The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile (CDP) is without a
doubt the most impressive research that this organization
one of the most powerful groups of diverse directors in than 140 corporate boards, came together to network as a
powerhouse, mentor aspiring leaders, and support pivotal action for change.
has ever produced. Through the contributions of Ernst &
Lastly, it is important to highlight one of our newest
guidance of one of Chicago United’s most critical assets, a
was an outcome of a CEO Council Session in April 2014. This
Young LLP, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the
Task Force of seasoned professionals who lead diversity and
inclusion at Chicago’s most distinguished corporations, the CDP provides the most complete review of racial diversity in the leadership ranks, on corporate boards, and in executive level management at Chicago’s largest corporations. The
CDP also spurs advocacy in action through inclusion of a culture audit and diversity and inclusion (D&I) toolkit which enable CEOs and business unit leaders to measure their
progress and provides clear direction for how to drive D&I
initiatives – The Chicago United Fellowship program, which initiative will call on Chicago corporations to refocus local corporate hiring and retention practices on aspiring talent
from Chicago and will provide young professionals of color a chance to gain valuable guidance that will ultimately lead to a successful and sustainable career path, and is
yet another example of our advocacy in action. Together with our members, we identified an opportunity to create quantum change and direct action.
as a business imperative within their organizations.
Over the past year, we have demonstrated that impactful
This is especially important because in 2014, Chicago
metrics that we have put in place to hold ourselves
United conducted an assessment of the status of Chicago as a center for minority business in comparison to other
metropolitan areas. Measurements of gross revenues and job creation as indicators of success clearly show that
dialogue can indeed lead to real action and results. The
accountable for delivering on these initiatives will help in measuring how we are moving the needle towards creating a more inclusive business community.
there is a critical need for concentrated efforts to support
Thank you for your continued commitment and dedication
to increase the economic health and competitiveness of
have been able to achieve such success this past year. For
local minority business enterprises (MBEs) as a means the Chicago region. Through the support of our members
and a generous grant from the Surdna Foundation, we are
to Chicago United. It is because of our members that we that, I’m truly proud and ever grateful.
expanding Five Forward in 2015, with the goal of engaging
50 companies in Chicago’s business community and 150 local MBEs. Our primary objectives for Five Forward are to generate regional economic growth, create jobs in
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago United
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity 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 historically advances a culture of inclusion in business and contributes to a more prosperous community.
The Chicago United Board of Directors met four times in 2014:
• Exclusive, high-level discussion among peers with shared
values at CEO Council Strategy Sessions, Diversity Officer Roundtables, and Leaders Council Forums that provide
BMO Harris Bank
February 20, May 16, August 14, and November 6
exploration of critical issues facing leaders responsible for developing corporate culture.
The organization’s current primary research and program
• Advocacy in action through primary research and
governance and executive level management, develop
and products include Five Forward, the Business Leaders
offerings promote multiracial leadership in corporate
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. Martin Davidson, Darden Graduate School of Business professor, University
programs that drive systemic change. Signature programs of Color publications, the Corporate Diversity Profile
publications which include an inclusion Toolkit, BoardLink, The Bridge Awards, member peer sessions designed for
CEOs, Leaders Council members, and diversity officers, and The Transformative Inclusion Member Series including national thought leaders in inclusion and two half day
forums titled The Chicago United Leadership Summit and The Chicago United Leadership Conference.
of Virginia, leading with his research and insights on how
In aligning our refined vision to our programming, the
diverse and inclusive organizations.
differentiated, and effective resource.
leaders can more effectively create and capitalize on
Board ensures that the organization remains a relevant,
2014 Board of Directors Board Members:
Officers: Chairman Mark F. Furlong Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank N.A. 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 Chairwoman Patricia Hemingway Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Health Care Service Corporation
George Burciaga Chief Executive Officer elevate DIGITAL John W. Daniels, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Quarles & Brady LLP Stan Deans President, Central Region UPS Michael F. DeSantiago CEO & President, Energy & 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 & COO Advocate Health Care Monica Walker CEO and Chief Investment Officer Holland Capital Management LLC
Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community
Chicago United President and CEO Gloria Castillo has gained a reputation in the community as a passionate advocate and
diversity thought leader who is frequently asked to speak at various business and nonprofit events. Below is a summary of the ways Castillo represented the organization in the community in 2014.
January: Chicago United served as a co-host for the Chicago
highlighted ways diversity, inclusion, and leadership are
Sinfonietta annual concert tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
well-integrated in high-performing cultures.
February: Castillo and Baxter International Corporate
Castillo was a dinner host for the Chicago Community
Vice President and Chief Information Officer Paul E. Martin
discussed the need for more diverse leadership in Chicago’s
top companies for a WGN-TV news segment honoring Black
Trust’s 90th anniversary with On The Table, a large scale, momentous event, that brought together thousands of Chicagoland residents on one single day to share a meal and
History Month. Gloria was interviewed by anchor and reporter
participate in civic-minded conversations about the future
March: As a panelist for The Consortium of Latino Employee
As a panelist, Castillo, addressed the ACG Chicago member-
Gaynor Hall Patterson.
Organizations, hosted by the Latino Network at Deloitte,
Castillo provided her perspective on Latina leadership and
advice for current and future Latina leaders.
of our communities.
ship’s 3rd Annual look at what drives jobs growth in the
Midwest. Castillo focused on jobs created by Chicago’s
minority business enterprises in Illinois and the impact they have on the regional economic ecosystem.
May: Castillo attended a breakfast as part of The Chicago
Community Trust’s On the Table initiative to discuss the
future of coordinated regional decision-making through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
The Chinese American Service League (CASL) held it 35th annual Gala where Castillo, an Advisory Board member and
Dinner Gala Planning Committee member hosted a table.
In the Q&A style article, Castillo discussed her personal
journey to advocacy and the work of Chicago United in an
issue of Hispanic Executive magazine.
April: Castillo had the honor
of being a keynote speaker for
The organization provides child and elder care, employment training, family counseling, housing, and financial education
Castillo, provided nominations to the National Medical Fellowships’ Chicago Champions of Health Awards.
Western Michigan University’s
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted a panel for
Distinguished Speaker Series.
plan to coordinate their activities to help cities address
“Inclusion: Culture in Action in
growth and opportunity. Castillo was a panelist and show-
Haworth College of Business Her
the Corporate Environment,”
Federal Reserve Banks and Foundations to develop a work issues of diversity and inclusion to bridge the gaps between
cased Chicago United’s work as a model to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the economic mainstream.
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community June: Castillo, A Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) Board member hosted a table
at their annual event. MALDEF promotes social change
through advocacy, communications, community education,
Castillo served as a panelist for the Chicago Federal
Executive Board’s program for the 50th Commemoration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act where she addressed senior federal
leaders regarding the progress made in society since the
passage of the Civil Rights Act.
At the first Who’s Who of the Latino community in
Chicago, Castillo was featured in the publication and
The GE Hispanic Forum held a Hispanic Resource Group
Summit where Castillo provided closing remarks to Hispanic
Employee Resource Group Leaders from across Chicagoland.
November: Crain’s Chicago Business journalist Lisa
served as the keynote speaker, hosted by Negocios Now.
Bertagnoli interviewed Castillo in an article titled, “Minority
Deloitte hosted a Wise Women event where Castillo
featured online at ChicagoBusiness.com.
provided remarks and reactions to the research piece
Progress Flatlines at Biggest Chicago-area Companies,”
Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.
July: Castillo was featured in a video prepared by Greeley and
Hansen to mark its 100th anniversary in 2014, to relate how the firm’s values align with the mission of Chicago United.
Crain’s Chicago Business featured a letter by Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United, calling for the prioritization of minority business development in response
to an editorial about job creation as the systemic solution to the violence that plagues Chicago. Castillo added
agreement and one addendum: “The corporate community
The Chicago Sun-Times Minority Report, a regular video
and entrepreneurship, produced a session with Host Micae
must make it a priority to do business with local minority
September: Castillo participated as a panelist in the
Chicago Cubs Executive Summit presented by Aon where
she spoke to corporate leaders about the business case for talent and diversity in Chicago.
series that showcases the minority perspective on business Brown and Gloria Castillo to discuss the status of diversity in the workplace.
December: AT&T held a Global Supplier Diversity
Symposium where Castillo served as a moderator for a panel discussion to address contracting with major corporations.
The Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
On November 18, 2014, Chicago United’s annual Bridge Awards Dinner gathered top Chicago executives and key city officials at
the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan Avenue to celebrate excellence in corporate diversity and honor the 2014 Bridge Award winners – Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc., and Jonas Prising, CEO of ManpowerGroup.
2014 Chicago Bridge Award Winner (from left to right) Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman & CEO, Baxter International Inc, and Chicago United Chairman Mark Furlong, CEO, BMO Harris Bank.
2014 National Bridge Award Winner (from left to right): Jonas Prising, CEO, ManpowerGroup, and Chicago United Immediate Past Chairwoman Patricia Hemingway Hall, president & CEO, Health Care Service Corp.
Nearly 850 attendees joined key supporters, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Illinois Lieutenant
Governor Elect Evelyn Sanguinetti; Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; and BMO Harris Bank CEO and Chicago United Chairman
Mark Furlong, to honor the 2014 Bridge Award winners and help promote Chicago United’s ongoing advocacy for a more diverse and inclusive business community.
The official program, led by emcee Ravi Baichwal of ABC 7, included energetic remarks from the key officials and
The Honorable Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois’ Lieutenant Governor Elect
executives mentioned above, but also featured a special address from Ernst & Young LLP Vice Chairman, Central Region, and Managing Partner Rick Fezell on Chicago’s corporate diversity landscape, incorporating findings
from the 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile, a biennial study produced by Chicago United, Ernst & Young LLP, and
the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago measuring racial diversity specifically in leadership ranks of Chicago’s largest corporations.
The Dinner is the culmination of Chicago United’s Leader2014 Dinner attendees and presenters (from left to right): Brad Bertler, global coordinating services partners, Ernst & Young LLP, ; Darrel Hackett, president, BMO Private Bank; Gloria Castillo, president & CEO, Chicago United; The HonorableToni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president; Jonas Prising, CEO, ManpowerGroup; Rick Fezell, vice chairman, central region managing partner, EY; Mark Furlong, Chicago United chairman and CEO, BMO Harris Bank.
ship Conference, a platform for business leaders to share
strategies and leading practices that increase inclusion of multiracial leaders in corporate governance, executive management and business partnerships.
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity The Conference kicked off with the Diversity Leadership
To round out the day, attendees had the opportunity to
and featured a keynote from Michele J. Hooper, president
Talks, including presentations from five transformational
Luncheon, which was hosted by ABC 7 Anchor Terrell Brown and CEO of The Directors’ Council.
participate in Culture, Inclusion and Diversity, or “CID,” leaders on thought-provoking and innovative ideas related to diversity and inclusion, while Chicago United member CEOs governed by a board of directors gathered for a private
roundtable discussion hosted by Chicago United Chairman Mark Furlong, CEO, BMO Harris Bank.
Diversity Leadership Luncheon participants and speakers (from left to right): Michele J. Hooper, president and CEO, The Directors’ Council; Terrell Brown, anchor, ABC 7; Caroline Tsai, SVP, chief legal officer, U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group, BMO Financial Group; Gloria Castillo, president & CEO, Chicago United.
Following the Luncheon, Warren Smith, central region talent
leader of Ernst & Young LLP and committee chairman of
the Corporate Diversity Profile Task Force, led a compelling
plenary session detailing the results of the study and
CID Talk Presenters(from left to right): Ulice Payne, Jr., managing member, Addison-Clifton LLC; Connie Lindsey, EVP, global head of corporate social responsibility, Northern Trust; 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; Teresa Cordova, Ph.D., director, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago; Martin R. Castro, president & CEO, Castro Synergies, LLC.
outlining the link between organizational culture and
Corporate Diversity Profile Plenary Session Speakers (from left to right): Warren Smith, Central Region talent leader, Ernst & Young LLP; Dot Proux, partner, Human Capital, Ernst & Young LLP; and Joerg Schmitz, managing partner, Thomas Leland LLC.
CEO Roundtable Participants (from left to right): Mark Furlong, Chicago United chairman and CEO, BMO Harris Bank; Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman & CEO, Baxter International Inc.; Gloria Castillo, president & CEO, Chicago United; Jonas Prising, CEO, ManpowerGroup; Rick Fezell, vice chairman, central region managing partner, Ernst & Young, LLP.
Chicago United would like to thank The Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Steering Committee who made this event an overwhelming success:
2014 Steering Committee Chicago United Board of Directors Chairman and Presenting Sponsor: Mark F. Furlong Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank, N.A. Steering Committee: Gregory C. Case President and CEO Aon
Beth Reese President, Nicor Gas and Senior Vice President AGL Resources
Andrew J. McKenna Chairman McDonald’s Corporation Chairman Schwarz Supply Source
John W. Rogers, Jr. Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer Ariel Investments
Anne R. Pramaggiore President and CEO ComEd, An Exelon Company
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
Richard S. Price Chairman and CEO Mesirow Financial
Frederick H. Waddell Chairman and CEO Northern Trust Corporation Gregory D. Wasson President and CEO Walgreen Co.
Jim H. Skogsbergh President and CEO Advocate Health Care Scott C. Swanson President, Illinois PNC Bank
Advocates for Change:
Corporate Citizens for Change:
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 • Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo • Deloitte LLP • DeVry Education Group • elevate DIGITAL • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago • General Electric Company • 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
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile Chicago United’s nationally recognized Corporate Diversity
their peers. Five executives shared their insights on how
specifically in the leadership ranks of large corporations, on
successfully tapped into the power of diversity. We have
Profile (CDP) is a biennial study that measures racial diversity
corporate boards, and in executive level management. It is
a benchmark for corporations to measure their progress in this area.
Over the years as they’ve assimilated the findings, our
members have told us that the Profile should now evolve to
become a tool that helps them chart their own customized
their approaches to creating a culture of inclusion have
engaged these leaders in a discussion on several unique topics.
CEO as Culture Curator Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Chairman and CEO Baxter International Inc.
paths toward increased multiracial leadership.
Determined to present relevant challenges and techniques for advancing best practices, we leveraged a critical asset
of Chicago United, a Task Force of seasoned professionals
The Two Faces of Sponsorship
Frank Clark Retired Chairman and CEO, ComEd
leading diversity and inclusion efforts at some of Chicago’s
The 2014 Profile was formed by an analysis of more robust
publicly available information, rather than the member survey methodology that was used in past years.
A Toolkit presented within the Profile provides leading
practices, questions business leaders should be asking, and a series of scorecards on six talent management areas and one on transforming culture.
Calvin G. Butler CEO, Baltimore Electric (an Exelon company)
Aha Moments and Implicit Bias Rick Fezell Vice Chairman and Central Region Managing Partner Ernst & Young LLP
A CEO, business unit leader, or team leader of a Chicago United member company can now conduct a self-assess-
ment to help determine how his or her organization, business unit, or team, can improve in critical areas includ-
ing recruitment, performance management, succession
Creating a Culture of Customer Responsiveness and Innovation
able to provide clear and measurable direction to mid-level
Steve Pemberton Chief Diversity Officer Divisional Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreen Co.
planning, and more. Diversity officers and managers are
managers for how they will be expected to drive diversity and inclusion as a business imperative.
CEO Leadership and the Culture of Inclusion
Culture does not leave the desk of the CEO. Leading cultural
transformation is a pivotal and challenging, yet highly fulfilling role for business leaders. Within the 2014 CDP, we
provide a forum for our executive readers to learn from
2014 Corporate Diversity Profile Acknowledgements
Chicago United would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their invaluable support and commitment to the 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile. Ernst & Young LLP
Under the guidance of Warren M. Smith, Central Region talent leader, 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 public companies. Smith also served as committee chair of the Corporate Diversity Profile Task Force. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Dr. Maude Toussaint-Comeau, senior business economist, contributed significant research and meaningful insights
on trends that are forecasted to impact the ability to reach parity in the workplace.
Parker Williams Consulting
Dr. Charmon Parker Williams, principal consultant/president, was the primary author for the 2014 CDP. She conducted
qualitative research and executive interviews, and created enhancements to the Toolkit. Chicago United Staff
Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, served as editor in chief.
Teresa Sarna, director of member engagement, served as managing editor. CDP Task Force
Several individuals helped to shape the concepts and
objectives of the 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile, providing exceptional guidance and feedback:
• Deborah Baldwin, assistant vice president, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
• Mark Green, chief diversity officer, AbbVie • Anuradha Hebbar, divisional vice president, center for diversity and inclusion, Health Care Service Corporation
• Deidra Jenkins, senior vice president, chief diversity & inclusion officer–Americas, Northern Trust Corporation
• Andrew Lee, director, Workforce Diversity and Inclusion, Advocate Health Care
• Charmon Parker Williams, Ph.D., principal consultant/ president, Parker Williams Consulting
• Warren M. Smith, Central Region talent leader, Ernst & Young LLP (Committee Chairman)
• Tyronne Stoudemire, vice president of global diversity & inclusion, Hyatt Hotel Corporation
• Dr. Maude Toussaint-Comeau, senior business economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
• Terri Woods, director of Human Resources, Greeley & Hansen LLC
Media Coverage of the Release of the 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile
Crain’s Chicago Business journalist Lisa Bertagnoli reviewed the Chicago United 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile and
summarized progress to increase minority representation in top positions as “Stagnant.”
Bertagnoli interviewed Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United, Warren Smith, Central Region Talent Leader,
Ernst & Young LLP, and Andrea Zopp, president and CEO, The Chicago Urban League, in an article titled, “Minority
Progress Flatlines at Biggest Chicago-area Companies,” featured online at ChicagoBusiness.com.
“The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile clearly shows there’s
a lot of work to do in Chicago to further increase diversity
within the top ranks of Chicago corporations,” said Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United. “The ultimate
• Paula J. Brown, manager, Diversity & Inclusion Community
goal of this study is to elicit change among Chicago
• William H. Dale, Jr., director, Inclusion, Global Inclusion &
them to take a closer look at how to improve diversity
Employment Liaison, Rush University Medical Center Community Engagement, McDonald’s Corporation
• Melissa B. Donaldson, director, Diversity Networks & Communication, Walgreen Co.
• Michael L. Escobar, chief diversity and organization
corporations, to create disruptive action and motivate and inclusion within their own organization. The risk is high if we don’t pay attention to the lost opportunities to
fully leverage the available talent pool and address this important business issue in the short term.”
effectiveness officer, Allstate Insurance Company
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Chicago United Five Forward Initiative™ Chicago United has a 45-year
The analysis uses data from publicly available reports
of economic opportunity for
magazines. Black Enterprise (BE) publishes an annual
history of advancing parity
people of color in the Chicago area
collaboration between large corporations, the nonprofit
community, and minority
business leaders. In 2008, Chicago United launched
Five Forward to strengthen the relationships between corporations headquartered or doing business in Chicago
and minority business enterprises (MBEs). There is mutual benefit between these stakeholders when the regional
listing of the top 100 (BE 100) Black-owned businesses in the country; and Hispanic Business publishes an annual listing of the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses in the
country. These reports provide rich data. Chicago United
evaluated the data from a number of selected cities whose population, demographics, and concentration of Black
and/or Hispanic businesses were similar to Chicago’s. We wanted to understand if Chicago-based MBEs were
growing at rates and in concentration similar to firms in other cities.
economy grows as local minority owned businesses
Eight markets were selected for their diverse populations
facilitating larger contracts. This increase in scale enables
the two lists: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los
increase capacity, grow in scale, and become capable of these firms to bid competitively for contracts to support the
global needs of multinational corporations and, as a result, hire more Chicagoans. This mutually beneficial strategy is implemented through Chicago United’s Five Forward
Initiative™. To evaluate the vitality of Chicago’s minority owned business community, it is important to compare it to peers in other major cities.
Competitive Analysis Chicago United prepared an assessment of the status of
and the presence of at least one minority firm on each of
Angeles, Miami, and New York. The data gathered consisted
of the listings from both magazines which contain company
name, location, name of the CEO, number of employees and sales for each one of the three years studied. Lists produced by each of the two publications, in 2005, 2010 and 2013
were analyzed to understand the competitive position of the Chicago Market.
Based on the findings, there is a clear need for a call to action in Chicago’s business and civic communities.
Chicago as a center for minority business in comparison to
Chicago’s top minority owned businesses are falling behind.
gross revenues and job creation as indicators in our
businesses on the BE 100 list. In 2013, this dropped to 5.
other diverse metropolitan areas. Chicago United reviewed assessment. This study was produced as a companion to the
In 1973, Chicago was home to 13 of the top 100 black owned
analysis presented in the 2013 report from Chicago United
Los Angeles ranked first with a total of the 8 minority firms
analysis was conducted by Chicago United in June 2014.
a total of 7 minority firms in Chicago earning a total of $637
on the economic impact of Five Forward. The comparative
published by Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business
earning $21.9 billion in revenues. Chicago ranked last with million in revenues.
The Chicago market ranks second to last of 8 markets in job
from $15 million to $30 million rose to six companies in 2011
with 25,356 jobs created by large minority owned firms;
collective employment numbers grow to 596 in 2011 from
creation by large minority owned firms. Miami ranked first
Chicago was in seventh place with 2,506 jobs created by large minority owned firms. Five Forward Summit September 23, 2014
Hosted by: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Chicago United convened Five Forward committed
from only one in 2009. Those same companies saw their 280 in 2009.
The results showed that the expenditures by Committed
Corporations with their MBE partners generated a direct impact of $227.7 million. About $67.2 million of these direct
expenditures were paid in wages and salaries. This led to the creation of 1,424 jobs.
companies and MBEs along with local business and
The data clearly represent a small slice of overall economic
these stakeholders to a Five Forward 2020 expansion.
highlighting the impact that minority-owned businesses
advocacy organizations to announce the commitment by
impact, yet they underscore the regional analysis by can have on the economy when corporations commit to partnering with them.
This provides further evidence for Chicago United’s position Five Forward 2020 establishes a goal of involving 50
companies in Chicago’s business community and 150 local MBEs in the Five Forward program, while engaging in
that it is vitally important for corporations to commit and
contribute to the growth of MBEs to further stimulate the regional economy.
collaborative partnerships with local business and advocacy
In December of 2014, Chicago United contracted with
United corporations and MBEs and make comparisons
organizations to provide civic leadership and excellence in
The goal is to build upon the Five Forward program performance to-date. The Chicago United Five Forward
Initiative has shown that sustained corporate spending
with local MBEs can be an effective factor in regional economic growth and job creation.
SB Services to conduct an assessment of Chicago to successful large MBE relationships across the U.S. to
provide a gap analysis, share global best practices, and establish benchmarks. The team will create a framework to identify and support five to six lead corporations to serve as
examples for the Five Forward 2020 push beginning in 2015.
According to Chicago United’s independent analysis of
the Five Forward program published in 2013, the total
corporate spend with participating MBEs rose 21% from 2009 to 2011. The number of MBEs with revenue ranging
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Chicago United Member Meetings Annual Members’ Meeting
Additionally, Chicago United welcomed new members:
March 12, 2014
the Chicago Botanic Gardens, elevate DIGITAL, General
Members elected Mark Furlong, president and chief
In 2014, Chicago United’s Board will oversee the development
Chicago United on March 12, 2014 at the Annual Meeting.
Profile, a biennial report on the progress of local companies
Hosted by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
executive officer, BMO Harris Bank, as the new chairman of Patricia Hemingway Hall, president and chief executive
officer, Health Care Service Corporation, became immediate
past chairwoman. Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO, Advocate Health Care, presented a keynote address.
Electric Company, Golin, and Sodexo.
and presentation of the group’s sixth Corporate Diversity
in making their boards and senior management ranks more diverse and inclusive. The organization will also gain
new strategic partners to advance the mission of its Five Forward Initiative™, a plan for regional economic growth
through increased corporate spending with minority owned businesses.
(Left to right) Keynote Speaker Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO, Advocate Health Care; Vice Chairman Gordon Werkema, first vice president and COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Immediate Past Chairwoman Pat Hemingway Hall, president and CEO, Health Care Service Corporation, and Chairman Mark Furlong, president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank.
“Chicago United’s mission, vision, and values are important
to our city’s business community, and they are important to me personally,” said Furlong. “I’m excited to start my term
as chairman because of the leadership this organization has
always demonstrated in working alongside the business
community to keep this city and our work force open to all.” Robert L. Aguilar, chief operating officer of Cabrera Capital
Markets, LLC, was added as a new board officer. He serves as Chicago United’s treasurer. Other new Board members
include: George Burciaga, president & chief executive officer, elevate Digital; John Daniels, chairman emeritus, Quarles
& Brady LLP; John Robak, president, Greeley and Hansen; and Bill Santulli, executive vice president & chief operating officer, Advocate Health Care.
(Left to right) Jim Skogsbergh; 2013 Ambassador Awardee James S. Williams, Jr., director, diversity, inclusion and equity, The University of Chicago Medicine; Pat Hemingway Hall; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; Mark Furlong; 2013 Program Champion Awardee Sheila O’Grady, consultant, Spencer Stuart; 2013 Benefactor Awardee Kevin B. Brookins, SVP, Strategy & Administration, ComEd, An Exelon Company; and (not pictured) 2013 Visionary Awardee Pat Harris, global chief diversity officer, VP-Community Engagement, McDonald’s Corporation.
Transformative Inclusion Series
social. In fact, 76 percent of the global executives surveyed
Members series, Chicago United members are introduced
feel inspired by a leader who leverages social media.“CEOs
Through Chicago United’s Transformative Inclusion to nationally and globally recognized thought leaders who challenge the way executives think and act as they develop inclusion strategies. January 23, 2014
Hosted by: Weber Shandwick
Topic: The Social CEO: CEO Sociability is on the Rise To kick off 2014, Chicago United hosted a session entitled
“The Social CEO.” The session featured a presentation from Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross, chief corporate reputation strategist
at Weber Shandwick, a Chicago United member and a
think it’s a good idea for the CEO to be social, and 52 percent
will be expected to have some presence online, and it will
affect how their reputations are perceived,” Gaines-Ross said. After Gaines-Ross’ presentation, Burciaga and Nguyen
joined her onstage to hone in on the importance and use
of enterprise social media. The integration of social media
in the workplace, with tools such as Microsoft’s Yammer, has given rise to an employee voice that has never before
been possible. Now, employees can more easily exchange
information and communicate with management, all in a controlled environment.
global public relations firm with consumer marketing
The panelists also emphasized the importance of
office. Gaines-Ross highlighted the findings of an audit of
opportunity to engage with a diverse talent pool. Burciaga
and corporate communications practices in its Chicago
online engagement activities of the world’s top CEOs and
a survey of global executives. Following the presentation, Gaines-Ross moderated a panel discussion featuring
George Burciaga, CEO of Elevate Digital, and Steve Nguyen, senior customer success manager of Yammer at Microsoft, to discuss the importance and use of social media.
diversity. Social media provides companies with a unique
and Nguyen noted that, where possible, companies need to utilize a broad range of social platforms and do so in a
genuine way to enhance exposure to external stakeholders, and more specifically, to potential talent.
Additionally, both touched on the importance of social communications coming not only from the CEO, but also from executives across the organization. Doing so sets
an example for employees and enhances credibility. “The
global business community is in the midst of a steady
transformation where social engagement is inevitable,” emphasized Gaines-Ross. “As a greater emphasis is put
on social reputation, for both companies and CEOs alike, those who embrace the change in a positive manner will reap the benefits.”
(Left to right) George Burciaga, CEO, Elevate Digital, Rana Komar, general manager, Weber Shandwick, Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross, chief corporate reputation strategist, Weber Shandwick, and Steve Nguyen, senior customer success manager, Yammer at Microsoft
Gaines-Ross opened the session with seven key insights
from Weber Shandwick’s research into CEO sociability, including indicators that employees want their CEOs to be
May 15, 2014
Hosted by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Topic: Chicago United Leadership Summit
Chicago United held its inaugural Leadership Summit, “Making it Happen: Diversity and Inclusion Strategies and Tactics.” The goal of the half-day summit was to engage current and future transformative leaders in discussions
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Chicago United Member Meetings on how best to weave diversity and inclusion strategies
“For some time, our members have requested a mid-year
had at the annual Chicago United Leadership Conference
into the areas of operations, talent management, and
Nazneen Razi, senior vice president, chief human resources officer, Health Care Service Corporation, welcomed attendees on behalf of the host organization and opening remarks were provided by Connie Lindsey, EVP, head of
Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and
Inclusion, Northern Trust. Six prominent Chicago business
event to continue the momentum behind the discussions and Bridge Awards Dinner,” said Gloria Castillo, Chicago
United’s president and CEO. “We were pleased to provide another venue to gather Chicago United members and supporters to work towards our shared goal of creating a more diverse, inclusive environment, and economic opportunity.”
leaders led interactive presentations providing attendees
“Learning from one another to enhance the local business
incorporating diversity and inclusion into overarching
and supporters for that purpose,” Castillo said.
with key takeaways that drive organizational support for
business strategies. They included Ana Dutra, (former) CEO,
community is critical and we’re excited to gather members
Mandala Global Advisors; Sonny Garg, SVP, chief informa-
tion officer and innovation officer, ComEd; Shyrl Hoover, senior manager, diversity and inclusion and flexible
recruitment solutions, Abbott; Irina Konstantinovsky, VP,
talent management, Baxter Healthcare; Emmett Vaughn, director, diverse business empowerment, Exelon Corpora-
tion; and Shelly Brown, supplier diversity and business development manager, Johnson Controls.
September 25, 2014 Hosted by: PwC
Topic: The End of Diversity as We Know It Dr. Martin Davidson, Darden Graduate School of Business
Professor, University of Virginia, talked with Chicago United members about his new book, The End of Diversity as We Event speakers (left to right) Shyrl Hoover, Emmett Vaughn, Ana Dutra, Connie Lindsey, and Shelly Brown.
Says Ruby McCleary, director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines, “I am glad I attended the talent management
sessions at the Chicago United Leadership Summit. Although
the topic was outside my immediate area of expertise, the talent management principles shared provided new out-ofthe box thinking on how to develop my direct reports.”
Know It, at a September 25 forum hosted by PwC, LLP. He shared his research and insights on how leaders can more
effectively create and capitalize on diverse and inclusive organizations.
Dr. Davidson opened the session by identifying leadership
challenges often associated as diversity and inclusion challenges, including:
• Gaining access to the best talent;
• Getting the most out of current employees;
• Maximizing innovative capability to sustain a competitive
Davidson provided the following model to consider
• Maintaining agility and flexibility; and
• Being fair and just.
when evaluating your own company’s diversity and
“Currently there’s a fatigue and de-energizing quality
around diversity,” says Davidson. “We’ve lost people’s attention. We need to refresh and reframe the story.”
Davidson recommended incorporating the following practices into your strategic planning: (From left) Dr. Martin N. Davidson, professor of Business Administration, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; Jim Kolar, market managing partner, PwC LLP; and Vilma Y. Chan, diversity leader, Greater Chicago Market, PwC LLP.
• Develop the capacity to see differences and biases that block access to the best talent;
• Understand differences in the cultures in which you are operating;
Davidson recommends challenging the traditional short-
• Engage differences as a core competency and make
differences’ framework. According to Davidson, “Leveraging
• Leverage differences to create a competitive advantage.
relevant differences to achieve an organization’s goals.”
“The ultimate key to sustainability,” said Davidson, “is
term view of managing diversity by shifting to a ‘leveraging differences can be defined as capitalizing consistently on
inclusion part of your corporate DNA; and
staying focused on the mission of the organization.”
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity 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 thought partner brining to light issues senior leaders should consider in order to cultivate multiracial leadership in their business.
The Chicago United CEO Roundtables are invitation only
events that bring together local CEOs who are governed by
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 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.
Left to Right: Jonas Prising, CEO, ManpowerGroup; Rick Fezell, vice chairman, Central Region managing partner, Ernst and Young, LLP; Robert L Parkinson, Jr., chairman and CEO, Baxter International Inc.; Chairman Mark Furlong, president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank; and Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United.
November 18, 2014
Chicago United Leadership Conference A CEO Council Roundtable, titled “Insights into Corporate
Culture,” was presented by Rick Fezell, Vice Chairman,
Central Region Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. Fezell facilitated a dialogue with The 2014 Chicago United
Bridge Award honorees Robert L Parkinson, Jr., Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Baxter International Inc. and Jonas Prising, Chief Executive Officer of ManpowerGroup.
This roundtable represents a rare and valuable opportunity
to engage in confidential peer dialogue focused on building diverse and inclusive leadership.
(Left to Right) Rick Waddell, chairman and CEO, Northern Trust Corp. and Chicago United Vice Chairman Gordon Werkema, first vice president & COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
CEO Council Strategy Sessions
April 15, 2014
Council members and are intended to be private, highly
Topic: Minding the Gap: A Leadership Talent Pipeline
The strategy sessions are exclusive to Chicago United CEO interactive discussions of shared values among peers.
Hosted by: Greeley and Hansen Strategy Session.”
March 5, 2014
An overview of Chicago United’s white paper officially
Topic: What Are Global CEOs Thinking?
Performance with Chicago’s Rising Urban Talent,” was
Hosted by: PwC
Chicago United hosted its first CEO Council meeting of 2014
featuring a special presentation from PwC highlighting
results from the company’s 17th annual Global CEO Survey, which aims to inform and stimulate conversation amongst
CEOs on how businesses are facing today’s challenges.
This year, PwC surveyed 1,344 CEOs across 68 countries,
released at the session titled, “Elevating Corporate
presented by Tim Schwertfeger, chairman emeritus of
Nuveen Investments. Related insights from PwC’s 17th
Annual Global CEO Survey were presented by Jim Kolar, market managing partner of PwC, including global
megatrends and talent strategies that provided context to upcoming challenges being faced by corporate leaders.
including 162 from the U.S., drawing out pertinent trends
A compelling case, that included examples of students who
particular importance to Chicago United, talent strategies
leges across the country, was made to refocus local corporate
and issues related to growth, transforming business, and, of and development.
have recently returned to work in Chicago from leading colhiring and retention practices on talent from Chicago.
According to PwC’s 17th annual Global CEO Survey, 93
Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, outlined the disconnect
talent plans, with key strategies of not only following talent
help them navigate a corporate landscape and corporate
percent of global CEOs recognize the need to change their to different countries, but also tapping into underutilized sources.
Driven by some global megatrends of demographic
shifts, resource scarcity, technological advancement, and urbanization, more than 80 percent of the global CEOs
surveyed are currently considering making organizational
changes to their structure, as well as plan to make changes to how they engage with employees, particularly those
faced by young hires who don’t have existing resources to leaders learning to manage urban millennials. A Chicago
United Fellowship program was proposed that would include a partnership with Chicago Scholars to connect
local corporations to our growing urban talent pool, provide
a path for the development and retention of new recruits, and offer a place for convening networks of new hires
and their managers, to aid in the individual learning and
network development of both groups of these stakeholders.
within the younger generations.
We are excited to report that Chicago United CEO Council
Many thanks to Jim Kolar, managing partner for PwC US’
Board of Directors’ decision to structure a task force that
Greater Chicago Market, who led the presentation with support from key colleagues, Tripp Davis, advisory Midwest
regional leader & advisory market leader; Lawrena Colombo, management consulting national diversity leader; and Vilma Chan, market diversity leader.
members in attendance overwhelmingly supported the
will review the call to action set forth in the white paper. We will then ask members of the CEO Council to help us seat the task force.
We would like to provide a special thank you to our host Chicago United Board Director John Robak, president of Greeley and Hansen.
2014 Year In Review â€“ Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Diversity Officer Roundtables The Diversity Officer Roundtables bring diversity
managers in internal sessions, discussions, and situations for
together to engage in peer to peer dialogue about current
managers to access external conferences and speakers that
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
which they are not normally exposed, and allowing middle expose them to competitors D&I achievements to create awareness and pique competitive drive.
their own environments.
September 9, 2014
We would like to thank everyone who participated, our
Employee Resource Groups
Topic: Leading Practices in
highly-skilled facilitators, and the series sponsor and host
Keith Wagenknecht, senior vice president of Global Human Resources for Bank of America.
vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at Walgreens,
Host and Sponsor:
led a dynamic discussion on developing and supporting employee resource groups at a September 9 Chicago February 4, 2014
Topic: Connecting Diversity
and Inclusion to Performance and Pay
Nichole Barnes Marshall, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Aon, facilitated a thought provoking roundtable about leading strategies and challenges of connecting diversity and inclusion to performance and pay. June 3, 2014
Topic: Engaging Middle Managers
Anise D. Wiley â€“ Little, Managing Partner for MEGA K
Enterprises LLC, facilitated the roundtable to address the engagement of middle managers. A few of the insights
shared among participants as proven ways to engage middle managers through broadening the focus of inclusion
include being sure all stakeholders understand their roles, creating internal competition around D&I goals, including
Steve Pemberton, chief diversity officer and divisional
United Diversity Officer Roundtable. Members engaged
in peer to peer dialogue about the evolution of employee
resource groups (ERGs) and leading practices that align business development strategy that can be applied in their own organizations.
Leaders Council Series
The Leaders Council Series showcase transformative talks
October 2, 2014
The programs offer members an opportunity to deepen
with experts in order to advance diversity and inclusion. relationships and expand their toolkit of leading inclusion
Topic: Maximize the Value of Your Chicago United
Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United,
Chicago United would like to thank attendees, expert
their expertise and resources, gain exposure, and deepen
presenters, and the three session series sponsor and host, Craig Esko, senior vice president, client and community relations director, Chicago market for PNC.
discussed how Leaders Council members can leverage
relationships among Chicago United’s member companies. Ms. Castillo also provided a vision of new opportunities for
Leaders Council members to engage with Chicago United, contribute to the 2015 program line up, and walk away
with an expanded understanding of the benefits of your
Host and Sponsor:
membership in Chicago United. February 27, 2014
Topic: Strategic Networking: Winning Relationships
for Individuals and Their Companies
Fred Siegman, president of Siegman Consulting Group, Ltd., shared strategies to maximize connections and build key
business relationships. Fred presented the case for being
strategic when doing internal and external networking. He also highlighted a tool that allows individuals to map
their contacts, or relationships, to understand where they
have large clusters of similarity among individuals and, alternatively, where they might identify gaps, or less, of certain kinds of connections.
June 26, 2014
Topic: New Trends In
Zandra Zuno, executive director, multicultural practice
leader, co-leader, diversity & inclusion at GolinHarris and the presenter of the session, described “7 Ways You Can Be A Champion” in identifying multicultural markets for your organizations.
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions
chief administrative officer of Heidrick & Struggles and a
advancing multiracial participation on corporate boards
strategies to ensure greater visibility to those making board
have a goal of mobilizing Business Leaders of Color toward
of directors. These sessions also provide Business Leaders of Color an opportunity to foster relationships among this
2013 BLC, shared their experienced insights and practical recommendations.
elite group. We would like to thank the three session series
Several national executive search firms were in attendance
Heidrick & Struggles, and the host, The Metropolitan Club of
sponsor, 2009 Business Leader of Color Billy Dexter, partner, Chicago, for presenting the 2014 Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions.
to increase their knowledge of qualified diverse board
June 16, 2014
Topic: Mentorship & Sponsorship: “I Can Be What I See”
Host and Sponsor: March 18, 2014
Topic: Expanding Opportunities for Corporate Board Service
During this first session of the Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions in 2014, the attendees participated in a
rich panel discussion moderated by David Snyder, publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business and Chicago United CEO Council member.
Andrés Tapia engaged in dialogue with Urban Alliance Students
Chicago United’s next Business Leaders of Color Strategy
Session focused on inspiring multi-generational leaders. An executive coach with more than 30 years of manufacturing and sales experience, Wilfred Lucas, president of The W. Lucas Group Inc., interviewed Billy Dexter, managing partner of
Heidrick & Struggles, to highlight Dexter’s personal journey and pivotal milestones.
Attendees learned the roles and importance of continuous From left to right: Stephen Beard, David Snyder, Ana Dutra, Frank Clark, Gloria Castillo
Panelists Frank M. Clark, chairman of the BMO Financial Corp. Board of Directors, the holding company for BMO/
Harris Bank, director on the Boards of Waste Management, Inc. and Aetna Inc., and a 2003 BLC; Ana Dutra, (former) CEO of Mandala Global Advisors and a 2013 BLC; and Stephen Beard, executive vice president, general counsel, and
mentorship and sponsorship, whether on the giving or receiving end, to open doors and unlock challenges in the
development of multiracial leaders. This event was done in collaboration with Urban Alliance, an advocacy organization
that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and
mentorship. Chicago United supported the development of
this important talent pool by introducing these students to the Business Leaders of Color in attendance who served as
visible role models. The youth gained valuable networking
• Look hard to identify and discuss “news” and what is
Business Leaders of Color left with a clear understanding of
• Speak succinctly and say things that are relevant,
how it impacts their personal and professional growth.
• Don’t be afraid of what might seem like a negative story.
August 19, 2014
• Combine your personal story with company or industry
experience and exposure in the business community. The
the differences between mentorship and sponsorship and
Topic: Build Your Personal Brand As a Media Expert
distinctive about your story.
meaningful, and understandable by the non-expert. Look for a related positive opportunity.
issues. Be authentic, believe in it and get it out there.
• Understand that if you are acting as a spokesperson, it is your obligation to be interesting.
• Respond quickly, within minutes, if possible, and no later than hours. Tomorrow is too late!
• Expect that no credible source will allow you to review a story.
Stephen Reiss, managing editor, Crain’s Chicago Business;
Tracy Maple, Sunday editor, Chicago Sun-Times; (Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United;) Michelle
Gallardo, reporter for ABC7; Robert H. Jordan Jr., anchor, producer & writer, WGN-TV; and Douglas A. Holt, SVP
Corporate Communications, Northern Trust, shown
above left to right, participated in a panel discussion on establishing oneself as a media expert.
The Chicago United Business Leaders of Color represent
a largely untapped pool of talent available for media commentary. Individuals who desire to be identified as candidates for corporate directorships will benefit from the exposure and opportunities to build credibility in the
business community. In the August 19 Business Leaders
of Color Strategy Session, expert media suggested many excellent strategies to establish oneself as a sought-after source. A sampling of those strategies include:
• Establish an on-line presence, make yourself searchable, and list subjects you are available to speak about.
• Network and establish trust. New media entries are prevalent and eager to develop contacts.
2014 Year In Review – Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity Business Leaders of Color Panel Discussion
The African American Association for Personal and Profes-
BoardLink provides the business community a unique
diversity network group, presented a Business Leaders of
of color access to opportunities to develop skills that will
sional Growth (APPG), a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Color panel event that took place on December 11, 2014.
The theme was “Blazing Your Own Trail: How to Take Control of Your Career Growth and Development.” APPG hosts this event each year to recognize Chicago United’s distinguished
Business Leaders of Color and to provide a forum for those
leadership development tool that allows emerging leaders expand 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 they can impact the organization’s mission.
leaders to share insights and celebrate their success. Three
BoardLink is an electronic referral source where leaders
at Arenas Reilly Partners, Michelle Gaskill, president of
availability, and nonprofit organizations in search of
Business Leaders of Color honorees, David Arenas, president
Advocate Health Care - Trinity Hospital, and Patrick Scotto Di Luzio, head, personal segment management at BMO Harris
Bank, shared professional and personal stories of how they
burned any roadmaps created for them and instead blazed
their own trails to become the powerhouses they are today.
of color looking for board opportunities can post their
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 nonprofit sector. Many organizations are regular users of the tool.
BoardLink has been responsible for the placement of 55 multiracial professionals to nonprofit boards of directors
in Chicago. That’s 55 individuals who are increasing their leadership skills, broadening their networks, and moving into positions where they will further impact
diverse communities as they recommend and nominate colleagues for new board positions.
We would like to acknowledge the Federal Reserve Bank
of Chicago Leadership in attendance, President and CEO Charles Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity
Officer Valerie Van Meter, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Yuri Brown-Cruzat; and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Craig Marchbanks.
Chicago United presents annual awards on behalf of the chairman of the Board in six categories: Organizational Visionary, Program Champion, Chicago United Ambassador, Chicago United Benefactor, CEO Council Champion (2015), and The Champions Team (2015).
When appropriate a Most Valuable Partner is recognized. In addition to the honorees in the six categories, there are also
individuals who receive Honorable Recognition.
The Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting and those receiving Honorable Recognition will receive a letter from the Chairman thanking them for their service.
Awards are presented to members who are not currently serving on the Board of Directors.
Leaders Council Recognition • Organizational Visionary – Honors an individual who helped to develop the future of the organization through policy and program initiatives.
• Program Champion – Honors an individual who helped the organization develop and support programs and products including member programs, research, and advocacy.
• Ambassador – Honors an individual who connected the organization to other organizations and communities. • Chicago United Benefactor – Honors an individual who helped the organization develop the financial and in kind resources to support our programs.
• Most Valuable Partner (MVP) – Recognition of the exceptional contribution of one individual. This award is presented only if there is a worthy honoree. It is not presented every year.
Member Recognition – New Categories for 2015 • CEO Council Champion – Honors a CEO Council member who has made significant contributions to the advocacy, programs, or resources of the organization.
• The Champions Team – Honors a member organization team who, together, has made a significant contribution to the
advocacy, programs, or resources of the organization. The team must include the CEO Council member, Leaders Council member(s), and other participants from the enterprise who lend support to the organization.
2014 Ambassador Alberto Ortega, Director of Community Relations, Sodexo
2014 Benefactor Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director – Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
2014 Program Champion Anuradha Hebbar, Divisional Vice President, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Health Care Service Corporation
2014 Visionary Jeanne K. Mason, Ph.D. Corporate Vice President of Human resources, Baxter International Inc.
2014 Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Terri Woods, Director Human Resources, Greeley & Hansen
2014 CEO Council Champion Keith Wagenknecht, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, Bank of America
2014 Champions Team PwC LLC
2014 Ambassador Honorable Recognition Steve Ball, Associate Vice President, Development, Chicago Botanic Garden Toni Cornelius, Senior Vice President, Human Resource Operations Corliss Garner, Senior Manager Diverse markets, Community Affairs Valerie King, Director of Marketing, Holland Capital Management LLC Peter Muniz, General Counsel, Commercial Distribution Finance, GE Capital Jackie Robinson-Ivy, VP – Public Affairs and Government Relations, Northern Trust Patrick Scotto di Luzio, Head, Personal Segment Management, BMO Harris Bank William Sharp, Vice President Corporate Community Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Valerie Van Meter, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Stephanie Wang, Director, Transactional Procurement for AGL Resources, Nicor Gas
2014 Program Champion Honorable Recognition Nichole Barnes Marshall, Human Resources, Global Talent Development, Aon Kenneth Battle, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Paula Brown, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion/Community Liaison, Rush University Medical Center Carla Carstens, Chair Diversity Initiatives, Financial Executives International Lawrena Colombo, Partner, PwC LLP Melissa Donaldson, Director, Diversity Networks & Communication, Walgreen Co. Shyrl Hoover, Senior manager Talent Acquisition, Abbott Andrew Lee, Director, Workforce Diversity and Inclusion, Advocate Health Care Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer Divisional Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreens Co. Nazneen Razi, Senior Vice President, and Chief HR Officer, Health Care Service Corporation Douglas Sandborn, Manager Community Commerce and Partnerships, MillerCoors Fred Siegman, President, Siegman Consulting Services Warren Smith, Central Region Talent Leader, Ernst & Young LLP Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotel Corporation Darryl Tom, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Dr. Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve of Chicago Zandra Zuno, Executive director, Multicultural Practice, Golin
TH E WORK OF CH ICAGO U N ITED IS MADE POSSI BLE BY TH E SU PPORT OF OU R MEMBERS:
Financial Executives International
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Odell Hicks & Company, LLC
Access Community Health Network
General Electric Company
Advocate Health Care
Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp.
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP
Primera Engineers, Ltd.
Greeley and Hansen
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
Heidrick and Struggles
Bank of America
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Quarles & Brady LLP
Baxter International Inc.
Holland Capital Management LLC
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation
The Hollins Group Inc.
Hyatt Hotel Corporation
Rush University Medical Center
Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC)
Sidley Austin LLP
Krieg DeVault LLP
Laner, Muchin, Ltd.
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
UBM Facility Services Inc.
The University of Chicago /University of Chicago Medicine
BMO Harris Bank N.A. BP America Inc. Bryan Cave LLP Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Central City Productions, Inc. Chicago Botanic Garden The Chicago Community Trust Chicago State University Chicago Sun-Times
The Chicago Urban League
Chicago Zoological Society
Mitchell & Titus, LLP
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Crain’s Chicago Business
MZI Group Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
Northstar Lottery Group, LLC
Ernst & Young LLP Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) University of Illinois at Chicago UPS USG Corporation Walgreens Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC Weber Shandwick Wedgeworth Business Communications Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC
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