2016 Year in Review
Vision from our Chairwoman
Anne Pramaggiore President & Chief Executive Officer ComEd
As I reflect on this past year, I am inspired by all that has been
and senior leadership positions in the top 50 Chicago-
a true honor to serve as your Chairwoman and to collaborate
gains in diverse board representation and since the issuance
accomplished by Chicago United and its members. It has been
with our highly-engaged and exceedingly committed Board of Directors. Each of us works every day to actualize Chicago United’s mission to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color by advancing multiracial leadership in
corporate governance, executive level management, and business partner diversity. Chicago United remains commit-
ted to serve as a thought partner for its members as they progress on their diversity and inclusion journeys.
At the Bridge Awards Dinner in November we honored
James S. Metcalf, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of USG Corporation, for his success in cul-
tivating multiracial diversity within corporate governance,
the pipeline to management, and business partnerships. E&Y was recognized with the Bridge Advocate Award for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of
of the report, representation in the C-suite has remained stagnant. An analysis provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found significant disparities in work-lifetime earnings by race/ethnicity and gender within and across
various educational achievement levels. These findings reinforce the need for consistent, committed action to implement leading inclusive business practices.
Chicago United’s 2016 member programs presented thought leaders and local experts who addressed a variety of themes
that included micro aggression theory, comparing models of
change, and the importance of cultural agility as a business imperative. Sessions like these provide the environment for
sharing best practices among members, thus enhancing the strategic capacity of participating organizations.
diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These awards
In 2016, we welcomed several new members including
others to emulate their best practices.
Consulting Worldwide, LSL Healthcare Inc., Morgan Stanley,
bring visibility to those who have driven change and inspire
The Five Forward Initiative™ – a Chicago “best practice” initiative garnering a national reputation – has continued to enlist the commitment of organizations operating in the
Chicago Metropolitan area to establish or expand business relationships with five local minority owned businesses over
Allstate Corporation, Deloitte, Elemento L2, Kairos Nash Brothers Construction Co., Inc., Peoples Gas & North
Shore Gas, PMI Energy Solutions, LLC, Roosevelt University, and SDI Presence LLC. We’re delighted that you’re elected to join with us in advancing the Chicago United mission. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new members.
a period of five years. Developing small, local, and diverse
Sincere thanks to all for your continued engagement and
reinvigorating our neighborhoods. The Five Forward program
renewed determination, we are excited to work alongside
businesses is one of the most important actions we can take in
speaks precisely to that challenge and is a proven formula for supporting growth, jobs and investment in our communities.
Also this year, Chicago United unveiled the findings of its biennial report, Inside Inclusion: Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile, based on an analysis provided by E&Y. It
examined the racial composition of boards of directors
headquartered companies. The report revealed minimal
support of Chicago United. As we look ahead to 2017 with
Chicago United members to transform the Chicago region into the most inclusive business ecosystem in the nation.
Message from the President and CEO
President & Chief Executive Officer Chicago United
It has been a year filled with many achievements, defined by
leaders, recommendations for moving inclusion practices
an inclusive corporate culture and an engaged and effective
courageous conversations, and presents a toolkit that
our members’ commitment to intentional action to achieve team. It has also been a year filled with divisive rhetoric that
directly challenges the values of diversity and inclusion. These circumstances have inspired Chicago United to reflect
on the commitment of our members. Business leaders and, in particular, members of Chicago United understand that, in order to transform the Chicago region into the most inclusive business ecosystem, we need to engage the best talent that
brings a diversity of culture, race and ethnicity, thought, life experiences, and expertise.
Chicago United kicked off 2016 with the Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit. The event, hosted by Chicago United
forward like cross-cultural competency training and hosting enables organizations to measure their status and progress in six talent management areas. Diversity and Inclusion professionals who also served as members of the Inside Inclusion Task Force participated on a panel discussion and
shared their perspectives around the importance of trust and relationship-building as a tool for inclusion.
The conference concluded with a series of CID (Culture, Inclusion and Diversity) Talks that present thought-provoking
innovative ideas. We are confident that attendees of the conference gained valuable insights and key learnings.
member and presenting sponsor KPMG, featured several
Through Five Forward Chicago United continued to engage
management, and business diversity. We also welcomed
economy and generating job creation through individual
panels that addressed topics in business imperatives, talent
our new Chicago United Chairwoman Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. I would like to thank Anne and
our highly engaged Board of Directors, for their continued
support, commitment, and leadership toward advancing parity in economic opportunity for people of color.
Chicago United held a thought-provoking Transformative Inclusion Member Forum that featured Dr. Derald Wing Sue, profes-
sor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and which was hosted by PwC. Dr. Sue shared impor-
tant insights from his research on race and productive dialogue and microaggressions, the veiled, almost imperceptible biases
that take place against minorities on a daily basis in the form of comments or perspectives that unconsciously devalue the voices of those in marginalized positions.
The Chicago United Leadership Conference featured the unveiling of the 2016 Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile. The report examines the racial composition of board of directors and senior leadership positions in the top 50 Chicago-headquartered companies. It moves
beyond the data to provide anecdotal stories from Chicago
the Chicago corporate community in strengthening the local commitments to build the scale of five companies within the Chicagoland MBE community.
Chicago United recognized James S. Metcalf, former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of USG Corporation, during the annual Bridge Awards Dinner for his intentional efforts to create a more diverse workforce and board of direc-
tors at USG. EY was honored with the Bridge Advocate Award
for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and for their invaluable contributions in the development of Chicago United’s 2012, 2014, and 2016 Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile publications.
I have been inspired by our members’ steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusive business practices. As we move into
this new era, Chicago United’s mission to increase parity
in economic opportunity for people of color by advancing multiracial leadership is more important than ever. Chicago United will continue to serve as your thought partner, your
convener, and your safe haven for courageous conversations. Thank you, members, for your support, participation, and dedication.
2016 Year In Review The Chicago United Board of Directors Drives Strategic Direction The Board of Directors serves to oversee Chicago United’s strategic initiatives and ensure that the programs we produced
are effective, well managed, and thoughtfully designed to achieve our mission of corporate inclusion and economic parity for people of color.
The Chicago United Board of Directors met four times in 2016:
The Membership Committee initiated two new meetings
Hosted by: Chairwoman Anne Pramaggiore, President and
February 25, May 13, August 2, and November 1 CEO, ComEd, an Exelon Company
to build engagement among new members and new Board New Member Reception
Board of Directors Retreat
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hosted by: Board Director Tameka Morton, Partner, EY
Board of Directors Welcome Reception
Hosted by: ComEd, An Exelon Company
On January 22, the Board of Directors participated in an all-day
retreat. We are grateful to Shannel Talton, EY, for facilitating this fruitful discussion. As outcomes of the retreat, Chicago
United has rekeyed the language of its mission and vision, revamped its resource allocation and staffing models, begun development on new programming, and put new energy into our member engagement and external branding.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Hosted by: Greeley and Hansen The Finance Committee met four times in 2016: February 10, April 29, July 14, and October 12
Hosted by: Treasurer Robert Aguilar, Chief Operating Officer, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
The Finance Committee oversees the responsible
The Membership Committee met four times in 2016:
development and execution of Chicago United’s budget.
Hosted by: Vice Chairman Kip Kelley, President, Aon Affinity
provide counsel on issues of financial import. The Finance
February 9, April 20, July 8, and September 30
The Membership Committee keeps track of Chicago United membership, strategizes methods for expanding organizational impact in the city, and brainstorms ways to activate
They track the income and expenses of the organization and
Committee also encompasses an Investment Subcommittee, which evaluates the performance of our invested assets and provides recommendations for changes to our portfolio.
and foster engagement among our current members.
2016 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chairperson Anne R. Pramaggiore President and Chief Executive Officer ComEd, An Exelon Company Vice Chairman Kip Kelley† President Aon Affinity Treasurer Robert L. Aguilar * Chief Operating Officer Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Secretary John W. Daniels, Jr.† Chairman Emeritus Quarles & Brady LLP
Immediate Past Chairman Mark F. Furlong Retired President and Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank N.A. Board Members Kevin Brookins Senior Vice President, Strategy and Administration ComEd, An Exelon Company George Burciaga* Managing Director of Global Municipal Development & Innovation CIVIQ Smartscapes Stan Deans President, Retail Channel & U.S. Package Operations UPS †
Albert R. Grace, Jr.* Retired President Loop Capital Maurice Grant Principal Grant Law, LLC James P. Kolar Greater Chicago Market Managing Partner PwC Tameka Morton† Partner EY LLP John C. Robak† President Greeley and Hansen
William Santulli† Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Advocate Health Care Maurice Smith President Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Chairwoman of the Investment Subcommittee Monica Walker* CEO and Chief Investment Officer Holland Capital Management LLC Membership Committee
Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community and in Media Connected Women. Powerful Impact. January 19, 2016
Women in Public Service Program at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics – February 5, 2016
Castillo attended this roundtable discussion, featuring
At the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Castillo
from a number of influential leaders in Chicago. Participants
she shared her career path that led her to Chicago United as
perspectives on the development of women leadership
included Sidney Dillard, Mary Dillon, Connie Lindsey, Anne
Pramaggiore, and Diana Mendley Rauner. Proceeds from the benefit went to supporting the Ounce Prevention Fund and early childhood education.
KPMG 6th Annual Signature Diversity Event February 3, 2016 Castillo attended a signature diversity event hosted by KPMG Chicago’s African American and Hispanic Latino
participated in a student-moderated panel discussion where well as her experience forging partnerships between public and private institutions. As part of this discussion, she also
answered questions about the strategies she uses to position
Chicago United in alignment with our partner organizations
to drive our mission’s success. The panel was targeted
to women in public service and featured Sara El-Amine, executive director at Organizing for Action, and Patti SolisDoyle, former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Americans and Latinos in Corporate America. In a panel
ComEd Celebrates Women’s History Month March 9, 2016
to the underutilization of minority talent, touching on issues
As part of ComEd’s celebration of Women’s History Month,
of minority owned businesses in Chicago. Other panelists
During the event, Castillo spoke with several groups of young
Networks that focused on the current issues facing African moderated by Tyronne Stoudemire of Hyatt, Castillo spoke ranging from youth unemployment to the low growth rate
included Billy Dexter of Heidrick & Struggles, Marvin Dozier of KPMG, and David Gaeger of R & G Law Group.
United Airlines’ Supplier Diversity Businesses of Color Forum – February 4, 2016
Castillo signed up to be a mentor at a speed mentoring event. women and ComEd employees to share her path to success as well as her advice for helping them advance their own careers
and realize their aspirations. The speed mentoring portion of the event was followed by a keynote address from Brit Fitzpatrick of MentorMe.
Airlines’ Supplier Diversity event this year. The event provided
ComEd 2016 Diverse Supplier Awards April 4, 2016
diversity and covered topics such as the governance of diverse
ComEd hosted their first annual Diverse Supplier Awards
and strategies for the growth of supplier diversity. To close
businesses and their partners contributing to the electrical
Castillo gave the opening welcome at the launch of United a comprehensive look into the inner workings of supplier
partners, succession planning, minority control certification, the event, Castillo moderated a question and answer session with the event’s presenting speakers and gave some final remarks.
Presentation to acknowledge excellence among diverse
industry. Castillo attended the event at the Bridgeport, joining ComEd executive presenters Anne Pramaggiore, Terence
Donnelly, Fidel Marquez, and Michelle Blaise. There was also a keynote speech from Ralph Moore of Ralph G. Moore & Associates.
2016 Year In Review Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community and in Media The Chicago Network Launch Pad Plenary Session April 15, 2016 Castillo led a panel for the Chicago Network’s Launch Pad
adequate, efficient, reliable, safe, and least-cost public utility services to Illinois residents.
featured Tracy Benford of Goldman Sachs, Caroline Grace of
Celebrating 50 Years with Marshall Field June 13, 2016
panel touched on various facets of leadership—how each
Castillo celebrated Marshall Field’s 50th anniversary as
experiences of management, and advice for continuously
luncheon focused on the importance of scientific research
Plenary Session titled “Developing the Leader Within”, which Aon Hewitt, and Susan Hassan of Valor Equity Partners. The
woman came to be a leader, the challenging and rewarding developing one’s own leadership skills.
Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation Names Castillo to Board April 20, 2016
Chairman of the Field Museum at a luncheon on June 13. The
and public learning institutions and shared a number of rare objects from the museum’s collection.
The Executives’ Club of Chicago Senior Women’s Leadership Dinner – June 16, 2016
The Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation,
Castillo attended a Senior Women’s Leadership Dinner hosted
address the rapidly changing 21st century needs of businesses,
Ana Dutra, Jill Kouri, and Carrie Hightman. The topic of the
a new approach to economic development in Illinois that will announced that Gloria Castillo was among the Illinois business
leaders chosen to serve on the inaugural Board of Directors. Illinois will benefit from the recently created Corporation, which will assist the Department of Commerce in marketing
the state’s many assets in order to encourage job creation and
investment in Illinois. This work will enhance Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed structural reforms.
Leadership Greater Chicago Celebrate Leaders Dinner May 3, 2016 Castillo attended the Leadership Greater Chicago Celebrate
Leaders Dinner where Chicago Untied Board Member Maurice Smith accepted the Corporate Leadership Award for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. The dinner celebrated the
work that LGC does to foster great civic leadership in our city.
ICC Supplier Diversity Policy Session June 6, 2016 The Illinois Commerce Commission ran a policy session about reporting money spent on utilities by minorityowned businesses. As a part of this session, Castillo shared
Chicago United’s work with the Five Forward Initiative™ to advance the development of minority owned businesses in
Chicago. The Illinois Commerce Commission serves to ensure
by the Executives’ Club of Chicago featuring Deb DeHaas, dinner was “America’s Demographic Overhaul” to address
the changing landscape of the workforce and how women leadership should respond to and facilitate such changes.
Chicago Woman Magazine Interview June 30, 2016 Castillo was featured in an article in Women’s Magazine where she discussed the development of her career, her work
at Chicago United, and her enduring passion for social justice. Chicago Woman magazine is a publication that shares stories to empower and inspire women living and working in Chicago.
Sheltered Market Announcement with Governor Rauner – August 24, 2016 Castillo spoke at a conference in support of Governor Rauner’s
Sheltered Market bill. The bill is designed to make contracting with the state government easier for small, minority-owned
businesses. There were a number of political officials and community leaders at the conference, which was also broadcast to local television stations.
Hispanic National Bar Association VIP Reception September 7, 2016
Women’s Energy Summit Rising Star Forum September 19, 2016
Castillo spoke before the Hispanic National Bar Association
Castillo shared a panel with Jodi Caro of Ulta Beauty, Nancy
their annual convention, which addressed issues of Hispanic
they discussed the role of risk in developing a successful
(HNBA) at an event they held for their VIP members during
leadership. Castillo spoke from her experience to give her perspective on leadership to this audience of corporate leaders within the legal community.
Roosevelt University’s American Dream Conference September 12, 2016 Castillo
Wright of the Girl Scouts, and Ellen Best of Eire Direct where career. The forum audience was comprised of about 30
women who were identified as rising stars in the energy industry.
Flourish Women’s Conference September 21, 2016 at
The Flourish women’s conference was a daylong conference
Chicago businesswomen. Castillo spoke on a panel before
influential leaders in
Chicago all devoted to specific projects in the
realm of social justice. The
devoted to the professional and personal development of 100 women to share her trajectory and the choices she made in her career that brought her to her current position as CEO of Chicago United.
Dr. Samuel Betances and
Crain’s Who’s Who Breakfast September 28, 2016
The inaugural Who’s Who Breakfast featured conversations
Project, Tom Burrell, founder of Burrell Communications,
Raizin. Castillo attended this breakfast that set the stage
panel was moderated by
included Father Michael St.
Church, Dr. Dana Suskind, founder of the Thirty Million Words and Omar Yamini, author and activist. As a part of this
distinguished panel, Castillo shared her views on racial
disparities in lifetime earnings and the work that Chicago United is doing to ameliorate this issue. The audience was comprised of about seventy people from various echelons of the academic community ranging from undergraduate students to university administrators.
World 50 Executive Women’s Chicago Dinner September 14, 2016 Castillo was a featured guest at the World 50 Executive
with Michael Keiser, Anne Pramaggiore, Frank Ptak, and Lou for the upcoming launch of Crain’s Who’s Who list, which profiles Castillo among 560 other ‘movers and shakers’ in the Chicago region.
The Executives’ Club Reverse Perspective Breakfast September 29, 2016 Castillo and the Chicago United staff attended a breakfast
hosted by the Executives’ Club of Chicago focused on the
notion of reversed perspective and featuring a keynote presentation from Mark Hoplamazian of Hyatt.
Women’s Chicago Dinner and spoke on the nuances of diversity and inclusion with 15 other well-respected woman executives in Chicago.
2016 Year In Review Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community and in Media The Commercial Club One Thousand and Fortieth Meeting: The 2016 Elections – October 11, 2016
4th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference – December 2, 2016
Castillo attended a discussion held by the Commercial
The Images and Perceptions Diversity conference
the 2016 presidential election. The discussion included the
presentations on the importance of embracing diversity
Club of Chicago to explore the unique circumstances of perspectives of Republican political strategist Karl Rove and Democratic political strategist Jim Messina.
Advancing Multicultural Leadership Discussion at Kellogg School of Management – November 3, 2016 Castillo spoke with around 20 current Kellogg students in
a sit-down, close, and casual environment. The Q&A style
discussion was moderated by Ashton Clark, an MBA candidate at Kellogg, and touched on Castillo’s experience as CEO of Chicago United, Chicago United’s efforts to achieve economic
parity for people of color, and the research published in this year’s Inside Inclusion publication.
Valerie Van Meter Retirement Reception December 1, 2016 Castillo shared remarks at Valerie Van Meter’s retirement
reception in honor of her long time partnership with Chicago United and notable career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
encompassed a full day of courageous conversations and and collaboration among people from all walks of life. The
conference featured a number of prominent speakers includ-
ing Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Congresswoman
Robin Kelly. In her presentation, Castillo presented findings from Inside Inclusion on racial disparities in lifetime earning potential and the specific challenges and opportunities that
the Latino community faces in the contemporary business landscape. Her presentation also included research from the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
Governor Rauner Appoints Castillo to Bicentennial Commission – December 2, 2016 Gloria Castillo was appointed to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission by Governor Bruce Rauner, marking the 200th anniversary
of Illinois’ admission to the union. The commission will seek to support, create, and implement events and activities that
celebrate Illinois, while looking to create statewide initiatives
that foster innovation, promote education, and provide greater opportunity for all across the state. Through this position, Gloria will leverage her expertise in expanding multiracial business and
economic opportunity in the Chicago-land area and promote inclusion in the Bicentennial celebration.
Crain’s Chicago Business Inserts Through partnership with member company Weber Shandwick, Chicago United produced one four-page insert per quarter that
was inserted by member company Crain’s Chicago Business (one each) in four publications throughout 2017.
Chicago United’s Annual Meeting Breakfast and Leadership Summit president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, were also new additions to the Board.
Outgoing Chicago United Chairman, Mark Furlong, retired
president and CEO of BMO Harris Bank, provided attendees with an overview of the organization’s accomplishments last
year which included reaching a record number of members,
achieving the largest amount of fundraising support, (left to right) Chicago United Board Director Kevin B. Brookins, senior vice president, Strategy and Administration, ComEd; Chicago United Incoming Chairwoman Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd; Presenting Sponsor and Host Linda Imonti, national and Chicago Advisory Office leader, KPMG, LLP; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; and Immediate Past Chairman, Chicago United Board of Directors, Mark Furlong, retired president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, N.A
Chicago United kicked off 2016 with the Annual Meeting and
launching the Five Forward 20/20 Initiative, and establishing the Chicago United Fellowship program.
The annual Chairman Awards, which recognize the significant
contributions of Chicago United members, were announced by Chicago United President and CEO Gloria Castillo.
Leadership Summit. The event, hosted by Chicago United
member and presenting sponsor, KPMG, was attended by over
200 multiracial executives from Chicago’s leading businesses. Attendees welcomed incoming Chicago United Chairwoman Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, who spoke about her new leadership role and her view of Chicago
United’s mission – to build diversity and to build business in Chicago. “Chicago United is one of the most respected
business organizations in the city and I am honored to be elected as its chairwoman,” said Pramaggiore. “I look forward
to helping guide Chicago United’s mission to advance parity
in economic opportunity over the next year and creating a more inclusive environment for Chicago’s businesses and their employees and supplier partners.”
Pramaggiore succeeded Mark Furlong, retired president and chief executive officer of BMO Harris Bank, N.A., who will
become Chicago United’s immediate past chairman. Kip
Chairman’s award honorees (pictured left to right) with Chicago United’s Immediate Past Chairman Mark Furlong, retired president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.; representing KPMG to receive the 2015 Champion Team Reginald C. Reed, partner, KPMG LLP; accepting on behalf of 2015 Benefactor Craig Esko, senior vice president, Client and Community Relations, PNC Bank, was Juan J. Mir, senior vice president, PNC Bank; 2015 Ambassador Paula J. Brown, manager, Diversity & Inclusion, community employment liaison, Rush University Medical Center; accepting on behalf of 2015 CEO Council Champion Richard S. Price, chairman and CEO, Mesirow Financial, was Toni E. Cornelius, managing director, Inclusion and Workforce Strategy, Mesirow Financial; 2015 Visionary Richard Gamble, senior vice president of Operations, Chicago Zoological Society; 2015 Program Champion Billy Dexter, partner, Heidrick & Struggles; and Vice Chair, Chicago United Board of Directors, Kip Kelley, president, Aon Affinity.
Kelley, president of Aon Affinity, assumed the role of vice
The Annual Meeting concluded with a special presentation
strategy and administration at ComEd, who moved to serve
University of Maryland and Maital Guttman, diversity
chairman from Kevin B. Brookins, senior vice president of as a member of the Board. John W. Daniels, Jr., chairman
emeritus of Quarles & Brady, LLP, became the organization’s secretary.
Maurice Grant, principal at Grant Law, LLC, Jim Kolar, Greater
Chicago Market managing partner, PwC, and Maurice Smith,
from guest speakers, Cedric Herring, professor from the manager from McKinsey & Company who discussed the
question “Is There an ROI on Diversity?” from the academic
and business practitioner perspective. Kathy Hannan, national managing partner at KPMG moderated the discussion that
shed additional insight and unveiled research findings on how diversity directly impacts a business’ bottom line.
2016 Year In Review Chicago United’s Annual Meeting Breakfast and Leadership Summit Chicago Housing Authority. The group discussed tactical
strategies minorities can use to ascend to higher positions, specifically within the law field.
Panelists (left to right) Kathy Hannan, National Managing Partner, KPMG, (moderator); Cedric Herring, Professor, University of Maryland - Baltimore County; and Maital Guttman, Diversity Manager, McKinsey & Company
Following the Annual Meeting, members had the opportunity
which featured interactive presentations from key Chicago
Panelists (left to right) Michael Hernandez, equity partner and firm diversity officer, Franczek Radelet; LaVon Johns, partner, Goldstein & McClintock LLLP (moderator); and James Bebley, general counsel, Chicago Housing Authority.
management, and procurement.
Talent Management Track
Business Imperatives Track
Jim McCoy, vice president of ManpowerGroup Solutions, and
Frank K. Ross, director, Howard University, kicked off the first
led an impactful discussion moderated by Shyrl Hoover,
to participate in Chicago United’s annual Leadership Summit, business leaders in the areas of business imperatives, talent
session along with Brent Baccus, principal, Washington, Pittman & McKeever and Maria de. J Prado, partner and co-
founder, Prado & Renteria CPAs. The group discussed tactical ways to increase and retain minority talent, specifically in
the accounting industry and shared insights on the key skills
Shari Runner, president and CEO of Chicago Urban League, senior manager, Talent Acquisition at Abbott on recruiting
and managing diverse talent based on insights from Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program and
ManpowerGroups upcoming study on new recruitment tools.
needed to navigate internal culture and expectations.
Panelists (left to right) Brent Baccus, principal, Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC; Maria de J. Prado, partner and co-founder, Prado & Renteria CPAs; and Frank K. Ross, director, Howard University, School of Business, Center for Accounting (moderator).
Following, LaVon Johns, partner, Goldstein & McClintock led
a compelling discussion on the idea of disruptive inclusion with Michael Hernandez, equity partner and firm diversity
officer, Franczek Radelet and James Bebley, general counsel,
Panelists (left to right) Shari Runner, president & CEO, Chicago Urban League; Jim McCoy, vice president, Solutions, ManpowerGroup Solutions; and Shyrl Hoover, senior manager, Talent Acquisition, Flexible Recruiting Solutions, Abbott (moderator).
Later, attendees learned about the importance of mentorship
and sponsorship in a conversation led by Virginia Clarke, president & CEO of Talent Optimization Partners, in which
Billy Dexter, partner at Heidrick & Struggles, Sandra Finley,
president & CEO of League of Black Women, and Cid Wilson, president & CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility all discussed how their organizations are making sponsorship more accessible for high potential diverse employees.
Panelists (left to right) O. Kate Tregesser, partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Lance Foster, vice president, RGMA & Associates (moderator); and Ruby McCleary, director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines
Panelists (left to right) Cid Wilson, president and CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility; Sandra Finley, president & CEO, League of Black Women; Ginny Clarke, president & CEO, Talent Optimization Partners (moderator); and Billy Dexter, partner, Heidrick & Struggles.
have earned national accolades for their efforts to promote
multiracial leadership by leveraging best-in-class diversity time programs and processes. Regardless of where they are on the curve, every member contributes to the environment
Attendees learned more
and learns ways to optimize their businesses through their
about the federal govonly
and candid discussions of race and ethnicity in business. Some
and inclusion practices. Others may be implementing first-
Members come to Chicago United for unparalleled, honest,
dedicated to procurement
- General Services Admin (GSA) from Great Lakes
Regional Administrator Dr. Ann Kalayil who discussed how companies can use the GSA technology to build a
more diverse supply chain.
Presenter Dr. Ann P. Kalayil, regional administrator, Great Lakes Region, General Service Administration.
During the session, MBE’s
also gained additional insight into how to be considered and
included in the GSA to further their ability to achieve federal government contracts.
In “Diverse Supplier Development,” the second procurement session moderated by Lance Foster, vice president of RGMA
& Associates, bundling and acting intentionally were two key
points highlighted by United Airlines’ Director of Supplier
Diversity Ruby McCleary. Companies learned more about the
best practices that United uses to help MBEs expand and build their business. Kate Tregesser from Taft Stettinius &
Hollister LLP shared considerations for companies interested in growing their supplier diversity programs and partners.
2016 Year In Review
in the workplace and in societies. Dr. Sue emphasized a few points to help guide these discussions:
• It is important to acknowledge we are all cultural and
National Thought Leader in Inclusion Dr. Derald Wing Sue Spoke on Difficult Race Conversations
racial beings: Dr. Sue insists we must accept we are the conditioned by society and culture, and therefore, we are subject to our own views and biases. By coming to this
realization, we can begin to engage in conversations that acknowledge ourselves and others.
• Do not assume a defensive position: Race conversations may push buttons, so it is always important to acknowledge
strong emotions and remain open to share our own biases. In situations where micro aggressions are detected or
racist dialogue begins one can take responsible action., Dr. Sue recommends using phrases like “let’s not go there” or “I know you mean well, but that hurt” as bridges to ensure dialogue stays constructive.
• Understand the difference between process and content: (Left to right)Vilma Y. Chan, Diversity Leader: Greater Chicago Market, PwC, Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia University, Gloria Castillo, President and CEO, Chicago United, and Jim Kolar, Greater Chicago Market Managing Partner, PwC.
During race talks, it is crucial to be able to filter hostile, problematic responses or blanket statements about
minorities (content) from what an individual is thinking,
Chicago United held a thought-provoking Transformative
feeling, or being made uncomfortable by (process). By
and education at Teachers College, Columbia University,
a constructive conversation.
Inclusion Member Forum featuring, professor of psychology
acknowledging this difference, we may be able to achieve
Dr. Derald Wing Sue on the subject of race and productive
Dr. Sue’s thought-provoking presentation was followed by an
dialogue, which was hosted by PwC at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago on May 18, 2016.
exclusive Chicago United CEO Council Luncheon, in which he further stressed the importance of acknowledging oneself
Dr. Sue opened his presentation with one of his main areas of
as a cultural and social being, and elaborated on the impact
Sue, microaggressions are the veiled, almost imperceptible
organizations and communities.
research and discussion: microaggressions. According to Dr.
and operational applications this can have on business
biases that take place against minorities on a daily basis in
Members come to Chicago United for unparalleled, honest,
the form of comments or perspectives that unconsciously
devalue the voices of those in marginalized positions. Likewise, Dr. Sue deconstructed how expressions like “racism is a thing of the past” or “I’m colorblind” invalidate the cultural experiences of minorities and further dissimulate
the realities of white privilege and prevent us from engaging in meaningful discussions professionally and personally.
To this point, Dr. Sue presented his concept of Race Talk,
and candid discussions of race and ethnicity in business. Some have earned national accolades for their efforts to promote
multiracial leadership by leveraging best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices. Others may be implementing firsttime programs and processes. Regardless of where they are on the curve, every member contributes to the environment
and learns ways to optimize their businesses through their participation.
which he further defined:
• White Talk: The narrative shared by white, western European descendants that knowingly or unconsciously perpetuates inequities and justifies inaction, and
• Black Talk: A counter-narrative with the potential to decode racist assumptions and expose clashing racial realities.
It is at the crux of these two perspectives where Dr. Sue
believes the most meaningful dialogues can take place both
Dr. Sue introduces the concept of microaggressions as illustrated by Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise.”
Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile Expanding diversity and inclusion requires commitment and intentional action emanating from the most senior officers.
There is good reason for this focused commitment. Groundbreaking research in the 2015 Diversity Matters report conducted by McKinsey & Company presented an analysis of 366 companies in the UK, Canada, Latin American and the U.S, which
revealed a statistically significant correlation between diversity in leadership and bottom line results. The report indicated, “In the U.S. there continues to be a linear relationship between ethnic/racial diversity and better financial performance.”
This research has substantiated long time assertions that adding racial and ethnic diversity on boards and in executive ranks supports better results when addressing complex issues and many senior business leaders have embraced the upward potential for their firms.
Chicago United’s 2016 Inside Inclusion Featuring
the Corporate Diversity Profile evaluates the toplevel findings on gains
and losses in diverse representation in leadership
in the top 50 publicly held
John W. Rogers, Jr.
Charles P. Garcia
Andrew J. McKenna
corporations in Chicago.
Warren M. Smith, Americas career management leader at
Ernst & Young show that
the study of diversity in leadership of Chicago’s top 50
The results uncovered by
there have been incre-
mental gains in minority representation on boards. The data
also indicates stagnant diversity in the C-suite and a decline in diverse representation in the executive ranks.
Intentional action is needed now, more than ever, to implement leading inclusive business practices. To assist
Ernst & Young LLP, lead the EY research team that provided corporations. As chairman of the Inside Inclusion Task Force, Warren led our prestigious team of diversity and human
resources professionals to discover the most relevant
inclusion challenges which, in turn, reaped an extraordinary resource we are confident our members will reference regularly.
companies as they take deliberate actions towards change,
Inside Inclusion Task Force
and leadership insights germane to advancing diversity and
objectives of the 2016 Inside Inclusion, providing exceptional
this resource publication provides relevant research, tools, inclusion (D&I) within Chicago corporations.
We are grateful for the support of all who collaborated
to bring this paramount advocacy work to light. John W. Rogers, Jr., chairman, CEO & chief investment officer of Ariel
Investments; Charles P. Garcia, CEO of ALPFA (Association of
Latino Professionals for America); and Andrew J. McKenna,
Several individuals helped to shape the concepts and guidance and feedback:
• Paula J. Brown, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Rush University Medical Center
• Melissa Donaldson, Chief Diversity Officer, Human Resources, Wintrust Financial Corporation
chairman emeritus of McDonald’s Corporation and
• Deidra Jenkins, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the
how, as board members, they have been able to stimulate
• Gregory Jones, Managing Director, Diversity & Inclusion,
Schwartz Supply Source, shared compelling stories about new thinking about D&I within the companies on whose boards they serve.
Americas, Northern Trust United Airlines
2016 Year In Review Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile • Andrew Lee, PsyD, MHA, Vice President, Diversity and
• Talent Acquisition
• Will Lewis, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of
• Performance Management
Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Advocate Health Care America
• Jessica Norten, Former Senior Director, Diversity and Integrated Talent Management, MillerCoors
• Charmon Parker Williams, Principal Consultant/President, Parker Williams Consulting
• Perika J. Sampson, Vice President, Regional Diversity Officer, Morgan Stanley
• Warren M. Smith, Americas Career Management Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
• Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
• Manika Turnbull, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
• Valerie J. Van Meter, Retired SVP; Central Bank Services,
and System Leadership Initiative, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
• James S. Williams, Jr., Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, The University of Chicago Medicine
• Terri Woods, Director of Human Resources, Greeley and Hansen
We are thankful to the Inside Inclusion Task Force for
identifying first-hand accounts of business challenges and successes
• Succession Management
• Recognition and Rewards • Leadership Development
• Transforming to a Culture of Inclusion A companion scorecard for leaders that maps with our Toolkit
as well as aligns with the leadership competency model was
introduced in this issue. This leader scorecard is designed as a self- assessment tool to provoke thought and reflection on how leaders are personally demonstrating accountability in the seven areas of the toolkit, and enables them to chart
their progress. Chicago United member corporations have a link to the online version of the Toolkit as well.
We are extremely fortunate and grateful to have the
valuable contributions of Charmon Parker Williams, principal consultant/president of Parker Williams Consulting, who
served as the primary author; conducted qualitative research
and executive interviews; and provided the framework for the leadership cross-cultural competency model and talent management scorecards.
Chicago United advocates for sustainable change through
outstanding talent management and diversity practices which enhances the long-term viability of Chicago-based corporations and secures growth opportunities for publicly and privately held corporations of our region.
Through the generous contributions of The Federal Reserve
It is our intention that this report will serve as a resource to
economist, we presented the Chicago business community
as we transform Chicago into one of the most inclusive
Bank and Maude Toussaint-Comeau, senior business with factual data and projections that uncovered significant disparity in the lifetime earnings of people of color.
Benchmarking and tracking progress in D&I is critical. The Toolkit included in Inside Inclusion offers a framework to do so and is a continued feature of this publication as a ready
reference guide. The Toolkit enables an organization to measure its status and progress in seven talent management domains including:
assist corporations on their diversity and inclusion journeys business ecosystems in the nation.
The Five Forward Initiative™ The Chicago United Five Forward Initiative™ engages the corporate community in our common goal of strengthening the local economy and enhancing job creation by supporting a stronger Chicagoland minority business enterprise (MBE) community. The program seeks to enlist the direct support of CEOs of mid-
Through Supplier Development” to Committed Corporations
area to expand or establish business relationships with
the triple bottom line as profit, people, and the public and
to large-sized corporations operating Chicago metropolitan
local minority suppliers over a five-year period. Committed corporations can expand their influence by bringing their
prime contractors to the table. When prime contractors
also commit to grow local MBEs, they become Committed Corporate Champions.
Five Forward raises the bar of corporate supplier diversity
programs by focusing on developing true partnerships, rather than limited transactional relationships.
The Chicago United team is currently growing the pool of Committed Corporations and Committed Corporate
Champions. We currently have Committed Companies at varying stages of the five-step process which includes
empowering internal stakeholders, identifying areas of opportunity, vetting capable MBEs, selecting MBEs, and reporting spend and performance quarterly.
A partnership with The Great Cities Institute (GCI) at
University of Illinois at Chicago has added a robust analysis of the collection and survey processes. To maximize all
and MBE stakeholders in the program. The program defined described how peers around the country are developing
minority businesses from one of the leading corporate procurement strategists in supplier diversity.
Five Forward 2020 - Success Strategies & Networking December 8, 2016
Event Host: MillerCoors The Chicago United team provided a brief summary of the current progress of Five Forward and premiered the “What
is Five Forward” video that succinctly describes the Initiative. A keynote address was provided by David Gupta, chief
executive officer of SDI Presence LLC, a firm that is both a
Committed Corporation and a MBE partner in Five Forward. SDI achieved DIAMOND status (highest) in the initial Five Forward cohort. The following recommendations were presented by this dual stakeholder: MBEs:
data collecting opportunities, GCI has been involved in
• Partnerships grow in the unlikeliest places; a little overlap
from reviewing the newly developed semi-annual survey
• Reciprocal relationships deliver the most value: Bring ideas
the development of the data collection processes ranging questions to sitting in on the onboarding orientations for the corporations and MBEs.
The Chicago United technology infrastructure has been greatly enhanced to include a more robust database management system and website. The website hosts the collection points for both the quantitative revenue generation and the qualitative relationship survey data gathering.
isn’t a deal breaker.
and industry expertise, and be a part of the sales process.
• YOU. MUST. DELIVER. This program expects excellent
delivery! Be smart in what you take on and work with your partner to get it done.
Committed Corporations: • Facilitate connections to end users to create the
opportunity for relationship building - shop talk needs to occur.
Delivering the Triple Bottom Line Through Supplier Development
• Look for an opportunity to “tryout” your MBE – an RFP,
Host: Mesirow Financial
• Facilitate connections with existing Tier 1 vendors.
Ralph G. Moore, president and CEO of RGMA & Associates,
Attendees received a Minority Business Directory to assist in
May 12, 2016
presented a session titled “Delivering the Triple Bottom Line
the identification of available MBEs.
2016 Year In Review The Chicago United Leadership Conference Chicago United’s Leadership Conference Featured Release
towards diversity. “The most important competency that is
Profile, Culture, Inclusion & Diversity “CID” Talks, and More
inclusive team competency is the will to change.”
of 2016 Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity
lacking,” stressed Andrés, “is courage. The most important
Chicago United held a thoughtprovoking leadership conference September 16 that examined the current state of multiracial
leadership in Chicago, as the organization unveiled its 2016 Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile report
at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Chicago United President and CEO Gloria Castillo opened the conference by commending the shared values of attendees who intentionally work to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color by advancing best-in-class
Valerie J. Van Meter, former SVP, Central Bank Services, System
Her remarks were followed by Tyronne Stoudemire, vice
Warren Smith, Americas career management leader, Ernst
diversity and inclusion practices inside Chicago corporations. president of global diversity and inclusion, Hyatt Hotels
Corporation, who touched on the importance of working
across differences and living life “inclusively,” now more
than ever. Tyronne’s comments were followed by Terry Miller, manager for diverse business empowerment, ComEd, An
Exelon Company, who spoke about the company’s dedication to minorities as exemplified by its commitment to creating “more vibrant communities, giving people jobs and dignity.”
Following these inspiring remarks, the conference then
turned to Andrés Tapia, senior client partner/solution lead, Korn Ferry Hay Group. During his presentation, Andrés
stressed the need for true “inclusive leaders,” defined as
Leadership Initiative, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and
& Young LLP, presented the primary data each of their organizations contributed to the 2016 Inside Inclusion
Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile publication. Valerie
presented the staggering earnings trajectories over a 40-year career of different races/ethnicities, genders, and
education levels using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The
results found that, compared to white males, most minorities experience significantly reduced lifetime earnings regardless
of their level of educational achievement. Warren described the stagnant state of diversity in the executive ranks of Chicago’s top 50 public companies, ranked by revenue in Crain’s Chicago Business’ Book of Lists.
having the ability to lead by embracing global perspective,
Moving beyond the research to provide paths forward,
umbrella of diversity.
by Warren, including panelists Melissa B. Donaldson, vice
innovation, change, and growth – all of which fall under the
Andrés explained that this competency can yield long-term
financial benefits, but these gains rely heavily on an inclusive leader’s ability to reflect on their experience and mindset
Andrés Tapia, senior client partner/solution lead, Korn Ferry Hay Group; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; Valerie J. Van Meter, SVP, Central Bank Services, System Leadership Initiative, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and Terry Miller, manager for diverse business empowerment, ComEd, An Exelon Company
the conference continued with a discussion moderated
president and chief diversity officer, Wintrust Financial
Corporation, Andrew Lee, PsyD, MHA, vice president, Diversity & Inclusion and chief diversity officer, Advocate Health Care, Gregory Jones, managing director, Diversity
The Chicago United Leadership Conference & Inclusion, United Airlines, and Tyronne Stoudemire, vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels
Corporation. These leaders, who strive to increase inclusive practices within their own organizations, were among the members of the Inside Inclusion Task Force which shaped the concepts and objectives of the research document. Panelists shared insightful anecdotes and perspectives around the importance of trust and relationship-building as a tool for inclusion.
Shari Runner, president and CEO, Chicago Urban League; Julian G. Posada, EVP of marketing and strategy, Chicago Sun-Times; Shannon Schuyler, principal – chief purpose officer, corporate responsibility leader and PwC Charitable Foundation president, PwC; and Jo-Elle Mogerman, senior vice president of conservation, education, and community affairs for the Chicago Zoological Society.
Attendees of the conference gained valuable insights and
key learnings—most notably, the importance of establishing a commitment to intentional action from personal and
organization-wide levels. As was demonstrated by the various presenters at the event, a dedication to diversity and Warren Smith, Americas career management leader, Ernst & Young LLP; Melissa B. Donaldson, vice president and chief diversity officer, Wintrust Financial Corporation; Andrew Lee, PsyD, MHA, vice president, Diversity & Inclusion and chief diversity officer, Advocate Health Care; Gregory Jones, managing director, Diversity & Inclusion, United Airlines; and Tyronne Stoudemire, vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
The conference concluded with a series of culture, inclusion and diversity “CID” Talks, introduced by Terry Miller. Jo-Elle
inclusion can take a multitude of forms and approaches. In light of the staggering statistics unearthed by the Inside
Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile, it is more
important than ever for our local business leaders to consider
what purposeful changes they can make to strengthen diversity within their organizations and positively impact the communities of Chicago.
Mogerman, senior vice president of conservation, education,
and community affairs for the Chicago Zoological Society, spoke on the natural connections and lessons learned
between nature, diversity, and inclusion. Shannon Schuyler, principal – chief purpose officer, corporate responsibility
leader and PwC Charitable Foundation president, PwC, spoke on the importance of developing a sense of purpose
professionally and personally, as well as the impact this has on business practices. Julian G. Posada, EVP of marketing
and strategy, Chicago Sun-Times, explored the current state
of news distribution and asked attendees to challenge their own bias through the way we consume media. Finally, Shari
Runner, president and CEO, Chicago Urban League, shone light through some of the systemic and racially motivated
policies in place today, and the need to address them to ensure we continue weaving a more equitable Chicago.
2016 Year In Review The Bridge Awards Dinner Celebrating Diversity Milestones and Inspiring Inclusive Leadership
The evening was hosted by ABC 7
news anchor Judy Hsu, who shared her experience as a Taiwanese immigrant and the challenges she
faced that forced her to “dig a little
deeper, hold on a little tighter, and stand a little taller.”
Judy’s introduction was followed Judy Hsu
by a special video message from
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. In
his message, Governor Rauner recognized how, since the beginning of his term, he has acknowledged the importance of building a more collaborative business community in (Left to right) Gloria Castillo, president and chief executive officer, Chicago United, James S. Metcalf, former chairman, president & chief executive officer at USG Corporation, Kevin B. Brookins , senior vice president, Strategy and Administration, ComEd, An Exelon Company, and Jennifer Scanlon, president & chief executive officer, USG Corporation.
Chicago United hosted its annual Bridge Awards Dinner, presented by Hyatt Hotels Corporation, on Thursday,
Illinois in order to achieve a more financially healthy state. Governor Rauner also recognized Chicago United President
and CEO Gloria Castillo, who he recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Intersect Illinois, a state organization
focused on increasing Illinois’ competitiveness for job creation.
November 17, 2016. James Metcalf, former chairman,
Following Governor Rauner’s video message, Cook County
was recognized with the Bridge Award for his intentional
48-year-old commitment to diversity and the challenges
president and chief executive officer at USG Corporation, efforts to create a more diverse workforce and board of directors at USG. Kelly Grier, vice chair, Central Region managing partner at EY, accepted
the Bridge Advocate Award for
Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke on Chicago United’s
faced by those in Cook County who are adversely impacted by a lack of economic opportunity. Attendees were then
treated to a special video highlighting Chicago United’s call to be part of the change and the inclusion that will create
advancing diversity and inclusion
opportunities and forge a new path for others.
in the workplace and for their invaluable contributions in the
2012, 2014, and 2016 Inside Inclusion
executive officer, Hyatt Hotels
development of Chicago United’s
Hoplamazian, president and chief
Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile publications.
Corporation, delivered an insightful
speech on envisioning perspective
“from the other side” and how
this allows Hyatt to redefine their Mark Hoplamazian
purpose from “service” to “care.” In addition, Hoplamazian spoke on
how this shift in perspective allowed the company to extend their role as partners in the community and provide muchneeded opportunities.
After a delightful music break courtesy of the exemplary
is creating an environment that’s welcoming, and it is this
vice chairman, Chicago United Board of Directors, outlined
example to achieve success.
Chicago Sinfonietta, Kip Kelley, president, Aon Affinity, and
Chicago United’s achievements in 2016 and introduced an acceptance video from Bridge Advocate Award recipient Kelly Grier, vice chair, Central Region managing partner, EY.
Chicago United presented another video highlighting the
ripple effect results stemming from the day-to-day and
sense of leadership that allowed him to lead the way by
Among his goals, Metcalf announced his desire for the next
CEO of USG to “not look like him,” before proudly presenting
Jennifer F. Scanlon as his successor – USG’s first female CEO in 115 years.
year-in-year-out work to unleash new thinking on talent
The event concluded with Gloria Castillo thanking all of the
opportunities for people of color to reach their full potential
The distinguished honorees celebrated are, and will continue
development in our organizations and to provide more in a business context.
One of the highlights of the evening came from the remarks presented
to be, prime examples of the leadership needed to support
a strong local economy and advance multiracial diversity across the Chicago business landscape.
by Gloria Castillo, Chicago United’s
Chicago United would like to thank the Bridge Awards
officer, who delivered a passionate
our vision to transform the Chicago region into the most
president and chief executive
speech on the current state of affairs. “(The work we do at Chicago United) makes me hopeful, but
let me be real: I am worried,” said Gloria Castillo
attendees and sponsors for a wonderful, inspiring evening.
Dinner Host Committee and our sponsors. Proceeds support
inclusive business ecosystem in the nation by engaging the top publicly and privately held corporations in leading talent management and inclusive diversity practices.
Castillo during her remarks. “We
must acknowledge there is fear
and anger on both sides and that is uncomfortable. Over the
next year and beyond, our businesses must invest in hosting
real dialogue (which) sheds light and reinforces corporate inclusion values. Dialogue that heals. Dialogue that brings
us together. Dialogue that lifts us.” Attendees of the
event celebrated Gloria’s address with a standing ovation, demonstrating how the leaders present will model what it takes to heal the divide.
Gloria’s inspiring remarks were
followed by an equally moving
delivery from James Metcalf, former chairman, president &
chief executive officer at USG Corporation, who highlighted the
company’s remarkable trajectory and commitment for diversity at
a local and global level. According to Metcalf, one of USG’s core values
2016 Year In Review The Bridge Awards Dinner Bridge Awards Dinner Host Committee List Chicago United Board of Directors Chairwoman Anne R. Pramaggiore President and Chief Executive Officer ComEd, An Exelon Company Bridge Awards Dinner Presenting Sponsor Mark S. Hoplamazian President and Chief Executive Officer Hyatt Hotels Corporation Gregory C. Case President and Chief Executive Officer Aon David Casper President and Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank
Steve Easterbrook President and Chief Executive Officer McDonald’s Corporation
Brett Hart Executive Vice President and General Counsel United Airlines, Inc.
Alex Gourlay Co-Chief Operating Officer Walgreens Boots Alliance President Walgreens Corporation
John H. Idler President and General Manager ABC 7 Chicago
Kelly Grier Vice Chair and Central Region Managing Partner EY Cheryl Harris Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Sourcing & Procurement Solutions Allstate Insurance Company
John C. Robak President Greeley and Hansen
Scott C. Swanson President PNC Bank Illinois
E. Scott Santi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ITW
Frederick H. Waddell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northern Trust Corporation
Vildan Kehr Divisional Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition Abbott
William Santulli Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Advocate Health Care
Andrew J. McKenna Chairman Schwarz Supply Source
David Snyder Publisher Crain’s Chicago Business
James S. Metcalf Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer USG Corporation
Paula Steiner President and Chief Executive Officer Health Care Service Corporation
Advocates for Change:
Corporate Citizens for Change:
Leaders for Change:
Ariel Investments BP America Inc.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Heidrick & Struggles
Bryan Cave LLP
HBK Engineering, LLC
Chicago Zoological Society
Holland Capital Management LLC
Chicago Tribune Media Group
DeVry Education Group
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Lambent Risk Management Services, Inc.
Loop Capital Macy’s
Rush University Medical Center
SDI Presence LLC
MZI Group, Inc.
University of Chicago Medicine
Quarles & Brady LLP
Robert R. McCormick Foundation Roosevelt University
University of Illinois at Chicago Weber Shandwick
Wintrust Financial Corporation
CEO Council Sessions CEO Sessions provide an opportunity for senior leaders to attend a peer level discussion of topics related to maintaining a positive corporate culture and driving business growth through diversity and inclusion. Chicago United serves as a thought partner bringing to light issues senior leaders should consider in order to cultivate multiracial leadership in their business.
Redefining Business Success in a Changing World
events that bring together local CEOs who are governed by a
Hosted by: PwC
The Chicago United CEO Roundtables are invitation only
board of directors. Roundtable participants come together to
April 7, 2016
experience presentations by national corporate leaders who
Chicago United member Jim Kolar,
exhibit leading diversity and inclusion practices.
managing partner - Greater Chicago Market for PwC, presented survey
The CEO Roundtable Series provides rare and valuable
findings from 1,409 CEOs worldwide and
opportunities to engage in confidential peer dialogue
what they had to say about the global
focused on building diverse and inclusive leadership and a
diverse board of directors, thereby providing strong evidence of the importance that Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business leaders place on
economic outlook and the challenges Jim Kolar
they face in building a business ready for the more complex global marketplace of
maximizing the benefits of culture in business.
the future. Technological advances and demographic shifts
and how CEOs are driving innovation globally by aligning
November 17, 2016
play a major part in affecting stakeholder expectations business strategies, all parts of their operating model, and
Presenting sponsor of the Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner, Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt
customer and talent strategies with the changing needs of their diverse stakeholders.
Hotels Corporation, hosted a CEO Roundtable that
National Thought Leader in Inclusion: Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Reception and Dinner.
Hosted by: PwC
immediately preceded the Chicago United Bridge Awards
May 18, 2016
Chicago United held a thought-provoking Transformative
2016 Chicago United Bridge
professor of psychology and education at Teachers College,
facilitated dialogue with the
Inclusion Member Forum featuring Dr. Derald Wing Sue,
Awards honoree James Metcalf,
Columbia University, on the subject of race and productive
retired chairman, president and
dialogue, which was hosted by PwC at the Metropolitan Club
CEO, USG Corporation.
This event represented a rare and
in Chicago on May 18, 2016. James Metcalf
valuable opportunity to engage in confidential peer dialogue focused on building diverse and inclusive leadership.
CEO Council Strategy Sessions
The strategy sessions are exclusive to Chicago United CEO
Council members and are intended to be private, highly
Chicago United CEO Council members were invited to a private luncheon that immediately followed the all-member presentation. Each registered CEO Council member in
attendance received a copy of Sueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race, compliments of PwC.
interactive discussions of shared values among peers.
2016 Year In Review Diversity Officers Roundtable Series Three-Session Series
Comparing Models of Change
Aligning Employee Resource Groups to Operational Metrics
Perika Sampson, vice president and
Host and sponsor: Bank of America
October 13, 2016
April 14, 2016
Haven Cockerham, President and CEO
“Aligning Employee Resource Groups to
Models of Change.”
Diversity & Inclusion Learning and
Inclusion Strategy, Bank of America, presented “Comparing
egies and the challenges of connecting
Perika provided an overview of the state of diversity in the
focus on growing their internal strength, building their
Employee Resource Groups to business
Mr. Cockerham discussed how to more effectively track and
measure your organization’s employee resource groups’ goals,
initiatives, and action plans through a web-based program. Mr. Cockerham shared insights about how companies have
deployed ERG goal setting and benchmarking to successfully advance diversity and inclusion initiatives within their organizations.
financial services industry. She described her organization’s team through nontraditional recruiting, and engaging and retaining staff through mentoring. One new concept that
resonated with individuals in attendance was the idea of
developing diverse team members through the transition of business as a strategy of retiring partners. Namrata Yadav described the holistic
approach that Bank of America is taking
to institutionalize diversity and inclusion
Using Gamification to Create Diversity & Inclusion
in all leadership competency training.
They are creating high-performing teams
June 16, 2016
by focusing on individual employees and Scott
facilitated a roundtable discussion
about how an interactive experience can lead to improved individual, team, and organizational performance.
Hoesman described how incorporating popular “gaming” techniques into
larger diversity and inclusion strategies, like incentives and
competition, can create breakthroughs and connections in your employee populations. Hoesman demonstrated an
example of a game that leading companies are using to advance adult learning principles and to bring D&I content to life to create organizational change.
Yadav, senior vice president, head of
of Cockerham and Associates, facilitated
Operational Metrics” about leading strat-
region, Morgan Stanley, and Namrata Perika Sampson
a thought-provoking roundtable titled
regional diversity officer – Midwest
what matters most to them, including
the work they do, the people they work
with, the benefits they receive, the brand that they are a part
of, and the development opportunities they receive. Every
engagement strategy must be backed by a two year plan and they are measuring direct impact. Their quarterly “Let’s get Real” conversations are proving to be a leading practice at fostering engagement and an inclusive culture.
Leaders Council Forums Leading & Collaborating with a Global Mindset June 23, 2016
Hosted by: Sodexo Senior leaders recognize the importance of cultural agility as a business imperative. Through this session, participants gained insights to build a globally competent more cohesive
workforce that will enhance the performance of their teams.
Sodexo Director, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, Jodi
build trust amongst culturally diverse and geographically
session, which highlighted the need to understand the
Pragmatic tools were provided to effectively collaborate and dispersed teams.
Davidson presented the organization’s exclusive training impact of culture on our interactions, ways to enhance
understanding of how leaders collaborate effectively across cultures, and how to identify and learn tips to overcome barriers to success for cross-cultural teams.
Davidson lead the group through five main areas related to developing a global mindset including: 1. Global Mega Trends
2. The Business Case for Culture Competence 3. Cultural Competence Awareness (Left to right) Steve DiPrima, president, Leisure Services, Sodexo; David Mosena, president and CEO, Museum of Science and Industry, Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United, Jodi Davidson, director, diversity & inclusion initiatives, Sodexo; Yolanda Stephens, vice president, Human Resources, Museum of Science and Industry; and Mary Krinock, chief of staff, Museum of Science and Industry.
4. Cultural Preferences
Chicago United members were treated to the unique
August 16, 2016
opportunities of experiencing a Sodexo-led diversity and
inclusion leadership training session titled “Leading &
5. Tips for Application and Engaging Across Cultures
Chicago United: A Historical Perspective Hosted by: PwC
Collaborating with a Global Mindset” and touring the
Longtime proponents of Chicago United shared their
the exclusive session.
past several years. This event connected Chicago United’s
Museum of Science and Industry, which served as host to
To kick off the forum, Museum of Science and Industry
president and CEO David Mosena introduced attendees to the event venue, followed by remarks from his colleagues Mary
journeys and the organization’s advocacy work over the
past and present with today’s business environment and
emphasized the continuing need for the advancement of best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices.
Krinock, chief of staff, and Yolanda Stephens, vice president, Human Resources, who discussed the four pillars that guide the Museum of Science and Industry’s current diversity and inclusion efforts: workforce, workplace, community, and supplier, combined with cultural competence training and cultural collaboration efforts.
2016 Chairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Awards Each year Chicago United presents 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, and The Championship Team.
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.
Leaders Council Recognition Organizational Visionary
Those who help to develop the future of the organization through policy and program initiatives.
Those who help to develop and support CU programs and products including member programs, research, and advocacy.
Chicago United Ambassador
Those who connect Chicago United to other organizations and communities.
Chicago United Benefactor
Those who help Chicago United develop the financial and in kind resources to support our programs.
Member Recognition CEO Council Champion
The award honors a CEO Council member who has made a significant contribution to the advocacy, programs, or resources of Chicago United.
The Championship Team
The award honors a member organization team who together, has made a significant contribution to the advocacy, programs, or resources of Chicago Untied. The team includes the CEO Council member, Leaders Council members, and other participants form the enterprise who lend support to the Chicago United Members.
Julie M. FĂŠlix, Manger Diversity & Inclusion Human Resources, Mesirow Financial
Karina Diehl, Director, National Community Affairs, MillerCoors
2016 Program Champion
Emmett Vaughn, Director, Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corporation
Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Vilma Chan, Diversity Leader, Greater Chicago Market, PwC
2016 CEO Council Champion
John C. Robak, President, Greeley and Hansen
2016 Champion Team EY
2016 Program Champion Honorable Mentions Dana Adamczyk, Manager, Talent Acquisition, Abbott
Robert Aguilar, Chief Operating Officer, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
John Andrews, Business Diversity Coordinator, Rush University Medical Center
Darlene Austin, Director, Diversity Employee Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, Quarles & Brady LLP Ken Bates, Vice President Sales, Montenegro, Inc.
Santino Bibbo, Managing Director, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Cecelia Bolden, Chief Deliver Officer, SDI Presence LLC
Paula J. Brown, MBA, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Employment Liaison, Rush University Medical Center Willie Carrington, Partner, Carrington & Carrington, Ltd.
Carla Carstens, Chairman of Diversity Initiatives, Financial Executives International â&#x20AC;&#x201C; EMAIL BOUNCES
Deila Davis, Director, Government Affairs, Access Community Health Network
Lourdes Diaz, Vice President Diversity, Sodexo
Tyrone A. Forman, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Provost for Diversity/Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Lancert A. Foster, Vice President, RGMA
Jack Hartman, President / COO, SDI Presence LLC
Torrence Hinton, Director Operations & Maintenance, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Steven Hunter, Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP
Deidra Jenkins, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Americas, Northern Trust Corporation Gregory Jones, Managing Director, Diversity & Inclusion, United Airlines Jim Konrad, Director of Purchasing, Northwestern University
Catherine Lavery, Chief Administrative Officer, Holland Capital Management LLC Maria C. Lin, Director, Human Resources, Northwestern Medicine
2016 Chairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Awards 2016 Program Champion Honorable Mentions (Continued) Tom Lubotsky, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Advocate Health Care Gina Max, Senior Director, Talent Management & Diversity, USG Corporation
Janeen McGreal, Immediate Past President, Financial Executives International
Jo-Elle Mogerman, Ph.D., Vice President of Institutional Planning & Inclusion, The Chicago Zoological Society Jennifer Morrison, Commodity Portfolio Manager, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Dawn Pfeiffer, Chief Marketing Officer, SDI Presence LLC
Nadia Quarles, Esq., Assistant Vice President, The University of Chicago Hilda Renteria, Partner, Prado & Renteria CPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Prof. Corp
Perika J. Sampson, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Lyndon Taylor, Regional Leader, Americas, Heidrick & Struggles
Cedric Thurman, U.S. Head Diversity & Inclusion, BMO Harris Bank
Manika Turnbull, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Jessica Turner, Manager, Supplier Diversity, BMO Harris Bank
Marisabel Villanueva-Hucker, Senior Manager Economic & Valuation Services, KPMG LLP Stephanie Wang, Director, Transaction Procurement for AGL Resources, Nicor Gas
James S. Williams, Jr., Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, The University of Chicago Medicine Nokihomis Willis, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Terri Woods, Director of Human Resources, Greeley and Hansen
Namrata Yadav, Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development, Bank of America
2016 Ambassador Award Honorable Mentions Steve Ball, Associate Vice President, Development, Chicago Botanic Garden Irma V. Bates, Vice President, Montenegro, Inc.
Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director of Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Rod Christmon, Senior Director HR, Diversity & Inclusion Officer Astellas US, LLC Billy Dexter, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
Richard Gamble, Senior Vice President of Operations, The Chicago Zoological Society
Corliss V. Garner, CFP, Vice President & Senior Manager, Diverse Markets, BMO Harris Bank Julie M. Hansen, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, AbbVie
Michael Hernandez, Equity Partner and Firm Diversity Officer, Franczek Radelet P.C.
Shyrl E. Hoover, Senior Manager Talent Acquisition Flexible Recruiting Solutions, Abbott
Irina Konstantinovsky, Vice President, Global Talent Management, Baxter International Inc. Avis LaVelle, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Northstar Lottery Group Marilyn Lissner, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Sandra Marks, Senior Vice President/Office of Government & Community Affairs, Clayco Ruby McCleary, Director - Supplier Diversity, United Airlines Alberto Ortega, Director of Community Relations, Sodexo
Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Vice President - Public Affairs and Government Relations, Northern Trust Rick Shapren, Director, Human Resources - Central Region, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
2016 Benefactor Award Honorable Mentions Craig Esko, Senior Vice President Client and Community Relations Director, PNC Bank Kathy A. Lietz, Senior Manager, Compensation and Diversity USG Corporation
Jeanne K. Mason, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, Baxter International Inc. Leslie D. Minier, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Tameka Morton, Partner, EY
Warren Smith, Central Region Talent Leader, Americas Talent Team, EY
Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation Kathleen Swan, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
2016 Visionary Award Honorable Mentions Andrew Lee, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Advocate Health Care Wil Lewis, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America
TH E WOR K O F C H ICAG O U N ITED I S M ADE POSSI B LE BY TH E SU PPORT OF OU R M E M B E RS:
Financial Executives International
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Access Community Health Network
Odell Hicks & Company, LLC
Advocate Health Care
Grant Law, LLC
People’s Gas & North Shore Gas
Greeley and Hansen
PMI Energy Solutions, LLC
Heidrick & Struggles
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp.
Astellas US, LLC
Holland Capital Management LLC
Primera Engineers, Ltd.
Bank of America
The Hollins Group Inc.
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
Baxter International Inc.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation
Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC
Quarles & Brady LLP
BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Kairos Consulting Worldwide
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
RME (Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc.)
Rush University Medical Center
Laner, Muchin, Ltd.
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Scharf Banks Marmor
LSL Healthcare Inc.
SDI Presence LLC
Sidley Austin LLP
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
The University of Chicago / University of Chicago Medicine
BP America Inc. Bryan Cave LLP Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Chicago Botanic Garden The Chicago Community Trust Chicago Sun-Times The Chicago Urban League The Chicago Zoological Society CIVIQ Smartscapes Clayco ComEd, An Exelon Company Crain’s Chicago Business CSMI Cushman & Wakefield Deloitte Tax LLP
Mitchell & Titus, LLP Montenegro Morgan Stanley MZI Group Inc. Nash Brothers Construction Co., Inc. Nicor Gas
EY Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Northern Trust Northstar Lottery Group
University of Illinois at Chicago UPS USG Corporation Walgreens Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC Weber Shandwick Wedgeworth Business Communications Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC
Funding is provided by:
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