2015 Chicago United Year in Review

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disruptive inclusion

2015 Year in Review

Vision from the Chairman

Mark F. Furlong Retired President and Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Diamond Status/ Five Forward Program)

As I reflect on 2015, the vital importance of the strategic

In 2015, we welcomed several new members including

given what has transpired in our city since last fall. At the

Radelet P.C., Grant Law, LLC, Hendrick & Struggles, LSL

initiatives of Chicago United has become even more evident

core of its program and product offerings is Chicago United’s

mission to promote multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity.

Businesses must be intentional to incorporate best-in-class

Healthcare Inc., Northwestern University, and RME (Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc.). We also have 2016 membership

commitments from Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Morgan Stanley, and People’s Gas and North Shore Gas.

inclusive practices to develop their workforce and the pipeline

In addition to our increasing membership, 2015 was a

strategy. To advance parity of economic opportunity, the

Chicago United Annual Meeting increased 160%, due, in

to management as a part of their business development

single most impactful statement for corporations is to intentionally focus their purchasing with local minority

owned businesses to provide them the opportunity to build

scale. These local job creators employ significant numbers of people of color, who will then be empowered to buy their goods and services.

Chicago United members get it.

I’m encouraged by

the growth in numbers and engagement within our membership. The success of Chicago United can be

attributed to the passion of our members who have

continued to put diversity and inclusion at the forefront of conversations within corporate Chicago.

The Business Leaders of Color and Corporate Diversity

Profile publications, Five Forward, and thought leadership programming like the Transformative Inclusion Member

Forums continue to drive awareness of the need to increase

and sustain multiracial leadership in corporate governance, the leadership pipeline, and business partnerships.


Astellas, US, LLC, The Chicago Zoological Society, Franczek

record breaking year across the board. Attendance at the part, to combining the Annual Meeting presentation with

the Leadership Summit. The Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner exceeded expectations as a stand-alone event and raised in excess of $877,000, exceeding last year’s total.

Thank you for your continued engagement and support of Chicago United. As we look ahead to 2016, we are excited to work alongside our members, Chicago’s businesses most committed to diversity and inclusion, to enhance economic opportunity for all in the Chicago region.

Message from the President and CEO

Gloria Castillo

President and Chief Executive Officer Chicago United

Human capital and innovation remain at the top of the list of

at “CID” Talks, featuring a diverse group of transformational

globally. One resource that addresses both of these issues is

about diversity and inclusion. Media partner, ABC 7 filmed

business challenges, not only here in the United States, but

diversity; and Chicago United is here to support our members as they develop their talent resources and expand innovation through diversity.

Chicago United members explored the nexus of diversity and

innovation in a special session with Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect. They examined concepts shared by our

speakers during the Transformational Inclusion Forums

business leaders who disrupt the traditional way we think

these thought provoking talks to make them available to a broader audience on the internet.

The session with Frans Johansen, presented by PwC, produced

an explosion of ideas taking participants to the intersection of concepts, cultures, industries, and disciplines, the basis for disruptive innovation.

which provide tactical, strategic, and big, bold ideas intended

The Annual Bridge Awards Dinner, presented by BMO Harris

in-class diversity and inclusion practices they employ are

recognized our Business Leaders of Color, one of the most

to inspire new ways of thinking about inclusion. The best-

some of the most needed and most impactful disruptive innovations taking place in business; our members are

establishing disruptive inclusion practices furthering meaningful advancement of diversity and inclusion.

I am proud that Chicago United has emerged as THE thought

partner to businesses who are intentionally creating a culture of inclusion. The programs and products presented by Chicago United are a product of engaged and committed

members. For example, the Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit, co-developed and presented by KPMG, was the

Bank which drew in record breaking sponsorship support, powerful groups of diverse business leaders in the country.

The advocacy of Chicago United moves from big ideas

to big action. The Five Forward Initiative™ enlists the commitment of CEOs of mid- to large-sized corporations in the Chicago metropolitan area to establish or expand business

relationships with five current and/or new local minority firms. It is, unquestionably, our most successful effort to create opportunity that allows Chicago area MBEs to grow in scale and generate economic output and jobs within the region.

most attended Annual Meeting to date, having more than

As the gaps in employment equity and in contracting

inclusion insights loaded with actionable strategies in

to increase action. Moving into 2016, it’s imperative that we

double the attendees than last year. The Summit delivered three tracks: business imperatives, talent management, and procurement.

The Chicago United Leadership Conference, hosted by

opportunities are taking a toll on our region, now is the time continue to initiate and explore best-in-class practices that

leverage diversity and disruptive inclusion to create quantum change through direct and intentional action.

the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, presented thought-

provoking innovative ideas in Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion 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 2015: Hosted by: BMO Harris Bank

February 3, May 14, August 13, and October 28 Chicago United delivers advocacy in action through primary

• Exclusive, high-level discussions among peers with shared

values at CEO Council Strategy Sessions, Diversity Officer Roundtables, and Leaders Council Forums that provide

exploration of critical issues facing leaders responsible for developing corporate culture.

research and programs that promote multiracial leadership

• Signature programs and products include Five Forward,

the pipeline of future multiracial leaders, and in multiracial

Diversity Profile publications which include an inclusion

in corporate governance and executive level management, 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 Frans Johansson, founder and CEO, Medici Group. Johansson demonstrated

the Business Leaders of Color publications, the Corporate

Toolkit, The Transformative Inclusion Member Series, the Chicago United Leadership Summit, the Chicago United Leadership Conference, and The Bridge Awards Dinner.

In aligning our refined vision to our programming, the

Board ensures that the organization remains a relevant, differentiated, and effective resource.

how the most innovative companies use their existing

diversity as their most powerful competitive advantage to strategically drive growth and profitability.

2015 Board of Directors Officers: Chairman Mark F. Furlong Retired President and Chief Executive Officer BMO Harris Bank N.A. Vice Chairman 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


Board Members: Treasurer Robert L. Aguilar Chief Operating Officer Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Secretary Kip Kelley President Aon Affinity

George Burciaga Managing Director of Global Municipal Development & Innovation CIVIQ Smartscapes John W. Daniels, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Quarles & Brady LLP Stan Deans President, Retail Channel & US Package Operations UPS Michael F. DeSantiago CEO & President, Energy & Built Environment Primera Engineers, Ltd. Albert R. Grace, Jr. President Loop Capital

Tameka Morton Partner Ernst & Young LLP John C. Robak President Greeley and Hansen William Santulli Executive Vice President & COO Advocate Health Care Monica Walker CEO and Chief Investment Officer Holland Capital Management LLC Gordon G. Werkema Payments Strategy Director Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community and in Media Chicago United’s 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 and in the media in 2015.

JANUARY: Castillo contributed to an article titled “8 Reasons

Castillo participated as a speaker during a fireside chat

Boards,” produced by Chief Executive, an on-line magazine

hosted by the research center at University of Chicago Booth

Why CEOs Should Take the Time to Serve on Nonprofit

that provides real-world best practices, insightful analysis, and meaningful peer interactions to improve the effective-

titled, “Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in the Board Room,” School of Business as a part of its Social Enterprise Initiative.

ness of CEOs and the organizations they lead.

Castillo represented Chicago United by attending the

As a panelist for Hyatt Hotels’ Martin Luther King celebration,


hosted by its Multicultural Business Resource Group, Castillo provided insights regarding the impact Dr. King had, and continues to have, on inclusion.

Castillo attended “UIC Campus Insights: Research and Innovation on a Global Scale,” hosted by the University of

Illinois Board of Trustees and President Robert Foster to

Living through Giving 3rd Annual James Tyree Foundation

Smart Business Magazine, a national chain of business

management journals that offer insight, advice, and strategy for C-level executives, featured a guest column written by

Gloria Cast in their on-line magazine. Castillo presented, “Five steps to creating a more inclusive culture in your business.”

create knowledge that transforms the world.

MARCH: Castillo attended “The Update on the Chicago‘s

Chicago United served as a co-host for the Chicago Sinfonietta

Economic Club of Chicago.

annual Concert Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Castillo represented Chicago United by attending the 100 year anniversary of the Chicago Community Trust.

In a radio program, “The Diversity Hour of Power: The 2015

Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs,” a forum hosted by the

Castillo was featured by the Jackie Robinson Foundation in a

video tribute to Don Thompson, retired chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, who received the ROBIE Award for Achievement in Industry.

Launch,” hosted by Doug Harris, CEO of the Kaleidoscope

Castillo was invited to participate as a panelist for the

and Steve Pemberton, vice president and chief diversity

MBA course, “Leading and Managing Diverse Organizations,”

Group, and Hannah Stanley, radio hostess at WGN, Castillo officer of Walgreens, discussed diversity versus inclusion, recognizing that everyone has room to grow, and Steve’s memoir, A Chance in the World.

culminating class of the Kellogg School of Management

co-taught by Dr. Nicholas Pearce, clinical associate professor, Kellogg, and Tyronne Stoudemire, vice president, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

During the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s

On behalf of Chicago United, Castillo attended Mujeres

thought leadership in a roundtable discussion. HACE

organizational networking fundraiser. Mujeres Latinas en

(HACE) Leadership Academy Luncheon, Castillo provided

positively impacts the American workplace by cultivating the pipeline of Latino talent and providing Latino

professionals the insight, access, and support to be successful in their careers.

Latinas en Acción – Voces Unidas: Version 2.0 an annual Acción empowers Latinas by providing services which reflect

their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives.

FEBRUARY: Castillo provided expertise to help shape the discussion and participated in a dinner conversation with CT Partners, titled “How We Can Advance Latino Executives.”


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community and in Media APRIL: Microsoft hosted “Civic Chat: Networking our

and Mickey Ibarra, former assistant to President Bill Clinton

spotlight for Chicago United and its impact.

This invitation only event provided a network to establish

Neighborhoods,” at Meet Advisors where Castillo provided a

and director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. relationships, build unity, and foster dialogue on issues important to the Latino community.

MAY: Castillo attended a Commercial Club Luncheon to gain

perspective on “Innovation and Jobs: New Opportunities for Our Economy.”

The Executive’s Club of Chicago hosted their Global Leaders Luncheon Annual Meeting at which BMO Financial Corp. was In an episode of Civic Chat: Networking Our Neighborhoods, featured at Microsoft-chicago.com, Shelley Stern Grach spoke with Castillo about Chicago United’s work to connect

multiracial leaders and advocate relationships between

minority-owned businesses and corporate partners on the basis of common interests.

Castillo had the honor of being a keynote speaker at the

On behalf of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Castillo attended the Women for Women International Luncheon.

On behalf of Chicago United media sponsor ABC 7 Chicago, Castillo attended The Hispanic Executive’s Uniting Powerful Leaders Dinner.

Insight Center for Community Economic Development Board

As a panelist for the Latino Magazine Diversity Forum,

Equity Identifying and Addressing Employment Disparities

Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate America.”

of Directors Spring meeting. Her talk,“Achieving Employment

by Race and Ethnicity,” highlighted leading practices of

Castillo provided thought leadership on “How to Achieve

Chicago United member companies that champion policies

JUNE: Castillo had the honor of giving the commencement

Castillo attended The Executives’ Club of Chicago breakfast

The Chinese American Service League (CASL) held it 26th

Chris Begy.

and Dinner Gala Planning Committee member, personally

and practices that effectively support diversity and inclusion.

featuring BMO Financial Corp. CEO & U.S. Country Head

Negocios Now featured an article titled “What does “Thinking Big” mean for Gloria Castillo?” about success, strategy, and scalability.

University of Illinois at Chicago hosted a reception for

incoming Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis attended by Castillo. As a guest of Cushman & Wakefield, Castillo attended The

address for University of Phoenix, Chicago Campus.

Annual Gala where Castillo, an Advisory Board member

hosted a table. The organization provides child and elder care, employment training, family counseling, housing, and financial education services.

Castillo attended the 111th Annual Meeting of Membership

for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce with over 1000 of Chicago’s top business professionals.

Chicago Network, Women in the Forefront Luncheon.

Castillo, a Mexican American Legal Defense and Education

Castillo attended the Latino Leaders Network Luncheon

at their annual event. MALDEF promotes social change

series featuring Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. of United States Hispanic

Leadership Institute, Lidia S. Martinez of Southwest Airlines


awarded and Castillo attended.

Fund (MALDEF) Board member, personally hosted a table through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation.

Joined by the AGL Resources’ Board of Directors, Castillo

JULY: The New American Alliance held an introductory dinner

role as executive vice president and chief financial officer of

to enhance the pipeline and accelerate the placement of

attended a reception to congratulate Beth Reese on her new

AGL Resources and to welcome Melvin D. Williams as senior vice president of AGL Resources and president of Nicor Gas.

Representing Chicago United, Castillo attended The Chicago Community Trust Centennial Reunion reception.

The Conference Board hosted a panel for the Council of

for the American Latina Leadership Caucus. Castillo attended Latina leadership.

Castillo attended the Latino Leaders Network Luncheon Series

honoring The Honorable Ken Salazar. This invitation only event

provides a network to establish relationships, build unity, and foster dialogue on issues important to the Latino community.

U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Executives to share current best

Castillo had the honor of being a keynote speaker for Chicago

workforce and marketplace inclusion and diversity strategies

and stakeholders. Chicago Scholars is the largest college access

practices, and seek innovative approaches to strengthen and practices. Castillo, along with Ernst & Young Talent

Leader, Central Region, Warren Smith, served as a panelist and

showcased Chicago United’s work as a model to promote greater diversity and inclusion through Chicago United’s Corporate

Scholars where she addressed scholars,corporate representatives, and success program in Chicago serving over 1,000 Scholars each year in a 7-year college access and success mentoring and career support program.

Diversity Profile and cultural organizational audit.

University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis

Castillo attended The Executive’s Club annual CEO Fireside Chat,

small private dinner at his residence in order to become better

“Building Executive Presence: Views from the C-Suite,” featuing

Beth Reese, executive vice president and CEO, AGL Resources,

hosted Castillo and other local business and civic leaders for a acquainted with many of Chicago’s leading civic leaders.

Russell Stokes, CEO, GE Transportation, and longtime Chicago

Smart Business Magazine, a national chain of business

North America, PepsiCo.

for C-level executives, featured a guest column written by

United Supporter Jose Luis Prado, retired president, Quaker Foods

Castillo attended a tribute to Mark Furlong, retired president

and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, and Chicago United Board Chairman, hosted by BMO Financial Group.

Castillo joined elected officials and Illinois utility leaders for

management journals that offers insight, advice, and strategy

Gloria Cast in their on-line magazine. “Chicago’s minority

business community is ready to drive the city’s economy ahead,” recommended that the business community looks to support the

fiscal sustainability of the Chicago region and the state of Illinois, by leveraging relationships with local minority owned businesses.

the formal announcement of the formation of the Illinois

AUGUST: Castillo represented Chicago United at the Barnes

grow business opportunities for diverse suppliers through

honoree Steve Pemberton, divisional vice president and chief

Utility Business Diversity Council. The Council is designed to

closer collaboration, technical development, and sharing of best practices.

As the guest of William Blair, Castillo attended the Women’s Leadership Forum event, “Innovative Women in Fashion.”

diversity officer, Walgreens.

As a guest of ABC 7, Castillo attended the opening breakfast

for the Hispanic Business Expo, hosted by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The University of Chicago hosted a

The Employee Black Network of McDonald’s Corporation held

dinner for their Summer Links program.

panel discussion to provide leadership insights that connect

University Community Service Center

Castillo attended in support of the summer intern that worked at Chicago

a Unity Summit where Castillo served as a moderator for a and engage employees for a sustainable McDonald’s.

United. Summer Links is a 10-week social

As a guest of Ariel Investments, Castillo attended the kickoff

for undergraduate students committed to

Initiative which featured a dialogue with Mayor Rahm

justice education and internship program Khalifani Kitondo Summer Links Intern University of Chicago

& Thornburg Sixth Annual Celebration of Diversity to support

public service, community-building, and social change.

luncheon at the Chicago Club for the 100,000 Opportunities

Emanuel to reignite the future career paths of the 5.5 million 16 to 24-year-olds currently unemployed and not in school.


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Chicago United’s CEO Connecting in the Community and in Media Castillo attended the Latino Leaders Magazine 2015

Chicago Maestro Awards ceremony honoring awardees: James S. Cabrera, chief executive officer of UBM Facilities

Chicago is the premier network of leading authorities on corporate growth.

Services, Inc. and 2007 Chicago United Business Leader

The Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA) held

of Ronald McDonald House Charities and 2009 Chicago

a moderator for a panel discussion, titled “Providing Value to

of Color, J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, retired president and CEO United Business Leader of Color, and Chuy Garcia, Cook County Commissioner.

Joined by former Chicago United Board Chairman Mike Lewis, retired financial services executive at BMO Harris

Bank and 2005 Chicago United Business Leader of Color, Castillo attended the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Cocktail

their annual conference in Chicago where Castillo served as

Your Company through Nonprofit and For-Profit Board Service.” MIHCA promotes the professional development, networking and career advancement of minority in-house counsel; to enable minority in-house counsel to recruit other lawyers of color; and

to further increase diversity in the legal profession, especially in corporations.

Reception & Update.

Castillo served as a panelist for the Chicagoland Chamber of

SEPTEMBER: Castillo, a Fellow, attended the CEO

The New Workplace,” sponsored by the Mid-Market and

Perspectives Reunion. CEO Perspectives is a unique leadership

experience for executives reporting to the CEOs of Fortune

1000 companies that combines candid CEO conversations, academic insights, and intimate collaboration among

participating executives to augment and accelerate their

ability to address and share responsibility for the CEO Agenda. As a collaborative partner with the Women’s Business

Development Center (WBDC), Castillo attended the 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference representing Chicago United. The WBDC provides services and programs

Commerce’s program, titled “Multigenerational, Multicultural: Emerging Leaders Forums to understand the impact of demographic changes in customer and employee bases.

OCTOBER: Castillo attended the annual Chicago Community Trust’s State of Community Luncheon.

Castillo interviewed Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd, at the Towson University Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon honoring Pramaggiore as the William H. Avery Award recipient, hosted by the Metropolitan Family Services.

that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.

Castillo attended a Commercial Club Luncheon featuring Ginger Evans, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education held a Chief Diversity Officer Summit where

Castillo served as a moderator for a panel discussion to

The Executive’s Club of Chicago hosted a Global Leaders

public and private industry.

Future of Work in the Human Age,” attended by Castillo.

address leading practices in diversity and inclusion across

Luncheon featuring Manpower CEO Jonas Prising, titled “The

Castillo participated as a moderator for a conversation

Castillo attended a reception hosted by Kurt Summers,

for Corporate Growth’s (ACG), CEO Insights Luncheon. ACG

Leader of Color, which focused on “Investing In Our Chicago.”

with leading Chicago Executives hosted by the Association


Left to right: Gloria Castillo, Anne Pramaggiore, and Karina Ayala-Bermejo, general counsel and executive vice president of Metropolitan Family Services.

treasurer, City of Chicago, and 2013 Chicago United Business

The Resurrection Project held it 25th Anniversary Gala where

Castillo gave remarks at McDonald’s Corporation’s retirement

a table. The Resurrection Project builds relationships and

president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities and

Castillo, Dinner Gala Host Committee member, sponsored

challenges people to act on their faith and values to create

healthy communities through organizing, education, and

celebration on behalf of J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, retired 2009 Chicago United Business Leader of Color.

community development.

Smart Business Magazine, a national chain of business

Castillo attended the 75th Anniversary Dinner of Junior

for C-level executives, featured a guest column written by

Achievement of Chicago as the guest of BP America, Inc.

On behalf of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Castillo attended a

private group discussion featuring Sal Khan of Khan Academy. Castillo attended the Third Annual Executive Leadership

Forum, “Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” hosted by PwC and led by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji.

Castillo attended the Chicago Scholars Onsite College Admission Forum Luncheon, a celebratory luncheon where

management journals that offers insight, advice, and strategy Gloria Castillo in their on-line magazine. The article, titled

“More needs to be done to increase workforce diversity,” recommends that local business leaders seeking to diversify

talent pipelines and retain young urban professionals within

their companies should: engage diverse employees around

company recruitment efforts and incentivize referrals; sponsor programs or organizations targeting diverse young

professionals; and establish an internal mentorship program, pairing senior leaders with junior employees of color to provide one-on-one coaching and guidance.

148 selective to highly selective colleges and universities from

DECEMBER: Diversity MBA Magazine featured Castillo in

Class of 2020 - comprised of 900 emerging young leaders.

Down From Challenges,” in its print publication.

across the nation will interview one-on-one with the College

an article titled, “A Force For Diversity Who Does Not Back

Castillo attended the paperback release of Norman Lear’s, Even This I Get To Experience as a guest of Ariel Capital Management, LLC.

Castillo was in attendance as Alwyn Lewis, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Potbelly Corporation, and 2011 Chicago United Business Leader of Color, was awarded

for his dedication to mentorship at The YWCA’s 43rd Annual Leader Luncheon.

NOVEMBER: Forefront, formerly Donors Forum, celebrated

Crain’s Chicago Business Advocacy Inserts

attended by Castillo. The reception honored Juan Salgado,

supplemental inserts that were included in Crain’s Chicago

their new name and visual identity with a special reception president and CEO, Instituto Del Progreso Latino, who

received the title of MacArthur Fellow, often referred to as the “genius grant,” for his immigrant education efforts.

“The Next America: Connecting All Neighborhoods to

Opportunity,” attended by Castillo, featured City of Chicago

Chicago United produced three full-color, four-page, quarterly

Business in 2015. These inserts help us introduce a wide and general business audience to our advocacy, programs, and

products. We would like to thank Crain’s Chicago Business

for their support, which illustrates their commitment to diversity and inclusion as an essential investment.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and panelists discussing urban revitalization.

Castillo attended the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council, “Business Diversity Think Tank,” luncheon and panel discussion.


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion The Bridge Awards Dinner Chicago United hosted its Bridge Awards Dinner, Chicago’s

premier event celebrating excellence in diversity and inclusion within corporate governance, on November 12, at the Hilton Chicago

Now in its 12th year, the annual program honors business

leaders who advance multiracial diversity within corporate governance, the pipeline to management, and business partnerships. These awards bring visibility to those who

Governor Bruce Rauner highlights the importance of business diversity and its role in local and state economic growth.

honorees included AbbVie Chairman of the Board and CEO

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed business diversity and its

CEO Jim Skogsbergh, and McDonald’s Corporation Global

Bank President and CEO Dave Casper, the events presenting

have driven change and inspire others to follow. This year’s Richard A. Gonzalez; Advocate Health Care President and

Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Community Engagement Pat Harris.

role in economic growth throughout the state. BMO Harris sponsor, discussed why multiracial diversity should be part of best business practice.

Chicago United also introduced its 2015 Business Leaders of

“The work of Chicago United has never been more important.

a nomination pool of 125+ diverse candidates to be featured in

practices, open new opportunities, and measure results,”

Color (BLCs), 50 local executives who have been selected from

the organization’s biennial publication designated under the

same name. Recognized for driving global competitiveness and demonstrating superior business acumen, the honored

multiracial business leaders are positioned for Fortune 1,000 corporations seeking to diversity their boards of directors.

Presenters at the Bridge Awards Dinner included

Our advocacy has helped many companies to transform

said Chicago United President and CEO Gloria Castillo. “The distinguished Bridge Award recipients are exemplary committed leaders who advance multiracial leadership

in governance and local business partnerships. The 50 remarkable Business Leaders of Color honored are ready to add significant value to Fortune 1000 enterprises.”

representatives from the private sector, government, and nonprofit organizations. Cook County President

Toni Preckwinkle welcomed attendees and discussed

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle congratulates honorees during the Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner held at the Hilton Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 12.

the importance of Chicago United’s mission as well as

her support of the organization’s Five Forward program.


Chicago United Chairman and BMO Harris Bank Retired President and CEO Mark Furlong presents McDonald’s Global Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President of Community Engagement Pat Harris with the 2015 Bridge Advocate Award for her achievements in advancing diversity and inclusion within the global fast food chain’s regular business practices.

Chicago United Five Forward 20/20 Chicago United introduced Five Forward 20/20, the expansion of its Five Forward Initiative™, designed to strengthen the local

economy and enhance job creation by supporting a stronger Chicagoland minority business enterprise (MBE) community in

September of 2015. The advocacy organization is aiming to increase participation of Chicago-based corporations and local minority suppliers.

Minority Business Enterprises Grow in Scale

The Chicago United Five Forward Initiative engages the

corporate community in our common goal of strengthening

by supporting a stronger Chicagoland minority business enterprise (MBE) community.

the local economy and enhancing job creation by supporting

The event, co-hosted with long-time Chicago United member


inspiring program consisting of intimate presentations, one-

a stronger Chicagoland minority business enterprise (MBE)

The Commitment

Chicago area corporations commit to doing business with five

company Mesirow Financial, featured a fast-paced and on-one interviews and a panel discussion with leaders from Chicago corporations and the MBE community.

local minority firms over five years. As local MBEs grow and enhance their position to compete for corporate contracts

outside of Five Forward, the corporate community benefits from a more competitive pool of diverse businesses. Supporting MBE Success

The Five Forward program is strengthened by including

stakeholder groups with common goals. Collaboration

between corporate and MBE communities, Chicago area

advocacy organizations, nonprofits, public sector agencies, and other technical assistance agencies will allow MBEs to

perform to their maximum potential. Coordinated access

to technical support, human resources services, and capital

To kick off the event, Gloria Castillo, Chicago United

meet the needs of Chicago’s corporate community with

United chairman and retired president and CEO of BMO

ensure that local minority businesses will grow to better innovation and expanded markets. The Aspiration

Chicago will boast the largest number of MBEs of scale in the country.

Five Forward 20/20 Launch: Igniting Job Creation September 24, 2015

president and CEO (pictured left), Mark Furlong, Chicago

Harris Bank, and Richard Price, chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial (pictured right), took to the stage for

opening remarks during which each helped set the tone by emphasizing the significance of Five Forward and its impact

on the economic vitality of Chicago. Price also highlighted Mesirow Financial’s long-standing history with Chicago United and support for Five Forward.

Host: Mesirow Financial Chicago gathered key business leaders, city officials and

community partners to announce Five Forward 20/20, the expansion of its Five Forward Initiative™, designed to

strengthen the local economy and enhance job creation


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Chicago United Five Forward 20/20

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the audience via a

Pramaggiore (pictured above, right) described benefits of

United’s Five Forward Initiative and to reinforce the state’s

noted, “Five Forward can help organizations create a value

personalized video to express his support for Chicago support in fueling MBE growth and job creation.

Launching into the event’s core programming, Jere

Boyle, managing director of Economic and Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago took

to the stage to lead a panel discussion between key MBE

leaders including Ash Luthra, president of LSL Healthcare, Inc.;

Stephanie Hickman, president and CEO of Trice Construction; and Michael DeSantiago, co-founder, president and co-CEO

the program to the other decision makers in the room. She system and a culture. And, it is also good for our city to grow small businesses. As we increase our muscle memory and

expertise in developing small businesses, not only will we

not lose entrepreneurs to other cities, but they will come to us because we are a hub and a place where they can grow

their businesses.” Anne also highlighted the value of an inclusive approach to supplier diversity by sharing ComEd’s successes and strategies.

of Primera Engineers. The three MBE leaders discussed what

“Creating a more inclusive and business-friendly

companies are leveraging Chicago United’s network and

priorities as we understand the pivotal role it plays for the

they view as the catalyst for MBE success and how their

Five Forward Initiative. (Pictured below, left, individuals listed pictured left to right.)

environment for MBEs is one of Chicago United’s main larger regional economy,” said Gloria Castillo, president

and CEO of Chicago United (pictured above, left). “Our

goal in hosting this event and expanding Five Forward is to spark economic growth of MBEs that will create jobs in

communities of color. Allowing these businesses to increase capacity, grow in scale, and become capable of facilitating larger contracts will drive regional economic growth.”

Chicago United would like to thank the presenters, panelists, Following, Ralph Moore, president of RGMA, (pictured above, right) addressed the audience outlining the value proposition of Five Forward and the importance of supplier diversity to Chicago’s economic growth and vitality.

At the conclusion of the event, Gloria Castillo invited Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, to the stage for an intimate one-on-one discussion on the importance of corporate commitment to the Five Forward 20/20 Initiative.


and attendees for their participation and ongoing support

of the Five Forward Initiative. We would like to also provide a special thank you to Mesirow Financial for serving as the presenting sponsor and host of this important event.

Finally, Chicago United would like to call on its members, supporters, and the broader local business community to join

the movement and make a commitment to create a more inclusive and business-friendly environment for MBEs by joining Five Forward 20/20.

Business Leaders of Color Publication Chicago United produced the seventh iteration of Business Leaders of Color in 2015. Through this publication, board chairmen, nominating committees, chief executives, and executive search firms can find exceptional individuals who currently serve, or are ready to contribute, as board directors for Fortune 1000 companies. These 50 remarkable

Chicago United presents this impressive group to the public

global competitiveness

who seek the benefits diversity delivers to corporate boards.

men and women drive through demonstrated, effective


They lead large scale

operations domestically and internationally.

They cultivate innova-

tion; motivate others within their organiza-

tions and within their

as well as nominating committees and search executives We are proud to showcase them as candidates who are ready

and able to add significant value to Fortune 1,000 enterprises. Through its Business Leaders of Color publications, Chicago United is proud to have featured nearly 320 board ready

candidates biennially since 2003. During this time, these men and women have already rendered service in over 215 corporate directorships. It is a remarkable record, and one worthy of further increase.

spheres of influence; and direct transformational change

It takes a tremendous contribution by many to create this

organizations. The leaders featured in this publication should

as dedicated members of the community, rallied through

that positively impacts the bottom lines of their respective

be considered for corporate board directorships due to the diversity in perspective, broad range of professional experi-

ence, and proven track records of success they each uniquely offer the greater business community.

Human capital and innovation remain at the top the list

of business challenges, not only here in the United States,

impactful publication. Chicago United membership, as well

five levels of committee participation. Once the committee work was completed, the highly committed production

team began producing a publication of exceptional quality. A listing of individuals who participated in the production of this product is included in the “Acknowledgements” section of the publication.

but globally. One untapped resource that addresses both

We have tremendous appreciation for the members of

& Company report titled Diversity Matters, it is 35 percent

who provided nominations of exceptional individuals for

of these issues is diversity. According to a recent McKinsey more likely companies with ethnically diverse leadership will outperform those less diverse. The study found companies in

the top quartile for racially and ethnically diverse leadership are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry median.

Particularly in the United States, the study found a linear

relationship between diverse leadership and better financial performance: for every 10 percent increase in racial and

ethnic diversity on the senior-executive team, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rise 0.8 percent.

Chicago United and the Chicago business community

recognition in this publication. We’d like to recognize here

the incredible contribution of Committee Chair Billy Dexter, partner, Heidrick & Struggles, and Committee Co-Chairs

Latoria J. Farmer, diversity & corporate responsibility, KPMG LLP; Tyrone A. Forman, Ph.D., professor and vice provost for

Diversity/senior advisor to the Chancellor; Ruby McCleary, director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines; and Julian Posada, EVP Marketing & Strategy, SunTimes Media Group.

We’d also like to thank Crain’s Chicago Business for their

extraordinary contribution of the distribution of this publication.


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Business Leaders of Color Reception October 21, 2015

Host: Northern Trust The Business Leaders of Color reception provided an

opportunity for the current Business Leaders of Color honorees, past Business Leaders of Color honorees, and Chicago United members to meet one another in a private setting.

(Pictured left to right) David Arenas, managing partner, Reilly Partners; Billy Dexter, partner, Heidrick and Struggles, and board director for Metropolitan Club of Chicago; Michelle Collins, president, Cambium LLC, and board director for Health Care Service Corporation, Integrys Energy Group, Inc., and Ulta Beauty; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; and James Wooten, former senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Illinois Tool Works, and board director for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

The most repeated recommendation from panelists was to

create meaningful relationships with board representatives. Making yourself available and known to active board directors and executive search firms will allow these individuals

to trust that you are ready to serve and feel comfortable Attendees were treated to remarks by Rick Waddell,

supporting you in the process.

president and CEO, Northern Trust. We thank Northern Trust

Business Leaders of Color Strategy Session II, June 16, 2015

Leaders of Color.

Topic: Leveraging Nonprofit Board Service

for hosting this inspiring introduction of the 2015 Business

Host: Metropolitan Club of Chicago

Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions have a goal of mobilizing Business Leaders of Color toward advancing multiracial participation on corporate boards

of directors. These sessions also provide Business Leaders of Color an opportunity to foster relationships among this elite group. We would like to thank the Metropolitan Club

of Chicago for hosting the 2015 Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions.

Business Leaders of Color Strategy Session I, March 17, 2015 Host: Metropolitan Club of Chicago

Chicago United’s second Business Leaders of Color Strategy

Board Nominations

as a major opportunity for talent development and as

Topic: Search Firm and Director Perspectives on Corporate

During this inaugural session of the Business Leaders of Color Strategy Sessions, the Business Leaders of Color in attendance experienced an engaging discussion that provided executive search firms and corporate directors’ perspectives regarding key parts of the nominations process, including identification and selection of new directors.


(pictured left to right) Dean Harrison, president & CEO, Northwestern Healthcare; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; Roger Crockett, president, R.O. Crockett Leadership Academy; Madeleine Condit, founder and CEO for Madeleine Condit and Associates; Wendy DuBoe, president and CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago; and Dick Kiphart, interim president and CEO/chairman, Lyric Opera.

Session focused on the benefits of nonprofit board service

an opportunity to provide nonprofit organizations with corporate expertise. Attendees experienced an engaging

discussion that provided key insights into nonprofit board service and how one might begin to leverage that experience

to become more visible and develop relationships that lead to corporate board service.

The panel started with sharing characteristics that boards

Business Leaders of Color Panel Discussion

independent thinking, and passion for the strategic goals

The African American Association for Personal and

to addressing the differences between a job resume and a

diversity network group, presented a Business Leaders of Color

look for in potential directors, such as specific expertise, and mission of the organization. Some time was dedicated

board resume and the specific components to developing a board-ready resume. The panelists also discussed that the best ways for new board members to engage is through

the board’s committee work. This will not only help the organization but assist in developing the relationships needed to increase and demonstrate your skill set to other

board members who may be in a position to recommend you

for other board opportunities. It is also the best way to gain a perspective about the organization you are serving.

Professional Growth (APPG), a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago panel event that took place on December 3, 2015. Moderated

by Life Coach Monique Spence, Business Leaders of Color honorees Alex Bell, managing director, KPMG LLP, Kenneth

Battle, partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., Jackie

Muhammad, owner, Solutions Associates Consulting, Inc., and Sonny Garg, energy solutions leader at Uptake, shared their personal insights, advice, and career strategies with attendees.

Chicago United Member Meetings Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit

date including its Five Forward Initiative™, which is focused on

Hosted by: KPMG

corporate contracts and partnerships with local minority-

March 11, 2015

Chicago United held a highly successful Annual Meeting and

regional economic development and job growth by increasing owned businesses.

Leadership Summit. The event, hosted by Chicago United

The Annual Meeting concluded with a special presentation

attended Annual Meeting and Summit to date, having more

Growth, State of Michigan, who highlighted how the State of

member and presenting sponsor KPMG, was the most

than double the attendees than last year. President and CEO

Gloria Castillo, started the morning off with an in-depth look into the organization’s progress over the past year, including

the new members who joined Chicago United in 2015, as well as provided a snapshot into priorities for 2015.

from guest speaker, Michael Finney, senior advisor, Economic Michigan has been successful in helping the City of Detroit

rebound its economy through a balanced and focused approach on talent enhancement, business growth and

investment, and vibrant and reinvigorated communities, drawing parallels to Chicago United’s Five Forward Initiative. Following the Annual Meeting, members had the opportunity

to participate in Chicago United’s second annual Leadership

Summit, which featured interactive presentations from key

Chicago business leaders in the areas of professional services, talent management, and procurement. Professional Services Track

Focusing on strategies for minorities on a partnership path in

professional services, David Arenas, managing director, Reilly From left to right: Patrick Canning, managing partner, KPMG, LLP; Michael Finney, senior advisor, Economic Growth, State of Michigan; Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United; Mark Furlong, retired president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, and Chicago United Chairman; Kevin Brookins, SVP, Strategy & Administration, ComEd, An Exelon Company

Chairman Mark Furlong, retired president and CEO, BMO Harris

Bank, followed Gloria and discussed the important role that

Chicago United continues to play in the Chicagoland business

community, touting the organization’s accomplishments to

Partners, led a highly engaging panel discussion including

John Daniels, chairman, Quarles & Brady; Toni Cornelius, managing director, Inclusion and Workforce Strategy, Mesirow Financial; and Warren Smith, central region talent

leader, Ernst & Young LLP. The panelists shared insights into the path and strategy for developing clients achieving

partnership status as a minority professional within their

respective industries – law, financial services, and consulting.


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Chicago United Member Meetings attendees with three key takeaways – focus on what you really want; take control of your emotions; and make it safe. Procurement Track

Phil Barreda, executive vice president, Chicago Minority

Supplier Development Council, kicked off the first session

of the procurement track which featured Ruby McCleary, director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines, and Linda From left to right: David Arenas, managing director, Reilly Partners; John Daniels, chairman emeritus, Quarles & Brady LLP; Toni Cornelius, managing director, Inclusion and Workforce Strategy, Mesirow Financial; Warren Smith, central region, Ernst & Young LLP

Presenter Paul Lipinski, managing director, People and Change, KPMG LLP

To round out the professional services track, Paul Lipinski, managing director, People and Change, KPMG, discussed

Boasmond, president, Cedar Concepts Corporation. The group discussed what is needed to develop strong relationships

between minority business owners and supplier diversity professionals, stressing the importance of finding ways

to stand out such as finding commonalities between your business and potential partner.

talent driven growth opportunities for minority partners and

associates in professional services, as well as highlighted the

importance of a diversity and inclusion commitment at the top. Talent Management Track

Leading the conversation on the top trends in talent

management, Claudia Saran, leader of KPMG’s People & Change Services, focused on KPMG’s five C’s framework –

cost, compliance, capacity, capability and connection – to

show how companies can embrace certain measures to ensure success when working with talent.

Presenter Sharon Castillo, From left to right: Presenters Phil Barreda, EVP, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council; principal, SB Services Inc. Linda Boasmond, president, Cedar Concepts Corp.; and Rudy McCleary, director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines

To conclude the Procurement track, Sharon Castillo, principal, SB Services Inc., led an interactive discussion on

the definition of supplier development and whether it is

a corporation’s responsibility or the supplier’s to lead. She

also highlighted a number of important U.S. entrepreneurial

trends, reminding attendees of the impact they can have on innovation and job creation.

From left to right: Marisabel Villanueva-Hucker, managing director, Tax – Economic and Valuation Services, KPMG LLP, presenters Judith Honesty, founder and CEO, Honesty Consulting, and Claudia Saran, partner, KPMG LLP

Following, Judith Honesty, founder and CEO of Honesty

Consulting, discussed successful ways organizations can guide conversations about race in the workplace, arming


“Chicago United prides itself on providing members and

supporters from different business segments the opportunity

to come together to share experiences, knowledge and continue discussions directed at making our business

community more inclusive and economically prosperous for all,” said Gloria Castillo. “And, I am confident that this year’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit provided new and

thought provoking information which will translate into action that supports our members’ inclusion strategies.”

Chicago United would like to thank the attendees who enhanced each segment with their questions and

commentary and the many expert presenters and panelists. We would like to provide a special thank you to KPMG for serving as the presenting sponsor and host of this important event.

Transformative Inclusion Series

innovation with greater probability of generating, selecting, and successfully executing the best ideas. The definition of diversity within corporations now reaches beyond traditional social identifiers adding dimension to the drive for innovation. While Johansson feels that specialized skills in team members are important, he highlighted that they

are becoming increasingly less critical compared to an

array of cross-functional, global, racial, and gender diverse

perspectives, which leads to fresh new conversations and perspectives. Johansson added that diverse perspectives are

vital in valuing new ideas and seeing them through to fruition.

Through Chicago United’s Transformative Inclusion Members

The session included Q&A where the executives in

and globally recognized thought leaders who challenge

to their industries. How to execute on innovation within

series, Chicago United members are introduced to nationally the way executives think and act as they develop inclusion strategies.

May 12, 2015

Hosted by: PwC

Topic: National Thought Leader The Medici Effect: Demonstrating How Diversity Fuels Innovation

attendance had an opportunity to raise concerns specific a heavily regulated industry was one of the themes that

emerged. Johansson highlighted that innovation is critical

for regulated industries and it is possible to innovate as long as compliance executives are brought into the plan from the start. Additionally, he recommended that companies

operating within heavily regulated industries take the

smallest executable steps (SES) toward innovation to ensure

less exposure and risk while testing ideas and moving them forward.

Additional key takeaways included: • Explore unlikely connections and find inspiration from different fields, industries, and cultures.

• Diverse teams and networks enable companies to move faster and often require less money and resources.

CEOs and executives from Chicago United member

• Companies have a better chance of attacking any challenge through and with the help of diversity.

companies gathered for a Transformative Inclusion Member

• This process of leveraging diversity to drive innovation

founder and CEO of Medici Group, to learn how diversity

of thinking, and an intellectual understanding that the

Forum hosted by PwC that featured Frans Johansson, (above) drives innovation. The interactive half-day session featured

an intimate CEO Roundtable and hour-long general session

addressing challenges and questions faced by executives surrounding diversity and innovation.

Given that the average company lifecycle has shrunk

from 60 to 18 years, Johansson stressed the necessity of innovation for survival. According to the author of The

requires leadership commitment and a different way outcome is beyond just showing the numbers.

Chicago United would like to thank those who attended and

enhanced the discussion in each session with their questions and commentary. We would also like to provide a special

thank you to our guest speaker, Frans Johansson, and PwC, the host of this exclusive event.

Medici Effect, when a team is more diverse it fuels more


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Chicago United Leadership Conference October 16, 2015

opening remarks; each emphasizing the need for collective,

Topic: Leadership Conference featuring CID Talks

opportunities for professionals of color. The opening session

Hosted by: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

More than 200 business leaders joined Chicago United for its annual Leadership Conference. Now in its 12th year, the conference gathers business leaders across various industries

committed to increasing diversity within their organizations and across the broader Chicago business community.

Co-hosted with Chicago United member company Federal

Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program featured a series of TED Talk-style presentations, each examining ideas around

fostering tolerant and inclusive business environments. Appropriately themed “CID Talks,” the program was designed

creative thinking around increasing career advancement

concluded with a keynote address from Ken Oehler, Aon

Hewitt partner and global engagement practice leader, who led a motivating discussion around “The Engaging Leader

Model” and its importance in keeping employees energized and productive.

CID Talk: Session I

Michael Hernandez, partner at Franczek Radelet, moderated the first CID Talk session which covered topics including recruit-

ment technology, economic sustainment, the Affordable Care Act, disabled professionals and the value of collaboration.

to inspire organizations pursuing Culture, Inclusion and Diversity within its regular business practices.

Kimberly Casey, Chicago United manager of member programs, opened the conference by introducing program

sponsor Valerie Van Meter, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago senior vice president, Central Bank Services, System

Leadership Initiative and director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, who welcomed conference attendees and commended their active engagement around the important discussion topic. Gloria Castillo, Chicago United president

and CEO, and Mark Furlong, Chicago United chairman and

retired president and CEO of BMO Harris Bank, also delivered

Session I CID Talk leaders (from L-R): Dr. Nicholas Pierce, clinical associate professor, Kellogg School of Management, moderator Michael Hernandez, Franczek Radelet partner; Pamela Culpepper, Golin chief people officer; Marca Bristo, Access Living Chicago president and CEO; Amir Badr, Upkey founder and CEO; Ken Oehler, Aon Hewitt partner and global engagement practice leader; and Jerome Harper, Northern Trust vice president.

Amir Badr, founder and CEO of Upkey, started the first session

with “A Better Way to Look for Talent” discussion. Badr

provided a brief demonstration of his startup company’s innovative recruiting platform which collects data beyond typical employment qualifiers, and in turn, increases the

pool of qualified candidates for recruiters. “Upkey provides an opportunity for employers to look beyond resumes and

interview first impressions when sourcing talent,” said Badr. (Pictured L-R) Host Valerie Van Meter, SVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Presenting Sponsor Mark Furlong, retired president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, and chairman, Chicago United, and Gloria Castillo, president and CEO Chicago United.


“This recruiting tool makes it easier for hiring managers to

find ‘grit’ when evaluating candidates with hidden potential.”

Jerome Harper, Northern Trust vice president of corporate

Victor B. Dickson, Safer Foundation president and CEO,

the New Green: What a Sustainable Economy means for

Promise” which examined reentry programs and their

responsibility, led a discussion cleverly titled “Brown is Communities of Color” which honed in on the role African-

American and Hispanic professionals and entrepreneurs play in shaping a sustainable economy. Pamela Culpepper, Golin

chief people officer, led the third CID Talk, “The Shifting Face

of Healthcare,” by sharing an overview of the demographical and societal opportunities created by the Affordable Care

Act. Next, Marcia Bristo, president and CEO of Access Living

Chicago, raised awareness around the employment barriers

disabled professionals face during her “Finding Hidden Talent:

The Competitive Advantage of Employees with Disabilities”

followed with a discussion themed “Poverty, Prisons & important role in supporting community members with past

criminal records as they work to rebuild their lives. Dickson

also discussed barriers that exist for nearly 100 million people in the U.S. who have criminal records, urging business leaders to examine its hiring practices and challenge the irrational fear

of those with low-level, non-violent crime records. The session concluded with Eric Weinheimer, Donors Forum president

and CEO, addressing the corporate benefits of partnering and engaging with the nonprofit or social impact sector.

discussion. Dr. Nicholas Pierce, clinical associate professor of

Nazneen Razi, Health

with a “Crayon Box Leadership” CID Talk. Using a crayon

senior vice president and

management and organizations, closed out the first session box metaphor, Pierce challenged conference participants to enhance their cross-cultural competencies and pursue life with a global mindset.

CID Talk: Session II

Care Service Corporation chief Human Resources

officer (pictured right), kicked off the closing

session of the conference by



final speaker of the

morning – Chicago Jazz

Philharmonic’s Artistic Director, Orbert Davis (pictured left). An Emmy-Award winning trumpeter, Davis shared how he

infused two declining genres of music, classical and jazz, to help increase the appeal of his unique 60 piece jazz-

symphonic orchestra. Davis used his fusion of music as a

metaphor for the mutually beneficial relationship that exists between collaboration and diversity.

Gloria Castillo took the stage to conclude the Leadership Session II CID Talk leaders (from R-L): Victor B. Dickson, Safer Foundation president and CEO; Kim Waller, Willis executive vice president; Alex Bell, KPMG managing director; Esther J. Cepeda, Washington Post nationally syndicated columnist; moderator Maria Lin, Northwestern Medicine director of Human Resources; and Eric Weinheimer, Forefront president and CEO.

Maria Lin, Northwestern Medicine director of human

resources, moderated Session II which began with nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist and U.S. Hispanic/ Latino issues expert, Esther J. Cepeda, who shared her inspiring career journey and insight into how she used

Conference, “Creating a more inclusive business environment

for diverse professionals is one of Chicago United’s main priorities. Our goal in hosting the Leadership Conference is

to inspire the development of inclusive business practices

by presenting thought-provoking innovative ideas and practices used in varying industries in the U.S. and globally by transformational leaders. The incredible roster of industry leaders illustrated a sense of what’s needed, a belief in what’s possible, and a determination to make an impact.”

self-empowerment as a vehicle for success. Next, Kim

Chicago United would like to thank the presenters and

managing director, leveraged their experiences to discuss the

addition, we extend special thanks to Federal Reserve Bank

Waller, Willis executive vice president, and Alex Bell, KPMG

impact talent is having on technology during “Technology and Talent – What You Should Know.”

attendees for their participation and ongoing support. In of Chicago for serving as the host and BMO Harris Bank for serving as the presenting sponsor of this important event.


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion 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 bringing to light issues senior leaders should consider in order to cultivate multiracial leadership in their business.

CEO Roundtables

CEO Council Strategy Sessions

events that bring together local CEOs who are governed by a

Council members and are intended to be private, highly

The Chicago United CEO Roundtables are invitation only

board of directors. Roundtable participants come together to

experience presentations by national corporate leaders who

The strategy sessions are exclusive to Chicago United CEO interactive discussions of shared values among peers.

exhibit leading diversity and inclusion practices.

February 25, 2015

The CEO Roundtable Series provides rare and valuable

Topic: Inclusion Means Everyone: Reframing Diversity

opportunities to engage in confidential peer dialogue

Hosted by: PwC

focused on building diverse and inclusive leadership and a

Chicago United member PwC reported on the findings of

of the importance that Chicago’s business leaders place on

Inclusion,” the first research to analyze and improve the

diverse board of directors, thereby providing strong evidence maximizing the benefits of culture in business. November 16, 2015

“The Study on White Men Leading through Diversity &

effectiveness of white men as they integrate diversity and inclusion into their leadership work.

Chicago United CEO Roundtable

Chris Brassell, national director, Office of Diversity, PwC,

Presenting sponsors of the Chicago United Bridge Awards

intentional seven-year strategy to build a successful

Dinner, Mark F. Furlong, Chicago United Board chairman and David R. Casper, president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, hosted a CEO Roundtable.

shared insights into the company’s thoughtful and platform on which to launch their first diversity and inclusion office. Chris also discussed how they go about

engaging more white male staff and executives in

conversations around cultural dexterity through facilitating candid 90-minute conversations with 10-15 individuals per session. Each includes the following steps of engagement:

Jonas Prising, (above center) CEO, ManpowerGroup

facilitated a dialogue with The 2015 Chicago United Bridge

Expand the diversity dialog by listening and connecting


Highlight the benefits of increased cultural dexterity



to participant’s heads, hearts, and wallets. and engagement.

Explore, own, and challenge assumptions.

Discuss how to move from intrigue to awareness and action.

Award honoree Jim Skogsbergh, (above left) president &


is pictured right.)

Many thanks to Chris Brassell for providing an intriguing

This roundtable represents a rare and valuable opportunity

Chicago United would like to provide an extra special

chief executive officer, Advocate Health Care. (Gloria Castillo

to engage in confidential peer dialogue focused on building diverse and inclusive leadership.



Sustain the dialogue beyond the session.

synopsis of PwC’s innovative diversity and inclusion strategy. thank you to Jim Kolar, market managing partner, PwC, for providing a gracious welcome to our guests.

May 12, 2015

Frans Johansson previewed his presentation to senior

Topic: A Private Breakfast and Discussion Led by Frans

sparking innovation while building diverse and inclusive

Hosted by: PwC

Johansson, founder and CEO, Medici Group

leaders and invited CEOs to privately address challenges in work environments.

CEOs from Chicago United member companies gathered

Chicago United would like to provide a special thank you to

Johansson, founder and CEO of Medici Group, to learn how

CEO Council members in attendance with signed copies of

for an exclusive session hosted by PwC that featured Frans

diversity drives innovation. The Chicago United CEO Council gathered for an intimate breakfast with their peers where

PwC, for hosting this exclusive event and providing registered Johansson’s book, The Medici Effect.

Diversity Officer Roundtables The Diversity Officer Roundtables bring diversity practitioners from Chicago United member corporations together to engage in

peer dialogue about current challenges and leading practices in diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation. Members gain knowledge across organizations and develop tactics to be applied in their own environments. February 4, 2014

Hosted by: Bank of America

Topic: Succession Planning: Developing Your Bench Strength

building allies. As an example, McDonald’s engages in 3.

leadership chats.

Employee Engagement – Employee resource groups and

networks engage employees, over 118 countries and 1.8

million employees, and help them to feel connected. McDonald’s uses a Leadership at McDonalds Pipeline (LEAP) program, where high potential employees are

identified and internally groomed for future officer

positions through an eighteen month interactive

Pat Harris, the global chief diversity officer and vice president

of community engagement at McDonald’s, facilitated a

thought provoking roundtable about leading strategies



Community Engagement – Corporate responsibility to

give back to the communities they serve is ingrained and embeds diversity in various business operations.

and challenges of connecting diversity and inclusion to

Harris closed the session by sharing a tip she tells her

Ms. Harris attributes McDonald’s competitive advantage to

June 2, 2015

succession planning.

four success factors around diversity and inclusion. 1.


Leadership Commitment and Accountability – The

colleagues: “Have courage to face uncomfortable situations.”

Hosted by: Bank of America

Topic: Diversity and Inclusion Drives Employee Engagement

board of directors and CEO must be committed and

Namrata Yadav, vice president, Learning and

Diversity Education – Honest conversations, including

facilitated a thought provoking roundtable

accountable to diversity and inclusion efforts.

informal diversity education with sitting leaders about

issues management around diversity, are critical in

Leadership Development at Bank of America, about Bank of America’s strategy to impact awareness, behaviors, and culture.


2015 Year In Review – Disruptive Inclusion Diversity Officer Roundtables Yadav discussed the preface for how Bank of America’s

mentorship. Brown expressed her view on the potential risks

employee engagement enterprise wide. Yadav expressed

and follow through.

Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Lab intends to drive her view on having a long term focus and organizational

strategy to shift the culture in her organization to one of more inclusivity.

There was a robust discussion at the roundtable of all who

attended that included shifting culture, accountability, onboarding, developing a D& I index and characteristics of inclusive leadership.

Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United, highlighted Chicago United’s Corporate Diversity Profile, a

and challenges that come with sponsorship identification

Building trust between the sponsor and protégé, having

clearly defined leadership opportunities, and providing tangible value were a few of the insights shared among participants.

Vilma Chan, diversity leader: Greater Chicago Market of PwC highlighted the first research to analyze and improve the effectiveness of white men as they integrate diversity and inclusion into their leadership work.

biennial study that measures racial diversity specifically

We would like to thank our highly-skilled facilitators Pat

boards, and in executive level management. It is a benchmark

community engagement at McDonald’s; Namrata Yadav,

in the leadership ranks of large corporations, on corporate for corporations to measure their progress in this area. August 4, 2015

Hosted by: Bank of America

Topic: Turning Diverse Employees into Leaders through Sponsorship Identification

Harris, global chief diversity officer and vice president of vice president, Learning and Leadership Development at

Bank of America and Paula J. Brown, manager, Diversity &

Inclusion/community employment liaison at Rush University Medical Center, along everyone who participated. Chicago

United would like to provide an extra special thank you to Keith Wagenknecht, senior vice president of Global Human Resources for Bank of America, our 2015 Diversity Officer Roundtable series sponsor and host.

Paula J. Brown, manager, Diversity & Inclusion/community

employment liaison at Rush University Medical Center, facilitated an engaging thought provoking roundtable about

the value of sponsorship. Brown level set the roundtable

by addressing the differences between sponsorship and


Leaders Council Series The Leaders Council Series showcase transformative talks with experts in order to advance diversity and inclusion. The programs offer members an opportunity to deepen relationships and expand their toolkit of leading inclusion strategies. February 12, 2015

The CSZ team all demonstrated that the Zoo’s commitment

Topic: Leveraging Diversity to Improve Business Performance

presentations. Attendees participated in capacity building

Hosted by: PNC Bank

to diversity is mission critical through their individual hands on exercises, got up close and personal with zoo

animals, and had a sneak peek into a new exhibit pre-opening. This program provided attendees with an opportunity to see how the CSZ University leadership training is carried out internally for employees and

executives, as well as how

other companies can use CSZ University as a resource.

Wil Lewis, diversity and inclusion executive in Consumer, Wealth & Investment Management at Bank of America provided highlights of Bank of America’s Conversation

Series, a dynamic and engaging program that introduces

diversity topics to a broad audience of leaders and managers in order to create opportunities for dialogue to promote a deeper understanding of the banks diversity and inclusion commitment.

June 18, 2015

Sponsored by: PNC Bank

Hosted by: Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo Topic: Exclusive Leadership Experience

Chicago United would like to thank our expert presenters, Wil Lewis, Diversity & Inclusion Executive Consumer, Wealth & Investment Management., and the Chicago Zoological Society. Chicago United would like to provide an extra special thank you to Craig Esko, senior vice president, client

and community relations director, Chicago market for PNC, the 2015 Leaders Council sessions series sponsor.

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo provided an excellent leadership program that was dynamic and

engaging. The Session was kicked off by Stuart Strahl, president of the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), who talked about how CZS embeds diversity as a core value into all facets of operations to build and inclusive culture.


Chairman’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.

Awards are presented to members who are not currently serving on the Board of Directors

Leaders Council Recognition Organizational Visionary

Those who help to develop the future of the organization through policy and program initiatives.

Program Champion

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 United. The team includes the CEO Council member, Leaders Council members, and other participants from the enterprise who lend support to the Chicago United Members.


2015 Ambassador

Paula J. Brown, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Employment Liaison, Rush University Medical Center

2015 Benefactor

Craig Esko, Senior Vice President, Client and Community Relations, PNC Bank

2015 Program Champion

Billy Dexter, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

2015 Visionary

Richard Gamble, Senior Vice President of Operations, Chicago Zoological Society

2015 CEO Council Champion

Richard S. Price, Chairman and CEO, Mesirow Financial

2015 Champion Team KPMG LLP

2015 Program Champion Honorable Mentions Robert L. Aguilar, Chief Operating Officer, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC

Steve Ball, Associate Vice President, Development, Chicago Botanic Garden

Erik D. Barefield, Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. Irma V. Bates, Vice President, Montenegro

Kenneth M. Battle, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Santino Bibbo, Managing Director, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC

Monica Billinger, Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Baxter International Inc. James F. Boudreau, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Chicago Botanic Garden Jaimeen Brahmbhatt, Director Digital Recruitment & Innovation, Abbott

Kevin B. Brookins, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Administration, ComEd, An Exelon Company Elevene M. Bryant, Vice President, Service Delivery Operations, Health Care Service Corporation Derrick E. Buckingham, Vice President, The Hollins Group, Inc. Michael J. Cabrera, President, UBM Facility Services Inc.

Patty Cadorin, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO, BMO Harris Bank Willie E. Carrington, Principal, Carrington & Carrington, Ltd.

Carla Carstens, Chairman of Diversity Initiatives, Financial Executives International, Chicago Chapter Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Bank of America

Randy Cobb, Managing Director, Diversity and Inclusion for AGL Resources, Nicor Gas Lawrena Colombo, Partner, PwC LLP

Lester N. Coney, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, Mesirow Financial

Toni E. Cornelius, Managing Director, Inclusion and Workforce Strategy, Office of the Chairman, Mesirow Financial Valerie Corr-Hanserd, Director, Communications and External Affairs, BP America Inc. Pamela Culpepper, Chief People Officer, Golin

Deila Davis, Director, Government Affairs, Access Community Health Network Unis Davis, Vice President of Operations, Endow, Inc.

Pedro DeJesĂşs, Executive Vice President, General Council & Corporate Secretary, Tampico Beverages, Inc. Melissa Donaldson, Director, Diversity Networks & Communication, Walgreen Co.


Chairman’s Awards 2015 Program Champion Honorable Mentions


Glenn Eden, Senior Vice President, Weber Shandwick

Anne Edmunds, Regional Director, Midwest Division, Manpower Michael Espinosa, Director of Engineering, CSMI

Latoria (Tori) J. Farmer, Executive Director, Office of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG LLP Kathy Ford, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Tyrone A. Forman, Ph. D., Professor and Vice Provost for Diversity/Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago Torrey Foster, Regional Leader, Americas, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. Lancert Foster, Vice President, RGMA

Corliss V. Garner, Vice President & Senior Manager, Diverse Markets, BMO Harris Bank Albert R. Grace, Jr., President, Loop Capital

Shelly Green, Senior Director, Talent Management & Diversity, USG Corporation

Jake J. Groenewold, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Academic Medical Center (AMC) Network

Julie M. Hansen, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Human Resources, AbbVie

Pat Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Vice President, Community Engagement, McDonald’s Corporation Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, United Airlines Ted Hawkins, Partner Advisory, PwC LLP

Shyrl E. Hoover, Senior Manager Talent Acquisition, Abbott

Debra Jennings-Johnson, Senior Director, Supplier Diversity, BP America Inc. LaVon Johns, Partner, Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan, LLC

Gregory D. Jones, Managing Director, Diversity & Inclusion, United Airlines Leatha King, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, AON

Janine Landow-Esser, Partner and Co-Chair Diversity Inclusion Committee, Quarles & Brady LLP Catherine Lavery, Chief Administrative Officer, Holland Capital Management LLC Andrew Lee, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Advocate Health Care

Kim Barker Lee, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Compliance, Northstar Lottery Group Wil Lewis, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America

Maria C. Lin, Director, Human Resources, Northwestern Medicine Marilyn Lissner, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

Fawn Lopez, Vice President/Publisher, Crain’s Communication/Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician Maggie Martensen, Vice President of Communications, Financial Executives International Lisa Martin, Chief Diversity Officer, Bryan Cave LLP

Jeanne K. Mason, Ph. D., Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, Baxter International Inc. Ruby McCleary, Director Supplier Diversity, United Airlines

Janeen McGreal, Controller, Financial Executives International

Leslie D. Minier, Partner & Chief Diversity Officer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Jennifer Montague, Director Revenue Management, ComEd Dennis Montgomery, President, COR Consulting Group Sheila M. O’Grady, Consultant, Spencer Stuart

Alberto Ortega, Director, Community Relations, Sodexo

Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau, CEO & President Transportation & Infrastructure, Primera Engineers, Ltd.

Steve Pemberton, Global Chief Diversity Officer Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreen Boots Alliance Rodney Perry, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

R. Delacy Peters, Jr., Partner, Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan, LLC


Terry Peterson, Vice President of Corporate & External Affairs, Rush University Medical Center Dawn Nash Pfeiffer, Chief Marketing Officer, SDI (System Development.Integration, LLC) Julian G. Posada, EVP Marketing and Strategy, Chicago SunTimes

Nadia M. Quarles, Esq., Assistant Vice President Office of Business Diversity, The University of Chicago Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Vice President, Public Affairs & Government Relations, Northern Trust Lisa A. Rowe, Senior Vice President, AON

Andrea Schwartz, Vice President of Media Relations & Cause Marketing for Macy’s North and Midwest Regions, Macy’s Sandra Sciulli, Development Manager, CSMI

William Sharp, Vice President Corporate Community Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Fred Siegman, President, Siegman Consulting Services John Silmon, Director, Advisor, KPMG LLP

Kevin Slaughter, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Cristina Sotelino, Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement, Access Community Health Network Farah Speer, Executive Director, North American Healthcare Practice Leader, Golin

Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation Cedric Thurman, U.S. Head Diversity & Inclusion, BMO Harris Bank Darryl Tom, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Valerie J. Van Meter, Senior Vice President, Central Bank Services, System Leadership Initiative and Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Marisabel Villanueva-Hucker, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Susan Wan,Vice President, Business Development, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Academic Medical Center (AMC) Network Stephanie Wang, Director, Transaction Procurement Supply Chain, Nicor Gas

James S. Williams, Jr., Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, The University of Chicago Medicine Terri Woods, Director of Human Resources, Greeley and Hansen

Timothy W. Wright III, Managing Partner, Operations, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Namrata Yadav, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Learning & Leadership Development, Bank of America Zandra Zuno, Executive Director, Multicultural Practice Lead, Golin

2015 Ambassador Award Honorable Mentions Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director of Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Michael J. Hernandez, Equity Partner and Firm Diversity Officer, Franczek Radelet P.C. Juan J. Mir, CTP, Senior Vice President, International Banking, PNC Bank Valerie King, Director of Marketing, Holland Capital Management LLC

Jim Konrad, Director Procurement and Payment Services, Northwestern University Kathy Lietz, Senior Manager, Compensation and Diversity, USG Corporation

Anise Wiley-Little, Chief Human Capital & Diversity Officer, Northwestern University

2015 Benefactor Award Honorable Mentions Vilma Chan, Diversity Leader, Greater Chicago Market, PwC LLP

Sandra Dornhecker, Vice President of Human Resources, Chicago Zoological Society

Jo-Elle Mogermann, Vice President of Institutional Planning & Inclusion, Chicago Zoological Society Keith Wagenknecht, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, Bank of America




Franczek Radelet P.C.

Odell Hicks & Company, LLC


General Electric Company

PNC Bank

Access Community Health Network


Prado & Renteria CPAs Prof. Corp.

Advocate Health Care

Grant Law, LLC

Primera Engineers, Ltd.


Greeley and Hansen

Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.

Ariel Investments

Heidrick & Struggles


Astellas US, LLC

Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

Quarles & Brady LLP

Bank of America

Holland Capital Management LLC

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Baxter International Inc.

The Hollins Group Inc.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/ Health Care Service Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

RME (Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc.)

Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC

Roosevelt University

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Rush University Medical Center


Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP

Krieg DeVault LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Laner, Muchin, Ltd.


Loop Capital

Spencer Stuart

LSL Healthcare Inc.

Tampico Beverages, Inc.


UBM Facility Services Inc.


United Airlines

McDonald’s Corporation

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 Sun-Times The Chicago Urban League

Mesirow Financial

The Chicago Zoological Society


CIVIQ Smartscapes

Mitchell & Titus, LLP

ComEd, An Exelon Company


Crain’s Chicago Business

MZI Group Inc.


Nicor Gas

Cushman & Wakefield

NJW Consulting

Endow, Inc.

Northern Trust

Ernst & Young LLP Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Financial Executives International

Northstar Lottery Group Northwestern Medicine Northwestern University

University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Academic Medical Center (AMC) Network 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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