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
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
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.
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)
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
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
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 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.
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
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 Zooâ€™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 Americaâ€™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.
Chairmanâ€™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.
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.
Paula J. Brown, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Employment Liaison, Rush University Medical Center
Craig Esko, Senior Vice President, Client and Community Relations, PNC Bank
2015 Program Champion
Billy Dexter, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
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 Macyâ€™s North and Midwest Regions, Macyâ€™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
TH E WORK OF CH ICAGO U N ITED IS MADE POSSI BLE BY TH E SU PPORT OF OU R MEMBERS:
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Odell Hicks & Company, LLC
General Electric Company
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.
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
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Rush University Medical Center
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Krieg DeVault LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Laner, Muchin, Ltd.
LSL Healthcare Inc.
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
UBM Facility Services Inc.
The University of Chicago / University of Chicago Medicine
BMO Harris Bank N.A. BP America Inc. Bryan Cave LLP Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Central City Productions, Inc. Chicago Botanic Garden The Chicago Community Trust Chicago Sun-Times The Chicago Urban League
The Chicago Zoological Society
Mitchell & Titus, LLP
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Crain’s Chicago Business
MZI Group Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
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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Published on Jan 1, 2016