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Diversity Leadership Lunch
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Bridge Awards Dinner
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Schedule of Events

11:00 am

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Diversity Leadership Luncheon

Diversity Leadership
Lunch Keynote Speaker

Michele J. Hooper
President and CEO
The Directors’ Council

The Diversity Leadership Luncheon will explore the roles diversity and inclusion play in driving innovation, competitive advantage, and business objectives. Successful managers must skillfully oversee diverse teams, execute on project objectives, and meet organizational goals. Their influence and value as leaders are exponentially increased as they set strategic visions that inspire others and create cultures of excellence and inclusion. Gain insights on analyzing and diagnosing diversity and inclusion issues to lead and support strategic, long term, and sustainable inclusion in your organization.


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Plenary Session

The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile

Chicago United’s nationally recognized Corporate Diversity Profile (CDP) is a biennial study that measures racial diversity specifically in leadership ranks of large corporations, on corporate boards, and in executive level management. It is one of the leading benchmarks for corporations to measure their progress in this area.

The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile was developed under the guidance and in-kind support of Warren Smith, Central Region Talent Leader, Americas Talent Team, EY, and the EY research team. Demographic and statistical data were captured on the presence of racial diversity on the boards and in the executive ranks of the top 50 Chicago companies. Smith also served as committee chair of the Corporate Diversity Profile Task Force.

EY executives will present the results of the study outlining the link between organizational culture and business outcomes, how organizations create their own cultures, and how to conduct a cultural audit to identify your organization’s culture.


3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Session Break


3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
CID Talks

Inspiring Culture, Inclusion and Diversity

CID Talks was launched in 2013 to present thought-provoking and innovative ideas from transformational leaders. Chicago United has assembled a diverse group of leaders from the boardroom to C-suite, as well as leading entrepreneurs, to provide you with their perspectives on culture, inclusion, and diversity. The format is designed to motivate and inspire others to look at their own personal and professional journeys to help create a systemic flow of “big ideas.” Presenters will share with you what inspired them to challenge their own leadership capacity on subjects such as surviving corporate acquisitions, minority entrepreneurs doing business in a global economy, and
effective influence.



Caroline Tsai
SVP, Chief Legal Officer,
U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group BMO Financial Group

Louis Carr
President, Media Sales
BET Networks

Martin R. Castro
President and CEO
Castro Synergies, LLC

Teresa Cordova, Ph.D.
Great Cities Institute
University of Illinois
at Chicago


Connie Lindsey
Executive Vice President,
Global Head of Corporate
Social Responsibility
Northern Trust

Ulice Payne, Jr.
Managing Member
Addison-Clifton LLC



5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pre-Dinner Reception

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bridge Awards Dinner


2014 National Bridge Award Recipient:

2014 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient:

Jonas Prising
Chief Executive Officer
Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.
Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer
Baxter International Inc.

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