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November 19, 2013
Hilton Chicago

Intentional Inclusion Drives Results

Schedule of Events

11:00 am

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

A discussion on Intentional Inclusion, featuring members of the
2013 Business Leaders of Color

Members of the 2013 Business Leaders of Color will engage in an open dialogue focusing on leadership attributes and critical choices that impacted their career paths, and how they contribute to the success of their organizations.


Roger O. Crockett
R. O. Crockett


Ana Dutra
Chief Executive Officer
Mandala Global


Patricia Brown Holmes
Schiff Hardin LLP


Sunil Garg
Senior Vice President,
Chief Information &
Innovation Officer


Cathy Peng
Chief Business
Development Officer
Ethertronics, Inc.


John P. Trainor
Publisher / General Manager

Plenary Sessions

Chicago United Presents: CID Talks - Inspiring Culture, Inclusion and Diversity

In the spirit of “ideas are worth spreading,” CID Talks present thought-provoking and innovative ideas from transformational leaders. The series provides a broad depth and breadth of subject matters, and challenges the audience to think about dynamics in their environments that impact diversity and inclusion strategies and practices.

The format is designed to motivate and inspire others to look at their own personal and professional experiences to help create other “big ideas.” Each segment features six dynamic speakers who take you through their personal journey, each in a 10-minute timeframe. Presenters share with you what inspired them to drive innovation, lead change, and challenge their own leadership. Our audience will have an opportunity to engage in Q& A sessions with groups of presenters.

Chicago United has assembled a diverse group of leaders from the boardroom to the C-Suite to provide you with a refreshing perspective on culture, inclusion, and diversity.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
CID Talks I



Jeanna D. Bridges

U.S. Head, Diversity
& Inclusion,
BMO Financial

Arthur Zayas Miller
President & CEO
MZI Group Inc.

Leadership: Ten Steps from Relevance to Results

Amy Hilliard
Founder & CEO,
The ComfortCake
Company, LLC

Leadership with Conviction

Dr. Mi Ja Kim,
Prof. & Dean Emerita;
University of Illinois, Chgo.

Breaking Global Boundaries with Technology-enabled Collaboration

Paul Martin
Corporate VP
& CIO, Baxter
International, Inc.


Global Inclusion & Strategic Sourcing Under the Arches

JC Gonzalez-Mendez
Senior VP, Global CSR, Sustainability
and Philanthropy,
McDonald’s Corporation

Closing the Gap, Widening the Net

Sally Nuamah
Chicago Scholar,
Advocate & Filmmaker,
Ph.D. Candidate,
Northwestern University

How to Increase Self Awareness and Enhance Your Brand

Lorraine Stomski
Partner & Leadership
Service Line Leader,
Aon Hewitt

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Beverage Break

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
CID Talks II



Pedro DeJesus
EVP, General
Council & Corporate Secretary,
Tampico Beverages, Inc.

Connie Lindsey
EVP, Global Head
of Corporate Social Responsibility,
Northern Trust

Transglobal Leadership and Global Diversity

Nazneen Razi
SVP, Chief Human
Resources Officer,
Health Care Service

SySTEMic Shortages in the Talent Pipeline and How We Fix Them

Elizabeth W. Reese
President, Nicor Gas & SVP, AGL Resources

Immigrants, the Illinois Economy
and Immigration Reform

John Rowe
Chairman Emeritus,
Exelon Corporation


Business Imperative: Developing and Executing Inclusion Strategies for Growth

Claudia M. Saran

What do you
HAVE to give?

Shundrawn Thomas
SVP, Managing Director & Global Head, Northern
Trust Exchange Traded Funds Group,
Northern Trust

Action Learning: Developing a Global Skill Set

David Wade
Vice President,
Air BP Americas

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

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
45th Anniversary Gala


Bridge Award honoree:



Don Thompson

President and
Chief Executive Officer
McDonald's Corporation


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