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Pramaggiore Welcomes New Board, Mazany Keynotes, Experts Present – Annual Meeting Highlights

Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Chicago United held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit with the overarching theme of ‘Courageous Conversations’ on Tuesday, March 14, hosted by member and presenting sponsor KPMG.

Chicago United held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit with the overarching theme of ‘Courageous Conversations’ on Tuesday, March 14, hosted by member and presenting sponsor KPMG.

Chicago United President and CEO Gloria Castillo kicked off the Annual Meeting with the presentation of the Chairman Awards to recognize the significant contributions of Chicago United members, followed by a keynote address from Terry Mazany, president and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust, and a panel discussion titled, “How Do You Experience Diversity and Inclusion.”

Elections for Chicago United's new Board of Directors were also held during the event. New members to the Chicago United Board of Directors include Darrel Hackett, president, BMO Private Bank U.S.; Linda Imonti, principal, KPMG LLP; Parrish Ivy, tax principal, Deloitte; and Nichole Owens, director of Customer Care Center, ComEd, An Exelon Company. Additionally, George Burciaga, managing director of global municipal development & innovation, CIVIQ Smartscapes, moved into the Executive Committee as treasurer.
 
Following the Annual Meeting, members had the opportunity to participate in breakout strategy sessions, which featured interactive presentations from key Chicago business leaders in the areas of racial equity, millennials role in D&I efforts, and the importance of engaging White men in the D&I journey. The event concluded with closing remarks from ComEd CEO and Chicago United chairwoman Anne Pramaggiore.
 
Anne Pramaggiore, CEO, ComEd and Chicago United chairwoman; Linda Imonti, principal, KPMG LLP, incoming board director and annual meeting host; and Gloria Castillo, president and CEO, Chicago United following the Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit.
 
The challenge is, we need to start being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Terry Mazany, president and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust, delivers a keynote address highlighting ways to come together as a community to address complex D&I issues.
 







 

 Institutional racism is the issue and oftentimes the roadblock for true diversity and inclusion.
Chicago United 2016 Chairman’s Award Recipients: James Rozsypal, Central Region Financial Services Practice Leader, EY; Vilma Chan, diversity leader, Greater Chicago Market, PwC; Maude Toussaint-Comeau, senior business economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Julie M. Felix, diversity and inclusion, Mesirow Financial; and John C. Robak, president, Greely and Hansen.
 
You can have all the diversity in the world, but you need to have the right culture and professionals that enable inclusion.
Panelists Xavier Ramey, senior assistant director for social innovation and philanthropy, The University of Chicago; Shea Fowler, partner, Health Services Assurance Practice PwC; Charmon Parker Williams, principal consultant, Parker Williams Consulting; and Dr. Andrew H. Lee, VP & chief diversity officer, Advocate Health Care, explore the topic of diversity and inclusion experiences.
The challenge is shifting from a single cultural narrative to a multicultural narrative.
Attendees at the Annual Meeting engage in a group discussion stemming from the panel discussion.

 
You have to have diversity of background in order to get diversity of thought.
Vilma Chan, diversity leader, Greater Chicago Market, PwC and Shea Fowler, partner, Health Services Assurance Practice, PwC, discuss the importance of engaging White men in the D&I journey and their tactics.
Remove yourself from your echo chambers and start finding commonalities among those that are different from you.
Gary Alveranga, senior director, The Kaleidoscope Group shares insights on racial equity.
Race teaches us about discomfort. We need to understand the differences and some of the challenges that make race tough to talk about.

Namrata Yadav, SVP, head of diversity & inclusion, learning and inclusion strategy, Bank of America, discusses the imperative role millennials play in D&I efforts.

Differences and D&I are presumed among millennials, so maybe it's the rest of the generations that need to change their mindset.
Anne Pramaggiore, CEO, ComEd and Chicago United chairwoman, delivers closing remarks.
 Someone who is proactive does not wait to take action in moments of injustice.
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