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Business Leaders of Color Making News

Monday, September 18, 2017  
Posted by: Caitlin Yee
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Don Thompson, a 2007 Business Leaders of Color and co-founder of Cleveland Avenue and Levoyd Robinson, a 2017 Business Leader of Color and maning principal, CFI Partners, are working toegher, along with our partners, to create
SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
 
Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Making News
 
Chicago-based Academy Group is providing a “womb-to-tomb employment opportunity” for at-risk youth from third grade through college in Chicago.
 

Thirty Chicago teens took part in Academy Group's summer pilot program at former McDonald's CEO Don Thompson's foundation offices in the Fulton River District.

Don Thompson, a 2007 Business Leaders of Color and co-founder of Cleveland Avenue, and Levoyd Robinson, a 2017 Business Leaders of Color and managing principal, CFI Partners, are working together, along with other partners, to create a financially self-sustaining organization to mentor at-risk youth from third grade through college.
 
Dodgers owners Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Mark Walter, CEO of Guggenheim Financial, had talked with people in Chicago education circles about inventing a financially self-sustaining organization to mentor at-risk youth from third grade through college. He, Johnson, and a handful of other ultrawealthy people created it: Chicago-based Academy Group has begun buying ownership stakes in companies, starting with a Chicago financial firm Chicago Fundamental, that will provide returns to run the organization and connect participants to profitable corporate employers.
 
"This is kind of a womb-to-tomb employment opportunity," says Walter in an article at Crain’s Chicago Business, whose insurance and investment company is headquartered in Chicago and New York.
 
Former McDonald's CEO Don Thompson and Guggenheim Managing Partner Andrew Rosenfield are among the 10 or so people backing the effort so far.
 

Read more at Crain’s Chicago Business

 
Motorola enacts an innovation strategy to face what could be the biggest disruption to its business.
 
Eduardo Conrado, Motorola's chief strategy and innovation officer
 
Through technology acquisitions, investments, and partnerships, Motorola is preparing as it faces what could be the biggest disruption to its business since the company started selling police radios nearly 90 years ago.  Eduardo Conrado, a 2017 Chicago United Business Leader of Color and executive vice president, strategy and innovation, Motorola, says the industry is changing, to keep up, "you can either partner, buy or build. We're using all three levers," per an article today at Crain’s Chicago Business.
 
Read the full article at
Crain’s Chicago Business
 
 
Introducing Guerrero Insights
 
Pedro Antonio Guerrero, a 2017 Business Leader of Color and chief executive officer, Guerrero Howe Custom Media, the company behind Hispanic Executive, is launching a new newsletter and digital publication that gives you the tools and perspectives to put your story to work for your business.

Coming in October, Guerrero Insights will share perspectives from today’s leading executives on how they harness their story to impact the world.
 
Read more at
Guerrero Insights
 300 East Randolph Street, Suite CL920, Chicago, IL 60601-5075
312-977-3070 • www.chicago-united.org

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