Annual Report 2021

Our Mission


Chicago United’s mission is to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color by advancing multiracial leadership in corporate governance, expanding the talent pipeline for executive-level management, and growing minority businesses.

Our membership includes many of Chicago’s most accomplished leaders from various professional backgrounds.

Our member companies range from large, mid-, and small-sized businesses to minority-owned businesses and civic and nonprofit institutions.

Our Initiatives, Programs, and Events:

  • The Bridge Awards Celebration
  • Business Leaders of Color Publication
  • Inside Inclusion Featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile
  • The Minority Business Partnerships Program including The Five Forward Initiative™
  • Corporate Inclusion Institute
  • Chicago United Member Programming
  • Chicago United Annual Meeting

Chicago United is supported in part through funding provided by Surdna Foundation.

Nearly 100

Member companies in 2021, including Fortune 500, large, mid- and small-sized businesses, minority-owned businesses, as well as civic and nonprofit institutions.

495 Professionals

 from the Chicagoland area attended a Chicago United Program in 2021.

Over 20 Programs

were held  in 2021 where attendees learned, collaborated and engaged with peers, and ultimately lad transformative change throughout Chicago’s business ecosystem.

Our Leadership

Guided by Passionate Leadership

Leaders of Chicago United are some of the most respected in their fields, offering decades of experience and perspective gained from dedicating their careers to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion.

We recognize that there is still much work to be done. It is through partnerships with organizations such as Chicago United in which we can extend our support and work together to create a stronger and more inclusive business climate.

Darryl Hackett
Chicago United Board Vice Chairman |  President, BMO Wealth Management - U.S.

Make a Meaningful Impact

Every day, Chicago United’s work sparks transformative change within the Chicagoland region, impacting the lives of the underrepresented with the help of our generous supporters. Stand with us!