2023 Bridge Awards Celebration
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dinner & Program
6:30 – 9:00 PM
News Anchor and Reporter
2023 Bridge Awards
2023 Bridge Award Recipient
2023 CU Impact Award Recipient
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Chicago United’s Bridge Awards Celebration is Chicago’s premier event celebrating excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion in business.
Our theme this year is:
A highlight of the celebration, the presentation of Chicago United’s Bridge Award honors a company that has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in achieving diversity, equity and inclusion, especially at the board and highest executive levels within their organization. This award brings visibility to those who have led change and inspired others to follow, fostering multiracial leadership in business.
We will also recognize the 2023 Business Leaders of Color inductees.
We look forward to gathering with our partners, friends, allies and supporters for an evening of celebration, united by
Join the Milestone Celebration!
Chicago United celebrates its 55th Anniversary in 2023! We're marking this milestone by aligning it with the esteemed 2023 Bridge Awards Celebration. Expect an unforgettable event honoring the city's diverse business community and its champions.
Together, let's honor our past, celebrate the present, and shape the future. United, we are Chicago.
Marking 20 Years of Elevating Equity
This year, Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color (BLC) proudly celebrates its 20th anniversary, in sync with the 2023 Bridge Awards Celebration. Over the past two decades, BLC has spotlighted the wealth of diverse leadership talent in Chicago, recognizing 470 board-ready candidates.
Join us in commemorating this milestone of diversity and leadership. Together, we are Chicago United!
As of September 25, 2023
John C. Robak
(Chicago United Board Chair 2021 - 2023)
Former Chairman & CEO
Greeley and Hansen
(Chicago United Board Chair 2019 - 2021)
CEO – North America Affinity
Former President (2004 – 2020)
Former and First Executive Director (1973 – 1980)
Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wintrust Financial Corporation
President and CEO
Chief Communications and Social Impact Officer
BMO Financial Group
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Fifth Third Bank
Travis Hunter Jr.
Chicago Office Managing Partner
Reginald J. Miller
VP, People Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Enterprise Vice President of Community Engagement
Vice President, Distribution Operations
ComEd, An Exelon Company
E. Scott Santi
Chairman and CEO
SVP and Chief Information Officer
Scott C. Swanson
Midwest Territory Executive
Sponsorship opportunities are now available. To discuss sponsorship and for questions, please contact:
Gail Arrigo, Executive Vice President, at email@example.com or 312.977.3066.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
*As of October 24, 2023
Advocates for Change
Corporate Citizens for Change
Leaders for Change
Azteca Foods Inc.
Bank of America
Cabrera Capital Markets
EY (Ernst & Young LLP)
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metropolitan Chicago
Governors State University
Grant Law, LLC
Tiffany Hamel Johnson and Derrick Johnson
The Kraft Heinz Company
MZI Group, Inc.
Next Generation, Inc.
Old National Bank
John C. Robak
SDI Presence LLC
Sidley Austin LLP
SNtial Technologies, Inc.
UJAMAA Construction, Inc.
University of Chicago
University of Illinois Chicago
Valentine, Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.
Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC
Friends of Chicago United
Cristina Foods, Inc.
Kimberly Evans Killion
Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.
Patricia Hurley & Associates, Inc.
Robert R. McCormick Foundation