Cocktail Reception

Music provided by

Emcee Welcome

Mark Rivera
News Anchor and Reporter

Dignitary Remarks

 Toni Preckwinkle

President, Cook County Board

Brandon Johnson

 Mayor of Chicago

Presenting Sponsor Remarks

Darrel Hackett

U.S. Chief Executive Officer

BMO has been a supporter of Chicago United’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in business since 2007 and is proud to celebrate its 55 th anniversary at this year’s Bridge Awards. Guided by our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, BMO is committed to zero barriers to inclusion through investments, products, services and partnerships that remove systemic barriers for under-represented customers, employees and communities – and drive inclusion and equitable growth for everyone.

BMO is a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce and is dedicated to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve, with a culture where unique backgrounds, perspective and experiences are celebrated and every person has equal access to opportunities.

Congratulations to Kimberley Goode, BMO’s Chief Communications and Social Impact Officer and to all the 2023 Business Leaders of Color inductees.

Chairman's Remarks

Santino Bibbo

Managing Director & Head of Corporate Finance
Cabrera Capital Markets

Chicago United

President & CEO Remarks

Tiffany Hamel Johnson

President & Chief Executive Officer
Chicago United

Bridge Award

Accepted By

David Perez
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Music Provided by

Presentation of

CU Impact Award

Accepted By

Robert Aguilar

CEO Diversity Statements

"Being thoughtful and intentional about promoting a culture of respect and inclusivity at Health Care Service Corporation reflects our bedrock commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are proud to maintain an environment where employees are confident that they are seen, heard, and valued; and of our strong connection to the diverse communities that our 18.6 million members call home."

Manika Turnbull, Ph. D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Health Care Service Corporation


Thanks To Our Sponsors

*As of November 14, 2023

Presenting Sponsor

Chairman's Circle

Advocates for Change

Reception Sponsor

Corporate Citizens for Change

Leaders for Change

Azteca Foods Inc.

Bank of America

Beam Suntory

Cabrera Capital Markets


Deloitte LLP

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

Purple Group

John C. Robak

SDI Presence LLC

Sidley Austin LLP


SNtial Technologies, Inc.

Spencer Stuart

Trinidad Construction

UJAMMA Construction

UChicago Office of Business Diversity

University of Illinois Chicago

Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC