April 21, 2024

Leading In Color Newsletter

April 2024

Chicago United - Leading in Color Newsletter
April 2024
Insights from Leadership. Tiffany Hamel Johnson, President & CEO of Chicago United

Elevating Equity

Chicago United’s highly inspiring Annual Meeting, where we convened our Members and business leaders to unpack the attacks on DE&I, revealed a significant fact: Companies are leaning in.

Fueled with this momentum, our 2024 Programming Series, themed Elevating Equity, began in earnest this month and I am overwhelmed by the thought leadership and the readiness to dig deeper. To further our mission, the current business climate requires a higher level of engagement. Companies continue to do the work and our programming complements this mission—providing the resources, the platform for ideas, and the opportunities that lead to proven action.

Leading cultural transformation is challenging, but collectively we must continue to double down on our resilience and strategically address the challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion. This is how we Elevate Equity.

Be well, 


Chicago United Launches C-Suite Sessions

Chicago United introduces C-Suite Sessions (formerly CEO Roundtables), a series of four panel discussions, each featuring two to four C-Suite or senior-level executives who are at the forefront of implementing effective equity strategies within their sectors. The first program in this new series, Elevating Equity in Healthcare, was held in April and featured a Fireside Chat moderated by Chicago United President and CEO Tiffany Hamel Johnson with Dr. Omar Lateef, President and CEO of Rush University System for Health, and Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Remaining sessions in 2024 include: Venture Capital in June, Professional Services in September, and Energy in October.

Visit Chicago United’s Events Calendar for more information on upcoming programming 


During Leadership Greater Chicago’s annual benefit, Celebrate Leaders, Nicor Gas, a Chicago United Member Company, received the Corporate Civic Leadership Award, accepted by President and CEO Wendell Dallas, a 2023 Business Leader of Color. Also during the event, Andrea Sáenz, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, former Chicago United Board of Directors Vice Chair, and a 2023 Business Leader of Color, was presented the 2024 Distinguished Fellow Award.
Chicago United’s Minority Business Partnership Program, which includes the Five Forward Initiative™ acknowledged the achievements of ComEd (Committed Corporation with the Highest Spend in 2023) and Walgreens (Committed Corporation with the Highest Percentage Spend Increase in 2023), two Chicago United Member Companies and the MBP Program’s Committed Corporations, along with Trinidad Construction (Minority Business Enterprise with the Highest Percentage Spend Increase in 2023), a participating Minority Business Enterprise in the program, and PMI Energy Solutions, LLC (Minority Business Enterprise with the Highest Spend in 2023) during its annual Kick-Off Meeting in April.
Adela Cepeda, Chair of Angeles Investors and a 2005 Chicago United Business Leader of Color, was named one of “10 Women Making a Difference in the Boardroom and Beyond” by Fund Board Views.


The following programs are open only to employees of Chicago United Member Companies. Please click here to view our Event Calendar for additional details and registration links.

Minority Business Partnership:
Corporations and their Commitment to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

Hosted by Abbott Laboratories


Tuesday, May 7 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Abbott Laboratories, Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 34th Floor, Monroe Room

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ERG Symposium: Preventing Burnout—Strategies for Succession Planning

Tuesday, May 14 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

EY, 155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago

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Emerging Leaders Series: Creating Your Leadership Blueprint

Hosted by Dominican University


Thursday, May 30 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest

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