At Mid-Year: Progress and Potential
At Chicago United, we are in the midst of completing a mid-year temperature check on our progress towards our organizational goals. We are pleased to report positive momentum, which we’ve
maintained as we return to an in-person environment.
Our progress this year includes a significant increase in participation in our programs that include the CEO and Diversity Officer Roundtable Series, Employee Resource Group Symposiums and
our Business Leaders of Color Author Series; new member recruitment; and the addition of amazing new staff and board members who help guide our efforts. Additionally, we are finalizing
our three-year strategic plan, and we continue to raise awareness of our thought leadership and expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) as seen in news coverage and social
Our member companies and their leaders are taking important steps in being transparent about their representation numbers, intentional about filling their corporate governance and middle-management
pipelines with diverse candidates, and equitable in their relationships with diverse business partners. This progress is encouraging, but we have a long way to go to achieve better representation
and inclusion in business, locally and nationally.
For the rest of the year, companies must continue to demonstrate that diversity, equity and inclusion aren’t just concepts that received urgent, but short-lived discussion in the aftermath
of 2020’s racial unrest. We have to make sure we maintain the momentum, for this is not just a moment, it is a movement.
Chicago United’s members are in the company of those who are serious about progress and accountability. We will keep our foot on the gas to strengthen our commitment to our members and their
incredible work in transforming Chicago into the most inclusive business ecosystem in the nation.
Are you doing your part?