March 15, 2021

Leading in Color Newsletter

March 2021

Never Forget…

It is important to pause, acknowledge, and remember the unprecedented and heavy toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on ALL of us since it gripped our nation a year ago.

It’s been humbling to watch you, our members, come together in the face of unimagined challenges and support those most in need. You’ve shown what it means to respect and dignify the humanity of each person.

We depend on each other to lift one another, to protect each other, to be allies. Indeed, the work of Chicago United rests on that foundation of mutual dependency.  So, as we move toward more promising days and months ahead, thanks to vaccinations and cross-sector efforts to recover from the economic downturn, let’s remain determined to support each other. And never forget, we must honor those we have lost and not let their lives be in vain.

Join Us for the 2021 Annual Meeting

Chicago United's Annual Meeting brings together our members and officially kicks off our 2021 programming. We will introduce the Slate of Board of Directors for 2021-2022 as well as elect the Officers. We will also recognize the outstanding, mission-advancing contributions made by members in 2019 and 2020.


The Chicago United Team Is Growing

The Chicago United team is growing. We are currently hiring for the following positions: Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Minority Business Partnerships, and Manager of Research and Evaluation. For complete job descriptions, please visit the Careers section on our website.

Several Chicago United supporters were among Negocios Now’s 50 Most Influential Latinos, 2020 edition. They include our past President and CEO, Gloria Castillo; CEO Council member José “Joe” Almeida;  Bridge Award Honorees Richard A. Gonzalez and Oscar Munoz; and Business Leaders of Color Arabel Alba Rosales, Martin Cabrera, Adela Cepeda, Ramón “Ray” Cepeda, Pedro de Jesus, Joseph Dominguez, Juan Gabriel Moreno, David Olivencia, Maria de J. Prado, José Luis Prado, Emma Rodriguez Ayala, Robert Rodriguez, Jesse Ruiz, José R. Sanchez, and Neli Vazquez Rowland. Congratulations to everyone on this well-deserved recognition!

We’d like to close out Women’s History Month with a final salute and thank you to the leaders we’ve highlighted on our social media channels in March: Chicago United Board Members Cristy Garcia-Thomas and Nichole Owens;  Karen Eng;  Kimberly Moore; Aurora Austriaco; and Nidhi Kapoor

Graham C. Grady, 2011 Business Leader of Color and Partner with Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP, was named to the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum’s Museum Advisory Council.

Alison Bodor, a member of the Leaders Council and the Diversity Officer Roundtable, was named  DEI Champion awardee for the 2021 National Diversity & Leadership Conference in April. Alison is Program Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Northwestern Medicine. She also served as a member of the Diversity Task Force for the 2019 edition of our Inside Inclusion publication.

CEO Roundtable Series I, hosted by John O. Hudson, President and CEO, Nicor Gas

Thurs., April 15, 2021

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Virtual program (link provided with registration)

Diversity Officer Roundtable, featuring Carl H. Davis, Vice President, Head of Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Corporate Recruitment, Mesirow Financial

Thurs., May 13, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Virtual program (link provided with registration)

ERG Symposium IV – Power of ERGs in Advancing Corporate Community Engagement

Tues., May 18, 2021

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Virtual program (link provided with registration)

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