March 30, 2023

Leading in Color Newsletter

March 2023

Chicago United - Leading in Color Newsletter
March 2023
Insights from Leadership. Tiffany Hamel Johnson, President & CEO of Chicago United

Resilient Past, Impactful Future

The entire Chicago United team digs deep into its work, tackling new challenges and introducing new initiatives while remaining focused on our mission. This was so profound during our 2023 Annual Meeting where we welcomed Members and business leaders committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

There were so many highlights from the Meeting: the engaging Fireside Chat with Anuradha Hebbar, Global DEI Practice Leader, as we unpacked the global research data from Chicago United Member Company Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart Company; the presentation of honors recognizing our Members’ outstanding, mission-advancing contributions in 2022; and the installation of the Officers and Members-at-Large of Chicago United’s 2023-2024 Board of Directors. 

We are prepared to navigate and conquer the new challenges but we take great honor in our strong foundation and the Members, allies and partners dedicated to working alongside Chicago United.

An immeasurable part of Chicago United’s foundation is John Robak, Civic Leader and Philanthropist, who served on the Board since 2014 and was elected Board Chairman in 2021. The Annual Meeting saw the end of John’s tenure with the Board.

John’s support of Chicago United is invaluable; he is a passionate and committed leader. We thank John immensely for his hard work on behalf of Chicago United and our Board of Directors.

Prepared to build upon this legacy and strong foundation is Chicago United’s newly appointed Chairman of the Board, Santino Bibbo, Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at Cabrera Capital Markets, as well as five new Board Members. I look forward to Santino’s leadership and working in tandem with the Board as we continue to propel Chicago United role as conveners, expand our outreach and continue to lead those courageous conversations.

We have more to do to achieve equitable representation and inclusion in business but I am optimistic as we continue to make great strides towards our goal.


Chicago United’s 2023-2024 Board Officers and Board of Directors

Officers and Members-at-Large of Chicago United’s 2023-2024 Board of Directors were installed at Chicago United’s Annual Meeting, held Wednesday, March 29:


Santino Bibbo
Managing Director & Head of Corporate Finance 
Cabrera Capital Markets
Andrea Sáenz 
President & CEO
The Chicago Community Trust
Nichole Owens
Vice President, Customer Channels 
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Sam Pambah 

Incoming Members at Large

David Andalcio
Founder and CEO

Kimberley Goode
Chief Communications and Social Impact Officer
BMO Financial Group

Torrence Hinton
Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas
Tony Robinson
US Central Region Tax Managing Partner

Laura Thonn
Chicago Office Managing Partner

Continuing Members at Large

Aurora Austriaco
Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

Investment Committee Chair
Tim Crane
Wintrust Financial Corporation

Cristy Garcia-Thomas
SVP, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and President
Advocate National Center
for Health Equity

Maurice Grant
Grant Law, LLC
Nidhi Kapoor
RK Management Consultants, Inc.

Membership Committee Chair
Katherine Scherer
Vice Chair, Central Region Marketplace Leader and Managing Partner, Chicago Office
Deloitte LLP

Karriem Shakoor
Senior Vice President - Chief Information Officer
UL Solutions

Manika Turnbull
Senior Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer
Health Care Service Corporation
Robert Henry

Welcome To Chicago United

Chicago United welcomes a new team member. Robert Henry joins Chicago United as Director of Membership Development, bringing vast experience growing organizational membership and business development.
Inside Inclusion Report

Now Available: Chicago United’s Inside Inclusion

Chicago United’s Inside Inclusion featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile is now available. This bi-annual study is the most comprehensive analysis of the progress of diversity, equity and inclusion at the highest levels in Chicago’s top corporations and is the first assessment of Chicago’s business environment following the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and the workforce’s reassessment of career goals. Inside Inclusion featuring the Corporate Diversity Profile was produced with the following organizations that provided research expertise and support: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Great Cities Institute of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Parker Williams Consulting.

Download the Report →

Chicago United’s Corporate Inclusion Institute-Cohort II Fellow Amaris Torres, Senior Analyst at Peoples Gas (a Chicago United Member Company), has been recognized by Negocios Now! as one of Chicago’s 2022 “Latinos 40 Under 40.”

Chicago United Leaders Council Member Hardik Bhatt has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SDI Presence LLC, a Chicago United Member Company.


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

CEO Roundtable Series

Hosted by Torrence Hinton
President, Peoples Gas

Monday, April 24 | 9:00-10:30 a.m.

200 E. Randolph Street, Chicago

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Emerging Leaders Series

Navigating Corporate Culture 

Presented by Rebecca Martinez O'Mara, Independent Board Director, Kadant
(2019 Business Leader of Color)

Wednesday, April 26 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

300 E. Randolph, Lower Level: CAL 5, Chicago, IL 60601 

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Employee Resource Group Symposium

Tenacity for Life: Lessons in Life, Business, and the World Around Us

Presented by Lou Sandoval, President and Managing Partner, HALO Advisory
(2021 Business Leader of Color)

Thursday, May 4 | 9:00-11:00 a.m.

1 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago

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Diversity Officer Roundtable Series

Hosted by Jill Stein, Inclusion Diversity & Equity Lead, Slalom Chicago

Wednesday, May 10 | 9:00-10:30 a.m.

200 E. Randolph Street, Chicago

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