October 31, 2023

Leading in Color Newsletter

October 2023

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

Speak Up and Speak Out

Despite the attempts to nullify the work we do in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate America, I know this work is not partisan or political. It is the smart course of action for any business. 

This work increases shareholder value. It supports employee engagement, talent retention, and leadership development. This work leads to long-term business success. 

I know that our members share Chicago United’s vision of making Chicago the most inclusive business ecosystem in the nation. Yet, with this work comes a responsibility … a responsibility to speak up and take a stand. 

I am putting out the call to action! Let’s speak up and speak out! Together, we have the power and influence to dig even deeper into this work, defend our successes against the attacks on DE&I, and move forward to break new ground.

I will not be dissuaded. I will not allow this work to be obliterated. 

We cannot move backwards.

Be well,

From The 2023 Bridge Awards Presenting Sponsor: BMO

At BMO, we strive to be a champion for progress and a catalyst for change. Our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life informs our strategy, drives our ambition, and reinforces our commitments for a thriving economy, a sustainable future and an inclusive society. 

For over thirty years, BMO has supported Chicago United’s mission to foster inclusive and diverse leadership. We are proud to sponsor this year’s Chicago United Bridge Awards Celebration, as we honor the 2023 Business Leaders of Color, their successes and future contributions to the business world. This year, Kimberley Goode, BMO’s Chief Communications and Social Impact Officer, will join the 17 BMO executives that have been honored as Business Leaders of Color. 

BMO is focused on providing access to opportunities and enabling growth for our colleagues, customers and the communities we serve. In 2022, we announced BMO EMpower 2.0, our more than $40 billion community benefits plan to address key barriers faced by minority businesses, communities and families. Through a combination of financial and community-driven investment, we believe that together with our partners, we can make a meaningful change at the local level. 

Through our partnerships, we can continue to create more opportunities for people of color and ensure that Chicago is poised for a more equitable, inclusive and prosperous future. We look forward to coming together to celebrate the 2023 Business Leaders of Color on November 16. 

Chicago United Welcomes Our Newest Members: KraftHeinz & Livewire
Chicago United's 2023 Bridge Awards Celebration: Elevating Equity, Presented by BMO.

Join Us: Chicago United’s 2023 Bridge Awards Celebration

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Chicago United’s 2023 Bridge Awards Celebration, presented by BMO, taking place Thursday, November 16, at the Marriott Marquis Chicago. Themed Elevating Equity, the evening includes the presentation of the Chicago Bridge Award to ComEd, An Exelon Company, and the CU Impact Award, honoring Cabrera Capital Markets. The evening will also honor two major milestones: Chicago United’s 55th Anniversary and the 20th year presenting the 45 talented individuals named as 2023 Business Leaders of Color. 

Please contact Gail Arrigo, Executive Vice President, for additional details.
Corporate Inclusion Institute: Cohort VII … Enrollment Continues!

Corporate Inclusion Institute:
Cohort VII … Enrollment Continues!

Chicago United’s Corporate Inclusion Institute is a nine-month talent development program using a multi-disciplinary approach to bring together four professionals from various levels of an organization into an “Inclusion Cluster.” Equally effective in small- to medium-size firms as well as large corporations, participants who have completed the program report significant benefits from the workshops and resources around inclusive leadership competencies.

CII-Cohort VII is now open for registration, and Chicago United member organizations and companies are encouraged to contact Doris Salomon, Vice President of Programs and Initiatives, at dsalomon@chicago-united.org, to learn how to enroll team members. Please share this information with your network.
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Crain's Chicago Business released its 2023 Notable Leaders in DEI report, including representatives from Chicago United Member Companies: Kevin Chaplin, Managing Director, Data and Analytics/DEI Executive Sponsor, Slalom; Sandra Cordova Micek, President and CEO, Window To The World Communications; Rukiya Curvey Johnson; Vice President, Community Health Equity, and Executive Director Of The Rush Education & Career Hub for the Rush System For Health, Rush University Medical CenterAdam Engle, Director, Fund For Equitable Business Growth, The Chicago Community Trust; Corliss Garner, Executive Vice President, Chief DEI Officer and a 2023 Business Leader Of Color, Old National Bank; Leo Harmon, Senior Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager, Mesirow Equity Management, Mesirow; Steven Hunter, Partner, Chicago Office Chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, National Co-Chair of The Quarles & Brady DEI Committee, Quarles & Brady; and Reginald J. Miller, VP & Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, McDonald's Corporation.

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.

CII Closing Reception – Cohort VI


November 9 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

300 E. Randolph Street, Auditorium Chicago

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2023 Bridge Awards Celebration:
Elevating Equity

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November 16 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Marriott Marquis Chicago    
2121 S Prairie Avenue, Chicago

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CEO Roundtable

Hosted by: Mary Smith, President of the American Bar Association and a 2023 Business Leader of Color

November 29 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark, 21st Floor, Chicago

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