August 29, 2022

Leading in Color Newsletter

August 2022

August 2022

Laying The Foundation 

Now more than ever it is imperative we lay the groundwork for an inclusive workforce. This envisioned landscape includes leaders of color at all levels within an organization.

One of the five interrelated areas of multiracial leadership goals outlined in our Three-Year Strategic Plan is to expand our programming and implement a series of offerings specifically to include Emerging Leaders, Mid-level Managers and Business Leaders of Color.

Chicago United's newly expanded programming follows these directives. Our Emerging Leaders Series provides young professionals of color a platform to gain insights from executives on assessing and navigating corporate culture toward career advancement. The Mid-level Managers Series equips managers with the leadership skills to build collaborative, equitable and effective teams. Our Business Leaders of Color programming supports the growth and achievement of BLCs, preparing them to become prime candidates for corporate Board of Directors positions. 

Founded in 2019, Chicago United's Corporate Inclusion Institute, soon to embark on Cohort VI, will continue to support in the laying of this foundation by transforming corporate culture into a more inclusive landscape.

Through extensive research and planning, Chicago United’s programming is priming the corporate landscape towards equity and inclusion, creating opportunities that benefit both companies and employees. It is our responsibility to hone the talent pipeline and provide our leaders of color across the continuum access to equitable opportunity.

It's not enough to talk about it; we must do it. I invite you to join us and continue to work to build this foundation.


Save-The-Date: 2022 Bridge Awards Celebration

On Wednesday, November 16, Chicago United will host the highly anticipated 2022 Bridge Awards Celebration, presented by BMO. This is the Chicago-area’s premier event, celebrating excellence in diversity within corporate governance and fostering multiracial leadership at the highest levels of corporate America. Among the evening’s highlights, Chicago United will recognize inclusive leadership and present the Chicago Bridge Award to PwC.

This year’s theme is: “The Power of Inclusion.” 

The 2022 Bridge Awards Celebration takes place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue; 5:30 Reception, 6:30 Dinner; Business Attire. For additional information please visit Chicago United’s website.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Gail Arrigo, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations, at or 312.977.3066.

Chicago United President and CEO Tiffany Hamel Johnson participated in a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Lumpkin, Principal of Lumpkin Strategies, LLC, during the first day of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Business Smart Week. Chicago United Board Member Aurora Austriaco, Shareholder, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, participated in a preceding panel discussion, also moderated by Barbara Lumpkin. Additionally, Chicago United’s Debbie Cortez, Director of Minority Business Partnerships, moderated a panel with Jillian Garcia, Manager of External Affairs at Valdes Architecture and Engineering Company, an MBP Program Minority Business Enterprise, and Kim Thornton, Head of Supplier Diversity at BP, an MBP Program Committed Corporation.

Chicago United Member Company, The Chicago Community Trust, ranked #2 in Crain's Chicago Business’ list of Chicago’s Largest Foundations. 

Chicago United 2021 Business Leaders of Color were named to Crain's Chicago Business' 2022 Notable Executives of Color in Finance: Suzanne Yoon, Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, LLC; Regina Cross, Vice President of Goldman Sachs; and Nickol R. Hackett, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of The Joyce Foundation.

Chicago United CEO Council Members and 2021 Business Leaders of Color were named to Crain's Chicago Business’ 2022 Notable Executives in HR and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Leslie Minier, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and CU Leaders Council Member; Rich Johnson, Global Leadership Development, Spaulding Ridge and CU Leaders Council Member; Mark Hands, Director, Supplier Diversity and Associate OMWI Director, Supplier Diversity and Associate OMWI Director, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and CU Five Forward Committed Corporation Program Administrator; Kelly Jackson, Vice President of People & Culture, bp and CU Leaders Council Member; Tracie Morris, Chief Human Resources Officer, BMO Financial Group and 2021 Business Leader of Color; and Nadia Quarles, Assistant Vice President of Business Diversity, The University of Chicago, 2021 Business Leader of Color and CU Leaders Council Member.


An easy-to-use Community Calendar with details and registration links is live on our website. Please click here to view.

Chicago United’s Minority Business Partnerships Program

Presented by Chicago United Member Company BMO Harris Bank: Jeffery Allen, Director, Economic Equity Advisory Group; Letticia Flores Poole, Vice President and Co-Head, Black and Latinx Businesses; and Javier Gonzalez, Vice President, Commercial Banking


September 15, 2022 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

This is a Virtual Event

Attend if you are:

  • A Committed Corporation
  • A Minority-owned Business


Business Leaders of Color Reception: Hot Topics in Corporate Governance

Hosted by Deloitte, a Chicago United Member Company

September 15, 2022 | 5:00 – 7:00PM

Deloitte, 111 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

Attend if you are: 

  • Chicago United Business Leader of Color
  • Chicago United CEO Council Member


CEO Roundtable Series

Hosted by Natalie Brown, President, Mesirow Financial, a Chicago United Member Company

September 20, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:30AM

Mesirow Financial, 353 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

This event is open to CEO Council Members only


Diversity Officer Roundtable

Hosted by Chicago United Member Company McDonald’s Corporation: Reginald J. Miller, Vice President, Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

September 28, 2022 | 8:30 – 10:00AM

McDonald’s Corp., 110 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL

Attend if you are:

  • A Human Resources Executive
  • A Diversity, Equity
  • Inclusion Officer
  • A business leader responsible for inclusive talent development


Corporate Inclusion Institute: Cohort VI

Contact Doris Salomon,, for additional information. Please share this opportunity with your network.
300 East Randolph Street, Suite 40.200, Chicago, IL 60601-5075
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