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Gloria Castillo is president and CEO of Chicago United, a corporate membership organization that advances multiracial leadership in business to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color.


Castillo is a pioneering advocate for workplace diversity with a passion for advancing inclusion, and social and economic justice through the lens of business strategy. Her experience and background has allowed her to effectively collaborate with Chicago United’s corporate members to enhance inclusive talent management practices and develop strategic and dynamic partnerships with minority owned business enterprises.


Her work on behalf of underrepresented populations was recognized in 2017 with an honorary Doctorate in Social Justice from Roosevelt University and by Rainbow PUSH Coalition in 2018 with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award.

Castillo has also earned recognition as one of Today’s Chicago Woman’s 100 Women of Influence in 2013. Castillo has also been presented with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest’s Champion of the Public Interest Award, and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Racial Justice Award. Castillo was also a fellow in the 2011 CEO Perspective Program at the Kellogg School of Management.


 Gloria Castillo

President and CEO

Chicago United

Castillo serves on the Board of Directors of The Field Foundation of Illinois and Intersect Illinois, an economic development corporation. She served as a past board member of MALDEF, World Sports Chicago and The Chicago Network. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, the membership commission of The Chicago Club, and is Co-Chair of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.  She previously served on a joint committee created by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to enhance city-county cooperation and operational efficiencies.


Castillo speaks and writes frequently on issues of race and corporate diversity. She has recently spoken at Kellogg School of Management and served on panels for The Chicago Network, Roosevelt University, and the Women’s Energy Summit to discuss challenges facing diversity and inclusion in the corporate world and possible solutions for the future.

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