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The Business Leaders of Color publications feature board-ready candidates for Fortune 1000 companies. These innovative, global thinkers are ready to provide shareholder value in a changing world and inspire others as they ascend to leadership. 


2019 Business Leaders of Color Nominations


Work with Chicago United to Identify Future Corporate Directors


Nominations Accepted: Nov. 19, 2018 through Feb. 15, 2019


Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color publication spotlights diverse executive talent in the Chicago area who should be considered for corporate boardrooms. As we prepare to launch our next issue, we invite you to help us identify the next group of outstanding leaders of color. We encourage you to review the diverse talent in your organization, in your network of business associates, and in the corporate and/or civic boards on which you serve. Upon identifying business leaders of color who meet the criteria, please submit their name, contact information and detailed qualifications for nomination for the Business Leaders of Color publication. 






Please refer to the Criteria for Selection section of the Nomination Worksheet carefully before you begin working on your nomination. If you are unsure how your nominee fits the criteria, consider sharing the criteria form with your nominee and working together with them to identify how they fit the criteria.




IMPORTANT: This year’s nomination process is totally automated online using a survey tool. We will not accept nominations via email or mail. Please use the Nomination Worksheet to compose your answers and then simply cut and paste from the worksheet into the online nomination form (link provided) to save time and cut down on errors.


As you prepare your nomination, you might not be able to provide all the required information on a nominee’s background and expertise. However, it’s extremely important that the nomination be as complete as possible to ensure your nominee’s qualifications are sufficiently documented to be seriously considered as a candidate. As suggested above, reach out to the nominee to “fill in the blanks” of information you may not have prior to submitting your nomination online.


The information included in the nomination is the only information our selection committee will consider; selectors are instructed not to conduct additional research on the candidates.


The process is completely online. Simply follow the links below to 1) download the Nomination Worksheet and click "save as" to save on your desktop 2) fill out and submit the nomination once you have filled out the worksheet. 


Download Nomination Worksheet here.


Submit Business Leaders of Color Nomination here.


A committee of prominent Chicago business leaders will evaluate the nominations and make the final selection of up to 50 BLCs for 2019. Selections are expected to be completed and winners notified in April 2019.


Questions about Business Leaders of Color or your nomination submission? Email



Click here to view/download the 2017 Business Leaders of Color publication.


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