Impact Through Programming


Chicago United is the premier thought leader in advancing inclusion. Our year-long program series provides platforms for attendees to learn, collaborate and engage with peers, and ultimately lead transformative change throughout Chicago’s business ecosystem.

C-Suite Sessions

C-Suite Sessions (formerly the CEO Roundtable Series) is an exclusive series of four panel discussions focused on "Elevating Equity in Business," led by senior leaders who are implementing innovative strategies within their respective industry.

Attend if you are:

  • A member of Chicago United’s CEO Council, including senior leaders within a Member Company who has company-wide responsibility.

Wednesday, April 24 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

C-Suite Session: Healthcare

Tuesday, June 18 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

C-Suite Session: Venture Capital

Tuesday, September 17 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

C-Suite Session: Professional Services

Wednesday, October 9 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

C-Suite Session: Energy


Peer-to-peer learning sessions facilitated by executives responsible for their organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, that investigate current trends and leading practices for less common challenges.

Attend if you are:

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

Tuesday, April 23 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Elevating Equity
Hosted by BMO

Friday, May 17 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Elevating Equity
Hosted by Discover

September 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Elevating Equity
Hosted by Navistar

October 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Elevating Equity
Hosted by Health Care Service Corporation


Chicago United convenes Employee Resource Group Leaders through this series of programming to create an incomparable peer-to-peer learning experience. Participating Senior-level ERGs will learn from thought-leaders and experts as they share actionable strategies towards systemic change and cultural inclusiveness.

Attend if you are:

  • A Chief Human Resources Officer/Chief Diversity Officer
  • An Executive or Senior Human Resources professional responsible for resourcing and/or developing ERGs
  • An ERG Executive Sponsor
  • An ERG Chair/Leader

May 2024 

Preventing Burnout and Succession Planning

Wednesday, September 18 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

The Importance of Allyship
Hosted by EY


Programming that equip Mid-level Managers with the leadership skills to build collaborative and effective teams and further impact their organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Attend if you are:

  • CII Corporate Guide
  • Employee Resource Group Leader
  • Employee of a Chicago United Member Company

Thursday, April 25 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Lisa Harrell, Chief Human Resource Officer, Cleveland Avenue
Hosted by Wintrust

Thursday, June 13 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Building a Trauma Informed Workplace
Hosted by Wintrust

Thursday, October 10 | 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Fostering Leadership Agility
Hosted by Wintrust


Chicago United works to empower young, diverse
professionals to accelerate their careers and advance multiracial leadership within their organizations. This series features Chicago United Business Leaders of Color who assess the tools necessary to navigate corporate culture toward career advancement.

Attend if you are:

  • CII Fellow
  • Employee Resource Group Member/Leader
  • Employee of a Chicago United Member Company

May 2024 

Creating Your Leadership Blueprint

Thursday, July 25 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Building Your Brand as a Leader
Hosted by Suntory Global Spirits

Thursday, September 26 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

What's My Leadership Style?
Hosted by McDonald's


Through the Business Leaders of Color (BLC) Series, Chicago United identifies innovative, global thinkers and unites them to share insights on corporate board governance. Programming in this series connects BLCs to corporate opportunities and provides a platform to engage with accomplished and diverse Chicago-area business executives.

Attend if you are:

  • A Chicago United Business Leader of Color

Thursday, April 25 

Introduction to Corporate Governance

Tuesday, June 25 

Creating an Impressive Corporate Board Bio

Tuesday, September 24 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Connecting to Board Opportunities
Hosted by Deloitte

Thursday, October 24  | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Board Service: Private vs. Public Companies