Impact Through Programming


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


Confidential, peer-to-peer, host-facilitated forums that discuss the issues and challenges critical to implementing bold actions that develop, advance, and sustain an inclusive culture.

Attend if you are:

A member of Chicago United’s CEO Council (guests and representatives are not eligible.)

Tuesday, May 10 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Hosted by: Carrie Steyer General Manager, Slalom Chicago

Tuesday, June 14 | 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Hosted by: Helene Gayle President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Friday, July 15 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Hosted by: David Casper U.S. Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group

Darrel Hackett President, BMO Wealth Management - U.S.

Tuesday, September 20 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Hosted by: Natalie Brown President, Mesirow Financial

Thursday, October 13 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Hosted by: Gil C. Quiniones Chief Executive Officer, ComEd


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, March 15 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Hosted by: Kathryn Medina Senior Vice-President of People & Culture,
Chief Human Resources Officer and Director
of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Tuesday, May 24 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Hosted by: Emeka Igwilo Chief Data Officer and VP Operations Support Nicor Gas

Wednesday, September 28 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM

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


A prime opportunity to learn best practices from experts on creating models for highly effective resource groups that advance business imperatives.

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 in your organization

An ERG Executive

Sponsor An ERG Chair/Leader

Wednesday, March 2 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Employee Resource Group
Excellence Dr. Robert Rodriguez Founder and President DRR Advisors LLC

Tuesday, October 25 | 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Leading with Purpose
Shannon Schuyler Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer PwC US


Programs that equip managers with the leadership skills to build collaborative, diverse and effective teams.

Attend if you are:

CII Corporate Guide

Employee Resource Group Leader

Member Company Employee

Thursday, March 24 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Reducing Unconscious Bias Through Empathy
Melissa B. Donaldson Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer Wintrust Financial Corporation

October | 8:30 - 10:00 AM

What’s Trust Got to Do With It? Managing Intercultural Conflict


Young diverse professionals gain insights from executives on navigating corporate culture toward career advancement.

Attend if you are:

CII Fellow

Employee Resource Group Member/Leader

Member Company Employee

Tuesday, April 5 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

A Guide to Advancing Your Career
Tracie Morris U.S. Chief Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion Officer BMO Financial Group

Wednesday, June 22 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Making the Net Work Reception
Billy Dexter Partner and the Americas Regional Diversity Leader Heidrick & Struggles


This new program series supports the growth and achievement of selected Business Leaders of Color. Participants will learn innovations and share ideas to become prime candidates for corporate Board of Directors’ positions.

Attend if you are:

A 2021 Business Leader of Color

May | 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Introduction to Board Governance

Date Coming Soon 

Making the Connection Reception

Board Bio Workshop