How diverse is management at your workplace?

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Check out a recent survey by Chicago United, Ernst & Young LLP and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. They found that racial diversity across the senior level positions of Chicago’s top 50 companies (based on revenue) is stagnant.

Listen to Stacey Baca’s ABC News interview with Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United, and Warren Smith, Central Region talent leader at Ernst & Young LLP.


Here are some of the results:

    • 11 companies have no ethnic diversity on their boards of directors.
    • Six companies have more than 25 percent minority representation on their boards of directors.
    • 17 Chicago companies have no ethnic diversity within their executive ranks.
    • Two companies have more than 25 percent representation of ethnic minorities in top executive positions.

As Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in Chicago’s business community, they are inviting everyone to its Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner.

CU_full_logo__cropped_Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United, and Warren Smith, Central Region talent leader at Ernst & Young LLP, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to tell us about the organization’s work and the event.

Chicago United Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner
Tuesday, Nov. 18
11 a.m.-9 p.m. (includes conference and dinner)

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago

Ticket Prices:
Luncheon and Plenary Sessions: $300
Full event package: $500

Deadline to register:
Online at through Monday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
After that, please call 312-553-2000.

SNEAK PEAK AT THE Chicago United Leadership Conference & Bridge Awards Dinner


Schedule of Events

11:00 am

12:00 pm 1:45 pm
Diversity Leadership Luncheon

Diversity Leadership
Lunch Keynote Speaker

Michele J. Hooper
President and CEO
The Directors’ Council

The Diversity Leadership Luncheon will explore the roles diversity and inclusion play
in driving innovation, competitive advantage, and business objectives. Successful
managers must skillfully oversee diverse teams, execute on project objectives, and
meet organizational goals. Their influence and value as leaders are exponentially
increased as they set strategic visions that inspire others and create cultures of
excellence and inclusion. Gain insights on analyzing and diagnosing diversity
and inclusion issues to lead and support strategic, long term, and sustainable
inclusion in your organization.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Plenary Session

The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile
Chicago United’s nationally recognized Corporate Diversity Profile (CDP) is a biennial
study that measures racial diversity specifically in leadership ranks of large
corporations, on corporate boards, and in executive level management. It is one
of the leading benchmarks for corporations to measure their progress in this area.

The 2014 Corporate Diversity Profile was developed under the guidance and in-kind
support of Warren Smith, Central Region Talent Leader, Americas Talent Team, EY,
and the EY research team. Demographic and statistical data were captured on the
presence of racial diversity on the boards and in the executive ranks of the top 50
Chicago companies. Smith also served as committee chair of the Corporate
Diversity Profile Task Force.

EY executives will present the results of the study outlining the link between
organizational culture and business outcomes, how organizations create their
own cultures, and how to conduct a cultural audit to identify your
organization’s culture.

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Session Break
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
CID Talks

Inspiring Culture, Inclusion and Diversity
CID Talks was launched in 2013 to present thought-provoking and innovative ideas
from transformational leaders. Chicago United has assembled a diverse group of
leaders from the boardroom to C-suite, as well as leading entrepreneurs, to provide
you with their perspectives on culture, inclusion, and diversity. The format is
designed to motivate and inspire others to look at their own personal and
professional journeys to help create a systemic flow of “big ideas.” Presenters will
share with you what inspired them to challenge their own leadership capacity on
subjects such as surviving corporate acquisitions, minority entrepreneurs doing
business in a global economy, and effective influence.


Caroline Tsai
SVP, Chief Legal Officer,
U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group BMO Financial Group

Louis Carr
President, Media Sales
BET Networks

Martin R. Castro
President and CEO
Castro Synergies, LLC

Teresa Cordova, Ph.D.
Great Cities Institute
University of Illinois
at Chicago

Connie Lindsey
Executive Vice President,
Global Head of Corporate
Social Responsibility
Northern Trust

Ulice Payne, Jr.
Managing Member
Addison-Clifton LLC

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pre-Dinner Reception
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bridge Awards Dinner

2014 Chicago Bridge Award Recipient:

Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Baxter International Inc. 

2014 National Bridge Award Recipient:

Jonas Prising, Chief Executive Officer, ManpowerGroup

Schedule and content subject to change.

300 East Randolph Street, Suite CL920, Chicago, IL 60601-5075
Phone: 312-977-3060 Fax: 312-977-3089

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