Harnessing Your Power to Advance Equity

According to the Chicago Community Trust, the average wealth of a white family is nearly 10 times that of a Black family and nearly eight times that of a Latinx family. Through our Responsible Business Leaders program, you can take the next step in advancing DEI work to drive action and real-world change, like reducing our racial wealth gap.

Over the course of four sessions, you will join a cohort of rising business leaders to explore our region’s wealth gap and form practical tools and equitable solutions to bring back to your workplace. As a leader committed to equity-based work, you can make a difference by applying these strategies to do good for our communities while doing well in your business.

Benefits of Participating in the Program

Deepen your understanding of DEI and gain tools to incorporate equity into your business strategy.

Grow your network and build relationships with other civic-minded professionals across a wide variety of industries.

Learn from Loyola’s world-class faculty and other community leaders in a classroom-sized cohort.


Joining Responsible Business Leaders

COHORT SIZE
20–30 individuals

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
- Mid-level managers or directors impacting decision-making at their business
- Rising leaders committed to equity-based work
- Those with a desire to grow, both personally and professionally

APPLICATION
The application for the Fall 2022 cohort is now closed. Sign up to receive updates about future cohorts. For questions, contact Caitlin Closser Peart.

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Virtual Information Session

Learn more about the Responsible Business Leaders program by viewing the July 2021 Information Session recording.

Info Session Recording


Responsible Business Leaders Curriculum

Fall 2023 Schedule*:

October 20 - December 8, 2023

Our first session will be held in-person at the Baumhart Center's downtown campus, with all other sessions held virtually, from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
*Faculty have not yet been booked for Fall 2023 cohort. The below represents the Spring 2023 cohort schedule.

OCTOBER 20

The Origins of Chicago’s Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gap
Understand how historical decisions influence contemporary challenges, while gaining a better understanding of the solutions that can begin to reduce the gap.

FACULTY

Dr. Malik Henfield
Founding Dean of the Institute for Racial Justice, Loyola University Chicago

PANELISTS

TBA

November 3

Strategies for Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across Your Enterprise
Develop the tools to prepare employees to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Understand the benefits of having a diverse staff as well as the potential costs of not having one.

FACULTY

Carla Madeleine Kupe, Esq.
Managing Partner, CZL P.C.

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

Panelists
Amber Townsend

Manager of DEI, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine's Cancer Center

November 17

Approaches to Creating Shared Value for Business and Community Learn about how companies are building strategies and products to simultaneously deliver value for business and society.

FACULTY

Dan Nielsen
Adjunct Professor, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

Panelists
Amaya Aranzabal Torre

ESG Analyst, Driehaus Capital Management LLC

DECEMBER 8

Building a More Equitable Future for Our Communities
Learn more about the impact of business decisions on our local communities, and how your business can help increase equity for them.

SPEAKER

Dr. Kimberlee Guenther
Chief Impact Officer,
United Way of Metro Chicago

WRAP UP & REFLECTIONS


Faculty and Speakers

Dr. Malik Henfield

Carla Madeleine Kupe, Esq.

Daniel Nielsen

Kimberlee Guenther


Program Registration Fee

The participant registration fee is $750 and will be paid to United Way of Metro Chicago upon confirmation of application and acceptance. Please contact public.programs@liveunitedchicago.org with questions regarding program fees.


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