HARNESSING THE POSITIVE POWER OF BUSINESS

Responsible Business Leaders learning cohorts provide rising executives with training and tools they can use to help create a more equitable and inclusive Chicago business community.

Each cohort of civically minded professionals will explore the Chicago region’s racial wealth gap and form equitable solutions that will prepare local businesses and our local communities for mutual growth and success.

Benefits of Participating in the Program

Develop a deeper understanding of racial equity and how to incorporate into your business practices.

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

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


Responsible Business Leaders Program Curriculum

Applications for our Fall 2021 virtual cohort are due by Friday, September 3. For questions, contact caitlin.closser@liveunitedchicago.org.

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

Info Session Recording


Fall 2021 Schedule:
September 24 – December 10
(4 Scheduled Sessions on Friday mornings)
9:00am – 11:45am

SEPTEMBER 24

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

Will Towns
Adjunct Faculty, DEI Leadership Institute,
Loyola University Chicago

PANELISTS

Dorri McWhorter, CEO
YMCA Metropolitan Chicago

Gloria Castillo, Former CEO,
Chicago United

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

OCTOBER 15

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

FACULTY

Jennifer Griffin
Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, Professor of Business Ethics
Loyola University Chicago

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

NOVEMBER 12

Strategies for Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across Your Enterprise
Develop 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

Amita Shetty
Adjunct Faculty, DEI Leadership Institute
Loyola University Chicago

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

DECEMBER 10

Opportunities for Engaging Your Employees in Impact
Translate company values into employee engagement and learn how to integrate and align corporate social responsibility into your core business practices.

GROUP PROJECT

PANELISTS

Kathryn Pisco, Director
Goodness Solutions,
Benevity

Gwendolyn F. Turner, Head of Equity, Inclusion Diversity and Talent Engagement
Northwest Permanente

Holly Copeland, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Impact
Horizon


Faculty

Will Towns

Jennifer Griffin

Amita Shetty

Panelists

Dorri McWhorter

Gloria Castillo

Kimberlee Guenther

Kathryn Pisco

Gwendolyn Turner

Holly Copeland


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 caitlin.closser@liveunitedchicago.org with questions regarding program fees.

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