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.


Responsible Business Leaders Program Curriculum

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
- A desire to grow, both personally and professionally

Our Spring 2022 cohort will be held virtually, with applications opening soon. Sign up to receive a notification when the submission process opens. For questions, contact caitlin.closser@liveunitedchicago.org.

Join the listserv


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

Info Session Recording


Spring 2022 Schedule:
March 18 – May 13
(4 Scheduled Sessions on Friday mornings)
9:00am – 11:45am

MARCH 18

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

APRIL 8

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

APRIL 29

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

MAY 13

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 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement
Myriad Genetics

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.

Submit an Application


Partners

The Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility promotes social business in the...

Visit Site

United, we are building stronger neighborhoods for a stronger Chicago region.

Visit Site

LEARN ABOUT OTHER LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Give Money.

Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.

Donate

Give Time.

Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.

Volunteer
Pause Animation