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 Spring 2023 virtual cohort will open in late December 2022. For questions, please contact PublicPrograms@liveunitedchicago.org or join the Responsible Business Leadership listserv to be notified when the application opens.

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Responsible Business Leaders Virtaul Curriculum

Spring 2023 Schedule:

March 17, 2023 - May 12, 2023

4 virtual sessions on Friday mornings: 9:00am – 11:45am

MARCH 17

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
DEI Leadership Institute, Loyola University Chicago

PANELISTS

TBA

MAARCH 31

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

Daniel Nielsen
Adjunct Professor for ESG Integration,
Loyola University of Chicago's Quinlan School of Business

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

Kenneth Escoe
Executive Vice President,
ITW

APRIL 28

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 12

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

Will Towns

Daniel Nielsen

Kenneth Escoe

Amita Shetty

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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