Every two years since 2003, Chicago united has released the Business Leaders of Color publication to serve as “a resource to increase inclusion of diverse candidates in Fortune 1,000 corporations’ boards of directors.” This publication seeks to accelerate the “inclusion of professionals of color in board governance.” Of 195 well-qualified candidates in a wide range of product and service industries, 50 leaders were honored in the 2017 publication. This year, Robinson Hill’s President & CEO, Dee Robinson was honored with this distinction.
“When we created the Business Leaders of Color publication in 2003, our goal was to highlight and recognize exceptional corporate and civic diverse leaders who were ready to contribute as board directors for Fortune 1,000 companies,” said Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United. “It’s been remarkable to see the individuals who have been honored over the years as Business Leaders of Color evolves into a network of the most influential diverse leaders in Chicago. Since the beginning, we have identified and featured nearly 370 board-ready candidates who have served in more than 230 corporate directorships.”
“Past Business Leaders of Color members include former First Lady Michelle Obama; Valerie B. Jarrett, former senior advisor to former President Barack Obama; Adela Cepeda, managing director, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, and Board director, UBS Funds, Consulting Group Capital Markets Mutual Funds, Mercer Mutual Funds, and BMO Financial Corporation; Michelle L. Collins, president, Cambium LLC, and Board member of The PrivateBank, ULTA Beauty, and Health Care Service Corporation; Sonny Garg, solutions lead, Energy, Uptake; Aylwin B. Lewis, Board member, The Walt Disney Company and Marriott International Inc.; Lou Nieto, Board member of AutoZone, Ryder Systems Inc., and Fresh and Ready Foods; Luis Sierra, CEO – Global Aromatics, BP; and Don Thompson, founder, Cleveland Avenue, and former Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Corporation.”
You can read the publication in full here.