Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premier civic leadership development organization that convenes, connects, and mobilizes bold leaders to effect meaningful civic change across the Greater Chicago region.
2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Leadership Greater Chicago’s founding by The Chicago Community Trust. Since 1983, LGC has developed a diverse network of nearly 1,100 civic leaders who are impacting transformative change both locally and nationally. The LGC Signature Fellows Program is a 10-month, executive level leadership development experience for high-potential individuals in the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors, and entrepreneurs. Fellows of the program gain a deep understanding of the area’s most pressing and complex issues, and develop the robust analytical skills needed for positive social change. Together, they continue to shape the civic landscape of our region.
The LGC Fellows are a distinguished group that includes former First Lady Michelle Obama, Managing Partner of Emerson Collective and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chairman of Urban Partnership Bank David Vitale, General Partner of Henry Crown & Company Steve Crown, President and Chief Executive Officer of World Business Chicago Andy Zopp, City Treasurer Kurt Summers, President and CEO of ComEd Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of Ariel Investments John Rogers, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust Connie Lindsey, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago and MacArthur Genius Juan Salgado, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Family Services Ric Estrada, President and CEO of Cara Chicago Maria Kim, President of Metropolitan Planning Council MarySue Barrett, and President and CEO of Access Living Marca Bristo.
At the annual Celebrate Leaders event on April 11, LGC will celebrate its founding and honor leaders who make Chicago great:
- BMO Harris Bank, 2018 Corporate Chair and Sponsor (Represented by David R. Casper, President and CEO)
- Valerie B. Jarrett (LGC Fellow since 1986), 2018 Distinguished Fellow Award Honoree; Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of Chicago Law School
- The Chicago Community Trust, 2018 Civic Catalyst Award Honoree (Accepted by Dr. Helene Gayle, Chief Executive Officer)
- CIBC, 2018 Corporate Civic Leadership Award Honoree (Accepted by Larry Richman, President and Chief Executive Officer, CIBC Bank USA)
Proceeds support LGC’s Signature Fellows Program and the organization’s efforts to build Chicago’s civic leadership pipeline. For more information visit lgcchicago.org.
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