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The Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program Announces Its Newest Cohort of Fellows


July 12, 2017

Sabrina Greig, External Affairs Manager
(773) 451-3508

The Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program Announces Its Newest Cohort of Fellows

CHICAGO, IL. – July 12, 2017 – The Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program has announced its fourth class of Fellows for its 2018 cohort. Led by Executive Director Mavis Laing, the professional leadership development program provides programming for emerging African American leaders. Since its launch in 2014, the IMPACT Leadership Development Program has assembled three extraordinary classes, each consisting of some of the brightest, most talented African American professionals in Chicago.

IMPACT moves the needle on African American representation in all organizational ranks by offering a platform to improve the state of Black professional development today. Through educational modules, mentorship, and the historical and political perspective and support of a collective group of emerging leaders, IMPACT brings together a pool of successful business professionals to build a robust pipeline of African American executives.

“The continued success of our IMPACT Leadership Development program is a testament to the societal influence the League continues to foster within Chicago’s African American communities,” said President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League Shari Runner. “We are truly ecstatic about this incoming class and we are confident that they will embody the Chicago Urban League’s vision that a strong African American community makes a better Chicago.”

The exposure IMPACT Fellows receive throughout the program year, from Chicago Urban League board members to influential leaders like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Brett Hart, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at United, helps contextualize the power of African American leadership in the city of Chicago. By facilitating an intergenerational transfer of experience and knowledge from senior leaders to emerging African American leaders, IMPACT inspires long-term social transformation.

View the full list of Fellows below:

Adekunle  Akingboju                                                  Sr. Analyst:  Industrial Engineering, United Airlines

Erin  Alexander, PsyD                                                  Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Jeffery    Beckham                                                   President, Black Box Creative Inc.

Carolyn Branton                                                        Development Director, Black Ensemble Theater

Eva          Brown                                                      V.P., Regional Community Development, U.S. Bank

Jayson    Canady                                                      Director, Global Payment Strategy, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Courtney Davis                                                       Director of Risk Management, University of Chicago

La Toya   Dixon, JD                                                Director of Human Resources, Comprehensive Construction Consulting, Inc.

Jerry       Doss                                                           Asst. Superintendent, Human Resources, Thornton Township High School

Sheehan Fisher, PhD                                               Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Kelley     Foxx                                                         Sales Executive, The Horton Group

William   Hall                                                          Senior Pastor, St. James Lutheran Church

Simuel    Hampton, DVM                                     Clinic Veterinarian, The Anti Cruelty Society

Amiel      Harper, JD                                                Founder and Principal, Morpheus Consultancy, LLC

Kebreab Henry                                                        President, Molinor, Inc.

Jennifer  Hodges                                                     Relationship Manager, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Wynter Jackson, JD                                                Director, Management and Labor Affairs, Chicago Police Department

Katrina   Jackson                                                     Global Manager, Corporate Talent Management, Underwriters Laboratory (UL)

Kimberly Jackson                                                    Interim Director of Mentor Relations, LINK Unlimited Scholars

Jason      Johnson                                                      Director, Entrepreneurship, Chicago Urban League

Emanuel Johnson II                                                 Program Officer, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

James     Joshua                                                         U.S. Supply Chain Manager, McDonalds

Reyahd   Kazmi, JD                                                 Director of Business & Government Strategies, National Youth Advocate

Kenya     Key, PsyD                                                 Chief Psychologist, Cook County Health & Hospital System

Erica       Kirkwood, JD                                           Deputy General Counsel, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services

Camile    Lindsay Kumi, JD                                   Chief Legal Counsel, Illinois Department of Corrections

Raven     Mackey, JD                                              Associate, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Ronald    Milsap                                                      Manager, Nonprofit & Mission-based Deposits, Urban Partnership Bank

Curtis      Monday                                                   Owner, Curtis R. Monday Insurance Agency

Kafi         Moragne-Patterson, PhD                      Assistant Professor of Social Work, Dominican University

Martita   Mullen                                                      Senior Manager, Canadian National Railroad

Qiana      Nelson                                                     District Sales Manager, CDW

Rondell  Newcombe                                              Logistics Manager, CDW

Brian       Packer                                                      Account Supervisor, Flowers Communications Group

Lamont   Robinson                                                CEO, Robinson & Associates

Drahcir   Smith, JD                                                 Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

LeDeidre Turner, JD                                              Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Garth Walker, MD                                                  Resident Physician, University of Chicago-Section of Emergency Medicine


About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit