Chicago Urban League Announces Class of 2024 Fellows for its IMPACT Leadership Development Program
This year, the program celebrates its 10th year with the largest cohort to date.
The Chicago Urban League has selected 47 rising leaders for the 2024 cohort of its IMPACT Leadership Development Program, the largest class since the program’s inception. Now in its 10th year, IMPACT is a rigorous, nine-month program that helps Black professionals around Chicago advance in their careers while also increasing their business network.
Since beginning in 2014, each cohort has included brilliant individuals from a variety of sectors, including corporate, government and nonprofit. Fellows are nominated by their employers and selected after a competitive application process. Through the years, more than 100 organizations in the Chicagoland area have sponsored IMPACT Fellows.
“IMPACT is one of our premier programs filled with driven and established individuals focused on providing equitable solutions not only with their employer but in the overall community. We are happy to welcome the Class of 2024 Fellows, who we are certain will continue the legacy of this program and continue to grow as leaders in Chicago and beyond,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.
In partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, one of the world’s leading business schools, IMPACT calls on prominent academics, subject matter experts, and industry leaders to share their knowledge and insights with Fellows through day-long classroom experiences as well as supplemental sessions. IMPACT Fellows also receive leadership assessments and mentoring.
“This year is especially exciting for the program as we celebrate our 10th cohort, which consists of Chicago’s best and brightest emerging Black leaders,” said Mavis Laing, Vice President and Executive Director of IMPACT. “We could not continue this amazing program without the continued support of the Booth School of Business and other partners.”
Program partners include the MacArthur Foundation, Invenergy, Boeing, and the Community Focus Fund, as well as and corporate donors and organizations from all sectors who sponsor Fellows.
The 2024 IMPACT Fellows are:
|Director – Economic Equity Advisory Group, BMO
|Product Manager, Under Armour
|Director of Major Gifts, Chicago Scholars
|Dean of Students, Chicago State University
|Marketing Director, Salesforce
|VP Sustainability & Business Diversity, Team Lead (Global Procurement), Northern Trust
|Oncology Brand Management Lead, AbbVie
|Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
|Digital Natives Sales Lead, Stripe, Inc.
|Director, Regional Operations, Nicor Gas
|Executive Director, SEIU IL State Council
|Chief of Staff, Capital Development Board, State of Illinois
|Senior Program Manager, Human Resources, Rush University Medical Center; Adjunct Faculty, Rush University
|Manager, Special Initiatives, People and Culture, MacArthur Foundation
|Managing Director of Youth and Family Services, Chicago Urban League
|Senior Counsel, Locke Lord LLP
|Deposit and Liquidity Director, CIBC Bank USA Inc
|Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
|Key Account Manager, Hitachi Energy
|Internal Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
|Chief Information Officer, Cook County Treasurer’s Office
|Vice President, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Northern Trust
|Co-Founder & VP of Strategy, Greenwood Project
|Interim Executive Director, Cook County Dept. of Human Rights and Ethics
|Vice President and Client Portfolio Manager, Ariel Investments
|Network Chief of Schools, Chicago Public Schools
|Vice President of Consumer Insights, Molson Coors Beverage Company
|Sales Manager, CDW
|Clean Water Advocate, Sierra Club, IL Chapter
|Global Lead, Business Equity, Meta
|Director Digital Health Strategy and Partnerships, Advocate Aurora Health Inc.
|IT Senior Manager, UL Solutions
|Director of Strategic Partnerships, Golden Apple Foundation
|Founder & CEO, R3volutioNino
|Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, Columbia College Chicago
|Building Operations and Administrative Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
|Senior Program Manager, Feeding America
|Brand Manager, General Mills
|Director of Marketing Strategy, Ulta Beauty
|Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Oak Street Health
|Chief Human Resources Officer, By The Hand Club For Kids
|Director of Practice Operations, RUSH University Medical Center
|Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
|Government Relations Manager, McDonald’s Corporation
|Director of External Affairs and Community Partnerships, Near North Health
|Assistant General Counsel, Procurement and Medical Delivery Systems, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Sessions for the 2024 IMPACT class will begin in September 2023. Applications for the 2025 class will be available in March 2024. To learn more, visit the IMPACT program page on our website.