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From classrooms to boardrooms, organizations are grappling with questions of how to be more diverse and inclusive. At the same time, conversations about racial equity are growing louder across the country and here in Chicago. As a leading advocate for African Americans in our city, the Chicago Urban League has long facilitated dialogue to address such issues of equity and inclusion.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the League will convene its annual SUMMIT and relaunch its “State of Black Chicago” report to highlight key statistics on how African Americans are faring compared to the general population when it comes to education, housing, and employment. The Summit Luncheon, themed Getting to Equal: The State of Black Chicago, will closely explore issues of diversity within careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.

With today’s rapid pace of technological advancements, STEM fields are driving growth for the future. Yet, African Americans are woefully underrepresented in these careers. Data and analysis culled by our Research & Policy Center will serve as the backdrop to a stimulating Keynote Conversation focused on addressing this under-representation.

Preliminary Event Agenda

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Pre-Event Reception

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Registration Check-in

11:35 a.m. – Audience Seating

11:45 a.m. – Release of State of Black Chicago Report


12:10 p.m. – Keynote Conversation

1:00 p.m. – Program Ends


Tickets: $200/each


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Confirmed Panelists

Fabian Elliott

CEO, Black Tech Mecca

As an ad tech consultant, Fabian Elliott is known for using consumer data to drive hyper speed strategies on behalf of top tier companies such as Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and many more. However, his professional experiences with racial bias shortly after entering the tech industry stirred him to play a crucial role in the revamp, revitalization, and rebrand of Google’s black employee group where Fabian was appointed Global Co-Chair. In this role, Fabian co-chaired a leadership team responsible for 14 chapters and 700+ members across London, Dublin, Sao Paulo all over the globe. These international experiences inspired Fabian to crack the code on building black tech ecosystems that optimize cities around the world, starting with Chicago.

Black Tech Mecca became the world’s only data-driven think tank focused on the collective power of the black tech community. With Fabian’s leadership as CEO and Co-Founder, Black Tech Mecca leverages data to help cities power the black community’s active contributions to local tech ecosystems through research, education and advocacy. Most recently BTM developed a proprietary BTE City Assessment Framework utilized for a trailblazing report on the city of Chicago, sponsored by Google, NBC-Comcast, and CompTIA.


Elizabeth H. Connelly

Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Coworker Services for CDW

Elizabeth Connelly is chief human resources officer and senior vice president of coworker services for CDW. Connelly is responsible for the company’s coworker services strategy and all aspects of its human capital plan, including talent acquisition and employment branding, organizational and leadership development, sales training, compensation, benefits, diversity and inclusion, performance management and succession planning.

Prior to joining CDW in 2018, Connelly served as the head of the Healthcare, Higher Ed. and Not-for-Profit Commercial Banking business unit at J.P. Morgan Chase, a leading global financial services firm, where she led business groups that were national in scope and provided treasury, credit and specialized industry solutions to more than 3,000 clients. Previously, she served as the firm’s Midwest Region Head for the Private Wealth Management business unit, where she delivered investment, banking and trust services to high-net-worth individuals, families and foundations. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase, Connelly held a series of roles with increasing responsibility at Bank One.

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