Business Leaders of Color
The biennial Business Leaders of Color publications feature board ready candidates for Fortune 1000 companies’ boards of directors. These innovative, global thinkers are ready to provide shareholder value in a changing world and inspire others as they ascend to leadership. While achieving personal success, each has contributed to the cultural, civic, and educational life of the Chicago region.
The Business Leaders of Color (BLC) publication was conceived through fierce discussion that has become a trademark of Chicago United.
The Corporate Diversity Profile Survey, which occurs on a biennial basis alternating the BLC, measures racial diversity specifically in leadership ranks, on corporate boards, and in executive level management of large corporations. When examined from a leadership perspective, the study continually finds corporations visibly lacking in racial diversity in corporate governance and senior management.
After the first study was conducted, Chicago United viewed the results as an opportunity to understand resistance to greater board diversity. The debate uncovered a widespread call for the need to identify diverse talent for the Fortune 100, 500, and 1000. In response, Chicago United’s leadership took action to create a highly visible publication that demonstrates the level of diverse talent available in Chicago and the >Business Leaders of Color publication was born.
The Business Leaders of Color publications provide a talent showcase of individuals eminently qualified to serve our nation’s corporations. Through their identification, Chicago United aims to accelerate the rate of change of diverse representation in corporate governance.
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