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Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program Boasts Largest Cohort to Date

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For the last decade the Chicago Urban League has been developing and supporting Black professionals through the IMPACT Leadership Development Program. This year is their largest cohort of 47 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. The nine-month program is in partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, one of the world’s leading business schools, as well as; the MacArthur Foundation, Invenergy, Boeing, and the Community Focus Fund, as well as corporate donors and organizations from all sectors who sponsor Fellows.

Professionals come from a variety of  sectors, including corporate, government and nonprofit. The program  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.” Sessions for the 2024 IMPACT class will begin in September 2023. Applications for the 2025 class will be available in March 2024.

The 2024 IMPACT Fellows are:

Jeffrey Allen Director – Economic Equity Advisory Group, BMO

Rodney Boyd Product Manager, Under Armour

Cason Brunt Director of Major Gifts, Chicago Scholars

Antwone Cameron Dean of Students, Chicago State University

Danielle Campbell Marketing Director, Salesforce

Regena Carson VP Sustainability & Business Diversity, Team Lead (Global Procurement), Northern Trust

Mekashia Chenault Oncology Brand Management Lead, AbbVie

Kalia Coleman Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Roniesha Copeland Digital Natives Sales Lead, Stripe, Inc.

Nicholas Crite Director, Regional Operations, Nicor Gas

Anthony Driver Executive Director, SEIU IL State Council

Tamakia Edwards Chief of Staff, Capital Development Board, State of Illinois

Aaron Franklin Adjunct Faculty and Senior Program Manager, Human Resources, Talent Management, Rush University Medical Center

Nancy Gargula Manager, Special Initiatives, People and Culture, MacArthur Foundation

Dionysius Hall Managing Director of Youth and Family Services, Chicago Urban League

Kanasha Herbert Senior Counsel, Locke Lord LLP

Michael Hill Deposit and Liquidity Director, CIBC Bank USA Inc

Shalisa Humphrey Principal, EY

Aleschia Hyde Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Jada Jamison Key Account Manager, Hitachi Energy

Veronica Johnson Internal Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Sean Johnson Chief Information Officer, Cook County Treasurer’s Office

Nicole Johnson-Barnes Vice President, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Northern Trust

Elois Joseph Co-Founder & VP of Strategy, Greenwood Project

Jennifer King Deputy Director, Cook County Dept. of Human Rights and Ethics

Danan Kirby Vice President and Client Portfolio Manager, Ariel Investments

Annise Lewis Network Chief of Schools, Chicago Public Schools

Blake Lopezzo Vice President of Consumer Insights, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Tamica Lyons Sales Manager, CDW

Mila Marshall Clean Water Advocate, Sierra Club, IL Chapter

Ashley McGowan Global Lead, Business Equity, Meta

Edward Mitchell Director Digital Health Strategy and Partnerships, Advocate Aurora Health Inc.

Tolu Osisanya IT Senior Manager, UL Solutions

Corey Richardson Director of Strategic Partnerships, Golden Apple Foundation

Nino Rodriguez Founder & CEO, R3volutioNino

Miriam Smith Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, Columbia College Chicago

Pamela Stubberfield Building Operations and Administrative Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Christopher Swann Senior Program Manager, Feeding America

Elizabeth Thomas Brand Manager, General Mills

Colleen Thomas Director of Marketing Strategy, Ulta Beauty

Charniece Tisdale Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Oak Street Health

Courtney Underwood Chief Human Resources Officer, By The Hand Club For Kids

James Vaughan Director of Practice Operations, RUSH University Medical Center

Draymond Washington Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Marishonta Wilkerson Government Relations Manager, McDonald’s Corporation

Ryan Yarrell Director of External Affairs and Community Partnerships, Near North Health

Weeya Young Assistant General Counsel, Procurement and Medical Delivery Systems, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Chicago News Weekly congratulates incoming Fellows and acknowledges the contributions and success of past IMPACT Fellows.

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