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Business UNusual

Chicago companies invented many of today’s business practices—now C Suite leaders are reinventing them.

Companies are replacing business as usual with new ways to align business operations and equity in hiring, real estate development, procurement, finance and other areas to achieve great results

Google Career Certificate holders find career path at Deloitte

Increasingly Google Certificates -- instead of degrees -- are creating an inclusive new hiring pipeline that’s also an avenue for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Deloitte and many other employers.

Rethinking Partnering

DEI principles inform every aspect of the business at SDI Presence, including how they work with subcontractors — a term SDI replaced with the word "partners" early on.

Fifth Third Goes Beyond “Writing the Check”

As one of the first financial institutions to establish a foundation, Fifth Third has a long history of philanthropy. But to make transformative progress toward equity, especially in communities that have experienced sustained disinvestment, they knew they needed a different strategy.

From Supplier Diversity to Business Diversity: Northern Trust Expands Procurement Beyond MBE/WBE Owners

Protiviti partners with INROADS for an inclusive recruiting process

RFP for an Evaluation & Learning Partner

The Corporate Coalition of Chicago is seeking a learning partner to lead its data collection, dissemination, evaluation, and learning strategy.

Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance celebrates 10 years of impact

The Chicago Workforce Funder Alliance recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, and last month they shared a video that highlights the Alliance's approach to its work and impact over the past decade. Check it out- and congratulations to all involved in this work!

Discover opens Chatham customer care and community center

Congrats to Co-chair Roger Hochschild & Discover on the grand opening last week of the Chatham Customer Care Center, at 85th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The new call center puts 1,000 jobs in the community and it includes the 13,000 square foot Shine Bright Community Center.

A vibrant, prosperous economy calls for a new approach to business

Hear from our Co-chairs Roger Hochschild of Discover and Maurice Smith of HCSC outlining their rationale for bringing jobs directly to Chicago's underinvested neighborhoods with their partner Leon Walker of DL3 Realty.

How inadequate infrastructure fails some Chicagoans

Investing and transforming underserved neighborhoods requires collective action and coordination between communities, government agencies, AND the private sector.

For scalable impact, bigger and bolder actions required

CDFIs can only produce a greater, scalable impact if corporations and others take bold actions to realize all of the expressed good intentions of the last two years.

'Coalition of the willing' meets a community in need

An organization backed by the private and nonprofit sectors, the Corporate Coalition of Chicago is working to bring businesses to areas lacking investment and the tools to get it.

Chicago companies step up racial equity efforts to mark anniversary of George Floyd's death

A new initiative is calling on businesses to work with more minority-owned firms and invest in underserved communities.

Leaders in Chicago’s Business Community Announce Actions Underway to Advance Racial Equity

More than 25 businesses ensure their actions match their words.

‘5/25 Move to Action’ pushing Chicago businesses to keep racial reckoning commitments'

On May 25, the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, the Chicago Community Trust and the Corporate Coalition of Chicago launched “5/25 Move to Action,” pushing businesses to address systemic racism.

31 October, 2022
Business UNUsual at the Blue Door Neighborhood Center Morgan Park
At our September member meeting, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois highlighted their firm's Morgan Park Blue Door community service center as a physical presence in the community and participation in the Corporate Coalition, helping to model Business UNUsual practices.
30 August, 2022
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance celebrates 10 years of impact
The Chicago Workforce Funder Alliance celebrated their 10th anniversary, and last month they shared a video that highlights the Alliance's approach to its work and impact over the past decade.
16 July, 2020
A Conversation with Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, spoke to the Executives’ Club of Chicago to discuss building a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force to recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
30 September, 2020
Chicago's Corporate Coalition: How Businesses are Working Together to Address Long-Standing Inequities
Brian Fabes, Cutis Reed of J.P. Morgan Chase, Audrey Williams-Lee of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar spoke to the Executives’ Club of Chicago about the Corporate Coalition and its goals.
29 July, 2021
Acting Collectively to Support Transformational Community Change
Julia Stasch (Senior Advisor), Denean Pillar-Jackson (Founding Executive Director of the Chicago Resiliency Network), Eileen Mitchell (President of AT&T Illinois) and Eric Patton (Senior Advisor) spoke at ChamberRVA Shared Values forum to discuss the Coalition’s work and the power of acting collectively with other leaders to make region wide progress.
19 January, 2021
Why We All Win with an Equitable Recovery
Gloria Castillo of We Rise Together, David Doig of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Martin H. Nesbitt of The Vistria Group, Anne Vela-Wagner of The Mars Wrigley Foundation, and Helene Gayle of The Chicago Community Trust conducted a roundtable on equitable recovery in Chicago with Executives’ Club.
7 May, 2021
Closing Capital Gaps
Gloria Castillo of We Rise Together, Calvin Holmes of Chicago Community Loan Fund, Curtis Reed of J.P. Morgan Chase, and Lyneir Richardson of Chicago TREND hosted a panel discussion, moderated by Julia Stasch, around ways to close capital gaps that create barriers to catalytic community development.
2 November, 2020
Purpose Driven Implications of a Segregated City
Kendra Freeman of the Metropolitan Planning Council, Paul C. Carlisle of Wintrust, Alden Loury of WBEZ, and Nadia Quarles of the University of Chicago spoke to The Executives’ Club of Chicago to discuss the implications of Chicagoland’s segregation.
11 May, 2021
Discover on Need for Equitable Corporate Commitment to Underinvested Urban Areas
Roger Hochschild, Chief Executive Officer and President of Discover Financial Services, spoke to the Executives’ Club of Chicago on the need for equitable corporate commitment to underinvested urban areas and how Discover is leading by example opening their new call center in Chatham, creating 1000+ jobs.
26th October, 2020
Invest South/West Anniversary
Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, celebrates the 1 year anniversary and accomplishments of Invest South/West.
Virtual Event

2022 Year-end Meeting and Reception

Our final member meeting of the year takes place 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 with reception to follow. Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar will give us an update on Invest South/West and other City of Chicago priorities. Virtual AND In-person invites have been sent, if you have not done so already, please RSVP via the updated calendar invites. Questions? Please contact us at

Virtual Event

Showcasing Promising Talent Solutions

Hear directly from companies including Alinea, Discover, Eaton, Everywhere Wireless, Freedman Seating Company, JLL, Pete's Fresh Market, S&C Electric. They will be discussing new strategies for fair chance hiring, utilizing front-line managers as a key to retention, employer role in support services, becoming an employer of choice, retaining youth of color, public commitments spurring action, utilizing civic engagement to build the talent pipeline, and much more.