How different is your workforce and workplace from two years ago?

Covid has reshaped our world.

It has impacted our health and our lives.

It has impacted the ability to teach and to learn.

The importance of essential workers has been brought to the fore.

It has impacted transportation and disrupted the supply chain.

Its impact has been felt by businesses large and small.

It has reshaped the workforce and the workplace.

And it has highlighted an urgent need to up-skill and diversify the workforce.

Welcome to the Seven Strong Speaker Series

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How different is your workforce and workplace from two years ago?

Covid has reshaped our world.

It has impacted our health and our lives.

It has impacted the ability to teach and to learn.

The importance of essential workers has been brought to the fore.

It has impacted transportation and disrupted the supply chain.

Its impact has been felt by businesses large and small.

It has reshaped the workforce and the workplace.

And it has highlighted an urgent need to up-skill and diversify the workforce.

Solutions to Building Back A Stronger, More Inclusive Economy

Through five live webinars, the Seven Strong Speaker Series will create a space for experts in a high-demand industry, community college advocates and educators, activists, philanthropists, and others to have vital, solution-oriented, conversations about building an equitable, inclusive Chicago economy leading toward sustainable change.

Building upon the success of the 2021 inaugural series, attendees at this year’s edition will

  • Learn about City Colleges’ long-term commitment to adult learners, equity, economic mobility, innovative degree and certificate programs, and access completion of these programs at low or no cost.
  • Hear from students how they are succeeding in their chosen field
  • Find out how to engage with the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation to advance the work.

Virtual Sessions and Registration

Through the generosity of our sponsors, these conversations are accessible and open to the public

MONDAY, MAY 9TH, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

City Colleges of Chicago and its partners recognize the sacrifices and ceaseless efforts to protect our health and keep our country’s economy moving forward amid the pandemic. Frontline workers have helped to provide safety, healthcare, education, and much more. This session will pay tribute to essential workers and their critical role in society and the economy, plus discuss the way City Colleges of Chicago is helping students to take advantage of opportunities in high-demand fields such as healthcare, technology, food service, and agriculture.

Moderator: Clarisol Duque, State Director, Office of Senator Richard Durbin

Guest Speaker: Senator Richard Durbin, United States Senate

Panelists:

  • Olurotimi (Timi) Akindele, Emergency Management Specialist for FEMA and Administrative Support for the Executive Office of the President of the United States (CCC Alumni)
  • Dr. Olayinka Stephen (Steve) Fadowole, Walgreens Pharmacy Manager and Co-Founder of healthenME (CCC Alumni)
  • Victoria Gonzalez, Medical Assistant, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (CCC Alumni)
  • Tammy Scott-Brand, Dean, School of Nursing, Malcolm X College

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11TH, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

There has never been greater urgency for businesses to rebuild the economy with diversity, equity, and inclusion at its core. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, local leaders can rebuild better, generating high-er-quality job and wealth creation opportunities in the local economies that advance racial inclusion. These distinguished leaders from key sectors will discuss how City Colleges of Chicago is positioned to support a more equitable and inclusive economy.

Sponsored by: PepsiCo Foundation

Moderator: Gary Rozier, Managing Director, Oak Street Real Estate Capital LLC & Chair, City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Board of Directors

Panelists:

  • C.D. Glin, Global Head of Philanthropy, PepsiCo Inc. & Vice President, PepsiCo Foundation
  • Molly Baltman Leonard, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Shelly Brown, Diversity Solutions Leader, Aon
  • Leslie Drish, Vice President, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
  • Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

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MONDAY, MAY 16TH, 11:45 AM

Labor shortages in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and logistics sectors have been among the most significant contributors to the strains in supply chains Chicagoland, the United States, and beyond. This challenge provides opportunities for City Colleges of Chicago students to secure living wage opportunities for themselves and their families. This session will bring together experts in the industry as well and City Colleges of Chicago leaders to discuss how they are working to prepare students to enter these high-demand fields.

Moderator: Dr. Janine Janosky, President, Richard J. Daley College

Panelists:

  • Dan Schoenfeld, Vice President, Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Foundation
  • Ted Stalnos, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC)
  • Ms. Mary Ellen Doran, Director of Emerging Technology, American Gear Manufacturers Association

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18TH, 11:45 AM

The racial disparity in the legal cannabis market continues to disproportionately impact communities of color. This session highlights the efforts of the Cannabis Studies program at City Colleges of Chicago to educate the future workforce, activists, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs in the Illinois cannabis industry, thus empowering individuals who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs through restorative justice.

Moderator: Kimberly Hollingsworth, President, Olive-Harvey College

Panelists:

  • Chimaobi (“Chima”) Enyia, Executive Vice President, Social Equity & Education Development (SEED™) at Cresco
  • Akilah Easter, Chair, Urban Agriculture Olive-Harvey College
  • Phillip Alberti, Commercial Agriculture Educator, Northern Illinois, University of Illinois
  • Margo Caradine, Student Olive-Harvey College

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Malcolm X College

The Speaker Series culminates in a breakfast honoring Accenture with the Ella Flagg Young Award, accepted by James Coleman, Senior Managing Director for the Chicago Office. Accenture and Mr. Coleman are champions that work tirelessly to bridge the gap by raising awareness of apprenticeships and helping more businesses establish successful programs. As a result of the partnership, seventy-five of our students have been hired by Accenture.

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado, Mr. Coleman, and Chicago Public Schools CEO, Pedro Martinez, will engage in a discussion of how their successful partnerships, including the unprecedented Chicago Roadmap work between CPS and CCC, can be advanced to address the urgent workforce needs of high-demand industries and ultimately help students achieve socio-economic upward mobility.

Moderator: Nicole Johnson Scales, CEO, NJS Consulting Group

Panelists:

  •  James Coleman, Chicago Managing Partner, Accenture
  • Pedro Martinez, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
  •  Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

RSVP HERE

You Can Help

The City Colleges of Chicago Foundation needs your help to support our students as they persist, persevere, and ultimately achieve their academic and career goals no matter what may stand in their way. They want a quality education, and they work hard to attain one. Your financial gift directly supports our students in acquiring the services they need to put them on a path toward a certificate or associate degree, a four-year program, or a fulfilling career.

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Ways to Support

  • Become a Sponsor – An investment in Seven Strong Speakers Series is an investment in our students where they have the access, opportunities, and tools to achieve upward socio-economic mobility, preparing them for the high-demand jobs opportunities of today and in the future.

  • Donate –  Click the Donate button to make a gift at any amount. Every contribution makes a difference in the lives of students whom otherwise would not have opportunities and choices needed to succeed.

  • Attend – Mirroring our commitment as an open access institution, this event will be free and open to the public. Click HERE to register.
  • Share – Since the event is free to the public feel free to send invitations to friends, family and colleagues.

Ella Flagg Young Award

Ella Flagg Young was the first woman in America to head a major urban school system and was superintendent of schools when City Colleges of Chicago opened its doors on September 11, 1911. This award is presented yearly during our Seven Strong event to a leader who has made a critical difference in Chicago through their partnership with City Colleges of Chicago.

Honoring Accenture as this year’s Ella Flagg Young Award recipient

This year’s Ella Flagg Young Award will be presented to Accenture, and accepted by James Coleman, Chicago Senior Managing Director on May 25th. Accenture and Mr. Coleman are champions that work tirelessly to bridge the gap by raising awareness of apprenticeships and helping more businesses establish successful programs. As a result of the partnership, seventy-five of our students have been hired by Accenture.

The Ella Flagg Young Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education and advancement of Chicago students by an individual or organization, such as Accenture has made by being an active supporter of City Colleges through its partnership in developing relevant curriculum; providing workforce opportunities through CCC’s cyber-boot camps; co-founding the Chicago Apprenticeship Network to aid students in gaining real life work experience; and its philanthropic generosity to the College.

Become a Sponsor

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• Chair and presenting sponsor of the 2022 Seven Strong Speakers Series.

• Premier host of all 5 sessions (4 virtual, 1 in-person breakfast).

• Pre-recorded video welcome statement to be presented at each of the virtual sessions. • Leadership speaking role at the in-person breakfast.

• Unlimited number of guests to all series sessions.

• Two high priority reserved table seating at in-person breakfast (Maximum 8 guests per table)

• Premium branding visibility in marketing and communications prior, during, and post series, inclusive of website, and social media promotion on CCCF and CCC platforms.

• Presenting session sponsor for a 2022 Seven Strong Speakers Series virtual session.

• Live statement opportunity or pre-recorded video statement for virtual discussion.

• Option of a member of the organization’s leadership participation as a member of the session panel.

• Unlimited number of guests at all series sessions.

• Priority reserved table seating at in-person breakfast (Maximum 8 guests)

• Priority branding visibility in marketing and communications prior, during, and post series, inclusive of website, and social media promotion on CCCF and CCC platforms.

• Co-sponsor for a 2022 Seven Strong Speakers Series virtual session.

• Unlimited number of guests at all series sessions.

• Reserved table seating at in-person breakfast (Maximum 8 guests)

• Brand visibility in marketing and communications prior, during, and post series, inclusive of social media promotion on CCCF and CCC platforms.

• Sponsor for the 2022 Seven Strong Speakers Series.

• Unlimited number of guests at all series sessions.

• Reserved seating at in-person breakfast. (Maximum 4 guests).

• Brand visibility in marketing and communications prior, during, and post series, inclusive of website, and social media promotion on CCCF and CCC platforms.

• Sponsor for the 2022 Seven Strong Speakers Series.

• Unlimited number of guests at all series sessions.

• Two seats at in-person breakfast.

• Listed in marketing and communications prior, during, and post series, inclusive of website, and social media promotion on CCCF and CCC platforms.

For more information contact:

Lorena Levy Alonso, The LARC Group • (773) 598-9419 • lorena@thelarcgroup.com

Maria Esther Lopez, City Colleges of Chicago Foundation • (312) 553-2541 • mlopez1053@ccc.edu

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