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  • Partner Spotlight / Comcast
    Auxiliaries Facility Rental Contact Us Marketing Consent Events Litigation Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Partners Partner Spotlight Overview

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/765 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / ComEd
    ComEd and what is the company s current mission priority in this area Community support and engagement have been part of the company culture since ComEd s early years and currently support over 300 community and civic organizations ComEd s engagement with the Chicago Urban League dates back more than 30 years so it is certainly one of our longest relationships I attended the Golden Fellowship Dinner three years ago and was delighted to view a video featuring Wade Watson who was seeking a job in the 1940s through the Chicago Urban League He found a job at ComEd through our early partnership with the Chicago Urban League and he retired from ComEd The most amazing part of the story is that Mr Watson s grand daughter Keisha works for us now as a legislative liaison I think that is a great testament to the culture of ComEd How do philanthropy volunteerism and leadership development work together within ComEd s broader corporate citizenship strategy ComEd s philanthropy volunteerism and leadership development efforts mirror the company s core values and culture and advance employee development Whether it s through the 15 000 hours donated by our volunteers each year or the 90 community boards on which our executives serve at ComEd we really do power lives Our core values carry over into everything we do We re empowering young people through our Youth Ambassador Summer programs and we engage the disabled community through our Energy Force programs And we re creating job opportunities by providing job training through our CONSTRUCT program designed to address diversity in the construction industry We re also launching a new Diversity and Inclusion initiative for our employees At ComEd we really are focused on powering lives both within and outside of the company What does the

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/799 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / Deloitte
    League Board Member What is your role at Deloitte My current role with Deloitte is serving as Vice Chairman and Chicago Managing Principal for Deloitte LLP I oversee our 4 000 person Deloitte Chicago practice which is the largest Big Four professional services firm in the area and I am primarily responsible for facilitating marketplace revenue growth by encouraging cross business teaming I also oversee Deloitte s community involvement initiatives and am responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain the next generation of Deloitte leaders in the Chicago area How long have you served on the Chicago Urban League Board of Directors and what do you hope to accomplish during your tenure I ve served on the Board of Directors for two years and chair the Development Committee following in the footsteps of a great Chicago leader Jim Reynolds During my tenure I hope to further the organization s mission of making economic educational and social progress for African Americans in Chicago Of particular interest to Deloitte and to me personally is the work that the Urban League does in the area of education With low income students and students of color dropping out of high school and college at disproportionately higher rates than their peers the significant disadvantages they encounter as adults and the potential cost to society is enormous Deloitte believes preparing today s students to be tomorrow s leaders is critical in building thriving communities We are committed to growing leaders and believe that improving access to education as early as elementary school helps put students on a track to succeed I hope to help the Urban League in increasing access for African Americans to quality education here in Chicago and in helping improve graduation rates at the high school and college levels How

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/855 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / Nicor Gas
    large industrial machinery In order to deliver this service to homes and businesses I oversee a team that constructs operates maintains and inspects more than 34 000 miles of natural gas pipeline As the continued safety of our people the public and our pipelines is our number one priority I am excited about a new program Investing in Illinois A Nicor Gas System Improvement Initiative which will allow us to accelerate our infrastructure improvements across our service territory Over the course of the next nine years Nicor Gas will be upgrading many parts of our infrastructure through Investing in Illinois We will be replacing hundreds of miles of pipelines with upgraded materials moving natural gas meters to the outside of homes and businesses and modernizing essential facilities most people don t get a chance to see but that ensures our customers have safe and reliable access to the energy they need In addition to accelerating the repair and replacement of portions of Illinois natural gas distribution system we anticipate that Investing in Illinois will strengthen the regional economy by creating jobs increasing business activity and encouraging new business development Nicor Gas is a champion of programs and initiatives that educate enlighten engage and inspire can you speak to your commitment to corporate social responsibility Our employees are guided by a corporate wide value that there is more than a good way to do business there is a right way This value called Generosity of Spirit is demonstrated through programs that help customers reduce their energy costs preserve and protect the environment ensure a diverse workforce and supplier base invest in education and enhance the communities we serve In 2014 our community activities at Nicor Gas included Approximately 2 2 million to philanthropic charitable and community organizations 200 organizations benefitted from the philanthropic work of Nicor Gas and its employees Hundreds of employees family and friends participated in 20 community focused projects during our annual Volunteer Day in May Additionally Nicor Gas ranks as one of the Chicagoland s top 25 United Way contributors averaging more than 1 million annually over the past 20 years Like the Chicago Urban League Nicor Gas has a long history of growing our economy and benefitting communities in Illinois Can you share a bit about your corporate giving philosophy We take great pride in our more than 150 year history here in Illinois and our commitment to the communities where our customers and employees live work and raise their families The entire team at Nicor Gas and AGL Resources Nicor Inc and AGL Resources merged in December 2011 is mindful of this commitment in all aspects of our work from workforce development and corporate social responsibility to supplier and workforce diversity It is important that we maintain a keen awareness of issues affecting our communities and our business and that we show our corporate citizenship through donations of time talent and treasure We hold ourselves accountable for doing business the right way That means living

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/823 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / Skadden
    partnership with the League impacts the community his advice on strategies for success for nonprofits and how the firm is using its 30th year anniversary as a platform to further engage the community with support and charitable giving Brian Duwe Partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP and Affiliates Can you speak about Skadden s commitment to community service and its citizenship initiatives like the 30 Acts of Giving Project and the pro bono services that the firm provides Skadden has a long standing commitment to providing pro bono legal services financial support and volunteer time to those most in need within our community From the firm s beginning Skadden attorneys have accepted challenging cases participating in pro bono matters ranging from death penalty litigation to civil rights class actions individual civil matters for low income disabled and other people who are disadvantaged Skadden also has represented hundreds of nonprofit organizations And we have lent our time to countless efforts where we volunteered our time to serve the community The 30 Acts of Giving Project allowed us to channel these community focused efforts to celebrate with Chicagoland our 30th anniversary year highlighting 30 distinct efforts to help others Attorneys and staff members alike participated in a range of activities touching on issues of hunger poverty education and access to justice It was very rewarding and brought us all a bit closer A synopsis of the Giving Project can be seen here https vimeo com skaddenarps skadden30actsofgiving What does an ideal partnership with a nonprofit organization look like to Skadden The ideal partnership situation is one where everyone is benefiting in some way We encourage our people to go out in the community and seek leadership positions on boards whose missions they feel strongly about This is why I sit

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/846 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / The University of Chicago
    s partnership with the Chicago Urban League impacts the community Describe your role at the University of Chicago As Vice President for Civic Engagement I lead the University of Chicago s local national and international urban development and civic engagement efforts My office provides a front door for external organizations seeking to work with the University In addition to running our own programs and initiatives the Office of Civic Engagement works with faculty students and staff across campus to support a wide range of civic projects and partnerships How does the university s commitment to research civic initiatives and promotion of volunteerism among its faculty and students work together to enhance the quality of life for Chicagoans The University s model for civic engagement is built on partnerships As an anchor institution on the South Side of Chicago and as a center for education research and innovation we partner with organizations and individuals across the city to share talents information and resources to have a positive impact in Chicago Likewise collaborations among departments within the University drive initiatives that help improve life for people in Chicago The University of Chicago states that it is inspired by Chicago what is it about the mission and work of the Chicago Urban League that inspired you to partner with us We were inspired by the organization s mission the strength of its leadership and its long term record of success The Chicago Urban League s mission especially as it relates to promoting strong sustainable communities through advocacy collaboration and innovation aligns closely with the University s civic engagement focus Both of our organizations are committed to improving lives and increasing opportunities for people in Chicago and much of the Chicago Urban League s programming including our current partnership on the IMPACT Leadership Development

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/829 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / US Bank
    Auxiliaries Facility Rental Contact Us Marketing Consent Events Litigation Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Partners Partner Spotlight Overview

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/828 (2016-05-01)
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  • Partner Spotlight / Walgreens
    our community outreach and corporate philanthropy support that same goal How do philanthropy volunteerism and leadership development work together within Walgreens broader corporate social responsibility and community outreach At our core Walgreens is a service organization Our focus is to help individuals and the communities in which we operate become healthier Because our corporate philanthropy and community outreach are linked to the same focus our hope is that their impact is accumulative Those individuals who embrace providing excellent service are the ones who typically embrace volunteerism and outreach and are the individuals who move into leadership positions Last year our store employees conducted 19 850 events for their local communities donating 851 894 volunteer hours of service Event types varied greatly and ranged from health fairs fundraisers health screenings and awareness child safety senior fairs community clean up days career days at schools to local parades and holiday events Can you speak to the importance of Walgreens social responsibility initiatives like the Way to Well Tour The Way to Well Tour is designed to help empower individuals and provide them knowledge in regard to their health Too often African American and Hispanic communities are impacted disproportionately by preventable and treatable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes The tour which provides blood pressure blood glucose and cholesterol and body mass index tests is an important tool to provide free and convenient testing At the National Urban League Conference this year in Cincinnati we celebrated providing more than one million people with free tests with our partners the National Urban League and AARP Again developing programs that benefit the community and having partners which make them successful is key to helping people get stay and live well What does the ideal partnership with a non profit organization look like to Walgreens A

    Original URL path: http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/Page/812 (2016-05-01)
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