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Bears CEO Hosts Business Leadership Council Meeting at Soldier Field

The Business Leadership Council recently held its Q2 General Membership Meeting at the iconic Soldier Field. The event was hosted by the Chicago Bears and the team’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Warren. Attendees were treated to an enlightening conversation with Warren and World Business Chicago Board Vice-Chair Charles Smith, which yielded valuable insights on leadership and community engagement strategies. Chicago State University Zaldwaynaka (“Z”) Scott also highlighted...

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H. J. Russell & Company Promotes Bryant Sharpe to Director of Preconstruction

     Today, H. J. Russell & Company (Russell) announced the promotion of Bryant Sharpe from Senior Preconstruction Manager to Director of Preconstruction for the construction division. In his new role, Sharpe manages a team of preconstruction managers and estimators and is responsible for project planning, the preconstruction processes, estimating, value engineering, constructability reviews and developing client proposal packages. "I am excited to see Bryant move into this position as a longtime Russell employee," said...

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Garnesha Ezediaro Shares How Bloomberg Philanthropies Is Bridging The Racial Wealth Gap With Greenwood Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative is a pioneering philanthropic endeavor aimed at accelerating wealth accumulation for Black individuals and families while addressing systemic underinvestment in Black communities. This groundbreaking initiative represents Bloomberg Philanthropies’ first portfolio dedicated solely to advancing racial wealth equity, marking a significant step in combating the generational impacts of systemic racism. For decades, systemic racism has served as a barrier preventing Black Americans from realizing their full economic potential....

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Pinky Cole Hayes gives 2024 Savannah State commencement speech, gifts graduates $8.75M entrepreneurial starter pack

Pinky Cole Hayes, renowned entrepreneur, 2023 TIME100 Next honoree, and founder of Slutty Vegan and Bar Vegan, gave an inspiring commencement speech for the Savannah State University 2024 graduating class, and surprised the graduates with a very special gift. In collaboration with Operation HOPE and One Million Black Businesses (1MBB), Pinky Cole will give every graduate of Savannah State University a membership to 1MBB and the class will receive...

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Meet HERide: A Black Women-Led Company Revolutionizing The Male Dominated Rideshare Industry

Meet HERide co-founders Jillian Anderson and DeVynne Starks, who are breaking new ground as the first Black-women-owned rideshare company to secure a contract with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. HERide also offers the added caveat of prioritizing women’s safety. Within the ride-sharing industry, the BWE company stands out for its commitment to safety, equity, and inclusivity above industry giants Lyft and Uber. Meet HERide, the leading female-friendly ride-sharing option in...

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Dorri McWhorter: From Chicago Roots to Leadership Heights

Born in Chicago and raised between Racine, Wisconsin, and the South Side, Dorri McWhorter was destined for leadership. Her passion for advocacy and communications started early. At just 11 years old, she wrote a letter to Santa Claus, urging him to “keep people safe!” showcasing her selfless concern for others. It was at this time that she discovered her love for numbers and desire to become an accountant. McWhorter’s...

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