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The Chicago Urban League Announces 2020 Fellows for its IMPACT Leadership Development Program

Photo Caption: George Wu, the John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, teaching a class of 2017 IMPACT Fellows.

The Chicago Urban League has selected 39 emerging leaders for the 2020 cohort of its IMPACT Leadership Development Program, an intensive, nine-month program that helps African-American professionals advance in their careers while building a more diverse pipeline of leaders across Chicago.

The cohort, which includes talented individuals from the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, is the program’s sixth since IMPACT began in 2014. Fellows are nominated by their employers and are selected through a competitive application process. More than 100 organizations in the Chicagoland area have sponsored IMPACT Fellows.

“To date, IMPACT has welcomed more than 170 fellows to the program, and we continue to be impressed by the accomplishments and high caliber of talent of our applicants,” said Barbara A. Lumpkin, Interim President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “We are confident that this new cohort will continue the trend of alumni going on to attain more senior leadership positions in their careers, take on key roles on nonprofit boards, and serve Chicago communities in many ways.”

In partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, one of the world’s leading business schools, the League invites prominent academics, subject matter experts, and industry leaders to share their knowledge and insights with Fellows through day-long classroom experiences and supplemental sessions. IMPACT Fellows will also receive leadership assessments and mentoring.

“We are excited to welcome this new class of Fellows, and we are appreciative of the support from our academic, business and civic partners who have helped to make IMPACT one of the most sought-after leadership development programs in Chicago,” said Mavis Laing, Vice President and Executive Director of IMPACT.

As IMPACT’s academic partner, Chicago Booth hosts the program at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Other program partners include the Field Foundation of Illinois, the Chicago Community Trust, and the MacArthur Foundation. Numerous leaders across all sectors also volunteer their time to serve as speakers and mentors.

An opening reception for the 2020 IMPACT class will be held on August 20, 2019. Classes will begin in September. Applications for the 2021 class will be available in March 2020. For more information visit the IMPACT program page on our website.

The 2020 IMPACT Fellows are:

Annie-Beryl Akuamoah Customer Field Service Manager, Peoples Gas- WEC Energy Group
Elsa Andrianifahanana Associate, Jones Day
Jereme Braggs       Sr. Program Quality Engineer, Gogo Inflight
J’ai Brown HR Business Partner, U.S. Wealth Management, BMO Harris Bank
Kelly Carter Associate Managing Director, CIBC US
Crystal Clark Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/Director of Women’s Mental Health Fellowship, Northwestern University
Tiana Conley Vice President, Global Brands, The Kellogg Company
Chad Courtney Development Officer – Multifamily Finance, Illinois Housing Development Authority
Nicholas Cummings Chief Attorney – Tort Litigation, Chicago Transit Authority
Nathalie Essex Vice President, State Funding, Teach for America
Ashley Floyd Vice President of Advancement, LINK Unlimited Scholars
Kenneth Gilkes Senior Analyst, JLL
Kelwin Harris Director of Outreach and Engagement, Office of the Cook County Assessor
Christina Harris Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council
Corey Haynes Sales Manager, CDW LLC
Latoya Hughes Supervisor, Community Justice Centers, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Raquelle Hunter Senior Director of Brand Development, Zoro, Inc.
Tyeise Huntley Director, Office of Network Support, Chicago Public Schools
Michael Jones Manager, Community Programs, Rush University Medical Center
Jason Mercer National Account Manager, US Customer Retail, Fonterra (USA)
Brittany Merritt Chicago Executive Director, Peer Health Exchange
Michelle Mills Clement CEO, Chicago Association of Realtors
Ashanti Morgan Manager, Global Learning Strategy & Design, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Nakhia Morrissette Regulatory Counsel & Midwest Region Director, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Nubia Murray Global Family Marketing Manager, McDonald’s Corporation
Britney Robbins Founder/CEO, The Gray Matter Experience
Johnni Rodgers Director of Marketing, The Laughing Cow Bel Brands U.S. A
Mironda Ross Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Melanie Sillas Vice President of Development, World Business Chicago
Alexandra Sims Founder/CEO, APS & Associates
Rendel Solomon Managing Director, Muller & Monroe Asset Management
Thomas K.R. Stovall President, Intention Mastery
Marcus Thomas Senior Manager – Customer Marketing, Reynolds Consumer Products
Anthony Tindall Policy & Special Projects Manager, Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Jeremy Watson Art Director, Global Content Marketing, Groupon
James Williams Director of Finance, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
Nykia Wright CEO, Chicago Sun-Times
Bryce Yancy Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations, Chicago State University
Ethan Zagore Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University of Chicago


Note: Story updated on July 17, 2019, to include new job title for Fellow Kelwin Harris.