Chicago Council Selects 22 Emerging Leaders Who Will Strengthen Chicago's Status as a Global City

Chicago Council Selects 22 Emerging Leaders Who Will Strengthen Chicago's 
Status as a Global City 
FOR: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 
JULY 8, 2014 
Chicago Council Selects 22 Emerging Leaders Who Will Strengthen Chicago's
Status as a Global City 
CHICAGO, IL --(Marketwired - July 08, 2014) -  The Chicago Council on Global
Affairs has identified 22 emerging leaders who will help Chicago compete and
thrive in the global era. The seventh class of The Chicago Council's
Emerging Leaders Program includes leaders from, among others, Aon, Chicago
Public Schools, Exelon, Mayer Brown, Mondelēz International, the
American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Heartland Alliance International and the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 
"Chicago is one of the top global cities because its corporate, civic,
cultural and education leaders have worked together to transform it from an
industrial powerhouse to a great city with global reach," said Ambassador
Ivo H. Daalder, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "The
future success of Chicago as a global city depends on the next generation of
leaders. The individuals selected to participate in our Emerging Leaders
Program are among the best and the brightest new leaders in the city." 
The Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 will spend the first year of the two-year
program examining key global issues that affect the world and Chicago's
global future. They will hear from experts on issues such as the global
economy, foreign policy, energy and the environment. Throughout the second year
of the program, they work in small groups with Chicago Council staff to define,
develop and produce policy papers on pressing global challenges confronting
today's leaders. 
In addition to the most recent Emerging Leaders report, which outlines big data
strategies for global cities, previous reports cover topics including urban
food security, a venture philanthropy fund to increase the global
competitiveness of Chicago's students, immigration and Chicago's
experience and the privatization of infrastructure. 
Each year, an independent selection committee identifies a new class of leaders
from a competitive pool of nominated candidates to participate in the Emerging
Leaders Program. Co-chaired by Chicago Council Vice Chairs John F. Manley and
Shirley Welsh Ryan, the program was established in 2008. Support for the
program is generously provided by John and Mary Manley, the Patrick G. and
Shirley W. Ryan Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.  
Chicago Council Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 
Steven Babitch, Associate Director, Research and Strategy, IA Collaborative 
Emma Belcher, Director of International Peace and Security Program, John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 
Christian W. Fabian, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP 
Alicia Farag, Senior Program Manager, Gas Technology Institute 
Ravin Gandhi, Founder and Managing Principal, GMM Nonstick Coatings 
Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, President, JAHN 
Adam Hitchcock, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners 
Harley Jones, Regional Chief Operating Officer, The American Red Cross of
Greater Chicago 
Abigayil L. Joseph, Chief of Staff, Board of Education of the City of Chicago 
Natasha Krol, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company 
Bela Mot, Senior Vice President, Learning and Evaluation, YMCA of Metropolitan
Elizabeth Powley, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance International 
Kathryn Reilly, Director, Public Affairs, Aon 
Nicole Robinson, Senior Director, Community Involvement, Mondelēz
International; President, Mondelz Foundation 
Aaron Rudberg, Partner, Baird Capital 
Mark Schneider, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois 
Aisha Sethi, Assistant Professor Dermatology, Infectious Diseases and Global
Health, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine 
Sean Shelby, Vice President, Isobar 
Jordan Stark, Vice President, Resolute Consulting 
Amy Stoken, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee 
Robert Taylor, Principal Transmission Strategy Specialist, Exelon Corporation 
John Trainor, Publisher and General Manager, Hoy 
About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent,
non-partisan organization committed to educating the public -- and influencing
the public discourse -- on global issues of the day. The Council provides a
forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers and other experts to speak to
its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion
surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings
together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas
such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities,
global security and global immigration. Learn more at and
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