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 
CHICAGO, IL  -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/14 --  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
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
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
Natasha Krol, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company 
Bela Moté, Senior Vice President, Learning and Evaluation, YMCA of
Metropolitan Chicago 
Elizabeth Powley, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance
Kathryn Reilly, Director, Public Affairs, Aon 
Nicole Robinson, Senior Director, Community Involvement,
Mondelēz International; President, Mondeléz 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
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 follow @ChicagoCouncil for updates. 
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