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Nov 20

Addressing Local Issues: A Burnham Honoree Tradition

Past Burnham Award winners (left to right): John Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments, 2011 honoree; Ellen Costello; Alan McNally, Retired CEO, Harris Bank, 2002 honoree; Deborah DeHaas, Vice Chairman & Central Region Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP, 2004 honoree; Glenn Tilton, Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase, 2010 honoree.

Last week, Ellen M. Costello, CEO and US Country Head, BMO Financial Corp., received the 2012 Daniel H. Burnham Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, the Burnham Award honoree addresses a local issue pertaining to Chicago’s business and civic communities. This year, Costello’s acceptance speech was dedicated to the important issue of improving graduation rates for students in Chicago. She emphasized improving the education system by fostering environments for success for our students, including safer neighborhoods, a stable home environment, and access to resources.

“To make this happen, we all need to work together to improve the odds so more students graduate,” she said.

Crain’s Chicago Business took a look at the issues Costello and past honorees addressed during their speeches and the results they produced.

Click here to read the Crain’s story.

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