Keynote Speaker

Valerie Jarrett

President of the Obama Foundation & a Senior Distinguished Fellow at The University of Chicago Law School

Ms. Jarrett was the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2009-2017, making her the longest serving senior advisor to a president in history. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book ​​Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward​​, published in April 2019. She serves as Board Chairman of Civic Nation, Co-Chair of The United State of Women and senior advisor to Attn. Jarrett also serves on the boards of Walgreens Boot Alliance, Inc., Ralph Lauren Corporation, Lyft, Inc., 2U, Inc., Ariel Investments, Time’sUp, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Innocence Project, Sesame Street Workshop and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

Keynote Moderator

Val Warner

Host of ABC 7 Chicago’s popular daytime talk and entertainment show, Windy City LIVE.

Featured Speakers

Doreen Burse

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Kevin Cassidy

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Jack Lavin

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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

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Bruce Lubin

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Eileen Mitchell

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Governor JB Pritzker

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Scott Swanson

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Special Appearances

As we all emerge from the pandemic, the economic crisis and the other challenges of the past year, we are optimistic about the future of business and commerce in Chicago. Leading C-suite executives are helping tell the story about why Chicago will continue to be a world-class city, now and long into the future. Featured business leaders include:

David Casper U.S. Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group
Marsha Cruzan Regional President, U.S. Bank
Robert Dunn President, Landmark Development
Richard Edelman CEO, Edelman
Steve Ferrara Partner, Chief Operating Officer, BDO 
Cornelius Griggs President and Chief Executive Officer, GMA Construction
Brett Hart President, United Airlines 
Gavin Hattersley President and Chief Executive Officer, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Chevy Humphrey President and Chief Executive Officer, Museum of Science and Industry
Charles Matthews President and Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Gas
Dr. Jo Ann Rooney President, Loyola University Chicago

117th Annual Meeting of Membership

Attend the premier business event for Chicagoland to celebrate the contributions commerce and industry make to our great city.