Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s DEIA Steering Committee is a collaborative forum of diverse Chamber members dedicated to advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) across the Chicagoland business community. This committee is instrumental in driving the integration of DEIA principles throughout our region’s businesses.

Purpose and Objectives

The DEIA Steering Committee is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion not only within the Chamber of Commerce but also across the broader Chicagoland business landscape. Through guidance and recommendations, committee members play a crucial role in shaping policies, influencing best practices, and advancing DEIA initiatives that resonate throughout the entire business community.

Sub-Committees

  • Education Subcommittee: Propel DEIA learning and development initiatives among Chamber members and businesses throughout the Chicagoland region.
  • Research Subcommittee: Contribute to and share data-driven insights that inform and elevate DEIA efforts across Chicagoland businesses.
  • Advocacy Subcommittee: Champion DEIA policies and practices within the broader Chicagoland business community, fostering a culture of inclusivity.

Council Members

Coordinator

Loyola University Insitute for Racial Justice

Malik Henfield | Founding Dean and Professor

Coordinator

Wintrust

Susana Meza | VP, Community Impact

Coordinator

DLA Piper

Stephen Schwab | Partner

Member

Bally’s

Gloria Batey | Director

Member

Eight Bit Studios

Don Bora | Co-Founder and Technology Principal

Member

LCW

Briza Cardenas | Chief of Staff

Member

Cooley LLP

Joe DuBuque | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist

Member

West Monroe

Navea Frazier | Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Member

Realized Value Collaborative LLC

Rich Gamble | President

Member

Old National Bank

Corliss Garner | Chief DEI Officer, EVP

Member

Lincoln Park Zoo

Genevieve Gonnigan | Director of Human Resources

Member

GMA Construction

Cornelius Griggs | President

Member

Riley Safer

Patricia Holmes | Managing Partner

Member

Microsoft

Michelle Hudson | Director Operational Excellence

Member

Reform Alliance

Roxanne Jackson | Regional Director, Midwest

Member

Dr. Jennifer Matthews Consulting

Jennifer Matthews | CEO

Member

DLA Piper

Rachel Myung | Of Counsel

Member

Ingredion

Samantha Renovato | Global Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Member

The Chicago School

Lynessa Rico | Division Chair & Associate Professor

Member

JPMorgan Chase

Matthew Serafin | Strategic Initiatives & Business Management

Member

BDO USA LLP

Anthony Ting | Managing Director, Third Party Attestation

Member

The University of Chicago

Sarah Tinsman | Program Director for Inclusive Innovation

Member

Barnes & Thornburg

Mariah Whitner | Associate

Member

Armanino LLP

Mark Wuchte | Partner

Member

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lynda Okafor-Smith | Global Transaction Services Product Manager

Mia Beaton | Treasury Sales Officer

Joe Tyler | Senior Vice President