Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Just Do Business: Celebrating Black Excellence through the Lead Partner Program

In partnership with the Business Leadership Council

Promoting Black-owned companies and their contributions to our vibrant business community will be critical to Chicago’s economic recovery and to our future prosperity. 

Chicago, once the center of black economic progress in the US, is taking action to prove that the Free Enterprise System works for everyone, including our black community. This webinar will spotlight the “Just Do Business” Movement; a chain reaction approach that starts with an organization committing to working with Black-owned Companies, who then take on a responsibility to pull other members of the black community forward with them. 

Your organization can participate in the Business Leadership Council’s newest initiative, the Lead Partner Program, by evaluating your current vendor partnerships and finding areas where you can make the commitment to working with Black-owned companies. This conversation is for the key decision makers or those looking for a way to start a conversation in their organization to commit to supporting the Black community through economic participation. 

Attendees will hear directly from executives and civic leaders who are currently working with the Black Leadership Council and be provided with access to the Lead Partner Program. Join us and make the commitment today to Just Do Business. 

Robert Blackwell Jr.

CEO, EKI Digital

U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Illinois – 2nd District

Mike Lechtenberger

Chief Information Officer, Mutual of Omaha

Richard S. Price

Chairman & CEO, Mesirow

Tyronne Stoudemire

Global Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Avis Lavelle | Moderator

Executive Director, Business Leadership Council

Jack Lavin

President & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

About the Business Leadership Council: The BLC builds bridges in every arena to attain a strong foundation for business growth and development within the Black community. For more information, visit

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