Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016 with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe.  As Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim has undertaken substantial criminal justice reforms focused on public safety and equity. She has revamped the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, resulting in overturned convictions in over 80 cases, including the first-ever mass exoneration in Cook County for 15 men whose convictions stemmed from misconduct by a Chicago Police Officer. She has been a leader in bond reform, instructing prosecutors to agree to recognizance bonds where appropriate, and reviewing bond decisions in cases where people are detained because they are u...
Andrea Zopp is the President and CEO of World Business Chicago, where she leads the organization’s mission of inclusive economic growth, supporting businesses, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Most recently, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago. Andrea has dedicated her career to being a force of change. She has championed job creation, access to education, corporate responsibility and promoting economic development initiatives in underserved communities. Andrea served in the United States Attorney’s Office and was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In these roles, she fought to keep neighborhoods safe by taking on illegal guns, violent crime and gangs, worked to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Andrea is a successful businesswoman and has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including...
  Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age and has led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR, pronounced “empower”, mobile app (community engagement).  Dorri leverages her large-scale change experience from working over 20 years in management consulting to the work that the YWCA does to create social change. Dorri lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune...
  . Cherita Ellens is the President and CEO of Women Employed. A native Chicagoan and longtime advocate for Chicago women, youth, and families, Cherita believes that her purpose is to use her time, talent, and treasure helping the most marginalized gain self-sufficiency  and  full agency  over their lives.  Cherita carries out that purpose leading Women Employed, an organization that, for the past four decades, has been dedicated to establishing equity for women in the workforce through effecting policy change, expanding access to educational opportunities, and advocating for fair and inclusive workplaces. From the recent No Salary History law and paid sick time, to fair scheduling and protection from workplace harassment, Women Employed has been at the forefront of proposing and enacting policy to improve the economic status and security for women, empowering them to support themselves and their families. Before joining Women Employed, Cherita led business operations and communication...
 A proven thought leader on marketing, entrepreneurship and empowerment, Amy S. Hilliard is the principal of The Hilliard Group. An honors graduate of both Howard University and the Harvard Business School, Amy is also certified in Social/Digital Marketing by the Columbia Business School. Her background includes over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience with Fortune 500 companies and iconic entrepreneurial firms. Her unique background of senior corporate experience and established entrepreneurship includes retailing, senior marketing and advertising with Bloomingdale’s, Gillette, Pillsbury, Burrell Communications and L’Oreal. Her multi-million dollar brand building innovations for White Rain Shampoo while at Gillette were documented in a case study the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Amy also founded The ComfortCake Company®, makers of “Pound Cake so Good it feels like a Hug®”. The Company commercialized Amy’s own recipes for a variety of pound cakes...
  Erika Swilley is the Senior Director of Community and Social Responsibility for the Detroit Pistons. Previously she spent time in community relations for the Chicago Sky and Sky Cares Foundation and Golden State Warriors.   In her role, Swilley coordinates the philanthropic initiatives of the Pistons and their players. She also organizes events as part of numerous league-wide initiatives as part of NBA Cares, as well as, has an instrumental role with player development and works closely with team sponsors and the players’ personal foundations.  Swilley was named 2007 and 2008 Palace Sports & Entertainment Community Relations Employee of the Year and has received three World Championship rings as part of overseeing community relations efforts for the WNBA Detroit Shock and Golden State Warriors.  In 2009 Swilley was selected as a “Woman of Excellence” by the Michigan Chronicle, in 2010 was recognized in “Who’s Who” in Black Detroit and in 2018 was named one of Detroit’s 40 Under 4...