The Future of Chicago Business :  Veteran Leadership Council Signature Event

You are invited the join the Veteran Leadership Council for their signature event: Future of Chicago Business. The Veterans Leadership Council is led by 2 Booth Alumni and one current Booth student. 

From new global HQ's moving downtown to the potential of an Amazon HQ, the future of Chicago business is now. Join Chicago's business leaders for a panel discussion about disruptive technology, changing customer preferences, and why Chicago is a great spot to be a veteran in 2018.
The VLC's signature and annual event, we aim to bring the Chicago veteran community together for a celebration as we close 2017 and recognize the accomplishments of our community.


Venue: Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn

Date: December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day)

Time: 6pm Reception, Programming starts promptly at 6:30pm, Networking hour starts at 8pm


6:00pm - Reception
6:30pm - Opening keynote, programming starts promptly
6:45pm - Panel with senior leaders including audience Q&A
7:45pm - Awards ceremony
8:00pm - Community networking

David Hiller: CEO of McCormick Foundation and former CEO of the Chicago Tribune and LA Times.
Anjan Asthana: Sr. Partner at McKinsey, leads McKinsey’s Electric & Natural Gas Practice in North & South America

Rita Cook: Head of Midwest Middle Market Region at Bank of America, former COO of their Global Commercial Bank.
Peter Wilkins: Head of Hyde Park Angels (HPA), former President of PRIMEDIA Healthcare (KKR) and served in senior roles at two technology start-ups that collectively sold for more than $2.8B+.
Donna Steele-Ponder: Sr. Director, Business Systems at McDonald’s

Full bios of panelists are below

David D. Hiller is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a role he's held since July 2009.
Previously, David was Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times, and before that, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Tribune.
A native of the Chicago area, David graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He serves on the boards of the Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Roosevelt University and Thrive Chicago. He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Anjan Asthana is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Chicago office. Over the years, he has helped large electric and gas utilities—and other players in the North American energy industry—drive superior returns to shareholders by shaping their corporate and regulatory strategies and by leading large-scale operational and organizational performance transformations.

Among his recent projects, Anjan has helped major US utilities improve operating performance and decrease costs by using change programs and continuous-improvement programs that are tailored for utilities. The programs cut across coal, nuclear power, transmission, and distribution. In addition, Anjan is helping top teams and boards understand—and create strategic responses to—the transformative effect of “disruptive trends” shaping the industry (e.g., shale gas and solar disintermediation). He has also counseled executives on how to build the capability of their teams and drive organizational and culture change that will be required to win in the coming years.

Before joining McKinsey, Anjan worked as a product engineer at General Motors, where he patented an innovative emissions-control product. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA); The Ohio State University (MS); and the Indian Institute of Technology (Bachelor’s).

Anjan is active in the civic community in Chicago and serves on the board of the Goodman Theatre.

Rita Sola Cook is a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking (GCB) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, she leads a team of banking professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin who are working to meet the lending and global transaction servicing needs of Midwest-based companies with revenues of $50 million to $2 billion. Rita was also recently named chair of the 2017 GCB Diversity & Inclusion Council, which is responsible for driving strategies that reinforce the bank’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment both internally and externally.
Prior to assuming her current role in 2016, Rita was the Chief Operating Officer for GCB with responsibility for managing strategic initiative implementation, identifying and monitoring key business risks, regulatory compliance, and sales enablement.
A graduate of Governors State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Rita is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). She is also actively involved in the Global Commercial Banking Power of 10; a member of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Women’s Leadership Council; and is active in military and veteran’s affairs. She lives with her husband and daughter in Orland Park, IL.

Peter Wilkins leads Hyde Park Angels (HPA), the most active early-stage investor in the Midwest. HPA is transforming early-stage investing by taking a people-first approach. HPA helps entrepreneurs build incredible companies by leveraging HPA members’ market expertise, industry knowledge, and powerful network, which is comprised of successful entrepreneurs, top business executives and some of the best venture capitalists from across the country.
Prior to HPA, Peter successfully founded, built, and turned around companies in multiple industries. He co-founded New Futuro, a socially innovative education company. Before then, Peter worked with KKR Capstone (KKR’s operations group) as President of PRIMEDIA Healthcare, where he turned around the company from record losses to record profits and built one of the premier online physician education communities. Prior to PRIMEDIA, Peter successfully served in senior sales and marketing roles for two technology startups that collectively sold for more than $2.8 billion. Peter holds a degree in business from Indiana University and graduated from the University of Chicago Booth Executive Institute.
Peter is an active advisor to many entrepreneurs, serves on several boards, and frequently speaks about entrepreneurship and venture capital. He also works with founders and CEOs to maximize executive performance with the Omaxen Group.

Veteran Supporter of the Year Award
After our panel, the VLC will begin an annual program to recognize members of our community that have demonstrated exemplary service to the cause of veterans in Chicago. We hope you can join us as we recognize John Edelman of Edelman with our Veteran Supporter of the Year Award.

Influenced by his father’s service, John has made the cause of veterans an integral part of Edelman’s global citizenship program, through his leadership of Edelman’s Global Engagement & Corporate Responsibility team. From the beginning, John has been a supporter of the VLC through both his time and council. We are honored to have him as a regular participant of our quarterly leadership meetings and small group events. In addition to his support of the VLC, John serves on the Board of Advisors for the Student Veterans of America and has partnered with the Veteran Jobs Mission, Roll Call Chicagoland and numerous other veteran organizations. Not stopping there, John has leveraged Edelman Insights, a research program at Edelman, to better understand the well-being of veterans post-transition. You can read an example of that research here.



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