The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce’s Inclusion and Diversity Council welcomed Chicago Sinfonietta’s CEO Blake-Anthony Johnson to its August 5, 2021 quarterly meeting. Johnson presented to the group on the theme “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-Changing the Way We View Our Organizations Through the Arts”.
Johnson shared with the Council the impact of his own global journey as an accomplished young cellist in shaping his personal world view. The examples of the Sinfonietta’s multi-pronged diversity initiatives, innate dependence on teamwork, and creativity in reimagining solutions are powerful examples to inspire the business community’s own approaches. He encouraged that all persons want to be seen for who they are, in order to build enduring connections for a more inclusive world.
The Council’s Chair George Washington Street Partners CEO Wes Becton shared “We were honored to be able to spend some time with Blake-Anthony Johnson. He has a powerful story to tell and a gift that he fully utilizes to connect with people and to connect people to music.”
As a part of the Chamber’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, the Council looks forward to continuing its speaker series on November 4th, 2021. Past speakers have included George Washington Street Partners CEO Wes Becton, Killerspin Ping Pong Founder and Chairman Robert Blackwell, Benedictine University President Emeritus William J. Carroll, and Holocaust survivor and HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FOUNDATION OF IL, INC Executive Board Vice President Ralph Rehbock.
Photo Cred: Driftwood Grille
President of Oak Point University Dr. Therese Scanlan welcomes attendees and special guests at the unveiling of the new campus — Dr. Gopal Lalmalani (President, Oak Brook Village), Jim Krueger, (Chief of Police, Oak Brook), Latham Williams, (Chairman of the Board (Oak Point University), David Carlin (President and CEO, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce), Mauricio Pineda (2015 alumnus and President of the Alumni Association), and John Murphy (Murphy Development).
The Chamber presented it’s 3Q Business Roundtable Committee meeting this morning at the Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook.
Mr. Bartlett spoke at the Business Roundtable meeting via Zoom from Washington D.C. and provided Chamber Members a D.C. update and also shared his perspective on how businesses might be impacted by the ongoing public policy deliberations, legislation and federal action/oversight under the Biden administration.
Thank you, Mr. Bartlett for sharing your time and knowledge about this important subject.
The Chamber’s Business Roundtable committee will meet again in December. The Roundtable is only open to Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce members. For membership information please contact Jenny Stanko.