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.