member benefits

Membership benefits:

  • Recognition on CR Group website and link to member’s website
  • Standing invitation for member’s representatives plus one guest to monthly breakfast meeting
  • Invitations for member’s representatives to member-only events, including Annual Meeting and Person of the Year Event.
  • Member’s representatives vote for and serve on the Board of Directors
  • Gain insights and expertise from other members’ representatives and guests
  • Accessibility to leading voices in corporate responsibility in Chicago

non-solicitation policy

In order to enhance the informational purpose of the CR Group meetings and to allow all meeting attendees to feel at ease, solicitations are not allowed at our meetings

2010 – Speakers

Jason Saul
CEO and Founder
Mission Measurement, LLC
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Richard M.Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago

Jenné Myers
Chief Services Officer

Julie Chavez
Market Development Manager
Bank of America

Amy Newkirk
Marketing & Sales

Melissa Giovagnoli
Founder and CEO, Networlding
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David Kathman
Senior Mutual Fund Analyst
Morningstar, Inc.
SRI in the Rockies 2010 Conference

John Hoeppner
Second Vice President of Quantitative Management, Socially Responsible Investing Product Development
Northern Trust Global Investments
Northern Trust Global Investments and United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative

Francia Harrington
Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
JPMorgan Chase & Company

Ruth Ann M. Gillis
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative and Diversity Officer
Exelon Corporation
Exelon Business Services Company

Richard P. Kiphart
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Head of Private Client Advisors
William Blair & Company

Shannon Schuyler
US Corporate Responsibility Leader

Eric S. Smith
Managing Director, Investment Banking Group
JP Morgan Chase & Company

David Scheffer
Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law
Director of the Center for International Human Rights
Northwestern University School of Law
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Kelly O’Brien

Vice President of Communications and Marketing
The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Shirley R. Madigan
The Illinois Arts Council

Terry Mazany
President and CEO
The Chicago Community Trust

Kevin Willer
Head of Industry, Technology & Telecom
Jake Parillo
Public Affairs
Google, Inc.

Timothy J. Feddersen
Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics
Director of the Social Enterprise at Kellogg Program (SEEK)
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University

Nicole Teti
Director of Strategic Management
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

Carli Franks
Senior Associate of Community Fundraising
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

Bill Geiger
President and CEO
McGaw YMCA, Evanston, IL

Diane Kemp
Executive Director
The American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate

2009 – Speakers

Robert Christie
Vice President, Government and Legislative Relations
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Gaye van den Hombergh
Winning Workplaces

Gregory M. Mueller, PhD.
Vice President, Science and Academic Programs

Steve Ball
Director of Corporate Relations
The Chicago Botanic Garden

Adele Simmons
Vice Chair and Senior Executive – Chicago Metropolis 2020
Vice Chair – The Burnham Centennial Committee

Randy Blankenhorn
Executive Director – The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

R. Rene Friedman
Partner – Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP

Amy Newkirk
Geography Marketing – PricewaterhouseCoopers

Colleen Lennon
Resource Development Director – Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, Illinois

Christopher Clinton Coway
Executive Director – The Joffrey Ballet

James Cuno
President and Eloise W. Martin Director – The Art Institute of Chicago

Thomas Kerwin, FAIA
Managing Partner – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Chef Christopher Koetke
Dean, School of Culinary Arts, Kendall College

2008 – Speakers

Margaret Holt
Standards Editor, The Chicago Tribune

Mark Jacob
Deputy Metro Editor, The Chicago Tribune

David Greising
Business Columnist, The Chicago Tribune

Robert Christie
Vice President-Government and Legislative Relations, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Kassie Davis
Executive Director, CME Trust

Eileen Sweeney
Director-Corporate & Foundation Philanthropic Relations, Motorola Foundation

Nancy Radner
Chief Executive Director, The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness

David Davis
Programs Manager, Elam Davies Social Services Center, Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Kathleen Molnar
Program Director, Emergency Fund

Kevin Jackson
Executive Director, Chicago Rehab Network

Bruce Martin
Midwest Regional Manager, Community Development Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase

Lin Kaatz Chary, PhD., MPH

Deborah DeHaas
Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner, Deloitte Services, LLP, Midwest Region

Diane Dillon
Associate Director of Research and Education, Newberry Library

Torey Malatia
President and General Manager, Chicago Public Radio

work-life resources

Artemis Management Consultants
Artemis Management Consultants specializes in helping organizations manage change. Artemis helps organizations conduct needs assessments, build teams, train and coach managers, re-design work and plan and implement culture change initiatives.

Boston College Center for Work Family
The Center for Work and Family at Boston College Wallace E. Carroll School of Management is a research organization that promotes employer and community responsiveness to families. The guiding vision of the Center is the strengthening of families, broadly defined to reflect the diversity throughout our communities today. The Center’s activities fall into three broad categories: research, employer partnerships, and policy initiatives.

Child Elder Care Insights (CECI)
The mission of CECI is to help employees address, identify and resolve their personal problems through a comprehensive and high quality dependent care resource and referral program that is professional, accessible, voluntary and confidential. CECI’s fundamental commitment is to maximize the emotional well-being and related job performance and productivity of employees.

Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC) University of Minnesota
Computer searchable information system available 24 hours-a-day with information on children, youth, family, fatherhood, and work/family issues. Site includes links to other Work and Family or Work-Life information Internet sites.

Families and Work Institute (F.W.I.)
The Families and Work Institute is a non-profit organization that addresses the changing nature of work and family life. F.W.I. is committed to finding research-based strategies that foster mutually supportive connections among workplaces, families, and communities.

Family Caregiver Alliance
An information resource on long-term care.

Greater Good Science Center
The nonprofit GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do they sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well‐being, they help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Their goal is not only to help individual employees identify effective, research-based strategies for managing their stress and deriving more meaning from their work. It is also to help leaders and entire organizations embed these strategies in their workplace culture, prioritizing positive relationships and a leadership style that embodies social and emotional intelligence.

National Partnership for Women and Families
The National Partnership for Women and Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

New Ways to Work
New Ways to Work is a consulting, technical assistance, and training organization that helps communities build comprehensive local youth-serving systems, develop new programs and partnerships, and improve practice in the organizations that serve young people.

Society for Human Resource Management / SHRM
National professional association focused on professional development in human resources field and including areas of interest related to work and family. SHRM publishes a monthly titled HRMagazine which can be accessed via SHRM’s Internet site.

U.S. Department of Education
Information of the Employers, Families and Education Initiative which promotes family involvement in learning and schools.

WFD (Formerly Work/Family Directions)
WFD offers innovative solutions, thought-leadership, and research that keep companies on the cutting edge of the key issues that affect business results namely, what employers can do to facilitate maximum commitment of their people to business success.

Work Family Connection, Inc.
Consulting firm and publisher. Extensive on-line information, news summaries, trend reports, model companies, and searchable database (search function only available to subscribers).

A nonprofit human resources association and compensation authority for professionals and organizations focused on the strategic elements of the employer-employee exchange as well as how external influences and an increasingly global business environment affect attraction, motivation, retention and engagement of employees.


AIESEC (pronounced eye-sec) is the world’s largest student-managed, non-profit educational organization.

Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of leadership through informed dialogue.

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is an international corporate membership organization. The Center partners with businesses worldwide to strengthen their community relationships and investments to achieve healthy, sustainable communities in which to live, work and do business. CCCR does this through research, policy and education that builds knowledge of the interdependence of community vitality and business success.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
BSR is a membership organization for companies of all sizes and sectors. BSR’s mission is to help its member companies achieve long-term commercial success by implementing policies and practices that honor high ethical standards and meet their responsibilities to all who are impacted by their decisions.

Business in the Community
Business in the Community is the leading authority on corporate community involvement in the UK.  Business in the Community’s mission is to inspire business to increase the quality and extent of their contribution to social and economic regeneration by making corporate social responsibility an essential part of business excellence.

Canadian Centre for Business in the Community (CCBC)
The CCBC provides the plans, the tools and the expertise needed by Canadian companies to develop corporate citizenship programs that balance business objectives and the needs of their key stakeholders.

Caux Round Table (CRT)
Senior business leaders from Europe, Japan, and North America who are committed to the promotion of principled business leadership.

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)
CERES is a non-profit coalition of investors, public pension funds, foundations, labor unions, and environmental, religious and public interest groups, working in partnership with companies toward the common goal of corporate environmental responsibility worldwide.

Council for Ethics in Economics
The Council for Ethics in Economics is an association of leaders in business, higher education, religion and other professions working together to strengthen the ethical fabric of business and economic life.

Defense Industry Initiative (DII) on Business Ethics and Conduct
DII is a consortium of U.S. defense industry contractors which subscribes to a set of principles for achieving high standards of business ethics and conduct.

DePaul University Institute for Business and Professional Ethics
The mission of the Institute is to foster ethical behavior by providing for and participating in ethics-related education, offering resources to stakeholders (e.g. conferences, lecture series, on-site training, discussion and written materials), and supporting and disseminating cutting-edge scholarship of ethical relevance.

Ethics Resource Center
The Ethics Resource Center may be unique in the world in its mandate to create global ethics institutions and coalitions.  There work in this area calls them to lead in the planning, development and building of ethical institutions domestically and internationally and to forge a global network of such institutions.

Illinois Institute of Technology
The Illinois Institute of Technology Center for the Study of Ethics in the Profession (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology was established in 1976 for the purpose of promoting education and scholarship relating to the professions. In June 1996, the Center received a grant from National Science Foundation to put their collection of over 850 codes of ethics on the World-Wide Web.

Institute For Global Ethics
The Institute for Global Ethics is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to elevating public awareness and promoting the discussion of ethics in a global context. As an international, membership-based think tank, the Center focuses on ethical activities in education, the corporate sector, and public policy.

International Business Ethics Institute
Its mission is to foster global business practices which promote equitable economic development, resource sustainability and democratic forms of government.

International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (ISBEE)
The aim of the Society is to facilitate the dissemination of information and to foster interaction among businesses, academics, professional societies, and others interested in the ethical dimensions of business and economics on the international level.

Josephson Institute
Advocates principled reasoning and ethical decision making through programs and workshops for leaders including legislators and mayors, high-ranking public executives, congressional staff, editors and reporters, senior corporate and nonprofit executives, judges and lawyers, and military and police officers. The CHARACTER COUNTS! youth education initiative is a project of the Institute.

Net Impact
Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who want to become the most effective change agents they can be. Over 100,000 strong, their emerging leaders take on social challenges, protect the environment, invent new products and orient business toward the greater good.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The OECD groups member countries in an organisation that provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. The’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) is the principal body through which the Organisation deals with issues related to co-operation with developing countries. The DAC is one of the key forums in which the major bilateral donors work together to increase the effectiveness of their common effort to support sustainable development.

Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
The mission of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is to heighten ethical awareness and improve ethical decision-making on campus and in the community at large.

Social Investing Forum
The Social Investment Forum site offers comprehensive information, contacts resources on socially responsible investing.

Social Investment Forum (UKSIF)
The UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) promotes and encourages socially responsible investment (SRI) in the UK. The site includes information both about UKSIF and about SRI in general, together with event reports, comments on proposed legislation and a newsletter. There is a detailed membership directory which includes UK investment managers, financial advisers, research organisations and NGOs.

Founded in 1987, SustainAbility was established to help create a more sustainable world by encouraging the evolution and widespread adoption of thinking and practices which are socially responsible, environmentally sound, and economically viable.

The Conference Board
The Conference Board is the premier business membership and research network worldwide, linking executives from different companies, industries and countries.

The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum
An international not for profit organization founded, in 1990, in response to concerns about the impact of the increasing globalization of business and challenges of sustainability and social cohesion.

The Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics
The Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics is a unique resource for businesses and individuals seeking to enhance ethical performance and meet the difficult challenges of today’s business world.  Their mission is to raise awareness and understanding of the ethical dimension of business and professional life, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, and to stimulate a productive community dialogue about issues and responsibilities.

Transparency International
Acts to counter corruption, both in international business transactions and at national levels.

United States Office of Government Ethics
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE), a small agency within the executive branch, was established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. The Office of Government Ethics exercises leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of Government employees, and to resolve those conflicts of interest that do occur.

University of British Columbia’s Centre for Applied Ethics
The mission of the Centre is to bring moral philosophy into the public domain by advancing research in applied ethics, supporting courses with a significant ethical component and acting as a community resource.

University of St. Thomas Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics
The Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics works with other entities on campus to ensure that ethics education remains a priority through business ethics education in both the undergraduate and MBA programs, faculty development, and the promotion of responsible corporate citizenship through professional development opportunities and other events.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
The Forum advocates the belief that environmental leadership could, and should come from within the business community; not from without. Members investigate and develop policies, programs and management systems that promote environmentally and economically sustainable commerce. This site features an on-line Sustainability Self-Assessment Guide to be used by companies interested in the examination of environmental sustainability.

Wharton Ethics Program
The Wharton School supports its committment to the discussion of the ethical issues that confront business through its courses, faculty, research, and publications.

World Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of international companies united by a shared commitment to the environment and to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development.

World Economic Forum
Through global, personalized, knowledge-generating and highest-level interaction, the World Economic Forum provides its Members and Constituents with opportunities to share experiences and insights and to assess new opportunities. It also creates a privileged, informal, framework for intensive business networking and for an interface between business leaders, political leaders and world class experts.

comprehensive sites

Business Ethics Resources on WWW
Links to sites in the areas of codes of ethics, organizations, publications, specific topics, and papers.

Discussions of Ethics on the Net
List of Internet discussion groups with links and subscription addresses.

Ethics Resources on the Net
Links to sites in areas of business ethics such as codes of conduct, reference sources, organizations, issues, corporations, consultants, and commentaries. Also includes links to other types of ethics sites (human rights, environment, etc.).

2010 Adele Simmons

Vice Chair and Senior Executive, Chicago Metropolis 2020
President, Global Philanthropy Partnership

Adele Simmons is Vice-Chair of Chicago Metropolis 2020.  At Metropolis 2020 she provided leadership in the planning of the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial, and served as Vice Chair of the Burnham Centennial Committee. She is co-chair of the Task Force that developed a Climate Action Plan for the city of Chicago, at the request of the Mayor. She served as a co-chair of the Council on Global Affairs study group on Chicago’s global future. The Study Group’s Report, Global Edge was released in the fall of 2007.

Mrs. Simmons was President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a decade, overseeing grants of over $1.5 billion, including an annual $25 million program for Chicago. The foundation’s international programs focus on the environment, population, international peace and security, understanding inequality within and among nations and climate change.

Mrs. Simmons is currently on the Board of Marsh and McLennan Companies, ShoreBank Corporation, ShoreBank International Ltd., and a number of non-profit organizations, including The Field Museum, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Winning Workplaces, the American Prospect, the Synergos Institute, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. She is on the Advisory Committee to the World Bank Institute Global Equity Initiative. She served on President Carter’s Commission on World Hunger and President Bush’s Commission on Sustainable Development and was a member of the Commission on Global Governance as well as the UN High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Simmons was President of Hampshire College and taught at Princeton University.

2004 Valerie Lies

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Donors Forum of Chicago