2013 CR Group Person of the Year: Ricardo Estrada

The Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago Honors

Ricardo Estrada

President and CEO
Metropolitan Family Services

as its

2013 Person of the Year

The Art Gallery
Robert Morris University
401 South State Street
Chicago, IL

Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

By Invitation Only

Jennifer Whiteside

Vice President, Human Resource Operations Manager, Military and Veterans Affairs, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jennifer Whiteside is a seasoned human relations professional who leads military and veteran recruiting efforts for JPMC, in support of the firm’s Consumer and Community Banking line of business. In this capacity, she maps out the military hiring strategy, manages the relationship with the line of business recruiters and hiring managers, and assists members of the military, veterans and their spouses in their transition from the military life to the corporate environment.

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of staffing experience to her role. Prior to her current position, Jennifer served as the regional staffing manager for Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Texas and Canadian markets for Chase Card Services.   Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, she served in a variety of human resources roles in several Fortune 500 companies.

Eli Williamson

an Iraq/Afghanistan Army veteran, Co-founder and Board President, Leave No Veteran Behind and Director of Veterans Programs, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Roy B. Sartin

an Iraq Veteran and Co-founder and Vice President of Leave No Veteran Behind.


the exit strategy for homelessness


Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Reception: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m.
Adjourn: 9:30 a.m.


Eli Williamson: Co-founder and Board President, Leave No Veteran Behind and Director of Veterans Programs, Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Rob Walker, Esq., Legal Counsel, Leave No Veteran Behind.

Sergeant Pete Kalenik, Chief of Staff, Leave No Veteran Behind.

Roy B. Sartin, Co-founder and Vice President, Leave No Veteran Behind.

Jennifer Whiteside, Vice President, H.R. Operations Manager, Military and Veterans’ Affairs, JPMorgan Chase.

What do an unemployed United States veteran, a gang-banger, a grade-schooler, and a farmer have in common?  No, this is not a lead-in to a joke.  As a matter of fact, the work of Leave No Veteran Behind is deadly serious. The answer to the above question is that these people peacefully come in contact every day in the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago — benefiting from the work of Leave No Veteran Behind, whose innovative program design allows it to serve as America’s largest transitional jobs program for former military men and women while working to combat youth violence in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. Their teams serve in safety and mentorship positions created by the city’s Safe Passage, GreenCorps, and One Summer Chicago initiatives.  https://www.facebook.com/LeaveNoVeteranBehind

From another perspective, JPMorgan Chase Bank, which works with and supports Leave No Veteran Behind, the other above programs, and additional veterans’ affairs efforts, a few years ago launched its own ambitious program to focus on hiring military veterans in permanent employment positions and just recently announced a significant increase in its commitment to that effort.

We will hear about how both for-profit and non-profit efforts are making a difference for so many here in the Chicago area.


Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

NOTE:  For those who are able to remain after the formal program adjourns, the Gene Siskel Film Center will offer the CR Group members and guests a behind the “balcony” look at the projection booth.