crg 2016 annual meeting

By Invitation Only

The Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago Annual Meeting

Welcome the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year and celebrate the successes of the past year as we look forward to the new program year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres
~Catered by Chef Dudley Nieto of Rojo Gusano~

The Terrace of WBEZ Studios
at Navy Pier
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 6061

Laura Coy

Director of Community Engagement – William Blair & Co., LLC.


CRG Laura Coy2

Laura Coy joined William Blair in 2016 as the Director of Community Engagement. In her capacity, Laura is overseeing the William Blair Foundation, creating the firm’s integrated social investment strategy, and developing opportunities for employees to volunteer with and serve as leaders in their local community. Prior to William Blair, Laura served as the Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Public Affairs Manager and Senior Corporate Philanthropist for Grainger, responsible for the company’s CSR and citizenship programs. Prior to working at Grainger, Laura worked for nonprofits such as the National Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago where she learned the power of building public-private partnerships. Laura graduated from the University of Illinois and lives in Chicago with her husband and two girls. She is active with professional organizations like the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and supports the Honeycomb Project and One Million Degrees.

Beth Gallagher

Director of Community Involvement – Aon



As Director of Community Involvement for Aon, Beth is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aon Foundation and the firm’s corporate contributions programs and related charity partnerships. In addition, Beth oversees employee volunteer programs at Aon, including Aon’s annual social impact day, which engages colleagues around the world in community service.

Beth first joined Aon in 2006 as a Program Associate for the Aon Foundation and went on to work on the Community Affairs team at Northern Trust before returning to Aon in her current role in December of 2008. Previously, Beth worked for Youth Outreach Services where she supported the agency’s fundraising and communications efforts.

Beth holds a B.A. in English, with honors, from Portland State University and a master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She serves on the board and leads the Resource Development Committee of Ada S. McKinley Community Services.

Marcy Twete

Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation – ArcelorMittal

CRG Marcy Twete


As Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation at ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel and mining company, Marcy leads corporate responsibility, sustainability and community investment/philanthropic giving for ArcelorMittal Americas, with teams in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica. This cross-cultural team directs a portfolio of institutional community investment/philanthropic giving for ArcelorMittal Americas totaling more than $15 million.

Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Marcy worked for more than a decade in nonprofit fundraising and marketing with organizations ranging in size from $2 million small nonprofit organizations to consulting with the largest universities and hospitals in the world on multi-billion dollar capital campaigns.

Kimberly Gnat

Staff Representative, Corporate and Community Affairs – United Airlines

Kim Gnat


Kim manages relationships with nonprofit organizations in several of United’s hub cities across the US, specifically Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She also facilitates employee volunteer activities to support the communities where United’s employees live and work. She has just completed a 2-year term as the inaugural Communications Chair for uIMPACT, United’s women’s business resource group.

Kim has been with United since 2008. She has a BA from the University of South Carolina and certificate in Non Profit Management from University of Illinois at Chicago. Working at an airline means every day is a trip!

corporate responsibility as a profession


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program


Laura Coy, Director of Community Engagement – William Blair & Co., LLC.


Beth Gallagher, Director of Community Involvement – Aon

Kimberly Gnat, Staff Representative, Corporate and Community Affairs – United Airlines

Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Americas; Executive Director, USA Foundation – ArcelorMittal


Corporate Responsibility as a Profession: Who are we? Where will you find us? What lies ahead for us?

On June 21st, Laura Coy will moderate a panel of executive leaders to discuss how the profession is gaining influence and visibility within the corporate organizational structure.  The panelists will share highlights of their journey as CSR leaders and will talk about what they see as emerging trends, such as, how the field has evolved, where CR now lives within corporate organizational structures, who CR professional work and collaborate with, and what is on the horizon.

You don’t want to miss this valuable opportunity to hear from our expert panel.


Mesirow Financial
353 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654