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Illinois Diversity Council June Meeting

Illinois Diversity Council

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

Illinois Diversity Council June Meeting

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Jun 12, 2017 Free  

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Join the ILDC at Greeley and Hansen for our monthly meeting! This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the ILDC, our events and programs, and hear an educational topic focusing on Diversity & Inclusion. Lunch will be provided for 35 attendees, we hope you are able to join us, and make sure to bring your business cards! 



Real Examples and Advice: Organizational Cultures Embracing Diversity in Sexuality and Gender Identity

This educational session will explore the responsibilities that employers hold to cultivate and manage a work environment that Is inclusive and free from discrimination, bias and harassment.  Facilitated by law partners the coaching strives to share best practices, positive and negative experiences that these colleagues has encountered. They will explore real examples and advice on how Organizational Cultures Embrace Diversity in Sexuality and Gender Identity. Attendees will be empowered with strategies that corporate, non-profit and small businesses can implement to manage employment policies and practices that support executing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive culture.


Jamal M Edwards PC 


Culhane Meadows PLLC 

Jamal M. Edwards is a partner in the Chicago Office of Culhane Meadows PLLC, where he primarily advises small and mid-cap companies as outside general counsel, leveraging his multi-disciplinary experience in technology and IP, financial services, healthcare and real estate matters. In 2011, Crain’s Chicago Business named him top “40 under 40.” He has repeatedly been recognized as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star in both Illinois and Michigan.  The National Black Lawyers named him a “Top 40 under 40” in 2016, and, in 2017, a “Top 100” Lawyer. He has appeared in the “Who’s Who in Black Chicago” numerous times since its first publishing in 2006.  He’s also received a public relations awards for crisis communications, including a 2011 Silver Anvil Award by the Public Relations Society of America.

He is actively engaged in civic, political and philanthropic endeavors, having served on a variety of local and national nonprofit boards, is a member of the Executive’s Club of Chicago and a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s startup incubator.  He is also the founder of the Brenda Edwards (“BE”) Foundation, honoring his late mother by catalyzing services designed to preserve countless mothers’ dignity during their fight against cancer.

Most interestingly, Jamal was a Torchbearer in 1996 U.S. Olympic Torch Relay.  But he’s most proud to be a loving Dad to his son, who attends elementary school in Chicago.



Terese M. Connolly


Culhane Meadows PLLC

Terese M. Connolly is a partner in the Chicago office of Culhane Meadows PLLC, where she focuses her practice in the area of domestic and international labor and employment. She provides day to day advice and counsel to multinational companies, conducts enterprise risk assessments, compliance audits, internal investigations, as well as provides training for management and employees on employment laws, leave laws, anti-discrimination and harassment, diversity, and domestic and international labor and employment law compliance.

She has received the highest possible AV Preeminent® Rating in the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory based on peer review by lawyers and judges. She has also been selected as a “Top Labor & Employment Law” attorney by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and National Law Journal. Public Interest Law Global Network awarded Ms. Connolly for her work on the Empowerment of Women in the Workplace in Nepal project. Her work involved drafting and implementing laws that protect women and girls from socioeconomic and sexual exploitation, consistent with laws of other democracies and laws of Nepal’s neighboring countries, as well as international laws, treaties and conventions, while also offering innovative options in enforcement mechanisms and education to facilitate implementation.

When not practicing law, Terese enjoys practicing her flying trapeze skills, playing beach volleyball, scuba diving, scrapbooking, traveling the world and spending time with her family and friends.



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Greeley & Hansen LLC
100 South Wacker Drive
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60606

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

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Illinois Diversity Council

Mission & Vision

Our History

Organized in 2012, the Illinois Diversity Council (ILDC) is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow and leverage their knowledge of diversity. The ILDC is a great opportunity for professionals, students and organizations to learn diversity best practices from the top corporate leaders.


Our Mission

Enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion. We will achieve success through the efforts and activities which:

  • - Advance corporate leadership education/awareness of the varied dimensions of diversity
  • - Commit leaders to discuss issues and challenge attitudes, and promote organizational changes that support diversity
  • - Promote outreach efforts to our youth that inspire mutual respect and understanding


Our Vision

We are committed to transforming our workplace communities into environments where people are valued for their uniqueness and differences, and are confident that their contributions matter.


Our Goals

  • - Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community
  • - Develop leaders who are educated and aware of all aspects of diversity and inclusion
  • - Develop programs that support diversity education and awareness


Our Programs

  • - Networking and mentoring opportunities with corporate leaders and peers
  • - Community outreach for local high school teens and college students
  • - Educational and development programs sharing best practices in diversity for businesses and professionals
  • - Awards and recognition programs to promote diversity initiatives
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