Chicago Scholars and Chicago United Announce Collaboration on Career Mentoring
December 20, 2010
(Chicago, IL) –The Chicago Scholars Foundation (CS) and Chicago United (CU) announced today an initiative to introduce 100 Chicago Scholars to members of CU’s Leadership Council. The members will serve as mentors and role models helping Scholars gain essential knowledge and skills they will need for various industry segments and professions.
“Chicago United’s Leaders Council members will provide valuable counsel to the next generation of Chicago’s workforce by assisting junior- and senior-year college students to identify and prepare for career opportunities,” noted Chicago United President Gloria Castillo. “Development of these future leaders complements Chicago United’s advocacy to increase economic opportunity for all races by promoting multiracial leadership development.”
The goal of the Career Mentoring Initiative is to produce valuable interactions between aspiring students and seasoned professionals to create a smoother transition from college to career for students.
“To remain a world-class city, Chicago needs a diverse and educated workforce,” Karen G. Foley, president at Chicago Scholars, said. “Our Scholars are academically ambitious achievers who are eager to benefit from the experience of leaders working in a wide range of career professions. I know our scholars will benefit from exposure to Chicago United’s outstanding career professionals, and I have this hunch that the mentors will learn a lot also.”
The Chicago Scholars Foundation, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the college graduation rates of underrepresented students. Since 1996, it has worked with over 2,500 students from every high school and neighborhood in Chicago.
Chicago United is an advocacy organization made up of racially diverse CEOs and executive level management who increase economic opportunity for all races by promoting multiracial leadership development in corporate governance, the leadership pipeline and business partnerships. Through a fierce brand of constructive conversation, Chicago United fosters inclusion and provides an opportunity for senior executives from all racial and ethnic groups to learn from one another, confront and break down racial barriers and achieve shared objectives.
Karen Foley, Chicago Scholars - 312-784-3302
Teresa Sarna, Chicago United - 312-977-3064