Our 2023 Leading for Good conference focused on “(Co) Creating a Future for All.” Transformational leaders across sectors shared real examples and deep conversations on working together in new ways as we strive to create a better future. You can read a synthesis of the day here.


Our 2023 conference featured an exciting lineup of leaders who are at the forefront of business strategy and social purpose. Below is a sample of who spoke. Click the drop-down to view the complete roster.

Andrea Saenz Stephanie Morimoto
Andrea Saenz
Chicago Community Trust
Stephanie Morimoto
Tuan Huynh Joey Mak
Tuan Huynh
Joey Mak
Joanne Rodriguez Tonika Lewis Johnson
Joanne Rodriguez
Tonika Lewis Johnson
Folded Map Project
Karen Freeman Wilson Liam Donnelly
Karen Freeman-Wilson
Chicago Urban League
Liam Donnelly
Erin Amico Carl Jones Jr
Erin Amico
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Carl Jones Jr.

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Heather McGhee Heather McGhee
Author of New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us
Andrea Saenz Andrea Saenz
President and CEO
The Chicago Community Trust
Stephanie Morimoto Stephanie Morimoto
Owner and CEO
Tuan Huynh Tuan Huynh
Joey Mak Joey Mak
Executive Director
Wendy Duboe Wendy DuBoe
Former President and CEO, UW Metro Chicago
Chair, Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
Advisory Board Member, Baumhart Center
Joanne Rodriguez Joanne Rodriguez
Founder and CEO
Nancy Tuchman Nancy Tuchman
Founding Dean
School of Environmental Sustainability   
Daniel Cervantes Daniel Cervantes
SVP, National Expansion
Skills for America's Future  
Tonika Lewis Johnson Tonika Lewis Johnson
Photographer and Social Justice Artist
Folded Map Project  
Karen Freeman Wilson Karen Freeman-Wilson
President and CEO
Chicago Urban League 
Liam Donnelly Liam Donnelly
Brandis Friedman Brandis Friedman
Kim Evans Kim Evans
EVP, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Inclusion, and Social Impact
Northern Trust  
Mark C Reed Dr. Mark C. Reed
Loyola University Chicago
Cherita Evans Cherita Ellens
President & CEO
Women Employed
Erin Amico Erin Amico
President & CEO
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Paige Graham Paige Graham
SVP, Social Impact & Sustainability
Carl Jones Jr Carl Jones Jr.
VP of Government and External Affairs

Max Ebacher Max Ebacher
Manager of Partnerships
Samir Mayekar
Deputy Mayor, Mayor's Office
City of Chicago


Take a look at some the day's highlights below.

Leading for Good 2023


Our agenda featured a variety of timely and relevant topics aimed to inspire deep conversations.

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9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Mark C. Reed, President, Loyola University Chicago
  • Wendy DuBoe, Advisory Board Member, Baumhart Center
  • Daniel Cervantes, SVP, National Expansion, Skill's for America's Future
  • Karen Weigert, Director, Baumhart Center

9:30 a.m.
Panel: Sustainability Leaps: Taking Action Together
At long last, it seems that everyone is talking about sustainability but how are organizations actually making the internal decisions and cultural shifts to deliver? How are we building bridges and opening more pathways to concrete climate action by and for allHear from leading practitioners on how and why things are getting done and the work still ahead.

  • Erin Amico, President & CEO, Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Paige Graham, SVP, Social Impact & Sustainability, Edelman
  • Tonika Lewis Johnson, Photographer and Social Justice Artist, Folded Map Project
  • Joanne Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Mycocycle
  • Moderator: Karen Weigert, Director, Baumhart Center 

10:30 a.m.
Innovation Pop-up: VietFive Coffee
Hear from the founder, Tuan Huynh, an award-winning creative director and community organizer based out of Chicago, Illinois, about the story behind VietFive Coffee. VietFive Coffee serves authentic Vietnamese coffee, grown and harvested in the place of his birth and roasted in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to serving coffee, VietFive provides access to marginalized communities and ex-felons by providing career opportunities through industry networking, creative workshops, community-centered events, and employment opportunities. 

10:45 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m.
Impact in Action: Innovator Awards
The Innovator Awards is a nationally significant award series that recognizes companies who are at the forefront of social innovation in business. The awards celebrate companies across three categories of innovation: Purpose and Profit, Environmental Stewardship, and Social Impact.

  • Social Impact Award recipient: Kathleen Caliento, President and CEO, Cara Collective
  • Environmental Stewardship Award Recipient: Jimmy Samartzis, CEO, LanzaJet
  • Parkinson Award Recipient: Jeff Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Moderator: Megan Christenson, Sr. Portfolio Manager, REDF Impact Investing Fund

11:45 a.m. - Lunch

11:50 a.m.
Innovation Pop-up: WasteNot
WasteNot Compost is the nation’s only zero-emissions compost collection service for homes, businesses, and events. Liam Donnelly began WasteNot in 2015 out of a desire to do better. While lugging his sixth bag of trash to a cafe’s dumpster, he knew there was a simple solution: composting. Out of necessity, WasteNot started as a zero-emissions company, utilizing a bike and trailer to service members across the city. WasteNot went from operating on a bike to a 100% electric fleet, allowing all WasteNot members to Compost Without Compromise™. Liam is also an alum of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Environmental Sustainability.

12:15 p.m.
Keynote: The Sum of Us, featuring Heather McGhee

12:45 p.m.
Post Keynote Panel: An Economy for All

  • Karen Freeman Wilson, President & CEO, Urban League 
  • Carl Jones, Jr., VP, Government and External Affairs, Comcast
  • Andrea Sáenz, President & CEO, Chicago Community Trust
  • Moderator: Brandis Friedman, Anchor/Correspondent, WTTW

1:45 p.m. - Break

2:00 p.m.
Panel: Entrepreneurs and Intra-preneurs Needed: New Ways to Impact
Change is accelerating across the economy, both inside organizations and through new entities. Hear from impact leaders in multiple different roles – some they applied for and some they created – about the skills and approaches they use on the path to greater impact. Leave inspired to accelerate your path to impact.

  • Kimberly Evans, EVP, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Inclusion and Social Impact, Northern Trust
  • Joey Mak, Executive Director, Chicago:Blend
  • Stephanie Morimoto, Owner & CEO, Asutra
  • Moderator: Cherita Ellens, President & CEO, Women Employed 

2:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

  • Samir Mayekar, Deputy Mayor, Mayor's Office, City of Chicago
  • Max Ebacher, Manager of Partnerships, UtmostU

3:00 p.m.

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