CHICAGO, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- John C. Robak, president and chief operating officer of Greeley and Hansen, a global civil and environmental engineering, architectural, and management consulting firm, joins other leading Chicago executives to serve as one of Chicago United's newest board members. Chicago United is an advocacy organization that promotes multiracial leadership in business and parity in economic opportunity.
"Chicago United offers an important platform that brings together senior business leaders to share perspectives and discuss strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion in Chicago's business community," said Robak. "I'm looking forward to collaborating with the other Chicago United board members to leverage best practices for creating a culture of inclusion and promoting the racially diverse body of executive leadership talent available in the Chicago marketplace."
The 2014 Chicago United Board will oversee the development and presentation of the group's Corporate Diversity Profile, a biennial report on the progress of local companies in making their boards and senior management ranks more diverse and inclusive. The organization will also gain new strategic partners to advance the mission of its Five Forward Initiative™, a plan for regional economic growth through increased corporate spending with minority owned businesses.
"We welcome John Robak to the Chicago United Board of Directors," said Gloria Castillo, Chicago United's president and chief executive officer. "We look to our local business leaders to provide their insight and strategies to further our mission of advancing multiracial leadership in the business community in Chicago. John's demonstrated leadership and commitment to promoting inclusion at all levels of corporate management and governance will help us drive change to achieve our goals," said Castillo.
Robak is also an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Illinois District Export Council and serves on the Advisory Board for the Richard H. Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University.
About Greeley and Hansen
Greeley and Hansen is a leader in developing innovative engineering, architecture, and management solutions for a wide array of complex water, wastewater, and water-related infrastructure challenges. The firm has built upon 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide.
About Chicago United
Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community's need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Chicago United is the premier organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values.
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