CHICAGO, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Executives' Club of Chicago (EC) is pleased to announce their new relationship with Deloitte, which works to expand diversity and inclusion awareness, best practices and thought leadership for Chicago's business community through its newly formed Diversity Leadership Council and program series.
Together with Deloitte, Chair of The Club's newly formed Diversity Leadership Council, The EC plans to shape conversations, share best practices and stay committed to making diversity and inclusion a priority for Chicago's business leadership.
"One of the key strategic choices at The Executives' Club of Chicago is to represent our whole business community in all of its diversity. As an organization that represents the business leadership of Chicago, it's critically important for us to continue to build an inclusive business forum that focuses on diversity in all areas of our work, from membership and programming to partnerships and staffing," said Ana Dutra, CEO of The Executives' Club. "Deloitte has a long-standing and proven commitment to leading diversity and inclusion and we are fortunate to have them as collaborators."
In today's business environment, diversity and inclusion are critical success factors and have become a strategic imperative for driving innovation and the development of new products, services and business processes.
Deb DeHaas, chief inclusion officer, vice chair and managing partner of the Center for Corporate Governance, Deloitte & Touche LLP, said, "Inclusion at all levels in a business – from front line employees, to the C-suite, to the boardroom – is crucial to doing business. Building an inclusive culture is not just the right thing to do, it's also good for business. It means companies are better able to attract and retain the best talent. By seeking out and engaging unique experiences and perspectives, companies, including Deloitte, can make a more powerful impact on our people, our clients, and society as a whole."
The Diversity Leadership Council will advise The Club with regard to its D&I content including speakers, affinity group development, sharing of best practices, and diversity outreach to The Club's members and the broader business community. As Platinum Sponsor and Council Chair, Deloitte will host The Club's Diversity Leadership Program Series, an annual Diversity and Inclusion Thought Leadership Program and an annual Diversity Leadership C-suite Roundtable, as well as a host ad-hoc council meetings and forums. The Council will also serve as a sounding board for the ways in which The Club can build a more diverse membership.
Byron Spruell, vice chair and Chicago managing principal, Deloitte LLP, said, "Through this engagement with The Club, we as leaders in the business community can help each other maximize the potential of a diverse workforce and marketplace. Today, doing so is not only a social imperative, but it is also a competitive advantage."
Companies interested in joining The Executives' Club of Chicago and Deloitte LLP in making a corporate commitment to diversity should contact: (312) 263-3500.
About The Executives' Club of Chicago:
The Executives' Club of Chicago is the city's premier membership and networking organization focused on senior executives networking, development and innovation. For more than 100 years, The Club has served as a platform for executives to build relationships, share ideas, develop new business opportunities and participate in world-class programming. The Club helps executives with their personal and professional development and prepares the next generation of business leaders for success. For more information, visit www.ExecutivesClub.org.
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