#RedefinePossible Webinar: The role of corporate leadership in Social Justice
Join the Chicago Sky for our #RedefinePossible Webinar: The role of corporate leadership in Social Justice, a virtual conversation on social justice led by the Sky and its committed partners. The conversation will focus on the role of corporations and corporate leadership as it pertains to social justice. We also what to explore how our panel of leaders are thinking about their role in leading diverse teams during this time. This event is completely free but space is limited, register now!
OCTOBER 29, 12PM – 1:30PM
Senior Vice President and Head of Client Relationship Management for Calamos Wealth Management
Vice President, US Head of Inclusion & Diversity at BMO Financial Group
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Executives’ Club of Chicago
Chief Global Diversity Officer, Walgreens
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Anita Knotts is the Senior Vice President for Calamos Wealth Management overseeing the Midwest sales region, Marketing, Wealth Planning and Operations divisions. Along with the President she is responsible for developing and executing on the growth strategy for the firm. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to her role, having joined the firm in 2002.
In 2019 she was recognized by Investment News as a “See It, Be It Role Model” for diversity and inclusion as part of their annual Diversity & Inclusions Awards program. Her recognition was welldeserved, as her passion to educate, encourage and empower women to take a larger role in their financial lives drove the launch of the successful Women & Wealth initiative at Calamos Wealth Management. Her goal is to recruit and promote more women in the financial industry and promote the growth of female investors. Within the broader Calamos enterprise, Anita formed the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN); a forum for women associates to regularly meet and openly discuss topics pertaining to professional development and personal work/life balance. She is a frequent contributor and presenter on the topics of women and wealth and leads the Chicago Western Suburbs Chapter of Ellevate, a global professional women’s network with a mission to close the gender-based achievement gap in business by providing women with a community to learn from and lean on.
Anita received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. with a Distinction in Finance from DePaul University. She also holds Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses. Anita is a Board Member of Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce for Women in Business and sits on the Advisory Board for North Central College’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Fellicia Foster is the Vice President and US Head of Inclusion & Diversity. In this capacity, Fellicia develops the US diversity talent strategies to create a diverse and inclusive workforce and breakdown barriers for employees to pursue and excel in their careers. She is also responsible for US and Canadian Employee Resources Groups, enterprise diversity recruitment and providing oversight on customer inclusivity and diverse community engagement. Prior to this role, Fellicia served as the Head of Diversity Recruitment – North America, where she led an international mandate to attract, source and select external diverse talent for the enterprise. Through the development of the North American diversity recruitment strategies, Fellicia enhanced BMO’s market profile and partnership engagement in diverse communities and increased its’ diverse candidate pipeline.
Fellicia joined BMO in 2010 and has held progressive leadership roles over her 10-year tenure. She has demonstrated her leadership capability, agility and strong work ethnic by leading multi-year strategy implementation projects, managing a consumer leading operations team, serving as a strategic advisor and coach to senior leaders and executives in the US Mortgage Sales business, heading the North American diversity recruitment strategy and team and providing on-going redesign and implementation of innovative diversity strategies, programs, policies and initiatives.
Before joining BMO Harris, Fellicia spent 3 years as a Computer Software Trainer at Skyward Inc. in Bloomington, IL, where she facilitated customized software training across the US on various modules within the student information systems platform. Ahead of Skyward, she worked at PepsiCo Beverages and Foods as a Diversity & Inclusion Analyst.
Fellicia also leverages her business skills by serving on various non-profit organizations. She serves as the Immediate Past-President and Executive Advisory Council member of the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors for Illinois State University’s Alumni Association, Sr. Advisor of Chicago Financial Women Alliance (CFWA), Board of Directors for Illinois Diversity Council, Steering Committee member for the Financial Services Pipeline of Chicago, member of the BAI DEI Advisory Group and formerly served on the Multicultural Executive Leadership Committee for American Heart Association.
Fellicia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University’s College of Business. Fellicia was named the BMO’s Best of the Best 2019, one of the 2014 “Top 40 under 40” by Collaborate Magazine and selected for the Illinois State University’s 2017 College of Business Early Career Achievement Award, recognized with the American Heart Association Heart of Excellence Award and previously nominated for the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40.
Margaret Mueller is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Executives’ Club of Chicago. In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategic vision and execution of how The Club delivers on its mission of serving as Chicagoland’s premiere resource for connecting, developing, and growing best-in-class leaders to strengthen themselves and their organizations. The Club offers mentorship and leadership development training across the entire career lifecycle and produces over 60 programs each year which bring together business, civic and academic leaders from all industries to discuss issues and opportunities affecting business in Chicago and the world. Ms. Mueller is engaged in the Chicagoland business and civic community and frequently speaks on issues related to business leadership.
After receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology, Margaret left academics to pursue a career in market research and brand strategy. In 2012, she launched “CarbonSix” into one of the most successful Health and Wellness strategic research firms in its space. After helping bring the company to sale, Margaret facilitated a roll up of four companies into a single brand “Shapiro+Raj.” Margaret took the helm as President of Shapiro+Raj in 2016 and was instrumental in a significant transformation and reinvention of the firm into what is now the sixth largest independent insights company in North America.
Throughout her career, Margaret has advised senior decision-makers across a range of industries. She also has a broad foundation in supporting brand and business development strategies in the consumer, retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, trademark and litigation, and financial services sectors.
Margaret has guest-lectured and taught graduate business courses at top schools such as University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago, and has appeared on various media outlets speaking to issues such as consumer sentiment, marketing trends, and the economy.
Margaret holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She has received research awards from The National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and serves as the Social Sciences Division Liaison to the University of Chicago Alumni Board.
Carlos Cubia is vice president human resources and global chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance and leads the development and implementation of enterprise-wide diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. As a member of the global human resources leadership team, Cubia operates worldwide with responsibilities for effecting positive change across a workforce of more than 415,000 employees. He heads Walgreens Boots Alliance’s global diversity, equity and inclusion center of excellence, which promotes inclusive leadership behaviors and workplace practices, and drives diversity recruitment, talent development, performance management and succession planning. His team also has responsibility for vendor and supplier diversity, affirmative action and EEO compliance, as well as Walgreens Boots Alliance’s employee-driven business resource groups.
Prior to joining Walgreens Boots Alliance, Cubia served as the chief diversity officer for a global enterprise with more than 38,000 employees. Cubia has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and healthcare industries, where he has been directly responsible for sales, marketing and distribution management, and developed and implemented corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives. Throughout his career, Cubia has been instrumental in identifying strategies and implementing change necessary to advance the business.
Black Enterprise recognized Cubia as one of the “Top Corporate Diversity Executives” in 2018, and Career Mastered Magazine honored him with a “Men as Allies Diversity in Leadership Award.”