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Kwame Raoul Will Be Featured as a 2013 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United

CHICAGO, ILL. – The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Chicago United has selected Kwame Y. Raoul, a member of Quarles & Brady’s Labor and Employment Group and an Illinois State Senator, as one of 45 local business executives to be featured in its newest Business Leaders of Color (BLC) publication. The business advocacy group created this publication to highlight exceptional corporate and civic leaders who currently serve, or are ready to contribute, as board directors for Fortune 1,000 companies.

The Chicago United Business Leaders of Color are recognized as individuals who, in the face of complex global economies, have combined vision with the ability to execute on strategies. They have led large-scale operations domestically and internationally with a focus on innovation and a keen ability to drive transformational change in their organizations.

Chicago United has presented the Business Leaders of Color publication biennially since 2003. Past BLC members include First Lady Michelle Obama; Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Don Thompson, chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp.; Amir Shahkarami,CEO Exelon Nuclear Partners; Luis Sierra, president, BP Aromatics - the Americas, Europe and Middle East at BP; Adela Cepeda, owner and president of A.C. Advisory, Inc.; Sue Ling Gin, founder and CEO of Flying Food Group LLC; and Lou Nieto, Board Member, AutoZone & Ryder.

The publication features individuals who are eminently qualified to serve on corporate boards. Through their identification, Chicago United helps to accelerate inclusion of professionals of color in board governance.

These individuals were selected from a nominations pool of more than 110 exceptionally qualified nominees, from a wide variety of product and service industries.

Raoul has extensive experience in higher education, labor & employment and litigation law. He has also represented local governmental entities in finance and other matters. He has represented the 13th district since 2004 when he was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the election of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama. Since then, Raoul has successfully advanced legislation promoting pension reform, economic development, domestic violence prevention and political reform. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Pensions and Investment Committee and Senate Committee on Redistricting, as vice-chairman of the Senate Criminal Law Committee and on the Judiciary Financial Institutions Committees.

“Chicago United is proud to have showcased 224 board-ready candidates biennially between 2003 and 2011,” said Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United. “During this time, these men and women have rendered service in 135 corporate directorships. It is a remarkable record, and we anticipate many of the 2013 BLC will join the ranks of their predecessors.”

About Chicago United
Chicago United is an advocacy organization that 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 premiere business membership organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level managers can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management and business partnerships. It delivers best practices for diversity practitioners and fosters relationships among leaders who share common values.

About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; Chicago, Ill; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; and Shanghai, China. The firm provides an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients, which range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the firm may be found at, and on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.