Vice President Kelly Powers Baria is one of 46 professionals representing a cross-section of business sectors by Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) for its 2021 Class of LGC Fellows.
The leadership development program is one of the region’s most prestigious. It is especially timely as communities in the Midwest and across the nation are experiencing renewed attention on racial and social justice issues during the historic COVID-19 global pandemic.
LGC identifies accomplished, diverse, and civic-minded leaders for the program. LGC’s goal is two-fold: (1) prepare participants to lead bold, transformative change in their home communities and (2) build a pipeline of community leaders who will impact the future of Chicago and the region.
The LGC Fellows are nominated for the program based on their personal achievements and the desire to make positive change. The selection process is competitive and includes a comprehensive application and in-person interview led by program graduates.
Those accepted into the program demonstrate early career achievement, personal leadership talent and skill, an ability to influence others for positive change, and a deep commitment to the community. They also demonstrate broad understanding current socioeconomic, political, and related issues combined with a desire and the drive to make lasting changes that will help diverse communities thrive.
During the ten-month LGC Fellows program, which begins in September, participants will study and explore key issues and challenges facing the City of Chicago and the region. They will engage in experiential learning through workshops, seminars, site visits, discussion groups, dialog with subject matter experts, and participating in cultural events.