Baria selected for 2021 Class of LGC Fellow

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.

Powers honored as one of Indy’s Best & Brightest by JA

Executive Vice President & President of the Indianapolis Office Mamon Powers, III was recognized by Indianapolis-based Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Indiana on its 2020 list of Indy’s Best and Brightest


In the event program Jennifer Burk, president & CEO of JA of Central Indiana, noted the 16th annual recognition focused on the city’s top thought leaders and change makers. Those selected for the honor were recognized not only for their professional accomplishments, character, and leadership qualities, but for the impact they have on the community. 

Of 100 individuals nominated across all categories, just ten were selected for the 2020 Best and Brightest honor. Powers was recognized as the stand-out nominee in the real estate development and construction category. 

In addition to his work in the real estate and construction industry, Mamon Powers, III is active in the local business and philanthropic communities. His accomplishments include serving as secretary of the Indianapolis Airport Authority board, executive committee member of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), and member of the board for the Indy Chamber, Ivy Tech Foundation, Methodist Health Foundation, and United Way of Central Indiana.

Other categories in which honorees were recognized include accounting, banking and financial services, education and nonprofit organizations, government, health and life sciences, law, manufacturing, retail and services, media, sports and entertainment, and technology.


On Thursday, May 3rd at Olive Harvey College (10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628) from 2:00 to 6:00PM, Lakeside Alliance will be holding the first of several career and training opportunities fairs to connect community members to construction job and training resources. These fairs are part of Lakeside Alliance’s ongoing community engagement to help both job seekers and businesses in Chicago’s communities. Continue reading