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2018 Annual Luncheon
The Creativity Factor: How Arts and Culture Impact Communities

September 12, 2018, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST

Hilton Chicago
International Ballroom
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

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At MPC’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, September 12, we will feature a celebrated museum director as well as one of our nation’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Our keynote speaker, Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and former president and director of the Chicago History Museum, will discuss how history and culture are essential to a vibrant community and healthy economy. We will also honor Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, with the 2018 Champion Fighter Award for his extraordinary civic leadership.

Join us for a conversation about creativity, community development and carving a unique path.

Sponsorships are available! For more information, contact Janet Myers, Vice President of Philanthropy, at or 312.863.6010.

Keynote Speaker

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

2018 Champion Fighter Award Recipient 

Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC

Presenting Sponsor

Host Committee

(in formation)

Todd C. Brown, Chair, Board of Governors, Metropolitan Planning Council

David R. Casper, President & CEO, BMO Harris Bank

Lester Crown, Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Kent P. Dauten, Chairman, Keystone Capital

King Harris, Chairman, Harris Holdings

Mike Keiser, Sand Valley Golf Resort

Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source

Scott Swanson, President, PNC Bank, Illinois

Edward J. Wehmer, Founder, President & CEO, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Miles D. White, Chairman & CEO, Abbott


(to date)


The Crown Family 





Steve Baird, Baird & Warner, Inc.


First Midwest Bank 

Illinois Housing Development Authority 

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Lavin Family Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Jim and Kitty Mann

Robert R. McCormick Foundation


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