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2019 Annual Luncheon
MPC's 2019 Annual Luncheon

September 19, 2019, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST

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

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The American Dream. MacArthur Genius and Harvard Professor Raj Chetty gained renown studying social issues through the powerful lens of economics. “The most-cited economist in the world” recently examined our nation’s economic mobility patterns, finding that children’s earliest experiences—from their kindergarten teachers to their neighborhoods—unlock advancement. Chetty’s work sparks critical questions about disinvestment, racism, and the power of place. Chetty, Harvard’s William A. Ackman Professor of Economics and Director of Opportunity Insights, will be joined in conversation with David Williams, Policy Director of Opportunity Insights and former senior advisor to the Mayor of Detroit. Together, they will discuss how data informs scalable policy solutions that will empower families across the U.S. to achieve better life outcomes.

MPC will also recognize one of Chicago’s leading corporate citizens, John W. Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation, with the 2019 Champion Fighter Award. This honor is bestowed to those who have made extraordinary civic contributions to the Chicago region, which is embodied by John’s transformative leadership and philanthropy.

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

Keynote Speakers

Raj Chetty, the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Director of Opportunity Insights

David Williams, Policy Director at Opportunity Insights

2019 Champion Fighter Award Recipient 

John W. Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation

Presenting Sponsor

Host Committee

(in formation)

David Casper, U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group

Chris Crane, President & CEO, Exelon Corporation

Lester Crown, Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Kent P. Dauten, Chairman, Keystone Capital

Joseph Dominguez, CEO, ComEd

Craig J. Duchossois, Chairman & CEO, The Duchossois Group, Inc.

Wilbur H. Gantz, President & CEO PathoCapital, LLC

King Harris, Chairman, Harris Holdings                                   

Edgar D. Jannotta, Chairman Emeritus, William Blair

Mike Keiser, Owner, Sand Valley Golf Resort

Suzanne Martinez, Senior Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management

Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source

Michael G. Rippey, President & CEO, SunCoke Energy, Inc.

Daniel T. Ryan, Central Region Market Director, JLL

Scott Swanson, President, PNC Bank, Illinois

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

Miles D. White, Chairman & CEO, Abbott

Champion Sponsor

The Crown Family 

Lead Sponsors             




Steve Baird, Baird and Warner

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Bucksbaum Retail Properties

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Ellen Carnahan


First Midwest Bank

Franczek Radelet P.C.

John S. Gates, Jr., PortaeCo LLC

Illinois Housing Development Authority

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Northwestern Medicine

Peoples Gas

Pepper Construction Company

Pritzker Traubert Foundation

Sterling Bay

Ellen and Jim Stirling

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