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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 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.
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Raj Chetty, the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Director of Opportunity Insights
2019 Champion Fighter Award Recipient
John W. Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation
David Casper, U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group
Chris Crane, President & CEO, Exelon Corporation
Lester Crown, Chairman, Henry Crown & Company
Chadwick M. Cunningham, Client Executive, Global Client Capital Group, LaSalle Investment Management
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
Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source
Michael G. Rippey, President & CEO, SunCoke Energy, Inc.
Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Ryan Specialty Group
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
The Crown Family
Steve Baird, Baird and Warner
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Bucksbaum Retail Properties
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
Chicago Building Trades Council
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
Collins Engineers, Inc.
Chris & Cira Conley
Mr. and Mrs. James Denny
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Draper & Kramer, Incorporated
Drinker Biddle & Reath
First Midwest Bank
Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II, NGPA/Linnaean
Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting
Franczek Radelet P.C.
John S. Gates, Jr., PortaeCo LLC
The Habitat Company
HBK Engineering, LLC
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Illinois Institute of Technology
The Joyce Foundation
Karen Z. Grey-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.
Lavin Family Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Jim and Kitty Mann
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Pepper Construction Company
Perkins and Will
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
RW Ventures, LLC
Sam and Dona Scott
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Ellen and Jim Stirling