City hires chief diversity officer; and Glen Tullman’s nod to ‘Hamilton’
April 8th, 2018
After a two-year search, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has hired a chief diversity officer.
Marquis Miller, a leadership consultant, starts work Monday.
The diversity czar position opened up two years ago when statistics came out showing the city lagged in hiring minorities. For example, Chicago’s Latino population sits at about 29 percent, but Latinos only made up about 9 percent of the city government workforce.
More recently, racism and sexism were brought to light in an email scandal in the city’s Department of Water Management. Employees testified in city hearings that minorities and women were being passed over for jobs.
Since Miller hasn’t even started his job yet, he declined to talk about those problems or his goals in the new position.
What I do know: Miller’s a Chicago resident who spent six years with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. In an online bio, he says, “My interests range from strategy to arts. I am also interested in business, culture and basketball.”
MAKING ‘HAMILTON’ HAPPEN: I hear Chicago businessman Glen Tullman is such a big “Hamilton” fan he’s helping fund a program that allows schoolchildren to see the show for free.
He’s covering all the expenses for a May 6 fundraiser that includes a chance to see a matinee of “Hamilton” and then attend a reception at his Ignite Glass Studios–with Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dad, Luis. They’ll take part in a Q&A discussing how the show came about (I wouldn’t be surprised if Miranda does a little rap, too).
Tickets are $5,000 and all proceeds will go directly to the Hamilton Education Initiative (also known as EduHam), which pays for young people who can’t otherwise afford the show to see it for free and do some of their own creative writing.
The fundraising event is intimate with only 100 guests. The goal is to raise $350,000–which will go directly to EduHam.
Tullman runs Livongo Health, a fast-growing start-up in digital health. Tickets aren’t being offered to the general public, but if you’re a real Hamilton fanatic, I suggest calling or emailing Ignite Glass Studios, which is hosting the event.
MEDIA MATTERS: Chicago entrepreneur Joe Mansueto considered buying Fortune and Money magazines but ultimately “decided to pass,” according to a source close to the situation. It seemed like a logical fit given Mansueto owns the business-centric Inc. and Fast Company magazines. But apparently not a perfect fit.
The Time Inc. publications are owned by Meredith Corp., which also owns Better Homes & Gardens and Family Circle. Meredith purchased Time Inc. last year for $1.84 billion. The company secured the deal thanks in part to a $650 million investment from brothers Charles Koch and David Koch, billionaires known for championing conservative causes. Along with plans to unload Fortune and Money, Meredith is looking to sell Time and Sports Illustrated magazines, too.
SPEAKING OF THE KOCHES: Cara, a Chicago nonprofit that fights poverty by helping people find jobs has attracted interest from the Koch brothers.
No word from the organization as to what that might mean. Cara’s programs pull people out of poverty by giving them work skills.
That dovetails well with the Koch brothers’ Stand Together nonprofit, which funds organizations that work to break the cycle of poverty.
Cara’s annual fundraising gala also keeps the organization humming. This year’s event is April 27 at Morgan Manufacturing.
Co-hosts are Jo and Alexi Giannoulias and Alison Victoria and Michael Marks.
Alexi Giannoulias is a senior director at Bank of New York Mellon Corp., and Michel Marks is a managing director at Cushman & Wakefield. The two men are old friends going back to their days as alter boys at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox parish on the city’s North Side.
Giannoulias serves on Cara’s board and last year invited Marks and his wife to the gala. I hear they liked it so much they agreed to host it this year with the Giannouliases.
Notable names on the guest list: Sam Scott, the retired Corn Products CEO, and his wife, Dona. They’re receiving the Trailblazer Award for their commitment to providing jobs and opportunities to people who need them; and Andy Gloor, managing principal of Sterling Bay commercial real-estate investment and development firm. Gloor just joined Cara’s board.
GIGI ON THE SCENE! Gigi Pritzker and Michael Pucker are behind-the-scenes philanthropists. So what a surprise when their names popped up as headlining honorees for an event benefiting Cure Violence.
That’s the group credited with helping transform the South and West Sides.
Pritzker, a film producer, and Pucker, a corporate attorney, will receive the Civic Achievement Award from Cure Violence on May 22. The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation also is being honored. Guest speaker for the event is New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
The fundraising event will support Cure Violence’s overall mission of reducing violence using disease control and behavior change methods.
GANJA GATHERING: Chicagoans who support legalizing marijuana are hosting a fundraiser for Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer. He’s a champion of legalizing cannabis.
I hear he got an invite from Pete Kadens, the CEO of Chicago-based GTI (Green Thumb Industries, which runs marijuana cultivation facilities all over the country). Kadens is a huge supporter of Blumenauer’s advocacy.
The congressman will be welcomed with open arms in Chicago, where residents just voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
The Monday event is co-hosted by Illinois Women in Cannabis (IWC), a nonprofit organization founded by GTI Chief Compliance Counsel Dina Rollman. Here’s more information.
CONDOLENCES: Real estate mogul Fred Latsko hosted an old fashioned wake for his father the other day. William Andrew Latsko, died recently in Tarpon Springs, Fla., where he had been living.
The elder Latsko worked as a bricklayer in Pittsburgh before embarking on a 30-year career at General Motors as a mechanical engineer.
“After he retired, he devoted his life to his(six) grandchildren,” said Fred Latsko. “I learned compassion from him.”
Guests were struck by the low-key visitation. It was held at Latsko’s home instead of a funeral home. “It was old-school,” said one guest. “You just don’t see that anymore.”