LGC Class of 2023 Five from North Shore among 53 cross-sector leaders selected to region's premier civic leadership program

  • Noemie Tilghman of Deerfield

    Noemie Tilghman of Deerfield

  • Ivan Hidalgo of Northbrook

    Ivan Hidalgo of Northbrook

  • Nilofer Umar of Wilmette

    Nilofer Umar of Wilmette

  • Alison Bodor of Highwood

    Alison Bodor of Highwood

  • Maria Alexakis of Winnetka

    Maria Alexakis of Winnetka

Updated 8/4/2022 11:31 AM

Leadership Greater Chicago announced the 2023 Class of its Signature Fellows Program, the area's premier civic leadership development program. These 53 accomplished and diverse individuals represent a cross-section of professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, government and education sectors. During the 10-month program, with the city as a classroom, they will be immersed in major socioeconomic issues facing the region through full-day seminars, neighborhood site visits, conversations with subject matter experts and cultural events.

"The landscape of civic leadership is shifting, and it demands a shared responsibility across sectors to advance meaningful, sustainable change," said LGC Chief Executive Officer Maria Wynne. "We applaud the sponsors of the LGC Class of 2023 for embracing this approach to civic engagement and for investing in the ability of these leaders to change the world. On behalf of the LGC board of directors, I congratulate our newest Class and look forward to their contributions to ensure an inclusive future for all who call Chicago home."


Selection into the LGC Signature Fellows Program is based on a record of professional accomplishment, evidence of leadership skills, the potential to influence positive change and a commitment to the region. This year's class advanced through a highly competitive process that included a written application, an online assessment and, in some cases, an interview with graduates of the LGC Signature Fellows Program. Those selected for the 2023 Signature Fellows Program share the organization's commitment to lead bold, transformative change in the community.

Presenting the LGC Class of 2023 from the North Shore:

• Maria K. Alexakis of Winnetka -- Managing Director, CIBC Bank USA

• Alison Bodor of Highwood -- Executive Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Options Clearing Corporation

• Ivan Hidalgo of Northbrook -- Vice President of North America Marketing, Beam Suntory

• Noemie D. Tilghman of Deerfield -- Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

• Nilofer Umar -- Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

About Leadership Greater Chicago: Since its founding in 1983 by The Chicago Community Trust, LGC has developed more than 1,300 leaders through its Signature Fellows Program -- an intensive 10-month program that provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. The program equips participants with the resources they need to understand how decisions are made, how complex policies are shaped and how to influence meaningful change. Using the city as a classroom, leaders learn through interactions with private, public and nonprofit decision-makers, and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance and leadership skills.

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LGC Fellows are a distinguished group that includes former first lady Michelle Obama, Managing Partner of Emerson Collective and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, former Executive Chairman of Urban Partnership Bank David Vitale, General Partner of Henry Crown & Company Steve Crown, Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue, Andy Zopp, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Chairman, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Rachel Arfa, Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments John W. Rogers, Jr., President of United Airlines Holdings, Inc. Brett Hart, Chancellor of Chicago City Colleges and MacArthur Genius Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services Ric Estrada and President and CEO of Access Living Karen Tamley.

Most recently, LGC launched The Daniel Burnham Fellowship, an accelerated civic onboarding experience for senior executives. While beneficial to any executive, it is especially beneficial for those who are new to Chicago and provides a rich introduction to an executive new to their role and with market facing responsibilities. The Fellowship is designed to inspire these leaders to mobilize and exert their combined influence and intellect to positively impact Chicago, its future and the continued economic progress of the region. To date, nearly 100 C-suite executives have participated in this innovative leadership experience.

Leadership Greater Chicago is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To learn more about LGC, visit lgcchicago.org. To learn more about the LGC Signature Fellows Program, visit lgcchicago.org/signaturefellowsprogram.

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