Multiracial leadership advocate is next distinguished speaker

Contact: Ashlie Harper Perry
Photo of Gloria Castillo.


KALAMAZOO—The head of an advocacy organization working to build sustainable diversity in business will be featured in the next Distinguished Speaker Series presentation by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United, will present "Inclusion: Culture in Action in the Corporate Environment" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in 2000 Schneider Hall. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Founded after the 1968 riots that followed the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Chicago United has vowed to promote multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity.

Gloria Castillo

Under Castillo's leadership, the organization has launched nationally recognized programs, including the annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner, Business Leaders of Color publications and Transformative Inclusion Members Series, which presents national thought leaders in diversity and inclusion research.

Castillo is widely recognized for her advocacy of multiracial leadership. In 2013, she was named among "100 Women of Influence" by Today's Chicago Woman and listed among "Who's Who in Chicago Business" by Crain's Chicago Business. Prior to joining Chicago United, she spent more than 20 years in advertising and promotion as president of Monarch Marketing Group.

For more information about Castillo's presentation or to register, visit or contact Cyntia Reeves at or (269) 387-5069.