Access Living CEO Karen Tamley Named to 2021 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship


February 12, 2021 | by Emma Olson

Access Living CEO Karen Tamley Named to 2021 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship

CHICAGO, IL (February 12, 2021) – Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) announced today 26 C-level and senior executives selected for the 2021 cohort of The Daniel Burnham Fellowship. The Fellowship is an accelerated civic onboarding experience for top executives who in their professional roles play a part in shaping the future of Chicago. 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.  

Through cross-industry learning and connections with renowned speakers and peers, The Daniel Burnham Fellowship participants leave with broadened perspectives and strategic opportunities that would otherwise remain unrealized.  

“If there is anything this past year has shown us, it’s that our work must continue bravely and boldly,” said Leadership Greater Chicago CEO and Founding Daniel Burnham Fellow Maria Wynne. “These leaders immediately apply their new learnings and perspectives to their approach to business and civic engagement, ultimately driving the change needed to positively impact the trajectory of Chicago and our region.” 

The Daniel Burnham Fellowship – a strategic partnership incubator – engages participants in Chicago’s vibrant structure of civic leaders, providing an interconnected view of the key opportunities and challenges facing the business community and region. To date, 44 executives have successfully completed the Fellowship which has resulted in collaborations for COVID-19 relief efforts (funding, public policy, food distribution), community investments, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

“The Daniel Burnham Fellows are unique in that they are the decision makers,” said LGC Board Chair Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust. “Through this Fellowship, they are each called to urgently impact Chicago’s workforce and the region’s economic progress to benefit all Chicagoans, not just some Chicagoans.” 

On Friday, February 12, participants will begin the six-session series which includes the history of Chicago through the lens of urban planning, the region’s workforce forecast, building strategic partnerships for economic development, and driving innovative solutions to build an inclusive Chicago. Ultimately, the call to action for these leaders is to drive job creation and workforce readiness and invest in the betterment of our communities, making it possible for Chicago to reach its full potential. 

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust are making the participation of two nonprofit leaders possible: Rebekah Scheinfeld,CEO and President of Civic Consulting Alliance, and Karen Tamley, President and CEO of Access Living, respectively. 

“Our support of Karen Tamley, President and CEO, Access Living, as The Chicago Community Trust Fellow in The Daniel Burnham Fellowship demonstrates our commitment to convene people, partners, and organizations to leverage our collective power,” said Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust. “It is also a continued vote of confidence in Leadership Greater Chicago and its critical work to develop civic leaders who are leading bold, transformative change for the entire region.” 

“We are grateful to McCormick Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust for their commitment to supporting our nonprofit leaders in The Daniel Burnham Fellowship,” said Wynne. “We believe the participation of nonprofit executives is critical to rounding out the exposure to the interconnectedness of Chicago’s civic networks for transformative action.” 

The 26 executives who will participate in the 2021 cohort include: 

  • Skye Anderson – West Zone President, McDonald’s Corporation 
  • Pat Basu – President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America 
  • Kimberly Chainey – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, AptarGroup 
  • Melissa Donaldson – SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Wintrust Financial Corporation 
  • Lora Haak – VP HR NA and Global Brands, Beam Suntory 
  • Christy Harris – Senior Vice President, HR, Allstate  
  • Stephen Harris – President, Medicaid & Government Business Enablement, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) 
  • Elida Hernandez – CFO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago 
  • John Hudson III – President and CEO, Nicor Gas 
  • Chevy Humphrey – President and CEO, Museum of Science and Industry 
  • Thomas Jackiewicz – President, UChicago Medicine 
  • Timothy Knight – President and CEO, Robert R. McCormick Foundation 
  • Kristen Mack – Managing Director, Communications, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 
  • Reginald J. Miller – VP, Global Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, McDonald’s Corporation 
  • Robert O’Keef – Vice President & Treasurer, W.W. Grainger, Inc. 
  • Angelique Power (LGC Fellow since 2015) –​ President, Field Foundation 
  • Linda Ross – Managing Director, CIBC USA  
  • Rebekah Scheinfeld, McCormick Fellow – CEO & President, Civic Consulting Alliance  
  • Tracey Scott – Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Housing Authority  
  • David Segura – CEO, VisionIT, a Softtek company 
  • Eric Smith – Vice Chairman, BMO Harris Bank 
  • Carrie Steyer – General Manager, Slalom  
  • Jessica Strausbaugh – CFO, The Chicago Community Trust 
  • Kristofer Swanson – Forensic Services Practice Leader, Charles River Associates (CRA) 
  • Dominica Tallarico (LGC Fellow since 2014) – Executive Vice President – Illinois Region, Advocate Aurora Health 
  • Karen Tamley (LGC Fellow since 1999), The Chicago Community Trust Fellow – President and CEO, Access Living  

The Daniel Burnham Fellowship is the latest addition to a portfolio which fulfills Leadership Greater Chicago’s longstanding mission to convene, connect, and mobilize the region’s most promising leaders around key socioeconomic issues through dynamic education and experiences. This is the third cohort of The Daniel Burnham Fellowship, which first launched in 2019.  

About Leadership Greater Chicago 

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premier civic leadership development incubator, delivering the knowledge and network to lead bold, transformative change. LGC convenes, connects, and mobilizes the area’s most promising leaders around key socioeconomic issues through dynamic education and experiential activities. These diverse individuals represent the most prominent corporate, nonprofit, government, and education organizations. 

LGC’s Signature Fellows 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, LGC Fellows learn through interactions with private, public, and nonprofit decision makers, and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance, and leadership skills. 

LGC creates connectivity among its Fellows to positively impact not only themselves but their employees, their constituents, their clients, their neighbors and their families. This connectivity is the backbone and strength of the LGC network, enabling leaders to leverage collective resources to make the Greater Chicago Region a more dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative community. 

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 Governor 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 RogersJr., 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, President and CEO of Cara Chicago Maria Kim, President and Chief Executive Officer of YMCA of the USA, Kevin Washington, President of Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) MarySue Barrett, and President and CEO of Access Living Karen Tamley