Gloria Gloria Castillo
Gloria Castillo is president of Chicago United, the catalyst driving business leaders to maximize economic impact for all races. Created in 1968, Chicago United was the first group to bring together racially diverse CEOs with a common goal of crating a stronger social and economic climate for everyone in Chicago. To have a sustainable impact in the business environment, the organization focuses on three key interrelated areas of multiracial leadership: governance, executive level management and multi-racial business partnerships. Through a fierce brand of construction conversation, Chicago United fosters inclusion and provides an opportunity for senior executives from all racial and ethnic group[s to learn form one another, confront and break down racial barriers and achieve shared objectives. Members include Ariel Capital Management, Blue Cross blue Shield, BP, The Northern Trust, Nuveen Investments and Sanchez & Daniels.
Prior to joining Chicago United, Ms. Castillo spent over 20 years in advertising and promotions as president of the $5 million promotional products firm Monarch Marketing Group, Inc., a fell service promotional products agency specializing in business and consumer promotions and employee incentives. In October 1993, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority business Development Agency awarded Gloria Castillo and Mona Castillo as co-honorees of their 1993 Minority Entrepreneurs of the year Award. Among numerous other state and national awards, Monarch was named one of Minority Business Report’s “Ten Outstanding Companies” in 1991 and in 1996 Gloria Castillo and Mona Castillo were both named among the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Monarch was awarded the 1997 Family Business of the Year by Loyola University. Gloria Castillo received the 1999 entrepreneurial Women of the year Award from the Women’s Business Development Center (WBCC). Prior to joining Monarch marketing Group, Castillo was a senior account manager for Redbook Magazine.
Castillo was appointed to the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee by Mayor Richard M. Daley in January of 2008 and Chicago city Colleges Board of Trustees in July of 2005. She was appointed to the Chicago Public Schools High School Transformation Project in March of 2005 and the MBE/WBE Mayoral Task Force in February of 2004. Castillo is a resource board member of the Metropolitan Planning council is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network and is active in Chicago Area Partnerships. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Goodman theatre, Board of the Mexican American Democratic Organization and the Mexican American Political Action Committee and as the Advisory council chai9r of Mujeres Latinas en Accion.
Castillo was also a member of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council, was active in the Chicago Minority Business Development Council’s Steering Committee, and served as the Alumni Association Vice President of the MBEP program at Tucks School of Business, Dartmouth College. Castillo was a fellow in the 1993/94 leadership class with Leadership Greater Chicago. Castillo has also served on the State Treasurer’s Women’s Finance Initiative and was a Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Safe Neighborhood Act Committee.
Castillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California where she majored in political science.