Chicago Conference : Compass Award Honorees

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Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President, Northern Trust
Kimberly McCullough, Director, External Affairs, AT&T
Linda McGill Boasmond, President, Cedar Concepts Corporation

Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President
Northern Trust


Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm’s response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and the community.

Prior to becoming the Head of CSR, Ms. Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business, serving public fund and not-for-profit clients. Over the course of her 20-year Northern Trust career, she has held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Business Head in Operations and Technology, Group Head in Northern Trust’s Wealth Management business, Director of Enterprise Relationship Management, and Manager in Treasury Management Consulting and Product Management and holds the Certified Treasury Professional designation.

Ms. Lindsey is the immediate Past National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA. She joined the Girl Scouts board in 2005 and was elected National Board President, the highest-ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million-member organization, in 2008 for a three-year term. She was re-elected to the role of National Board President at the 2011 convention for another three-year term. In this role she provided guidance in three vital areas—policy, fund-raising, and leadership. She was an integral part of the Girl Scout transformation, committed to building and sustaining membership growth and ensuring girls receive a premier leadership development experience.

Ms. Lindsey is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Green Schools, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Leadership Council, Executives' Club of Chicago, Friends of Prentice Women’s Board member at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Leadership Circle Member for Vision 2020, a Board Member and Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago.

Ms. Lindsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in finance and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program. She is a public and motivational speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, corporate responsibility, leadership, and personal and professional empowerment.

Ms. Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS’ 30GoodMinutes and ABC’s Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award, YWCA Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership, National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, Ebony Magazine’s 2009 Power 150, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Kimberly McCullough, Director, External Affairs


As Director of External Affairs for AT&T Illinois she plans, organizes and directs efforts in various communities within the city of Chicago on behalf of the company. She is responsible for establishing relationships with community and civic leaders, elected officials and other key stakeholders. As one of AT&T’s ambassadors, she coordinates programs that promote good corporate citizenship and enhances community good will through active participation in meaningful initiatives. Kimberly is also the company’s liaison to local government - specifically working with officials in both Cook County and City of Chicago government.

Formerly, she was the Director of Business and Workforce Diversity for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the owner and operator of McCormick Place and Navy Pier, the nation’s largest convention center and Illinois’ number one tourist attraction. She directed the day-to-day operations of the Authority’s diversity initiatives, which included acting as an internal advocate for the inclusion of minorities and women in business contracting and employment. As a member of the senior management team, she established programs and policies that had a direct impact on the economic inclusion of diverse people. With Ms. McCullough at the helm of its diversity initiatives, the Authority met and exceeded expectations including on the recent $882 million state of the art expansion of the new McCormick Place West Building, which at the time was one of the largest public works projects in the country. As a result of her work, the Authority was honored by several associations and organizations such as the Federation of Women Contractors, the Chicago Minority Business Opportunity Council, the U. S. Small Business Administration, as well as the African American Contractors Association.

Prior to this position, she held progressively responsible positions within state and local government, including managing state-wide regulatory initiatives, human resource functions and assisting in the management of social service programs, as well as advocating before state and local government on various public policy initiatives.

Currently, Ms. McCullough is President of the Board of Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Leadership Council, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, Calumet Area Industrial Commission, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Near South Planning Board, South Central Community Services and the Chicago State University Foundation Board. Previously, Ms. McCullough Chaired the Diversity Action Committee, an inter-governmental alliance dedicated to the growth and development of the minority and women owned business community.

Kimberly is a life long resident of the Chicagoland area and volunteers for various community intitiatives.

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Linda McGill Boasmond, President
Cedar Concepts Corporation


Linda McGill Boasmond is owner and president of Chicago-based Cedar Concepts Corporation. CCC processes raw materials for use in a wide variety of personal-care, household, industrial, and agricultural products marketed under many brand names familiar to both consumers and businesses. Her customers include Proctor & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Citgo Petroleum and Boeing. She runs the country’s first and only African American, woman-owned chemical manufacturing plant. Just completed the process of constructing the first ground-up chemical manufacturing facility within the City of Chicago in over fifty(50) years.

Linda’s first professional position was as a chemist in quality control for the construction division of a prestigious global chemical corporation. Four years later, she joined an international manufacturer of chemical and petroleum products. Superiors took notice when she used her own time to study and write procedures for ISO 9000, a new quality program from Europe. She progressed through a succession of positions, including managing production of a $100M, 80-employee union plant and conducting corporate-wide process-improvement analysis and implementation.

In 1998, Linda left the corporate environment for the relatively small Cedar Concepts. She soon became Operations Manager and a partner. Several years following, she acquired the company from one of the surviving founders in 2004, thus becoming the sole owner of an International Standards Organization Enterprise that manufactures surfactants, lubricants and chemical intermediates.

She has been the proud recipient of several honorable awards of mention, a sought after speaker and profiled in several publications:

  • IL DCEO Women’s Business Owners Symposium - 2014
  • Womenetics POW! Award Honoree - 2014
  • Featured in Chicago Sun Times The Minority Report, January, 2014
  • Appeared on WCIU Uniquely Chicago - 2014
  • Profiled in Chicago Sun-Times – The Grid - 2013
  • Dr. M. L. King Jr. Boys & Girls Club Award - 2013
  • Received Enterprising Woman of the Year Award - 2012
  • Featured under “Powerful CEO’s” article in MEA Magazine
  • Selected as one of the “Business Leaders of Color” by Chicago United
  • Received WBDC 2008 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year “Rising Star” Award.
  • Speaker on The National Urban League’s 2009 conference business panel
  • Crain’s Small Business Forum featured her as a speaker for its “Women Business Owners Tell All” and “Manufacturer’s” forum
  • Profiled by Black Enterprise Magazine’s nationally televised “Business Report”
  • Harry Porterfield’s “Someone You Should Know” ABC/7 Chicago News segment
  • Profiled on NBC/5 Chicago, Art Norman’s Business segment

Linda is a member of the WBENC (WBDC Chapter), NMSDC (CMBDC Chapter) ASQ (Association Society for Quality), Alliance for Illinois Manufacturers (Board Member) and Illinois Manufacturers’ Association(Board Member). Committed to community involvement and social responsibility through programs such as “Girls 4 Science” in which she is the Board Chair, “Chicago Sinfonietta” (Board Member) and Museum of Science & Industry’s “Science Chicago”.

Today, Linda has guided Cedar Concepts to nearly 40 employees and ships more than 60 million pounds of product annually, worldwide to many Fortune 500 companies.

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