Summer of Social Impact Series: Leading Change for Chicago and Illinois

Wed., August 14, 2019 | 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM

River Roast
315 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Sponsored By: Office of Admissions

Please join us for our next Summer of Social Impact event! Our panelists are influencing critical policy spaces in the city of Chicago. The panel will be moderated by Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor Katherine Baicker and will discuss leadership, finding talent, leading change, and sharing what’s top of mind to incoming leaders. Please see below for additional details on our panelists.


  • Joe Ferguson is serving his third term as Chicago’s Inspector General. Ferguson spent 15 years with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Northern District of Illinois. Ferguson was a Chief of the USAO’s Money Laundering and Forfeiture Section and a Deputy in the Complex Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, where he directed cases related to terrorism financing, government program, health care and bank fraud cases. Ferguson is a lecturer at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as well as the co-director of its National Security and Civil Rights Program. He received his BA from Lake Forest College and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Dr. Allison Arwady, CLA'18, is currently the acting commissioner and Chief Medical Officer of the Chicago Department of Health, where she oversees health protection and promotion activities. This means she thinks about tuberculosis, mosquito control, lead poisoning, opioid overdoses, immunizations, and more, all through a health equity lens. Before joining the City, she investigated disease outbreaks in Illinois and internationally with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allison completed medical school and clinical training at Yale University and holds a master of public health degree from Columbia University.
  • Eleanor Gorski, CLA'18, is the Acting Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development and coordinates the City’s multi-disciplinary planning and design efforts across departments. She has managed city review and financial assistance for hundreds of residential and commercial projects, notably adaptive reuse of architecturally significant Loop office buildings. She also oversees equity-based City planning to increase economic development. A licensed architect, Eleanor received degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Pennsylvania State University. She is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Recent projects led by her Bureau include the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus Fund, the 5-year Rehabilitation Plan for Wrigley Field, The Fulton-Randolph Market Innovation District Plan, the North Branch Framework Plan and the continued Industrial Modernization plans for all 26 of Chicago’s Industrial Corridors.