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The Creativity Factor: How Art and Culture Impact Communities

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At MPC’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, September 12, we will feature a celebrated museum director as well as one of our nation’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Our keynote speaker, Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and former president and director of the Chicago History Museum, will discuss how history and culture are essential to a vibrant community and healthy economy.

Lonnie will be joined in conversation with Joy Bivins, chief curator of the International African American Museum, which opens in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2020.

We will also honor Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, with the 2018 Champion Fighter Award for his extraordinary civic leadership.

Join us for a conversation about creativity, community development and carving a unique path.

Sponsorships are available! For more information, contact Janet Myers, Vice President of Philanthropy, at or 312.863.6010.

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Keynote Speaker

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

In conversation with Joy Bivens, Chief Curator, International African American Museum

2018 Champion Fighter Award Recipient 

Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC

Presenting Sponsor

Host Committee

Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Todd C. Brown, Chair, Board of Governors, Metropolitan Planning Council

David R. Casper, President & CEO, BMO Harris Bank

Lester Crown, Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Kent P. Dauten, Chairman, Keystone Capital

Craig Duchossois, Chairman & CEO, The Duchossois Group, Inc.

King Harris, Chairman, Harris Holdings

Edgar D. Jannotta, Chairman Emeritus, William Blair

Mike Keiser, Sand Valley Golf Resort

J. Landis Martin, Chairman and Managing Director, Platte River Equity 

Suzanne Martinez, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management

Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source

Daniel T. Ryan, International Director, JLL

Scott Swanson, President, PNC Bank, Illinois

Edward J. Wehmer, Founder, President & CEO, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Miles D. White, Chairman & CEO, Abbott



The Crown Family 

Pat and Shirley Ryan Family






Steve Baird, Baird & Warner, Inc.

BDT & Company, LLC

Booth Hansen

Bucksbaum Retail Properties

Carnahan Daniels Foundation

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.



Chris and Cira Conley

James M. Denny

DLA Piper LLP (U.S.)

Daniel D. Dolan, Dolan McEniry Capital Management, LLC

Draper and Kramer, Inc.

Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP


Fifth Third Bank

First Midwest Bank 

Ford Smart Mobility / Sam Schwartz

Franczek Radelet P.C.


Jacques N. Gordon and Elizabeth H. Wiltshire

The Habitat Company

Illinois Housing Development Authority 

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Lavin Family Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

John W. Madigan

Jim and Kitty Mann

Robert E. Miller

Lee M. Mitchell, Thoma Bravo, LLC

Northern Trust Company

Pepper Construction Co.


Pritzker Traubert Foundation


Related Midwest 

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Ellen and Jim Stirling

United Center

Pam and Doug Walter

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