We all know that we are supposed to collaborate and work together as a team. Yet this sometimes feels like something we need to do to check off the box of including others. Yet what would happen if teaming and inclusion were embedded in the culture? What lies beyond collaboration?
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A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri McWhorter brings nearly 20 years of experience to her position as YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s chief executive officer. A socially-conscious business leader throughout her career, McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. McWhorter has won numerous awards and accolades, including Athena International’s Young Professional Leadership Award (2010), Chicago Business Leader of Color (2009 honoree), Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders (2009 recipient) and the Illinois CPA Society’s Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Diversity Award (2010). She received her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
With almost 20 years’ consulting experience, and a focus on sustainability, REACH, and chemicals regulation for most of the last 6 years, Linda-Jean Cockcroft has a unique combination of both inside-industry experience and work as an advisor to industry, including working in a number of EU countries. In addition to consulting on REACH applications for authorization, restrictions, evaluation and prioritization issues, she was seconded full-time to a major French chemical company for 2.5 years where her role included Chair of DEHP Authorization Task Force (ATF), managing the combined response of the EU phthalate manufacturers in the ATF to authorization (the first manufacturers’ Application for Authorization under REACH), as well as dealing with Restriction RoHS, WFD, and other EU regulatory activities. Linda-Jean also worked for TNO on REACH issues, initiating a successful and bespoke program to deal with 2010 registration, and prior to that with EY (Ernst & Young), also in the Netherlands, for 14 years. Linda-Jean has a solid network in industry platforms and sector group associations, and is a regular speaker at industry and other national and international REACH conferences and workshops.
Becky Sczudlo is Vice President, Federal Government Affairs for NiSource Inc. In this role she leads the federal government affairs function for NiSource and its local natural gas and electric utilities. Ms. Sczudlo has over thirty years of experience in the U.S. Congress, public relations consulting firms, and corporate federal affairs offices, with responsibility for public policy advocacy and issue management across a broad spectrum of business disciplines. She began her professional career on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff in 1981. During her more than seven-year tenure on the Committee, she developed expertise in issues relating to energy policy, public lands access, federal budget process and appropriations programs. In 1989, Ms. Sczudlo left Capitol Hill to join the Washington office of Shell Oil Company as a government affairs representative working primarily on issues involving oil and gas exploration and development. Before joining NiSource in 2001, Ms. Sczudlo worked in Burson-Marsteller’s Washington office and its lobbying group, BKSH & Associates, as the senior federal legislative director for the firm’s energy and environment government affairs practice. Ms. Sczudlo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.