Award To Be Presented at the Chicago Consular Corps Gala on December 15

Walgreens Boots Alliance has been selected by World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International to receive the 2015 Corporate Ambassador Award. The award honors a company that has helped to raise Chicago’s profile as a premier global business destination and has contributed to the economic growth of the city.

Walgreens Boots Alliance was selected for creating global connections for Chicago; promoting Chicago’s economy and business environment; championing Chicago’s growth; and putting Chicago at the forefront of the global economy.

“Since 1901, Walgreens Boots Alliance has been one of Chicago’s leading corporate citizens” said Jeff Malehorn, President and CEO of World Business Chicago. “Due to their dedication to Chicago and connections they have made around the globe, World Business Chicago is proud to present Walgreens Boots Alliance with the 2015 Corporate Ambassador Award.”

The Corporate Ambassador Award will be presented at The 2015 Chicago Consular Corps Gala: “A Tribute to Our Global Partners” on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue). There will be a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets and sponsorship are available at

In addition to honoring Walgreens Boots Alliance, three other awards will be presented at the gala: the Global Citizen Award to Jim McNerney, Chairman of the The Boeing Company; the ChicagoNEXT Award to kCura; and the Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Tariq Butt.

The gala’s international guest list includes members of the 80+ foreign and honorary consulates in Chicago and leaders in Chicago’s business, civic and, cultural communities. The proceeds from the event will support the work of Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago, and fund Chicago Consular Corps scholarships to the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, and Consul General Patricia Maza-Pittsford and Mr. Philip Pittsford will serve as Honorary Chairs of the Gala.

Co-hosts of the gala are Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest of JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions; Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and CEO of Ventas, Inc.; Christopher M. Crane, President and CEO of Exelon; Pin Ni, President of Wanxiang America Corporation; Michael J. Sacks, Chairman and CEO of GCM Grosvenor; Samuel C. Scott III, Chairman of Chicago Sister Cities International; Glenn F. Tilton, Chairman of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Miles D. White, Chairman and CEO of Abbott.



Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago drives regional economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique public-private partnership, WBC engages business and community leaders to advance Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.


Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s 28 sister cities in the areas of economic development, education, tourism, immigration, and cultural enrichment. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

For more information on Chicago Sister Cities International, visit, follow us on Twitter (@ChiSisterCities) or “Like” us on Facebook,

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).


The Chicago Consular Corps is composed of Heads of Mission representing 80+ countries from all around the world.

Chicago is proud to be home to one of the largest diplomatic communities in the United States. The diplomats representing their countries in Chicago work to facilitate and enhance the relationships between their respective countries and the states that comprise their jurisdiction, specifically in the Midwest.

Many of the diplomats located in Chicago are responsible for multiple states and promote trade, tourism, and culture, and serve the local communities from their countries.

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