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published October 05, 2009

Breakthrough COO Inducted Into Leadership Greater Chicago

Bill Curry, Chief Operating Officer of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, was recently accepted into the 2010 Class of Leadership Greater Chicago. The organization, formed in 1983, brings together a diverse segment of Chicago area leaders from top corporations and non-profit organizations. Program participants, referred to as Fellows, include the current First Lady; CEOs of major banks and insurance companies like Chase and Aon, as well as real estate companies and law firms; and leaders from churches and non-profit organizations like the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Bill and other Fellows will participate in a 10-month program to study the challenges facing the region, and become part of a diverse network of leaders working to make a difference in the Chicago area. Leadership Greater Chicago creates lifelong partnerships and develops community awareness among leaders in the Chicago metropolitan area. Read more about Leadership Greater Chicago >

.I.m excited, and I feel challenged by this opportunity,. says Bill. .This will allow me to connect with other organizations and businesses and have the chance to learn from them. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to build another network that connects Breakthrough to resources and ideas..

Bill has been with Breakthrough since 2000. The program educates, connects and mobilizes leaders through 10 months of study and experiences. .We meet one Friday each month for an entire day. Each month we cover a different topic, with experts in the fields such as education or economic development. There are also two retreats and several field trips,. says Bill. .All in all, there are about 40 events for the program, plus the planning we have to do between sessions..

Bill looks forward to gaining more insight about Chicago's regional issues and initiatives. .I hope to gain a broader understanding of the systems at work,. he says. .I have a decent understanding within East Garfield Park, but I.ll now be able to take a look at the systems and issues on a broader scale. I hope to better understand how that impacts our neighborhood..

He also sees value in making new long-term connections. .Fifteen years ago, Arloa Sutter, [Executive Director] began building relationships with people who have grown in their careers as well and are now in position to help us achieve even greater things,. says Bill. It is his hope that this group will be another point of leverage for the Breakthrough mission. He is eager to share that mission and vision with the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows and will have the opportunity very soon. Breakthrough will host his class in October for a day long examination of the East Garfield Park community, and Breakthrough's initiatives to address the situation. During the day there will be a panel of East Garfield Park leaders, a neighborhood tour, and a presentation about the Breakthrough Network Model by Bill.