One Chicago Luncheon


One Chicago Luncheon



One Chicago Invitation v.11

ASAS Chicago's social event of the year!

One Chicago Luncheon celebrated their 15th anniversary in the city. We hosted some of the biggest movers and shakers in the Chicagoland area. One Chicago honored Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education and Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelez International for their clear commitment to the education, well-being, and health of kids in Chicago. Opened remarks was presented by Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer City of Chicago. The event featured a substantial discussion between honorees and panelists such as Israel Idonije, Tony Rokita, and Josephine "Mother" Wade about the challenges facing Chicago's youth and the solutions from the perspective of each sector represented.


Event Information

Thursday, June 8th
11:00am - 11:30am, Reception

11:30am - 1:00pm, Luncheon
Mid-America Club at Aon Center**
200 East Randolph Drive, 80th Floor
Chicago, IL





Hon. Arne Duncan - Former US Secretary of Education
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.







Irene Rosenfeld - Chairman and CEO of Mondelez International

Irene is Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, the global snacking powerhouse launched following her decision to spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations in October 2012. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International (NASDAQ: MDLZ), with 2016 net revenue of approximately $26 billion, is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum.

The Financial Times, Fortune and Forbes have repeatedly ranked Irene on their lists of the “Top 50 Women in Global Business,” “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and as one of the world’s “100 Most Powerful Women.” Irene holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics, an M.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology – all from Cornell University. She is active in a number of industry and community organizations, including The Economic Club of Chicago, the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum and The Business Council.


 Opening Remarks

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Andrea Zopp - Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer City of Chicago

Andrea Zopp currently serves as Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago. Zopp has dedicated her career to being a force of change. She has championed job creation, access to education, corporate responsibility and promoting economic development initiatives in underserved communities. She served in the United States Attorney's Office and was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. In these roles, she fought to keep neighborhoods safe by taking on illegal guns, violent crime and gangs, worked to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Andrea is a successful businesswoman and has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Sara Lee, Sears Holdings and Exelon. As President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led the nationally-recognized organization's focus on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities, helping youth and young adults achieve academic and career success, and advocacy for social justice.




Tony Rokita - Director of Community Relations & Player Programs, Chicago Bulls Charities
Entering his 27th season, Tony directs the Community Relations activities for the Bulls organization and works closely with Chicago Bulls Charities directing its fundraising activities. He manages relationships with key community partners as it relates to the Bulls’ involvement in the Chicagoland community. Tony oversees the Bulls community outreach programs such as the Season of Giving, NBA Cares program, Paint the Town, corporate charity ticket sections, charity donations and other philanthropic and educational initiatives.  He also manages the team’s player, coaches and Bulls Alumni appearances. The Bulls recently received the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award presented by ESPN and Tony was awarded the 2016 NBA “Values of the Game” Award. Tony serves as a Chicago Community Trust Ambassador, sits on their On the TableSteering Committee and is a board member of the Michael Barlow Center.  Tony, a graduate of DePaul University resides in Chicago.

PastedGraphic-2Israel Idonije - Former Chicago Bear and Actor

Israel Idonije is a builder. He has been building toward the next phase of his life since he was a child. He built an 11-year NFL career against all odds by developing himself to the status of an elite athlete (playing 10 years with the Chicago Bears and one year with the Detroit Lions). Through that process, he realized that the formula to building success in sport directly correlates to building success in business. To prepare for life after football, Idonije created businesses to provide a rewarding and meaningful future not only for himself but to help others build their dreams as well.



PhotoJosephine "Mother" Wade - Community Activist 

Her commitment to community enables her to lend time to various community organizations. For more than thirty years she has served with the NBC 5 lending her assistance to all previous general managers as well as the current general manager. This year, with her assistance NBC 5, became the number one 2015 broadcast station. She also serves with the following organizations: Rainbow Push Coalition, the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, Clergy United, Women Empowered, Chicago Urban League and the City of Chicago with the current mayor. Additionally, she has served as a member of the Community Advisory Board of DuSable High School, the Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation, Fox News Community Advisory Council, Channel 7 Advisory Council, Channel 5 Advisory Council, NARAL Right of Pro Choice, both the Democratic and Republican Congressional Advisory Committees, the Advisory Board for Senator Mark Kirk, and the Harold Washington College's Hospitality Program Advisory Committee. In 2008, Josephine received the Distinguished Medal of Honor for Outstanding Service in the Community given by President George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America.




Micah Materre, TV-Anchor for WGN-TV

Micah Materre is an Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and the WGN News at Nine and Ten. Prior to being appointed anchor of the WGN News at Nine in 2009, she was co-anchor of WGN Midday News from January 2003 to October 2009. Micah joined Chicago’s WGN-TV in January 1998 as a WGN Morning News co-anchor and medical reporter. Micah has anchored all of the newscasts at WGN, as well as covering entertainment news and special assignment stories, including the historic inauguration of America’s first black President. In addition, Micah reports and co-produces the “Chicago’s Very Own” bi-weekly segment for WGN News and she is the host of WGN’s public affairs program, “People to People”.




The proceeds from your tickets and contributions will benefit programs for the ASAS Chicago chapter, which provides free comprehensive, after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.