Michero B. Washington was recently elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of the ICDHR, replacing Chairman Rev. Clyde H. Brooks, who lead the organization for 50 years. Ms. Washington is an experienced educator, manager and consultant with
Toyota Shake-Up Brings Diversity To Automotive Giant
Toyota Motor Corp. has promoted a Frenchman, and American woman and an African-American man to unprecedented positions of power at its global headquarters. But its new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. In an equally pivotal break with tradition, Toyota upgraded a crop of relative newcomers, who lack the years of schooling in the Toyota Way once deemed a prerequisite for advancement.

The shuffle, part of wide-ranging annual management changes, parachutes the executives into key global decision making roles. The aim: inject new perspective and best practices into a sometimes-Byzantine corporate hierarchy.  
Motorola Solutions Continues to Elevate STEM
The ICDHR would like to thank Greg Brown (Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Solutions, Inc.) and Toni L. Carter (Human Resources Consultant, Talent and Culture COE, Motorola Solutions, Inc.) for their efforts in providing academic scholarships for students entering STEM studies (read more).
ICDHR President and CEO Michero B. Washington featured on "Comcast Newsmakers"
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) Joins ICDHR in Elevating Health Care Careers
See how the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (ICDHR) and BCBSIL partnership helps provide scholarships to students seeking health care careers (read more).
Michero Washington, President and CEO, ICDHR was the featured guest during the March 19, 2015 taping. Ms. Washington discusses how the organization provides training and jobs to young people (view at larger size).
Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (ICDHR) Elects New President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to Head Historic Not-For-Profit Group
While the push loosens Toyota's ossified seniority system, it could also dilute a corporate culture that has long been copied by envious rivals and credited with being the Japanese car maker's most important, intangible weapon.

"That's the change under Akio Toyoda," Kurt Sanger, an auto analyst at Deutsche Securities Japan, noted. "He embraces that risk. He doesn't live in fear of that risk (view more)."
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a broad and unique business background in both the public and private sectors. An innovator with a demonstrated ability to strategically lead major change ini-tiatives through diverse organizations, her success has been based on a leader-ship style that focuses on coaching, team building, developing and motivating people for improved performance and facilitates ownership for results.

With over 25 years of proven ability to initiate programs to benefit the community at large, while actively collaborating with community based organizations to enhance the over-all result, Ms. Washington is committed to fostering change through enhancement, in-clusion and expansion of ideas to create and execute “solutions” that benefit individuals, small business and organizations throughout the Country.

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ICDHR "Chairman's Corner" Feature for April 2015
Celebration held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel. Reverend Brooks was honored by government, civic and business leaders (read more / PDF recognition document).
President Obama joined thousands of others in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Reverend Clyde H. Brooks in the Civil Rights Movement at the 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and