Networking at the Urban League Summit

Wed., Apr. 13, 2011 2:21 PM EDT
by Zondra Hughes

Michael N. Mayo

Rolling out worked the room while at the recent Chicago Urban League Summit 2011, held at the Chicago Hilton.

Who are you?
Michael N. Mayo

What do you do?
I’m a retired partner of Deloitte & Touche accounting and consulting firm. Prior to three years ago, I did a lot of client service work, consulting and auditing. I saw the light and moved on and became a director in human resources. Now, I do career coaching, counseling mentoring, diversity and inclusion, recruiting and career sponsorship.

Why are you at the Chicago Urban League’s Summit 2011?

It’s so important to me, and the people that I coach and mentor, I make certain that they have some level of involvement with the Urban League. It’s not only good for economic development and job growth, but also for professional development. The Urban League has a lot to offer to my senior managers and the people that I coach and counsel, not only developing their skills and networking, but also increasing their intellectual capacity.


What advice do you have for job seekers?

The first thing I tell them is if you’re not happy right now, figure out how to become happy and figure out how to stay happy. It’s only a happy person that can excel up to and beyond their potential.


Ella Britton


Who are you?
Ella Britton

What do you do?
I own an advertising agency, E. Britton Group Communications.

Why are you at the Chicago Urban League’s Summit 2011?

It’s very important for a number of reasons. We’re all going to be educated about being better business people, and any time you can get folks together for a common purpose and get them focused on that common purpose, that means great things can happen.

What is the business climate for you right now?
It’s better than it was last year.

Jeffrey Mullins


Who are you?

Jeffrey Mullins

What do you do?
I work for the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois. I am a job developer, plus I am the deputy director of the Workforce Initiative.

Why are you at the Chicago Urban League’s Summit 2011?

I always look forward to networking and [the bringing forth and assimilation of] information. By coming here, we get to see what other venues are doing and how we can collaborate and make it a greater success.

What is the business climate for you right now?
Right now, because of the budget cuts, it’s still [just] OK. But we’re looking to see how we can enhance and increase funding.

photos: Zondra Hughes

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