The inaugural Boeing Chicago "Game Changer" Award, presented to a Chicago-area leader who has had a positive impact in the community, has been awarded to Cheryle Jackson, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Urban League.
"At Boeing, we know that the most enduring improvements come as the result of hard work and the vision of leaders who find new ways to make the world a better place. We think of these leaders as 'game changers,'" said James Bell, Boeing's chief financial officer, who presented the award to Jackson at the Urban League's 46th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner on Nov. 3. "Cheryle's energy, laser-like focus and dedication have made a huge difference in the Urban League's course and direction since she has taken the helm, helping everyone to take their game to a whole new level," he added.
The annual award consists of a $100,000 grant to the organization the community leader represents to be used to fund organizational development or a diversity project. The award will rotate among individuals representing one of the five areas in which Boeing makes charitable grants--education, arts and culture, civic, environment, or health and human services.
"We have seen that game-changing leaders like Cheryle Jackson are capable of breathing new life into our communities, fostering what is best in all of us and uniting diverse groups to work to bring about lasting changes," said Nora Moreno Cargie, director, Global Corporate Citizenship for Boeing Corporate Offices. "They see our problems in new ways, take risks, and, as a result, develop new solutions. For this, we recognize their leadership and support their efforts on behalf of our community."