Prior to EBONY, Kyra worked for the Tribune Company's millennial outlet, RedEye, where she achieved unprecedented levels of audience engagement for projects including a WGN-TV nightly pop culture/humor segment called ``The Kyles Files,`` and an interactive music competition for indie artists, ``The Track Off.” She won the coveted Jones-Beck Award for turning a public transit column ``Going Public`` into a top-performing content destination and ongoing TV segment on then-Tribune sister stations.
Kyra travels globally speaking on issues of diversity and empowerment at venues including the WOKE Entrepreneur Conference, the Google Awake! series, Social Media Week, Digital Strategy Innovation, the 21 Summit, and the inaugural Haiti Tech Summit.
Kyra is the former two-time President of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago chapter; a board member for both the streaming service kweliTV and music app PLATFORMZ; and serves on the board of advisors for Dream on Education. Kyra is a native South Sider and an alumnus of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Castillo is a pioneering advocate for workplace diversity with a passion for advancing inclusion, and social and economic justice through the lens of business strategy. Her experience and background have allowed her to effectively collaborate with Chicago United’s corporate members to enhance inclusive talent management practices and develop strategic and dynamic partnerships with minority owned business enterprises. Her work on behalf of underrepresented populations was recognized in 2017 with an honorary Doctorate in Social Justice from Roosevelt University.
Hubbard has over 30 years of financial services experience. She has worked in private partnerships, insurance, government, investment banking, capital markets, banking and auditing/public accounting.
Block is a graduate with a BS from the School of Communication (was Speech), from Northwestern University and is a life trustee of the university. She is also a member of the Women’s Board of Northwestern and past board chairman.
Block completed a ten-year term on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust and was Vice Chairman of the board. She is now a director of The Field Foundation and past board chairman. Block was the first woman chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Field Museum. She is currently a life trustee.
Other involvements include being a member and past president of Know Your Chicago. She is a life director of the Chicago Foundation for Education, member of the Antiquarians of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Old Masters Society of the Art Institute.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1962, and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1966, where he was Editor-in Chief of the Law Review. After working for the Chicago Legal Aid Bureau Ranney became Deputy Director of the Illinois Budget Bureau under Governor Richard Ogilvie, where he was responsible for legislation behind the Budget Bureau, the Illinois Income Tax and the Regional Transportation Authority.
Upon the death of his father in 1965, Field entered the family business, Field Enterprises, Inc., in Chicago. In October, 1969, he was elected Publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News, both of which were owned by Field Enterprises. He was 28 years old, the youngest publisher of any major newspaper in the United States. He remained Publisher until 1980. In 1972, Field became Chairman of Field Enterprises, a post he held until the company was dissolved 12 years later. Field is also Chairman and President of The Old Mountain Company, Inc. which manages his private investments.
In addition to serving on many corporate boards, Nicklin has served on the boards of the Field Foundation, the Regenstein Foundation, the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Visiting Committee, and the Illinois Technology Fund. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas.