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Emerging Leaders Program November 2021 Information Session

Former Emerging Leaders joined this session to share insight on their experience in the program and answer questions from potential applicants.
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Jennifer Petersen
Zachary Brown
Matt Pelton
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About This Event

Learn more about the Council's Emerging Leaders Program, selection criteria, and application and selection process for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2023.

Every year the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selects a class of approximately 20 participants with high potential from across Chicago's business, cultural, civic, and academic sectors and provides a robust expansive platform to deepen their fluency and exposure to global affairs and policy. Emerging Leaders will be chosen from corporate, non-profit, and government sectors and are highly accomplished in their careers and expected to rise to the top of their fields in the next five to 10 years. Between the ages of 30 to 42, they have a strong professional or personal interest in international affairs, a commitment to community engagement, and a thirst for knowledge. The Council will intentionally seek exceptional leaders who reflect the rich diversity of Chicago.

About the Speakers
Jennifer Petersen
Former Director, Emerging Leaders Program
Council expert Jennifer Petersen
Jennifer Petersen formerly served as the director of the Emerging Leaders Program at the Council.
Council expert Jennifer Petersen
Supervisory Financial Analyst, U.S. Department of the Treasury
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Zachary Brown worked at Milliman for ten years, where he led a team of analysts to implement risk management strategies for banks, asset managers, insurance companies, and pension plans. In this role, he was a named portfolio manager on a dozen mutual funds with over $20 billion in assets.
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Director, Deal Advisory & Strategy, KPMG LLP
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As a manager in deal advisory at KPMG LLP, Matt Pelton leads engagement teams that provide accounting advisory and finance integration services to clients involved in complex transactions and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He's a national facilitator for KPMG Business School, supports local recruitment, and volunteers in entrepreneurship and education initiatives throughout Chicago.
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