Conversations with Cara
    presented by Aon

    June 22, 2023

    City Winery

Hosted by Cara Collective’s Executive Council, Conversations with Cara presented by Aon is an engaging happy hour event filled with good community and thought-provoking discussions centered around our work to eradicate poverty. This year’s theme is A Workforce Development Approach to Health Equity and we will be joined by members of the health community to discuss how healthcare systems are tackling social injustice and how we are partnering with healthcare systems to create employment opportunities that lead to community- and individual-level transformations.

We are excited to once again welcome our community to City Winery for a special tasting and event program, including the debut of our limited edition Dóchas Rosé.


Thursday, June 22


4:00 – 6:30 pm CT


City Winery – 1200 W. Randolph, Chicago

Our panel

Kathleen St. Louis Caliento

Dr. Kathleen St. Louis Caliento has spent the past two decades committed to urban education, student success, and dismantling social injustice. Before joining Cara Collective as President & CEO in 2021, Kathleen was the Chief Learning and Design Officer at the Academy Group, where she worked to help people rise above the effects of poverty, while demonstrating a professional commitment to access and equity. Prior to the Academy Group, she held several leadership positions at Spark, including Executive Director of Spark Chicago. Kathleen serves on the Boards of Adler University and Leadership Greater Chicago LFA Board.

Oreletta Garmon

Oreletta Garmon is the Program Navigation Coordinator for Equal Hope, Rush University Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Task Force that provides free or low-cost quality access to healthcare for all women. She is also a Cara graduate, first joining in the early ‘90s through Catholic Charities and the St. Sylvester Parish Family Shelter, where she was living with her five young children. Today she is a proud mother and grandmother and is an active member of Cara’s Alumni community, and remains a strong ambassador for this mission, educating and motivating others about this work any chance she can.

Ayesha Jaco

Ayesha Jaco is the Executive Director of West Side United (WSU), a collaborative between six Chicago hospitals that joined forces in 2017 with the mission of building community health and economic wellness on Chicago’s West Side. Under her leadership, WSU’s contributions to racial and health equity efforts in Chicago are referenced in the Harvard Business Review, MIT’s Sloan Management Review, and the New England Journal of Medicine. She is an award-winning Nonprofit Executive with a track record of building pioneering social impact brands and convening innovative community-led initiatives.

Suzet McKinney

Dr. Suzet McKinney is a public health expert, medical executive, thought leader, strategic thinker and nationally recognized expert in emergency preparedness and response. As Principal and Director of Life Sciences for Sterling Bay, she oversees relationships with the scientific, academic, corporate, tech, and governmental sectors involved in the life sciences ecosystem. She also leads the strategy to expand Sterling Bay’s footprint in life sciences nationwide. She previously served as CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District. Within two years of leadership, Dr. McKinney accomplished a financial turnaround of the IMD, successfully retiring more than $40 million in debt.

James Williams

James S. Williams Jr. serves as the Vice-President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM). James is responsible for advancing equity and creating an inclusive organization supporting improvements in workforce, patient quality and community health metrics. James has 30+ years’ experience across revenue cycle, transplant, patient access, supply chain and business diversity. UCM’s equity work has been published in Academic Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. James is a life-long resident of Chicago and earned his master’s degree in Leadership with a focus on Equitable Organizational Change from DePaul University.

Be a part of the conversation!

Questions? Please contact Ed Briscoe at 312-798-3325 or ebriscoe@carachicago.org.

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*As of May 27, 2023