Building Relationships With Global Cities To Enhance Economic Development in Chicago

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

International Roundtable

May 18, 2017: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Focused economic development and strong international partnerships are core to helping cities like Chicago attract and retain businesses while seeking foreign direct investment.  


Gleacher Center
Room 303
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$8.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period

Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.
To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $8.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:
Garage is located below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street
b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

Are you interested in learning how governments promote economic development? Did you know that Chicago has 28 Sister Cities in 27 countries around the world? Partnerships with Mexico City, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Warsaw and more have helped Chicago develop its own stature as a global city. Since 1960, Chicago has been partnering with cities far and wide to expand Chicago's global reach for the benefit of the city, its residents and businesses.

Come join us on Thursday, May 18th to hear from Leroy Allala, the Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago. Leroy will provide an overview of how CSCI forges and strengthens partnerships with our global sister cities through the organization's four priorities: 1) Cross-Cultural Arts and Tourism, 2) Global Education, 3) Government Relations, and 4) International Business. Leroy will also provide an overview of World Business Chicago which is Chicago's designated economic development organization that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

We hope to see you there!

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm presentation
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm cash bar


No Charge


Register Online

Deadline: 5/18/2017

Speaker Profiles

Leroy Allala (Speaker)
Executive Director, Chicago Sister Cities International, World Business Chicago

Leroy R. Allala is executive director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Mr. Allala's area of expertise has been in program management and corporate, international and governmental relations. He has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the organization's business including board management, committee and program development, communications and finance.

From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Allala served as executive director of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Chapter, a bi-national business association with offices in 17 cities that promote trade and investment in both the United States and Mexico. In this role, he was responsible for the opening of offices in Milwaukee and Detroit and oversaw all day-to-day operations of the Mid-America Chapter.

Mr. Allala previously served as a senior consultant to The Mid-America Committee for International Business and Government Cooperation, Inc., a Chicago based international organization whose membership comprises the CEO's of multinational corporations. In this position, he successfully managed private events with U.S. and foreign dignitaries from throughout the world, particularly Latin and South America.

Mr. Allala earned his B.A. degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is fluent in Spanish.


Christopher Myers, '12 
Co-Chair, International Roundtable

Other Information

The Leadership Team is expanding. Karl, Sophia and Chris welcome inquiries from Booth alumni who would like to get more involved in running the International Roundtable.

Responsibilities include:
--Regular attendance
--Programming: identifying interesting topics and securing speakers
--Administration: writing publicity, publicizing events through the University and roundtable email distribution list channels, and coordinating with the Alumni Office

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