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Adrienne White-Faines, Chief Executive Officer of the American Osteopathic Association, to be Featured as a 2015 Business Leader of Color

CHICAGO – October 29, 2015 –The American Osteopathic Association congratulates its chief executive officer, Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, FACHE, on being named a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, a business advocacy organization.  White-Faines and her fellow honorees will be recognized during Chicago United's 47th Anniversary Gala and Bridge Awards presentation on Thursday, November 12, at the Hilton Chicago.

The Chicago United Business Leaders of Color are recognized as individuals who, in the face of complex global economies, have combined vision with the ability to execute on strategies. They have led large scale operations domestically and internationally with a focus on innovation and a keen ability to drive transformational change in their organizations.

White-Faines has served as chief executive officer of the AOA for over two years, proudly representing its professional family of more than 122,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. With a focus on advancing the future of osteopathic medicine, she supports the organization’s physician and student members and its commitment to promoting public health; advancing scientific research; and serving as the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. 

Most important, White-Faines helped drive the critical move into a single accreditation system for graduate medical education, giving DOs and MDs equal access to specialty training, and worked to grow osteopathic graduate medical education programs by 14 percent.

White-Faines is also active with numerous Chicago and national nonprofit organizations, including the Erikson Institute, American Field Service-USA and as a fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago. She holds a master’s of public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s of arts from Amherst (Massachusetts) College.

Chicago United has recognized Business Leaders of Color like White-Faines biennially since 2003. Past BLC members include First Lady Michelle Obama; Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer, Walgreen Co.; Adela Cepeda, owner and president of A.C. Advisory, Inc.; Aylwin B. Lewis, chairman, chief executive officer, and president, Potbelly Sandwich Works; Lou Nieto, board member, AutoZone & Ryder; Luis Sierra, president, BP Aromatics - the Americas, Europe and Middle East at BP; and Don Thompson, retired chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp.

The publication features individuals ready to serve on corporate boards. Through their identification, Chicago United helps to accelerate inclusion of professionals of color in board governance.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 122,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools.

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About Chicago United

Chicago United is an advocacy organization that promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity.  Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.  Chicago United is the premiere business membership organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level managers can share common experiences to promote multi-racial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships. It delivers best practices for diversity practitioners and fosters relationships among leaders who share common values.


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