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22nd Annual Heroes Breakfast
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CST

For the past 22 years, we have honored individuals and groups for acts of immense bravery, dedication and service to the community. Join us in celebrating the 2024 Class of Heroes.


Honoring the 2024 Class of Heroes

Blood Services | Venisha Bonds & Chez Smith
Community Impact | Angela Thompson
Disaster Relief | Jacqueline Reed
Education | Steve & Sheila Conner
Firefighter | Firefighter/Paramedic Nicholas DeLeon
Global Citizenship | Nancy Economou
Healthcare | Patty Samar RN, BSN
Law Enforcement | Officer Kenneth Griffin
Lifesaving Rescue | Daniel Viayra Chavez & Joseph Elrod
Military | Fred M. Williams, Jr.
Social Justice Impact | Matt DeMateo
Youth | Declan Devlin, Tiernan Devlin, Tommy Nitti & Charles Valerio


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 Brett J. Hart | 2024 Heritage Award Recipient

  President, United Airlines

Brett J. Hart is president of United Airlines. During his decade at the airline, Brett has taken on some of the company's biggest leadership challenges - including serving as acting CEO in late 2015 and 2016. As president, Brett is responsible for United's global operations - flight, network operations, and safety - as well as all finance and corporate strategy functions. He leads United's external-facing teams including government affairs, corporate communications, legal, global community engagement and environmental sustainability.

A long-time resident of Chicago's South Side, Brett also has lent his counsel to his community. He serves on the boards of World Business Chicago, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Economic Club of Chicago, the University of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, The Chicago Community Trust, the Innocence Project, the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council, the President's Board of Advisors on HBCUs and the President's Export Council.

Brett received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife, Dontrey, live in Hyde Park and have three sons.


Christine A. Leahy | 2024 Honorary Chair

Chair, President and CEO, CDW


CDW makes technology work, so people can do great things. Founded in 1984, CDW is a leading global technology solutions and services provider. We help businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and healthcare customers to use technology to innovate, optimize, and achieve their missions.

A 20-year veteran of CDW, Christine A. Leahy serves as chair, president and CEO. Prior to joining CDW in 2002, Chris was a partner in the law firm, Sidley Austin. Chris is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College School of Law.

Chris's sense of heartfelt responsibility and belief in a few cornerstone values - hunger, humility and honesty - were cultivated around the dinner table as she grew up in a large, entrepreneurial family. She has long been a champion for inclusion, empowerment and equity. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Target Corporation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Junior Achievement of Chicago and Children's Home + Aid.

The Heroes Breakfast event artwork is by was created by Damon Lamar Reed, a Chicago-based artist and entrepreneur who has created over 400 public art projects.

Learn more about Damon and his work

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