2013 Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference Co-Chairs
Carolynn Brooks, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, OfficeMax, President,
OfficeMax Charitable Foundation
As Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for OfficeMax, Carolynn Brooks is responsible for the strategic direction of all initiatives designed to create a diverse workforce and promote inclusive practices to achieve the company’s strategic business imperatives. In addition to workforce diversity, she is responsible for supplier diversity, EEO/AAP and community affairs. She is the chairperson for the OfficeMax Diversity Council and president of the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation.
Brooks led in the creation and launch of OfficeMax Associate Resource Groups to help the company identify solutions to workplace barriers and promote a broader understanding of and an appreciation for diverse experiences and perspectives. She also oversees OfficeMax’s community outreach program to ensure that the company expands into the communities where they do business.
In 2011, Brooks was recognized by Black Enterprise as a top executive in diversity. She was also profiled in the Diversity Business Journal as an Executive Woman Worth Watching and was awarded the AWBC Magazine Award for her service in the community. In 2010, she received National Diversity Council’s award as one of Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Women, and in 2009, she was awarded the Diversity Officer Leadership Award by Diversity Best Practices in Washington, D.C., for her innovative solutions and outstanding contributions to workplace diversity and inclusion.
Brooks is a board member of The Kids in Need Foundation and the National Hispanic Corporate Council. She is a former board member of Chicago Metropolitan YWCA, Du Page County Workforce Board and Exceed Financial Credit Union.
Marsha A. Cruzan, Chicago Market President for
Marsha Cruzan, who has more than 30 years experience in the financial industry, is Chicago Market President for U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, and a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB).
Before joining U.S. Bank, Cruzan was managing director in the wealth management group at J.P. Morgan. She was named as one of Chicago’s top wealth managers by Chicago Magazine in 2010 and 2011.
Cruzan spent most of her career in debt capital markets and led J. P. Morgan’s syndicated leveraged finance group for the commercial bank. In that role, she provided strategic and tactical advice to the boards and management of mid-corporate and middle market companies concerning optimal capital structure. Clients have included both public and private companies with global operations. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences and presented to boards of directors, the rating agencies and investor groups. At Arthur Andersen & Company, she worked as a consultant providing management/systems consulting for Fortune 500 companies.
Cruzan is a member of Women Investment Professionals and a board member of The College of DuPage Foundation and Junior Achievement. She serves on the trust committees of The Chicago Community Trust and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc.