John Daniels served as a panelist at the opening plenary session of Chicago United’s ninth annual Changing Color Leadership Conference. The conference is the preeminent forum for business leaders, diversity professionals and minority business owners throughout the Chicago region. Daniels and other C-suite leaders offered their insights on the topic “Paths to Professional Empowerment and Leadership,” one of several discussions of strategies promoting racial equality and organizational change. He has been chairman of Quarles & Brady since 2007. He recently received the 2012 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Legal Profession.