Solskin Gómez-Krogh is a well sought-after thought leader on diversity-inclusion, corporate partnership, employee engagement, and program development at the local, regional and national level.
A firm believer that leadership itself is a process of evolution rather than a destination, Solskin attributes her own leadership development to active listening, personal integrity, and building diverse, meaningful personal and professional relationships.
Appointed in March 2016, Solskin is currently the Interim Executive Director for The United Neighborhood Organization (UNO). In this role, she leads a 30+ year nonprofit organization dedicated to improve advocacy amongst Hispanic communities by promoting citizenship and cultivating Latino leaders. Solskin thrives off of making an impact at the macro level—affecting change across entire neighborhoods and communities through deep investments in family and civic initiatives. Prior to this role she served as the organization’s Chief of Staff since April 2015.
Previous to UNO, Solskin served as the executive director at ALPFA, a national professional association focused on expanding opportunities for Latino leadership in the global market. During her five year period at ALPFA, Solskin redesigned a pathway to attract nearly 100 major corporate partners, elevating the Chicago Chapter’s rank and prestige as the third largest chapter in the nation with 1,500 members.
Much of Solskin’s success at ALPFA was due to her unwavering commitment to act as a conduit, connecting leaders across a broad range of industries and networks. Determined to create win-win situations between diverse, mid-level professionals and those who had paved the path before them in Corporate America, Solskin designed the first-ever “Power Breakfast Series.” By creating a cohort of diverse C-suite level leaders, Solskin created visibility for Fortune 500 companies to partner with these individuals. Solskin also implemented and executed over 50 marquee programs with up to thousands in attendance. She has built a reputation for advising corporate and partner organizations on best practice diversity and inclusion strategies for talent recruitment, management, development and retention.
As the Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) Diversity Council in 2009, Solskin championed an initiative to create a fundamental shift for the Office of the President. She helped seed dozens of new programs that spanned beyond cultural program/celebrations to include community involvement projects and professional development events. As a result of her work, Solskin was nominated for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Richard L. Woolworth Customer Service Award in recognition for excellence as a diversity leader.
Solskin’s first learnings towards diversity inclusion began in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. The daughter of entrepreneurial parents, Solskin learned the advantages of active listening in order to build bridges with people of different socio-economical classes and cultural regions of the world. Eventually living abroad in Denmark, Solskin’s early exposure to cultural diversity gave her a unique advantage. She credits the experience of transferring in and out of international and U.S. public and private schools to her ability to adapt quickly to change and build cross-cultural relationships.
Solskin holds an MBA in International Business Management and Economics from DePaul University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and International Studies with a focus on Latin America from Iowa State University. In 2011, she was named one of the Top 100 Under 50 Emerging Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine. In 2015, Solskin was selected as The New Wave of Chicago leaders by Latino Leaders Magazine. Her personal favorite quote is a common expression used in yoga which elaborates on the law of attraction, “Where the mind goes, the body will follow.”