Chicago Booth Professor George Wu was recently named the recipient of the 2020 Chicago Urban League Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes Wu’s role as a key architect of the Chicago Urban League's IMPACT Leadership Development Program, which was developed by the Urban League in partnership with Chicago Booth. The program connects up-and-coming professionals with senior African American leaders throughout Chicago—creating a pipeline of talented individuals who are reaching new heights in their careers, and making positive change throughout the city.   

The Humanitarian Award will be presented to Wu during the Urban League’s 59th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner conducted virtually on Saturday, November 7. 

George WuAbout George Wu

George Wu is the John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies the psychology of decision making, goal-setting and motivation, and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Wu’s research has been published widely in a number of journals in economics, management science, and psychology. In addition to being an active member of the Center for Decision Research, Professor Wu was also the inaugural faculty director of the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership. He was an early champion of the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program, for which Chicago Booth is the academic partner. He continues to teach in and support the program.

About the Chicago Urban League

Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League—through collaborative community, corporate and civic relationships—has helped people find jobs, secure affordable housing, enhance their educational experiences, and grow their businesses. They are passionate advocates for economic and racial equity for Black Chicagoans.