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Ronald Hearns Sr

Ronald Hearns Sr

Senior Project Manager, Connect Chicago Alliance

Ron Hearns is a senior level manager with more than 30 years of business experience. He has an extensive background in employment and training programs that highlight business operations and workforce development projects. He is analytical and a conceptual thinker who strategically partners with decision makers to create opportunities for disadvantaged individuals.
Ron currently works as a senior project manager for Ernest R. Sawyer Enterprises and is also a consultant for the Connect Chicago Alliance Project Management Office at O'Hare International Airport, where he oversees and directs new program initiatives and outreach efforts as part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Over the past 20 years, Ron has been involved with projects that include strategic development for workforce programs and services at multiple American Job Centers and affiliate centers across the north, south, southeast, and west sides of Chicago.

Ron has managed a broad array of schools and teams in several industries including technical schools, community colleges, and workforce development. He was also honored by the Chicago Defender Newspaper as one of the 2016 Men of Excellence in the Chicagoland area. Ron holds an M.S. in Marketing Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.


“My approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion is very simple – it is about embracing people from all walks of life. From cultivating a DEI culture where every employee will be encouraged to bring their best version of themselves to work and embrace diversity initiatives that support everyone.”