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Lester "Les" N. Coney

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
All Good.

Birthplace

Born:
4/28/1958
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
All Good.

Birthplace

Born:
4/28/1958
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Community leader and corporate executive Lester Norman Coney was born on April 28, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Coney attended George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1980.

In l981, Coney taught at Potential Elementary School on Chicago’s Southside. Resigning in l982 to accept a position as Account Representative with Travelers Insurance, Coney remained with the insurance company through the merger with United Health Care in 1994. Coney served as Director of Key Accounts and National Sales Director. In 1996, Coney joined AON Insurance as Senior Managing Director and became active in Chicago’s civic community. In 2006, Coney accepted the position of Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director for Mesirow Financial.

Coney was the first African American to serve as Chairman of Chicago’s Goodman Theater. He also served as Vice Chairman of the DuSable Museum of African American History and Founding Chair of the Congo Square Theater’s Board and Chairman of City Year Chicago. Additionally, Coney served as a Trustee at Roosevelt University, the Kohl’s Children’s Museum, the Athletes Against Drugs organization, and as the Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Coney’s honors include the Leadership In Arts Award from the Business Council of Chicago in 2006; the Community Service Award by the 100 Black Men in 2005; and Crain’s Chicago Business’ Top 50 Minorities in Business in 2004. Lester N. Coney resides in Chicago’s West Loop.

Lester Coney was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 15, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lester "Les" N. Coney's interview
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his mother's career and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lester "Les" N. Coney lists his family members' birth years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his home on 18th Street in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes the community of South Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers the Nicetown Boys Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers meeting Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his experiences at the Nicetown Boys Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his mother's role at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his experiences at Grover Cleveland Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers Harding Junior High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lester "Les" N. Coney lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers his early athletic activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his influences at Frankford High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his siblings' education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his decision to attend George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his experiences at George Williams College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers the Abyssinian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls a gift from his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls meeting his ex-wife, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls meeting his ex-wife, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his first experience in a restaurant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers visiting Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his ex-wife's family vacations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers his wedding
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers working while attending college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls a lesson about the importance of fidelity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers his divorce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers Linda Johnson Rice's divorce from Andre Rice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his challenges as a spouse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls graduating from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers his family's first experience on an airplane
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes Frankford High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls his aspiration to open a boys club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls teaching at the Potential School for Exceptional Children in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers joining The Travelers Indemnity Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his insurance sales training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his social life at George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers his return to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his role as an insurance account representative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers buying his first suit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his corporate insurance clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lester "Les" N. Coney talks about experiencing discrimination from clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers attending conferences with The Travelers Indemnity Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Lester "Les" N. Coney talks about his interest in sales
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers joining the Aon Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his work at the Aon Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lester "Les" N. Coney recalls joining Mesirow Financial
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lester "Les" N. Coney remembers joining the board of the Goodman Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his friendship with Juanita Jordan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lester "Les" N. Coney talks about his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his work with the Congo Square Theatre Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lester "Les" N. Coney talks about his chairmanship of the Goodman Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes the Goodman Theatre's role in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lester "Les" N. Coney lists his awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Lester "Les" N. Coney reflects upon his marriage and divorce
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Lester "Les" N. Coney talks about his clients at Mesirow Financial
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Lester "Les" N. Coney reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Lester "Les" N. Coney reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes his advice to African American youth
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lester "Les" N. Coney describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lester "Les" N. Coney talks about his values
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lester "Les" N. Coney explains why he agreed to be interviewed