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SAVE THE DATE: ARCS IL Scholar Award Dinner on November 2nd

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2022

Let’s celebrate together … on November 2!




ARCS® Foundation Illinois Chapter

2022 Scholar Awards


Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago

626 Michigan Avenue

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

5pm to 8pm


Join the ARCS Illinois board in celebrating the achievements of 10 outstanding postgraduate scholars working to advance science in America.


  This year’s guest speaker will be Linda McGill Boasmond, the first—and only—African American woman to own and run a chemical manufacturing plant in the United States.


Register now!



Linda McGill Boasmond is owner and president of Chicago-based Cedar Concepts Corporation. CCC processes raw materials for use in a wide variety of personal care, household, industrial, and agricultural products marketed under many brand names familiar to both consumers and businesses. Her customers include Proctor & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Citgo Petroleum, and Boeing. She runs the country’s first and only African American, woman-owned chemical manufacturing plant and has just completed the process of constructing the first ground-up chemical manufacturing facility within the City of Chicago in more than fifty years.


Linda’s first professional position was as a chemist in quality control for the construction division of a prestigious global chemical corporation. Four years later, she joined an international manufacturer of chemical and petroleum products. Superiors took notice when she used her own time to study and write procedures for ISO 9000, a then new quality-control program from Europe. She progressed through a succession of positions, including managing production of a $100 million, 80-employee union plant and conducting corporate-wide process-improvement analyses and implementation.


In 1998 Linda left the corporate environment for the relatively small Cedar Concepts. She soon became Operations Manager and a partner. Several years following, she acquired the company from one of the surviving founders in 2004, thus becoming the sole owner of an International Standards Organization Enterprise that manufactures surfactants, lubricants, and chemical intermediates.


She has been the proud recipient of several honorable awards of mention, a sought-after speaker, and profiled in several publications:


  • 2020 – Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing
  • 2020 – Featured Unilever Diverse Supplier
  • 2020 – Board Chairwoman of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • 2018 – University of Illinois, Stoesser Lecture Speaker
  • 2017 – Emerald Award, United States Green Building Council
  • 2017 – ICIS – Rising Star Award – Independent Chemical Information Service
  • 2016 – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – WBENC Star Award
  • 2016 – YWCA – Hometown Hero
  • 2015 – Speaker at Scripps Research Institute
  • 2015 – UIC – Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
  • 2015 – Chicago Defender – Woman of Excellence
  • 2014 – Named “Woman of Inspiration” Today’s Chicago Woman
  • 2014 – Alliance for Illinois Manufacturers – Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2014 – Women’s Business Development Center – Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 2014 – Womenetics POW! Award Honoree
  • 2014 – Featured in Chicago Sun-Times The Minority Report, January
  • 2014 – Appeared on WCIU Uniquely Chicago
  • 2013 – Profiled in Chicago Sun-Times – The Grid
  • 2013 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys & Girls Club Award
  • 2012 – Enterprising Woman of the Year Award (Enterprise Magazine)
  • Selected as one of the “Business Leaders of Color” by Chicago United
  • 2009 – Speaker on The National Urban League’s conference business panel
  • Crain’s Small Business Forum featured her as a speaker for its “Women Business Owners Tell All” and “Manufacturers” forum
  • Profiled by Black Enterprise Magazine’s nationally televised “Business Report”
  • Harry Porterfield’s “Someone You Should Know” ABC/7 Chicago News segment
  • Profiled on NBC/5 Chicago, Art Norman’s Business segment


Linda is a member of the WBENC (WBDC Chapter), NMSDC (CMBDC Chapter) ASQ (Association Society for Quality), and Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (Board Member). She is committed to community involvement and social responsibility through programs such as Girls 4 Science (Board Member), Chicago Sinfonietta (Board Member), and Museum of Science & Industry’s “Science Chicago.” In 2020 she served on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.


Today Linda has guided Cedar Concepts to nearly 50 employees and ships more than 60 million pounds of product worldwide, annually, to many Fortune 500 companies.