Over the past 20 years, Chicago has made its way onto the international stage, especially as more local businesses expand globally and many overseas firms open outposts here.

For a city where many residents typically prefer a slice of tasty deep dish pizza over fine French cuisine, it’s been an impressive transformation from a homegrown manufacturing base to a globally oriented service sector economy.

But is it now time for local CEOs to act less like rugged individualists, following their own corporate or institutional agendas?

Could the entire city, including some of its poorest neighborhoods, prosper if the area’s commercial, academic, civic and cultural powerhouses got behind an overarching, comprehensive game plan to greatly advance Chicago’s allure as a global hub?