Helping Puerto Rico: ARTISTS AGAINST HATE Compilation & October 27 Fundraiser

Artists Against Hate - UNITED AGAINST THE STORM
For many Chicago residents, Puerto Rico is not just another humanitarian crisis…it’s personal. Many fundraising and awareness-raising efforts are being done to help Puerto Rico, but none are as heartfelt…or as tuneful…as these two efforts from Chicago area musicians. One is from Artists Against Hate, a collection of local artists who organized an Inauguration Day Protest Performance... Read more »

Check Out These Upcoming Chicago Events!

Check Out These Upcoming Chicago Events!
Looking to find some great Chicago events focused on causes, nonprofits, and social impact? Here’s a small sampling of some great Chicago events coming up within the next few weeks: On Saturday, October 28th, the Dearborn Realtist Board is co-sponsoring a free workshop on “Building Black Wealth through Home Ownership”. The workshop will be held from 8:30... Read more »

Is "Compassion Fatigue" Still A Thing?

In all honesty, I should have known better: I left chemical dependency counseling because of the high level of burnout. (My clientele were homeless, which leads to higher burnout).  Working with nonprofits and marketing agencies should have left me depleted, but in dealing with providing care for my mother, part of me wonders….is compassion fatigue still... Read more »
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Tech Inclusion Chicago: Wrap Up

Tech Inclusion Chicago: Wrap Up
(NOTE: A complimentary pass was provided for purposes of review. My opinions are my own). Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend Tech Inclusion Chicago, a conference held at 1871 focusing on diversity in the technology workplace Part of Tech Month Chicago, Tech Inclusion Chicago provided insights, knowledge,  and individuals bringing real-world insights into the... Read more »

Five Years of Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Planning

My Badge of Honor
It’s really hard to believe that this will be my fifth year as Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction director. (Chicago TARDIS, for those of you who are unaware, is a Doctor Who-themed convention that happens every November in Lombard). Not only does it support Northern Illinois Food Bank, but it’s also a way for me to... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: I Attended My First Vigil

FULL DISCLOSURE: For a person who advocates for getting more involved in the community, and who tries to provide resources to empower people….I have done a poor job as a citizen and an ally. The only vigil I had kept was regular Twitter engagement. Honestly, most of my advocacy has been behind the keyboard. I... Read more »
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"Fear Makes Companions Of Us All"

When this month’s Blogapalooz-hour challenge arrived in my email box, I was particularly intrigued by the opportunity to write about a past Blogapalooz-Hour, topic…and once I decided on a topic, the above Doctor Who clip popped in my head. (The above citation is a riff from the classic series episode An Unearthly Child). Writing about this in a... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th

Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th
Every once in awhile, this blog highlights some great organizations that make a positive impact on the city of Chicago and its neighborhoods. In the past, we have highlighted Chicago Cares and its efforts to engage residents and volunteers on improving our community. On August 19th, there is a great opportunity to make an impact…and... Read more »

Stand In Solidarity With Charlottesville

Stand In Solidarity With Charlottesville
In light of yesterday’s events in Charlottesville, VA….I’m unsure what kind of comfort I could give to readers, friends, and others. So I’m not even going to try…what I am going to do is list various resources for helping the people of Charlottesville recover. It may not be much – or enough – but at the... Read more »
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Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN
Sometimes, writing about tech provides….interesting challenges. For example: after writing a follow-up post about App Camp For Girls’ pitch event, I wrote a review of Disrupted by Dan Lyons, which emphasized a lack of diversity within the startup world. So the latest news – about how James Damore wrote a memo for Google claiming that women can’t... Read more »