Category: Community

Meet Your Neighbor: Footprints to Recovery

Meet Your Neighbor: Footprints to Recovery
(Special thanks to Dr. Caitlin Simpson for her time and insights) Long before I blogged for Chicago Now, I trained to be a substance abuse counselor. Although I shifted focus in my professional career, I still have a casual interest in the field, especially tobacco prevention. So I took the opportunity to speak with Dr. Caitlin... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project
(Special thanks to Silvana Favaretto for her time and insights) Part of this blog’s purpose is to highlight Chicago-area “mission-driven businesses” like nonprofits or social enterprise. However, the whole notion of a “mission-driven business” seems…abstract. Every business has a mission: to make a profit. However, what distinguishes a truly “mission-driven business” is a move from... Read more »

Appearance: Reading At Volumes Book Cafe October 11th

As a published author, I am proud to announce that I will be part of Volumes Book Cafe’s Deep Dish reading series on October 11th. More details via Facebook.
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Cyber Security Chicago: Colin McKinty of BAE Systems

Cyber Security Chicago: Colin McKinty of BAE Systems
(Special thanks to Colin McKinty of BAE Systems for his time and insights; please be sure to read our previous Cyber Security Chicago installments with David Juniper, Marcin Kleczynski, Sandra Fathi and Joe Rogalski) One of the best strategies that nonprofits and social enterprise organizations can implement in taking cybersecurity measures is determining their overall value. Determining that... Read more »

Cyber Security Chicago: Joe Rogalski of eSentire

Cyber Security Chicago: Joe Rogalski of eSentire
(Special thanks to Joe Rogalski of eSentire for his time and insights; please be sure to read our previous Cyber Security Chicago installments with David Juniper, Marcin Kleczynski, and Sandra Fathi) When a data breach or other form of cyber attack occurs, many organizations (including nonprofits and social enterprise) have difficulty moving from detecting a... Read more »

Cyber Security Chicago: Sandra Fathi of Affect

Cyber Security Chicago: Sandra Fathi of Affect
(Special thanks to Sandra Fathi of Affect for her time and insights, as well as Cyber Security Chicago for their assistance. Please check out yesterday’s interview with Marcin Kleczynski and our preview of Cyber Security Chicago with David Juniper)  When a cyber attack strikes any private or public organization,  several key strategies need to be in place:... Read more »
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Cyber Security Chicago: Marcin Kleczynski of Malwarebytes

Cyber Security Chicago: Marcin Kleczynski of Malwarebytes
(Special thanks to Cyber Security Chicago for complimentary access to the conference and its attendees. For an overview of Cyber Security Chicago, please check out yesterday’s preview with David Juniper, Director of Events) As a teenager in his basement in Bensenville, Marcin Klecynski was looking for a way to remove malware from his family’s shared... Read more »

Cyber Security Chicago: Preview With David Juniper

Cyber Security Chicago: Preview With David Juniper
Last year, I was fortunate enough to earn complimentary press credentials for Cyber Security Chicago. With its focus on technology and cybersecurity, it was a great opportunity to learn about the field for the blog…and although I could only attend a single day, I wanted to return. Fortunately, I was able to acquire press credentials... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: WITS Chicago

(Special thanks to Brenda Langstraat of WITS Chicago for her time and insight) At a time when immediacy and brevity of digital and social media drive our discourse, literacy can be easily dismissed…but the volunteers and staff of WITS Chicago work hard to promote a love of reading – and literacy – in Chicago youth. I... Read more »
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Blogger Outreach: An Insider's Perspective

Blogger Outreach: An Insider's Perspective
As a Chicago Now blogger, I’m finding myself in a middle of a popularity contest: between helping friends with their efforts, getting requests from media and organizations to profile them, and creating real-time topics…I am never at a loss for topics that make great posts. However, I also recognize that many nonprofit, community and other mission-driven... Read more »