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Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR

Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR
Recently, philanthropist Melinda Gates pledged $50 million towards “inclusive tech hubs” though Pivotal Venture’s “Gender Equality in Tech Cities” initiative. The initiative seeks to increase the power and influence of women in tech through greater education and hiring, and the UIC College of Engineering received an initial grant towards their computer science program in an effort to... Read more »

West Monroe Partners' 2020 Plans: A Talk With Tom Hulsebosch

West Monroe Partners' 2020 Plans: A Talk With Tom Hulsebosch
(Special Thanks to Tom Hulsebosch of West Monroe Partners for his time and insights) Earlier this month, Tom Hulsebosch stepped into the role of Office Leader at West Monroe Partners, and the consulting firm has big plans for their Chicago office. Although the firm has been featured on this blog for its corporate social responsibility... Read more »

Why Supporting Chicago Neighborhood Small Business Matters

One of my 2020 blogging resolutions was to highlight Chicago neighborhood small businesses as part of the Meet Your Neighbor series. I had even chosen my first business to highlight: B-Sides Coffee and Vinyl, a really cool coffee shop at 99th and Walden Parkway across from the Metra Rock Island Line station. I had frequented... Read more »
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4EVR: A Chicago Startup Driven by Community

(Special thanks to Josh S and Indhi of 4EVR for their time and insights) Many Chicago tech startups begin with a simple goal of addressing a client or customer need. In many cases, those startups see the audience simply as a client making a purchase or paying a subscription. However, a new Chicago startup named... Read more »

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital
In June 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill legalizing cannabis in Illinois starting in 2020. As the eleventh state to legalize cannabis, Illinois is hoping to drive economic development. Many local startups seek to take advantage of this legislation, and there are ample opportunities for both economic and community revitalization. On Friday, August 9th,... Read more »

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part Two

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part Two
(Earlier this week, we spoke with Doug Armstrong about West Monroe Partners’ efforts in corporate social responsibility. Although implementing such programs, we thought it might be beneficial to highlight employee experiences in corporate social responsibility. So today’s entry focuses on how one West Monroe Partners staff member found personal – and professional – success through... Read more »
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Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part One

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part One
(In an effort to drive social change and social impact, many companies are adopting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. These programs not only result in direct community impact but can also drive many benefits including increased job performance. West Monroe Partners, a business consulting firm in Chicago, serves as a great example of how companies... Read more »

Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL

Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL
Like many startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises, many businesses are adopting a mission-driven philosophy of driving social good. For many organizations and highly prominent individuals, doing good should be “baked into” their corporate mission. As Anand Giriharadas argues in Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, this attitude can inadvertently perpetuate the very... Read more »

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »
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Tony Robbins, Buzzfeed, and Self-Proclaimed "Gurus"

Tony Robbins, Buzzfeed, and Self-Proclaimed "Gurus"
Many of my business colleagues, regardless of whether they’re in the nonprofit, social enterprise, or mission-driven business sphere, rely on the philosophy of Tony Robbins for their success. Despite a recent Buzzfeed article outlining allegations of inappropriate behavior, Tony Robbins retains the support of many of his acolytes. (He has also strongly criticized the site in... Read more »