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Guest Blog : What is "Work Ethic"?

  Guest Blog by James Papandrea,  We sometimes hear about an American work ethic, or variations on that theme, but what does that mean? The word “ethic” makes me think of morality, and implies that some work ethics are better than others… Usually in our culture we assume that the more ambitious we are –... Read more »

10 Chicagoans To Watch In 2015

Shilpa Alva<p>
In September 2014, Shilpa took a bold step by leaving her successful corporate career to dedicate all her energy towards her passion – Surge. She left her position as Manager in the Supply Chain Advisory practice at Ernst & Young in Chicago, USA and started to focus more heavily on building and sustaining the organization. Prior to Ernst & Young, she was the Global Logistics Manager at Ecolab in Minneapolis, USA.

In addition to her professional experience, Shilpa also has strong academic credentials; she has completed her MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and her BSc in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. <br><br>



About Surge’s Founding<p>
I’m often asked what it was that moved me about water. My motivation began when I was a child visiting extended family in India. Issues related to the water crisis were so prevalent that I saw children my age who didn’t have the luxury of playing; instead many were fetching water for their family’s survival. Even as a seven-year-old child, I knew this was not the way the world should be. Access to safe water is a critical aspect of daily life, and everyone should have it. Children should not bear the responsibility of a family’s survival.  I knew then that I wanted to make a difference, I just didn’t know how.
When I was twenty-one, I spent a few months on a volunteer assignment in Rajgarh, a remote Indian village. I was confronted with water and sanitation issues for the first time as an adult. In an effort to save the limited water we had access to, we could only shower once in four days, flush the toilet sparingly and often had to wash our clothes in a murky river. We were among the fortunate ones who had some access to this precious resource; many of our friends in the village didn’t share in this luxury. It was through this firsthand experience that I realized it was now my responsibility to make a difference. The founding of Surge in 2008 was in response to this life-long calling: It was my way of making a lasting impact. We were going to change people’s lives by providing them with access to safe water and sanitation!
As Surge started to form, a few friends — our first volunteers — united to launch the organization. Our first event was Think Water, a water-inspired gala held at the stunning Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event was a huge success, attended by more than 200 guests. It scored a full-page feature in the Star Tribune, the largest newspaper in the state. With this unexpected, overwhelming support we knew our mission resonated with our community and that we had the backing to continue with our vision. And so we did! We continued to organize frequent fundraisers and awareness events. Soon we started to transition from raising funds and awareness to partnering with local organizations in Cambodia, Dominican Republic and Haiti.  As we gained momentum we were able to grow our impact and educational efforts around the world.
Surge has grown to a global nonprofit organization registered in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. We bring life-sustaining water and sanitation to those most in need, while increasing awareness of the global crisis. 
Today, a global team of talented volunteers operates Surge; each has a personal story of being moved by water that brought them to our organization: they may have witnessed poverty, inequalities and injustices around the world, etc. We have come together because of our belief that every person has an equal right to access safe water and sanitation. As a team, we continue to be significantly affected by the severity of the water crisis and the struggles people face to access this basic necessity. However, we stay driven as we know that with just a little bit of help we can make a life changing difference. We are changing the world — one drop at a time!<p>

<a href="http://surgeforwater.org/">Find out more about Surge</a>
They are philanthropists, entertainers, writers, activists – they are our friends, moms, brothers , sisters and just the person we may have heard of in passing.  This year’s list of difference makers come from all walks of life and have been and , in my humble opinion will be contributing to building a great future... Read more »

A December To Remember: A Month of Memories In Pictures and Videos

This December was a rarity,  I was in town long enough to attend a few great celebrations.  I still missed more stuff  than I wanted.  But here are some pictures and video from some of the best events of the month.   One Acre Fund 7th Annual Chicago Gala  Andrew Youn and Harry Kraemer   ... Read more »
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"Wisdom In Pieces" Provides Common Sense, Motivation For Every Day "Opportunities"

"Wisdom In Pieces" Provides Common Sense, Motivation For Every Day "Opportunities"
Radio host, entrepreneur and author, Jennifer Bridgeforth, will debut her new book “Wisdom in Pieces” Motivational Moments For Real Life  a collection of real-life stories meant to motivate those seeking to overcome personal challenge and celebrate their internal power. Bridgeforth says the book’s purpose was inspired from personal experiences where she struggled with real life... Read more »

The Great Chicago Wine Bar Search: Tocco delivers on Wine, Food and Atmosphere

 The Great Chicago Wine Bar Search: Tocco delivers on Wine, Food and Atmosphere
When you visit Tocco it’s a consensus it feels like visiting a old friend’s home , if that friend has a sprawling trendy home with a full bar and a menu of delicious food.  Some to the reviews bring things home as Tocco is all about the atmosphere that owner Bruno Abate has created.  ... Read more »

11 Chicagoans To Watch In 2013

For the past few years I’ve provided lists of individuals I think are poised for a breakout year. And 2013′s list is set to soar. 11 people with diverse backgrounds, making their marks in  business, fashion, education, and social awareness.   A number of them I have previously worked with and consider good friends, some I’ve... Read more »
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Gift Ideas For the Last Minute Shopper

Gift Ideas For the Last Minute Shopper
I admit I’m a little late when it comes to sending cards and getting gifts for Christmas.    So in keeping with that tradition, I’m sending  this on Dec. 23rd because I KNOW that I’m not the only one that embraces the “It’s the thought that counts, no matter how late I think about it” school... Read more »

PR Firm To Host 3rd Annual Toy Drive For South Side Youth Center

PR Firm To Host 3rd Annual Toy Drive For South Side Youth Center
Official Anais Public Relations Firm  will host their 3rd Annual “Blessed 2 Be A Blessing” Toy Drive  to benefit  The Gary Comer Youth Center. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 23rd at Christian Fields Style Bar located at 6550 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago. The “Blessed 2 Be a Blessing” Toy Drive... Read more »

From The Grateful Dead To Harleys: The Many Lives Of Marketing Genius Steve Amella

From The Grateful Dead To Harleys: The Many Lives Of Marketing Genius Steve Amella
Steve Amella  is a sort of 21st century renaissance man.  His experiences would make mere mortals shake their heads in doubt and amazement.    And now,  he leads a life of service  dedicated to bringing out the “amazing” in people. Steve has a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Marketing. After college, Amella traveled... Read more »
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After Work Soul....This Thursday At Sawtooth

After Work Soul....This Thursday At Sawtooth
iRock Jazz Presents: Soul House After Work featuring the best in Jazz, Neo Soul and Soul Music at  indoor and outdoor venue Sawtooth 1350 W. Randolph . Thursday, August 23, 5pm -2am . The event is free and open to the public. Featured Artists Vocalist: Aziza Lisa Tony Cazeau- piano Mendel Beckford- bass Chuck Lacy-... Read more »