Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Allstate Insurance Company
Laura leads Good Starts Young – The Allstate Foundation’s Youth Empowerment signature program. This work integrates strategic philanthropy and corporate responsibility, which includes corporate volunteerism, cultural and civic initiatives. Support for programs and nonprofit partners focus on service-learning where youth develop social emotional learning skills – intrapersonal, interpersonal and cognitive competence – for life success.
Prior to this work, Laura developed and led Community Engagement activating Allstate’s agency owners and employees in service where they live and work around the world. The corporate volunteer platform includes an Officer Nonprofit Board Placement Program, Allstate Fellows – a skills-based initiative, agency owner and employee community service, 110 local Helping Hands committees, and an enterprise-wide volunteer and giving event – Allstate Bring Out The Good Month
Committed to building brand and enhancing organizational reputation through strategic philanthropy, effective communications, stakeholder engagement, and community-facing activities, Laura is an inclusive, collaborative and mission-driven leader. She’s also a successful strategist who translates vision into innovative, results-oriented corporate responsibility programs.
Laura has served on various non-profit boards throughout her career. She is currently president of the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago and a member of the Community Involvement Roundtable at the Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
Before joining Allstate Laura served as a development executive at YMCA of Metro Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and led the corporate volunteer program and Kraft Employee Fund at Kraft Foods. She earned her bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Louisville and holds a certificate in corporate community involvement from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
President and Executive Director, Educational Assistance, Ltd.
Claudia is President & Executive Director of Educational Assistance Ltd, (EAL), a non-profit organization that converts donated corporate inventory into college scholarships for needy students. Claudia was the first student ever to receive an EAL Scholarship in 1982. EAL and donors have helped more than 10,000 students attend college. Claudia’s background is in corporate finance, business development, strategic planning and fundraising. Her experience includes leading pro-bono consulting teams under Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration, managing corporate and institutional relationships for an options trading company and developing strategic partnerships in higher education and corporate philanthropy. Also, Claudia is a Director at Technelion, a translation and multi-cultural marketing company with production affiliates in Argentina. In her role, Claudia helps corporate clients reach Spanish-speaking audiences in the US and internationally. She is a Board and Executive Committee Member of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) and a Trustee for Robert Morris University. Claudia has served as Commissioner for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and is the immediate past Chair of Israel Cancer Research Fund (Chicago).
Public Affairs Manager, U.S. Cellular
Kristin works to advance the position of the company as a responsible corporate citizen by supporting core community relations initiatives nationwide. In this role, Kristin executes the company’s $1 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the localized implementation with associates at 67 Clubs in 21 markets. She also supports leadership non-profit board appointments, large scale volunteerism, in-kind donations and the company’s associate matching program. Kristin provides creative support and strategic direction in developing communications to tout the company’s commitment to community via presentations, social media, uscellular.com and internal communications. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio she graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and now lives in Logan Square with her husband and rescue dog.
Director, Community Relations, Morningstar
Kate works within the Corporate Communications team at Morningstar, Inc. As Director of Community Relations, she manages the firm’s various partnerships with nonprofit organizations and acts as resource on volunteerism for Morningstar’s offices, internationally. In the Chicago headquarters, she coordinates volunteer opportunities focusing on education and financial literacy. Kate joined Morningstar in 2011, after working as Director of Development at the Chicago Math and Science Academy. Kate began her career as a Chicago Public School teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio University. Kate enjoys spending time on Lake Michigan, with her husband, Ryan and two sons, Cameron and Oliver.
Philanthropy Director, Northwestern Memorial Foundation
Ann is Philanthropy Director for Northwestern Memorial Foundation of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she has been for thirteen years. Ann served as the Director of Development for the Block Museum of Art and the Medill School of Journalism, both at Northwestern University, and Alumni and Development Director for The John Marshall Law School. Ann earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and graduate degree from Indiana University. She has served in leadership roles for and continues to be involved with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church.
George Nelson has a background in marketing, communications, fundraising, business development and creative writing. He first became involved with the Corporate Responsibility Group in 2005 while an Associate Director of Corporate Relations at Northwestern University. He joined the board of CRG in 2009. George Nelson has worked with start-up companies, consulting on sales, communication and marketing positioning. Prior, he worked as a Proposal Manager with Anexsys (an e-Government solution provider, formerly a joint venture with JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Bank), and also in the business publishing field and printing and graphic arts sector, in business development and marketing roles. He earned his BA from Kenyon College in English Literature and a Masters of Science in Communication from Northwestern University (where he has served on the MSC steering committee). He is also involved with the Evanston Tennis Association, Chicago Dramatists Theatre and a soccer league.
Marketing, Greater Chicago Marketing Leader, PwC
Amy leads the firm’s community initiatives in Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria and Des Moines. In this role, Amy works to build PwC’s community brand in the marketplace by managing the firm’s charitable contributions, board placement of partners and staff, event sponsorships, holiday giving, volunteerism, and local corporate responsibility efforts. Prior to this role, Amy served as Community Investment Manager at United Way or Greater St. Louis and as Fundraising Manager at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Amy earned her bachelor of social work from Arizona State University and master of social work, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from Washington University of St. Louis. Amy is a native of Grand Haven, Michigan and resides with her husband in Frankfort, Illinois.
Executive Director – Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago
Prior to joining the CR Group as its Executive Director in September 2007, Colleen served for 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and for four years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in DuPage County. She also has her own business, Healthy, Wealthy & ALIVE, an Independent Shaklee Distributorship, and, for almost 10 years, she volunteered on the Gala fund raiser committee for the UIC Medical Center “Walter Payton Center Guild” and The Bobbie and Marvin Family Fink Liver Clinic” raising funds for education, treatment and research for liver disease and cancer, the liver transplant program and other GI tract diseases. Ms. Coughlin earned her J.D. from Loyola of Chicago School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana.