are today’s youth the generation that will start to solve the world’s social issues?

NOTE DATE:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

Speaker:

Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder, WE Charity and ME to WE

In the age where selfies and the “me,” not “we,” mentality seems more prevalent than ever, how do we get kids to think it’s cool to care?

Leading social activist, New York Times best-selling author, and co-founder of WE Charity and ME to WE, Marc Kielburger has a lifetime of experience working to inspire and empower youth across the globe. WE Charity is a high-impact, accountable and innovative charity, and Marc will share an insider’s perspective on empowering today’s youth and on becoming the largest charity on Facebook. He will also show us how the ripple effect of positive content on social media really works and how we can use our time and resources to make the greatest impact both locally and globally.

One of the key components of WE Charity is WE Schools. More than one million youth in 3,500 schools across the U.S. are participating in that phenomenally successful program. We’re going to hear how WE Schools’ comprehensive and resource-rich learning framework is transforming classrooms through experiential service-learning. Through WE Schools, students learn skills in leadership, communication and project management, which results in three key outcomes: increased academic engagement, improved university and workplace readiness, and a commitment to active citizenship.

WE may well have the key that develops future leaders and citizens who know it’s cool to care!

 

Location:

KPMG, LLC
200 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

project roi: roi from cr and sustainability

Date:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

Speaker:

Steve Rochlin, Co-CEO & Co-Founder IO Sustainability, LLC & Senior Fellow, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center

Project ROI: Defining the Financial and Wider Business ROI from Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Join us for a presentation by Steve Rochlin, lead author of “Project ROI” and co-CEO of IO Sustainability. Forbes Magazine has described Project ROI as “a Godsend.”

For too long a debate has raged – should companies invest in corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability initiatives and if so, how much? Does CR detract or enhance the bottom line? Project ROI finds that CR has the potential to deliver an attractive business case. The question is not whether to engage in CR programs, but how. Project ROI establishes the potential returns on investment CR can deliver. But it’s not enough to do CR, one must do it well. Project ROI defines a clear roadmap of essential practices for companies that want to improve the impact and value of their CR and sustainability performance.

Location:

William Blair & Co.
222 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60606

u.s. healthcare – what will it look like?

Date:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

 Speaker:

Robert Christie, Senior Vice President, External Affairs – Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Healthcare will have a new face soon, but what will that face look like? No one knows for sure, and there is much speculation about the science, the medicine, and the economics of the new administration. Based on 20 years of experience in healthcare and government relations, Rob Christie puts the pieces in context and offers his take on this complex subject. Rob spoke to us during the 2008 election about the then upcoming changes in healthcare and eight years later, much has changed and will definitely continue to change. What will the new paradigm likely look like and how will it impact our city, your company or organization, you, your family, your colleagues, and your clients? Don’t be left in the dark – join us for this presentation!

Location:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Prentice Pavilion
Conference Room L North
250 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

csr campaigns that stand out and provoke action

Date:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

 Speakers:

Amy Cheronis, Managing Director, MSLGROUP Leo Burnett Chicago
Lynsey Elve, Communications Director, MSLGROUP  Leo Burnett Chicago

Fans who tuned into the 2015 Super Bowl probably think twice before using the phrase “like a girl” to negatively describe someone’s ability.

More people are helping women be #FreeToWalk away from financial abuses after learning the story behind “the world’s largest prison break.”

These campaigns for P&G Always and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse supported their corporate social responsibility efforts, helping them to stand out, address a social problem, and build goodwill among consumers and others. And, both were led by Leo Burnett/MSLGROUP Chicago.

Join us on Tues., Nov. 15, as Amy Cheronis and Lynsey Elve of MSLGROUP Chicago share insights on how to take an attention-getting approach to corporate social responsibility that breaks through the noise to get people talking and taking action. During the discussion, Amy and Lynsey will share a variety of best practice case studies – including the stories behind P&G Always #LikeAGirl and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse #FreeToWalk.

Earlier this year, MSLGROUP in Chicago and Leo Burnett’s Reputation & Communications Practice joined forces to create one integrated public relations offering housed under the MSLGROUP brand – and based in the Leo Burnett Building.

 

Location:

The Leo Burnett Building
35 West Wacker Drive
Leo Burnett Room, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

the interplay between innovation, entrepreneurship, and corporate responsibility

Date:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

Moderator:

Amy Newkirk, Greater Chicago Marketing Leader, PwC

Panel:

Todd Connor, CEO, Bunker Labs

Amy Huang, Senior Director of Programs, LEAP Innovations

Doug Scott, President, A Better Chicago

 Program:

A new CR Group season has begun, and we’re excited to kick if off with a focus on innovation at 1871!

As many of you know, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community and since that time, has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s home to more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups catalyzing the entrepreneurial community in and around Chicago, but did you know that some of our most innovative nonprofits had their start there as well?

We can name three – LEAP Innovations, Bunker Labs and A Better Chicago. All have a common theme – bringing together education, innovation and transformation to the City of Chicago. We invite you to learn more.

 

LOCATION:

LEAP Innovations at 1871
Merchandise Mart
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654

crg 2016 annual meeting

By Invitation Only

The Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago Annual Meeting

Welcome the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year and celebrate the successes of the past year as we look forward to the new program year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres
~Catered by Chef Dudley Nieto of Rojo Gusano~

The Terrace of WBEZ Studios
at Navy Pier
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 6061

corporate responsibility as a profession

 Date:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

Moderator:

Laura Coy, Director of Community Engagement – William Blair & Co., LLC.

Panel:

Beth Gallagher, Director of Community Involvement – Aon

Kimberly Gnat, Staff Representative, Corporate and Community Affairs – United Airlines

Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Americas; Executive Director, USA Foundation – ArcelorMittal

Program:

Corporate Responsibility as a Profession: Who are we? Where will you find us? What lies ahead for us?

On June 21st, Laura Coy will moderate a panel of executive leaders to discuss how the profession is gaining influence and visibility within the corporate organizational structure.  The panelists will share highlights of their journey as CSR leaders and will talk about what they see as emerging trends, such as, how the field has evolved, where CR now lives within corporate organizational structures, who CR professional work and collaborate with, and what is on the horizon.

You don’t want to miss this valuable opportunity to hear from our expert panel.

Location:

Mesirow Financial
353 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

your voice matters – on the table 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 

Your Voice Matters – On The Table 2016

 

When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about.

For the past two years, On the Table has proven that Chicago-area residents and thought-leaders such as you share a desire to come together, collaborate more, become more civically involved and more committed to our community. While we know that there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing our region, progress will result from thought-leaders, residents, and organizations working to make contributions that add up to a greater solution that helps unite the place we call home. On the Table is the channel for conversations to take place, so join us as we once again join The Chicago Community Trust and hundreds of Chicagoans in one day of conversation.

Please Note: The format for this meeting will not include the usual half-hour networking.  The meeting will start shortly after 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 a.m.

Location:

Morningstar, Inc.
22 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602.

partnerships creating meaningful volunteer experiences

Date:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

Speakers:

Jenné Myers, CEO, Chicago Cares

Jennifer Edgcomb, Vice President, Business Development, GEM Realty Capital, Inc.

Rufus Williams, CEO, BBF Family Services (formerly The Better Boys Foundation)

Program:

How Partnerships Help Create Meaningful Volunteer Experiences.

April is National Volunteer Month, and volunteerism is an enormous part of making progress in strengthening communities. Volunteering is also an important factor in many corporations’ employee recruitment, engagement, and retention strategies.  

Join us for a discussion on methods for making a volunteer experience as impactful as possible for the nonprofit, the local community, as well as the corporate partner. Jenné Myers, CEO of Chicago Cares, will lead a discussion with Jennifer Edgcomb, Vice President, Business Development at GEM Realty Capital, Inc., and Rufus Williams, CEO, BBF Family Services (formerly The Better Boys Foundation), on how Chicago Cares coordinated a partnership with GEM Realty and BBF Family Services to create just such an experience for the GEM Realty employee volunteers, the staff of BBF Family Services and their clients.

Location:

Catalyst Ranch
656 West Randolph Street
Suite 3W
Chicago, Illinois

moving education in chicago forward

PLEASE NOTE DATE:

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Schedule:

8:00am – 8:30am:  Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am   Program

 

Speakers:

 

Elaine Allensworth, Lewis-Sebring Director, UChicago Consortium on School Research at the Urban Education Institute

Deepa Gupta, Director, Education Initiatives and Strategy, The Boeing Company

Julie Hoffmann, Managing Director, A Better Chicago

Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, Illinois Humanities

 

Program:

Join us on Thursday, March 10 and hear from local thought leaders on the factors critical to student and school success, what programs are improving educational outcomes for our young people, upcoming opportunities for us to explore the future of public education and how corporate giving practitioners can apply these insights and invest for real impact.

 

Location:

Aon Center
Floor 3 – Montreal Room
200 East Randolph StreetChicago, IL

how do we know if it works

Date:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program

Speaker:

Dana Weiner, Ph.D., Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

Program:

How Do We Know if It Works?

Dana Weiner, Ph.D., will present on program evaluation. Accountability and systems change both depend on effective measurement: of processes, outcomes, and the system drivers that facilitate or impede success.  In a social service context, understanding whether our investments are “paying off” requires that we think and plan from the outset for program evaluation that identifies key outcomes and metrics, clearly articulates Theories of Change, detects unintended consequences, and sets the stage for replicability, sustainability, and an in-depth understanding of why some strategies are effective and others are not.

Location:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Feinberg Pavilion
Third Floor
Conference Rooms B, C, D
251 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

(Parking Garage on Huron)

a tale of two cities

PLEASE NOTE DATE:

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Schedule:

8:00am – 8:30am:  Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am   Program

Speaker:

MarySue Barrett: President, Metropolitan Planning Council

Program:

Metropolitan Planning Council President MarySue Barrett demystifies what’s really going on with growth in our city and region.

Is it inevitable that Houston will overtake Chicago as the #3 U.S. metropolitan region? Or that Nashville continues to add as many people in one day as Chicago does all year? We can’t blame the weather for our slow growth, since Minneapolis is 1/3 our size, but is growing at five times our rate. Our sluggish economy plays out in the context of deepening poverty in too many areas, affecting prospects for both companies and individuals.

Chicagoland has many enviable assets, but we have failed to link them together in a way that unlocks our potential. Our December 3rd CR Group meeting will arm you with new, compelling data about how we compare to other cities and regions and how to get back on the path of growth. Learn about the value of investing in our transportation network, about attracting new development near transit stations, and about streamlining Illinois’ proliferation of governments – and how you can help Grow Chicago.

Location:

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

the impact of the budget crisis

PLEASE NOTE DATE:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Schedule:

8:00am – 8:30am:  Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am   Program

Speakers:

Jose Rico: Senior Vice President of Community Investment, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Risa Davis: Vice President of Corporate Development, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Program:

Join the CR Group and our host the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago for a timely discussion on the impact of the budget crisis on human service programs and also on the advocacy work being done to urge Springfield to act. The UWMC will also provide us with an overview of the work being done along with its partner agencies, in the midst of the ongoing budget crisis, through the collective impact model through their Neighborhood Networks.

Location:

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
333 South Wabash Avenue2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

 

 

 

the social value proposition

PLEASE NOTE DATE:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Schedule:

8:00am – 8:30am:  Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am   Program

Speaker:

Jason Saul, Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement, LLC

Program:

Join us at our September Breakfast Meeting for a discussion with Jason Saul on measuring the core business benefits of the Social Value Proposition.

Jason Saul is one of the nation’s leading experts on measuring social impact. He is the Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement LLC, a strategy consulting firm that helps corporations, nonprofits and public sector clients measure and improve their social impact.

Jason introduces the concept of a “social value proposition,” motivates it with thoughtful consumer insights and walks us through the kinds of value it can deliver. In the process, he underlines the distinction between socially conscious consumers and consumers who respond to “social value drivers.”

He argues the business logic of CSR and corporate sustainability is fundamentally changing. In a framework splitting business value into extrinsic and intrinsic – where intrinsic benefits affect actual consumption, while extrinsic ones do not – Jason argues companies have been erring too much on the side of extrinsic.

Location:

Peoples Gas
22nd Floor
200 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

Please remember to bring your photo ID for building security.

the chicago financial education initiative

Please Note the Special Date:

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Time:

Reception: 8:00 a.m.
Program:   8:30 a.m.
Adjourn:   9:30 a.m.

 Speakers:

Kurt Summers, City Treasurer, City of Chicago
John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments

Does Chicago hold the key to teaching our residents about money so they make better financial choices and live more prosperous lives? We just might.

Over the next three years, the Chicago Financial Education Initiative aims to provide a path to financial empowerment for all Chicago students and parents through financial education. What makes the program unique is the coordination. With 135 different public and private organizations teaching financial education in Chicago, the plan brings together all of those providers for the first time. Partners include the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office, Chicago Public Schools, the Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago Public Libraries, City Colleges and the Mayor’s Office. Learn more about the first-ever initiative as we hear from City Treasurer Kurt Summers and Ariel Investments Chairman and CEO John Rogers.

Location:

ArecelorMittal
1 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

cr group annual event

By Invitation Only

The Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago Annual Meeting

Welcome the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 year and celebrate the successes of the past year as we look forward to the new program year!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

The CLiff Dwellers Club
200 South Michigan Avenue
22nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

corporate volunteer programs

PLEASE NOTE DATE:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Schedule:

Continental Breakfast and Networking: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Program:   8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speakers:

Brian Battle, Principal, Civic Consulting Alliance

Jaime Guzman, Executive Director – Chicago, Taproot Foundation

Jenné Myers, CEO, Chicago Cares

It seems each month gets its own favorite flavor, vibrant color, and pithy motto. April is no exception, and one of its attributes is: National Volunteer Month.

The Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago has assembled a great panel of executives who are expert in this field for the month that brings showers, tax deadlines, plus sprouting flowers!

Join us on Thursday, April 23, as our panel discusses a number of key topics associated with corporate volunteer programs:
What are the challenges within a corporation?
How does a non-profit validate and advance employee engagement?
What are the interest, expectation and approved time-committal by firms that are rewarded and appreciated?

Location:

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in the Offices of the Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
Suite 800 (8th Floor)
Chicago, IL 60606

Please remember to bring your photo ID for building security.

Join us on Thursday, April 23, as our panel discusses a number of key topics associated with corporate volunteer programs:

 

What are the challenges within a corporation?

 

How does a non-profit validate and advance employee engagement?

 

What are the interest, expectation and approved time-committal by firms that are rewarded and appreciated?

on the table 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 

On May 12, 2014, the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago joined nearly 12,000 Chicagoland residents to participate in The Chicago Community Trust’s inaugural On the Table event.  Check out the digital report to experience the bold ideas from the first On the Table.

This year, the Trust will mark 100 years of service in the region.  We invite you to once again join the CR Group by taking part in our On the Table 2015 on Tuesday, May 12th.

The On the Table focus this year is honoring and inspiring the philanthropist in each one of us, so we will build on the passion, energy and devotion you bring to your community each day and ask you to share your stories.

Please Note: The format for this meeting will not include the usual half-hour networking.  The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 a.m.

Location:

Morningstar, Inc.
22 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602.

the kennedy forum illinois

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Schedule:

Continental Breakfast and Networking: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Program:   8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speakers:

Justice Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court

Laurence Msall, President, The Civic Federation

Kelly OBrien, Director, The Kennedy Forum Illinois; President & Founder, Ideaction Corps

Peter O’Brien, Sr., Owner, O’Briens Restaurant & Bar; MADO Management, LC.

 

The Kennedy Forum Illinois is a campaign to end the stigma against mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

One in four Americans is affected by mental health disorders or substance abuse disorders — 16 percent of all Illinoisans.  Yet, approximately two-thirds of people with symptoms of mental health challenges do not receive any treatment at all for their condition. Amazingly, one of the key barriers to receiving care is the continuing, and in some cases increasing, pervasive stigma against those with such challenges.

Untreated mental illnesses significantly contribute to lost productivity and absenteeism in the workplace, and limitations on mental health services significantly increase employers’ direct and indirect health care costs.  Nationally, mental illness and substance abuse annually cost employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion. To address this issue, The Kennedy Forum Illinois has launched a campaign to change both attitudes and practice.

Please join us as founding members of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, Peter O’Brien, Sr., Owner, O’Briens Restaurant & Bar, MADO Management, LC., Laurence Msall, President, The Civic Federation, Justice Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court, and Kelly O’Brien, Kennedy Forum Illinois Director, discuss this initiative, the project’s goals, the role of employers, and how corporate Chicago can be engaged.

Location:

Catalyst Ranch
656 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60606

sustainability

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Schedule:

Continental Breakfast and Networking: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Program:   8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speakers:


Jeremy Manion
, Business Development Manager, Office Depot

Jonah Smith, Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors

Sustainability is defined as our ability to meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  But do we understand how sustainability is changing the way global brands, small businesses and non-profits conduct business?  What measures are in place to help businesses balance the business imperative with their corporate social responsibility priorities?

Join us to learn how two global companies are leading the way toward a more sustainable environment and have a first-hand look at some of their best-practices in sustainability.  Jeremy Manion of OfficeDepot/Staples and Jonah Smith of MillerCoors will share with us their corporate perspectives on issues of sustainability and inspire us to affect change in our own organizations!

 Location:


WBEZ Studios on Navy Pier

848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, 60611
Public Transportation: CTA Buses #29, #65, #66 and #124 go to Navy Pier.