Steve Casey

Founder and Board President, Fresh Moves

Oftentimes we view our identity as a mix of roles.  We introduce ourselves by what we do professionally, by our community involvement; we make mention of our support system, of our family, of where we live.  These roles and identifying characteristics cue others of our values and of our principles.  In a variety of situations, we pick and choose what we want to reveal to others of ourselves.  Steve Casey’s professional, community, and personal life is intentionally driven by one goal:  giving to his community.

Steve is a Manager, Grants and Budget for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois; responsible for overseeing the budget and administration of $80 million in grants provided by the foundation.  Steve earned his Bachelor of Administration in Finance from the University of the District of Columbia and his M.B.A. in Finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Through these educational and other experiences, Steve’s sense of social justice was solidified.  He and his partner and wife Kimberly Casey, commit to making all decisions, big and small, with the community and its ongoing development in mind.

The Caseys are raising their son Joel in the Englewood community of Chicago.  A homeowner and property owner in his neighborhood, Steve also is affiliated with numerous community-related activities, in addition to the local and national Urban League chapters, Food Desert Action/Fresh Moves, Neighborhood Housing Services, The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, and the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) initiative.  Named a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 2004, Steve spent time in Europe studying global economic, political and social issues.

Steve’s favorite quote, one that exemplifies his mission, is credited to the influential German thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”

Luke Tanen

Executive Director, the Chicago Innovation Awards

Luke Tanen is the Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards, the region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products and services introduced in the Chicago region, regardless of industry or company size.

Luke oversees a yearly series of events and activities aimed at celebrating, educating, and connecting Chicago’s innovation community, including the annual Chicago Innovation Awards ceremony, which is attended by more than 1500 civic, business, and cultural leaders and supporters of innovation.  Luke is also responsible for supervising the entire awards judging process, a complex task that iteratively narrows down a pool of hundreds of nominees to the final honorees.

Luke’s recent book, Innovating…Chicago-Style: How Local Innovators are Building the National Economy profiles the stories of 80 Chicago region innovators who have launched groundbreaking new products and services in the marketplace.  He has appeared in local and regional television, print and radio discussing Chicago’s rise as a hub of innovation.

Luke is a graduate of Northwestern University and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

celebrating and stimulating innovation in the chicagoland region


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Reception: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m.
Adjourn: 9:00 a.m.


Luke Tanen, Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Awards

Steve Casey, Founder and Board President, Fresh Moves

Celebrating and Stimulating Innovation in the Chicagoland Region

Luke Tanen will discuss the growth of the Chicago’s innovation community as witnessed through the rise of the Chicago Innovation Awards, the region’s foremost annual celebration of new products, services and organizations.

Now in its 11th year, the Awards honor innovation in organizations large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, high tech, low tech and no tech, across all industries.  The winners each year are innovations that uniquely fill unmet needs, spark a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations, and improve people’s lives.  Most importantly, the Chicago Innovation Awards remind us that innovation is thriving in America’s heartland.

Luke will explain how a one-night awards ceremony in 2002 has grown to become a year-long civic program and cultural movement focused on celebrating Chicago’s most innovative organizations, providing innovation and entrepreneurship education, and connecting innovators with the people and resources they need to take their innovations to scale, laying groundwork for economic growth and job creation in our region.

Luke will be joined by the 2011 Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Chicago Innovation Awards, Steve Casey, Founder of Fresh Moves.  Fresh Moves was awarded for its innovation that addresses the issue of food deserts in Chicago through a creative public-private partnership with the CTA.


600 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

Please RSVP to Colleen Coughlin by Friday, September 21 at or at, or by calling 312-666-2776.  Your name and your guests’ names must be on the guest list and remember to bring a photo ID.

chicago ideas week


Tuesday, November 27, 2012


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


Leah Marshall, Director of Development, Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Ideas Week just wrapped up its second, very exciting year, bringing in over 20,000 attendees and 235 speakers – all with the goal of fostering connections, catalyzing new ventures, and putting Chicago on the map as a city that turns ideas into action.

Meet the staff of Chicago Ideas Week and learn the impact we are trying to create through Chicago Ideas Week, what we accomplished through our 2012 program, and how you can engage with Chicago Ideas Week as a sponsor, speaker, or volunteer in 2013.


Deloitte Services LP
111 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Please RSVP to Colleen Coughlin by Wednesday, November 21 at or at, or by calling 312-666-2776.  Your name and your guests’ names must be on the guest list and remember to bring a photo ID.