Jason Saul

Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement

 

 

Jason Saul is one of the world’s leading experts on measuring social impact. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Mission Measurement, a firm that measures and predicts social impact for governments, foundations and corporations around the world.

Jason serves on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is an award winning author of numerous books on measurement and social strategy, including: Benchmarking for Nonprofits, Social Innovation, Inc., and The End of Fundraising.

Jason was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service, has been recognized by Bloomberg/Businessweek as one of the Nation’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs and by Crain’s Chicago Business as a “40 under 40” business leader. Jason serves on the National Board of Directors of Net Impact and was appointed to the State of Illinois’ Budgeting for Results Commission.

Jason holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Government and French Literature from Cornell University.

Bridget Burnell

Global Manager of Environmental Sustainability Initiatives, General Motors

 

Bridget Burnell is the global manager of environmental sustainability initiatives at General Motors, leading a team of experts in areas such as renewable energy, biodiversity, waste reduction, recycling and environmental outreach. She manages programs that help employees leave a smaller footprint and share best practices to drive greater progress.

Burnell mobilizes a team working to achieve wildlife habitat certification at all GM facilities, expand beyond the 152 facilities that send zero waste to landfill, and make progress on a goal to power all GM facilities’ electricity needs with renewable energy by 2050. She also has led GM’s Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability student program supporting recruitment and professional development.

Burnell joined GM in 1997. Prior to her current role, she was the senior environmental engineer for global environmental programs. She has served as an environmental engineer for GM facilities in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Saginaw, Michigan. Key activities included regulatory reporting, data analysis, and collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, and community groups. Burnell worked with the design team to construct the Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant, which ultimately achieved LEED Gold certification and launched with Wildlife Habitat Council certification as a “Rookie of the Year” site.

Burnell earned a Master of Science in Leadership for leading sustainability from Walden University in Minneapolis and a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy and political science from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Advanced Certified Sustainability Practitioner and Certified Storm Water Operator. Burnell is a member of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment and Michigan Association of Hazardous Materials Professionals.

Christopher D. Gould

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Exelon Corporation

 

In his role as SVP, Corporate Strategy & Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer Christopher Gould is responsible for overall corporate strategic planning as well as the company’s corporate sustainability and innovation programs. Chris has been with the company since 1999, having previously served as Vice President Corporate Planning where he was responsible for Exelon’s planning and project evaluation functions, as director of pricing and structuring, as director of financial planning and analysis, and as manager of market planning at Exelon Power Team, located in Kennett Square, PA.

Prior to Exelon, Gould was with Dames & Moore (URS Corporation) in Washington, D.C. serving in a variety of engineering and project management roles in the environmental and infrastructure professional services sector. He began his career at EA Engineering as a project engineer working on various federal, state and local government agency and public utility projects to protect and remediate the environment.

Gould earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. He received his MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Margaret O’Gorman

President, Wildlife Habitat Council

 

Margaret O’Gorman operates at the intersection of business and nature. As President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, she helps companies find value in natural resources conservation and mainstream biodiversity across operations. She works with multinational corporations to develop integrated strategies to implement conservation projects to meet business needs and, in so doing, enhance ecosystems, connect communities and engage employees. She helps WHC members build conservation into their sustainability efforts and helps sustain conservation efforts through WHC’s signature Conservation Certification recognition, which serves to define the standard for corporate conservation worldwide.

Prior to joining WHC, she served as the Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey where she transformed the little-known statewide non-profit into a well-respected and effective organization focused on rare and imperiled wildlife protection and recovery in the Garden State. Margaret’s extensive fundraising and development experience comes from almost a decade in lead development roles at New Jersey Future and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. She began her career in education publishing, developing an expertise in secondary and university STEM education.

Margaret is a compelling writer and speaker on the power of natural resource conservation to restore ecosystems, recover species, connect people and make a positive difference to business, people and planet.

She holds a BSc in geology and geophysics from University College Ireland, Galway and a Masters in Micropaleontology from the University of Southampton, UK.

William (Bill) C. Steers

General Manager, Communications and Corporate Responsibility, ArcelorMittal Americas and President, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation

 

William (Bill) Steers serves as general manager, communications and corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas’ region, which encompasses more than 50 steel production, mining and finishing facilities, and approximately 40,000 employees. He oversees external and internal communications, branding and corporate responsibility (CR) efforts throughout North & South America.

As a member of ArcelorMittal Americas’ senior management team, Steers leverages his expertise to counsel the company’s leadership on a wide variety of stakeholder engagement issues and community investment strategies. He is ArcelorMittal’s chief spokesperson for the Americas and leads corporate responsibility initiatives across the segment, aligning with core business priorities while working to address local stakeholder expectations. He serves as President of the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation.

Steers has spearheaded ArcelorMittal’s role as the sole corporate partner in Sustain Our Great Lakes, a bi-national public-private partnership focused on awarding financial support to programs working to restore, protect and preserve the world’s largest freshwater system, the Great Lakes basin.  Since 2006, Sustain Our Great Lakes has leveraged over $144 million in total conservation investment, and Bill remains on the SOGL Advisory Board.

Promoting collaboration across borders and industries, Steers serves on the advisory boards for the Chi-Cal River Fund and the Calumet Land Conservation Partnership, focused on restoring the health, vitality and accessibility of local waterways. Steers also serves on the Board of the Wildlife Habitat Council and is a trustee at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, serving on its conservation and PR/marketing committee since 2010.

In 2016, Bill Steers was appointed Chair of the Calumet Collaborative Board of Directors. Calumet Collaborative catalyzes innovative partnerships between Illinois and Indiana community, government, business and nonprofit stakeholders to advance a thriving Calumet region.

Tricia Bobeda

Senior Editor of Digital, WBEZ, Chicago Public Media

 

Tricia Bobeda is the Senior Editor of Digital at WBEZ – Every Other Hour and the co-host of the Nerdette Podcast. She leads the team of producers, reporters and editors responsible for WBEZ’s website, apps and social media.

Prior to joining WBEZ’s digital team, Tricia reported for its news desk and worked on the Front and Center series. After studying journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School, she spend several years as a reporter for the Lansing State Journal. She was a finalist in the KCRW 2013 Radio Race.

Cate Cahan

Senior Editor, WBEZ, Chicago Public Media

 

As a WBEZ editor, Cate Cahan works with reporters and producers to conceive and research stories, edits scripts and digital copy, and organizes long-term projects, including series.

Cate joined WBEZ in 1998 as editor for Eight Forty-Eight, then WBEZ’s weekday morning newsmagazine. She’s played a number of key roles here, including as interim news director and metro editor of beat reporters in community bureaus, and in business, politics, science, criminal and legal affairs, education, urban affairs and arts. Because she works with excellent reporters and producers Cate has received numerous local, regional and national awards. Before coming to WBEZ, she worked as editorial director and later planning editor for the local CBS station, WBBM.

She’s also been a magazine editor and worked as a newspaper reporter, which she still sometimes misses. Cate has a M.A. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in English from Mundelein College.

Stewart Rassier

Director, Executive Education & Advisory Products, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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Stewart Rassier is the Director of Executive Education at the Center; he has more than 11 years of corporate citizenship education, communications, and advisory experience working with leading companies across the globe. Stewart has designed and implemented workshops, sustainability strategies, policies, programs, and performance management systems that connect corporate responsibility to the business, reduce cost, engage stakeholders, and produce impact.

Prior to the Center, Stewart was the regional head of North America at AccountAbility, a sustainability advisory, research, and standards organization, and was a director at Saatchi & Saatchi Sustainability, a sustainability strategy consultancy. Stewart has worked with leading companies across the globe including Disney, Walmart, Fidelity, McDonald’s, ING, Hess, Accenture, Saudi Aramco, Vestas Wind Systems, Alston + Bird, WellPoint, Kellogg’s and Frito Lay.

Marc Kielburger

Co-Founder of WE Charity and ME to WE

 

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Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is also the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of the charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.

Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.

Steve Rochlin

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

 

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IO Sustainability. IO (Impacts and Outcomes for Sustainable Development) identifies strategic solutions for private, public, and civil sector organizations that maximize economic, social, and environmental value for the long-­‐term.

Steve has over 20 years of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility (S&CR). He has advised leading companies across a wide variety of industry sectors on how to improve sustainability performance in a way that drives competitive success. He has been a senior executive at two leading S&CR organizations. For AccountAbility he served as the Director of Global Advisory Services and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Director of Research and Development. Under his leadership both organizations demonstrated growth in revenues, reputation, and international presence.

 

Steve is co-­‐author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets. He is the lead author of the landmark research report: Project ROI – Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Steve obtained his MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and his A.B. from Brown University.

Robert Christie

Senior Vice President, External Affairs – Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

 

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Robert Christie joined Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in May of 2001 as Vice President of Government and Legislative Relations. In this role, he is responsible for the hospital’s advocacy and lobbying activities at the local, state, and federal, levels of government.  In 2010, Mr. Christie was promoted to Vice President External Affairs which combines Community Relations and Community Services with the previous Government and Legislative Relations and functions into one department.  Mr. Christie is active in the American Hospital Association and the Illinois Hospital Association advocacy programs and he is the past chair of the Government Relations Steering Committee of the American Association of Medical Colleges.  In 2007 he was named as the Illinois recipient of the AHA Grassroots Champion Award for his outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of the hospital industry. 

Prior to joining NMH, he spent 14 years as the director of public affairs at FMC Corporation and 6 years as director of government relations at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO).  Mr. Christie has been active in a number of state and national organizations including the National Governors Association corporate fellow’s steering committee.  He is a board member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is the immediate past chair of their political action committee and serves on the boards of the Civic Federation, Illinois Issues public policy magazine and Metropolitan Family Service of DuPage county.  He earned a BA in political science from Western Illinois University in 1976.

Lynsey Elve

Communications Director – MSLGROUP, Leo Burnett Chicago

 

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Lynsey Elve serves as Communications Director within MSLGROUP’s Corporate Practice overseeing the agency’s Allstate and Alcon (Novartis) business and specializing in reputation strategy and implementation across executive visibility, thought leadership, influencer and media relations.

Previously, Lynsey served as the Director of Global Reputation and Communications for the Leo Burnett Group, focusing on the agency’s P&G business and helping to promote and protect a variety of the Leo Burnett Group agency brands.

In her past life, Lynsey worked for global public relations agency, GOLIN and Wondergem Consulting, a boutique PR agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with a variety of blue chip B2B clients including Dow Water & Process Solutions, Underwriters Laboratories, Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Amway Corporation ventures such as Van Andel Cancer Research Institute and Amway Hotels.

Amy Cheronis

Managing Director – MSLGROUP, Leo Burnett Chicago

 

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Amy Cheronis is a results-driven communications professional with more than 20 years of broad, integrated experience across categories, geographies and media. Before joining MSLGROUP she was the EVP, Reputation & Communications at Leo Burnett, where she led strategy and execution. Amy previously managed Leo+, the PR and reputation engine inside Leo Burnett that served clients’ reputation needs across external communications, employee engagement, community outreach, social media strategy, editorial content and thought leadership. She also serves as President of the Executive Board to EMBARC, the only teacher-led organization in the U.S. that achieves student academic success through systematic, long-term social and cultural exposure.

Amy Newkirk

Marketing, Greater Chicago Marketing Leader – PwC

 

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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.

Doug Scott

President – A Better Chicago

 

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A Better Chicago believes everyone deserves a great education. Not just an ok education, but the type of education that empowers people, ignites economies and elevates communities. They believe everyone can drive social change. Not through charity as usual, but through smart philanthropy that strengthens organizations and accelerates change. Their mission is to dramatically improve educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans by investing in the most effective schools and programs in our region.

Doug joined A Better Chicago in 2016 and leads the development and implementation of the organization’s program strategy and organization-wide strategic initiatives. Prior to joining A Better Chicago, Doug spent nine years with McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior member of the firm’s education practice. In this role, he advised foundations, nonprofits and school districts on a range of strategy and operations projects. Additionally, Doug helped to develop McKinsey’s Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool for nonprofit organizations. Earlier in his career, he was one of the first partners at The New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit organization focused on enabling excellent teaching in every classroom. Doug has an AB in psychology from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Todd Connor

CEO – Bunker Labs

 

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Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 12 different cities, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses. They work to inspire, educate, and connect veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. Additionally their online platform, Bunker in a Box, gives active duty and veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses.

Todd is the CEO of The Bunker, and Co-Founder of Flank 5 Academy. A Navy veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), Todd has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sector. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Amy Huang

Senior Director of Programs – LEAP Innovations

 

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LEAP Innovations is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that connects innovation and education to reinvent the one-size-fits-all system and transform the way kids learn.

As LEAP’s Senior Director of Programs, Amy oversees all of LEAP’s core programs that serve educators, students and edtech companies. As a founding member of the LEAP team, Amy played a key role in shaping the organization and took the lead in building Breakthrough Schools Chicago, LEAP’s whole-school redesign program. Amy has a decade of experience developing and implementing innovative education strategies.

Prior to joining LEAP, Amy was the Portfolio Manager at New Schools for Chicago. In this role, she led the due diligence on charter school investments, managed the charter authorization partnership with CPS, and helped to develop the early organizational strategy for personalized learning. Prior to joining NSC, Amy was a consultant with A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm that advises Fortune 500 clients. She previously taught high school biology and chemistry in West Oakland with Teach For America, winning the 2006 TFA Bay Area Award for Innovation in Teaching. She earned her MBA from the Ross of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Laura Coy

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

 

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Laura Coy joined William Blair in 2016 as the Director of Community Engagement. In her capacity, Laura is overseeing the William Blair Foundation, creating the firm’s integrated social investment strategy, and developing opportunities for employees to volunteer with and serve as leaders in their local community. Prior to William Blair, Laura served as the Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Public Affairs Manager and Senior Corporate Philanthropist for Grainger, responsible for the company’s CSR and citizenship programs. Prior to working at Grainger, Laura worked for nonprofits such as the National Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago where she learned the power of building public-private partnerships. Laura graduated from the University of Illinois and lives in Chicago with her husband and two girls. She is active with professional organizations like the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and supports the Honeycomb Project and One Million Degrees.

Beth Gallagher

Director of Community Involvement – Aon

 

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As Director of Community Involvement for Aon, Beth is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aon Foundation and the firm’s corporate contributions programs and related charity partnerships. In addition, Beth oversees employee volunteer programs at Aon, including Aon’s annual social impact day, which engages colleagues around the world in community service.

Beth first joined Aon in 2006 as a Program Associate for the Aon Foundation and went on to work on the Community Affairs team at Northern Trust before returning to Aon in her current role in December of 2008. Previously, Beth worked for Youth Outreach Services where she supported the agency’s fundraising and communications efforts.

Beth holds a B.A. in English, with honors, from Portland State University and a master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She serves on the board and leads the Resource Development Committee of Ada S. McKinley Community Services.

Marcy Twete

Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation – ArcelorMittal

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As Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation at ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel and mining company, Marcy leads corporate responsibility, sustainability and community investment/philanthropic giving for ArcelorMittal Americas, with teams in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica. This cross-cultural team directs a portfolio of institutional community investment/philanthropic giving for ArcelorMittal Americas totaling more than $15 million.

Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Marcy worked for more than a decade in nonprofit fundraising and marketing with organizations ranging in size from $2 million small nonprofit organizations to consulting with the largest universities and hospitals in the world on multi-billion dollar capital campaigns.