On Tuesday, October 29 at 12noon, Morten Group President Mary Morten will sit on a panel Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management to discuss the future of Chicago and the work of the Nonprofit sector.

The event will include both a panel and Q+A session and will ask: what is Chicago’s vision of engagement with the nonprofit community in helping the city flourish and thrive? What sorts of collaboration between government and nonprofits could help achieve that vision?

Other panelists include:


Event Details

Tuesday, October 29 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00p.m. CST

Location: Wintrust Bank; 231 South LaSalle Street, Chicago

Cost: $15


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Morten Group, LLC has developed a civil discourse training based on the firm’s own diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work while also incorporating (1) best strategies to build resilience, and (2) guidance on how to safely and bravely engage others when faced with a potentially escalating situation.

Please join us as we provide the community with education, tools and other practical resources to effectively address how to move forward in light of national and local declines of means of communicating in respectful ways. Being and feeling safe is key when communicating perspectives and is a basic right that all should have.

These two FREE day long workshops (one for youth 14-18 and one for adults over 18) will provide participants with opportunities to examine their own understanding of and experience with civil discourse, the impact of their identities on their experience with discourse, skills to improve communication and engage in difficult conversations, and processes for seeking help and healing from volatility. The workshops offer a balance of participant driven sharing and explorations, information provision and skill instruction, and opportunities to reflect on and practice skills.

Please share with your networks and register by Friday, August 23!


Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now) Coalition,
One North Dearborn, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60602


Wednesday, August 28; 9:00am to 3:00pm

Youth registration:

Youth attendees will receive $20 for their participation!


Thursday, August 29; 9:00am to 4:00pm

Adult participants 8/29 registration:

Morten Group, LLC ( is providing the training free of charge, including continental breakfast (beginning at 8:30am) and lunch.

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August 7 – 9, 2019

Why BootCamp?

Leading an organization, engaging stakeholders, raising funds, and managing staff can be challenging. BootCamp allows you to invest in yourself as a leader for three eye-opening days of professional growth.

Hear from expert speakers on a range of topics including:

  • Fundraising
  • Board governance
  • Strategic planning
  • Human resources management
  • Project management

Connect with other nonprofit executive directors from across a variety of subsectors for support and collaborative solutions to the challenges you wrestle with in your leadership role.


2019 Event Speakers and Panelists

A team of highly experienced leaders presentBootCamp sessions in the focus areas of mission, board governance, leadership style and capabilities, strategic management, financial management and planning, resource development, and legal and ethical issues. Additional professionals contribute to a Resource Development Panel and Executive Director Panel.

Rob Acton

Salvatore Alaimo

Michelle Aronson

David Bea

Monika Black

Andreason Brown

Sidney Freitag-Fey

Richard L. Jones

Melissa Lagowski

Jennifer R. Madden

Kelli McMiller

Mary Morten

Cori Moschberge

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