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About the Organization

Founded in 1973, Illinois Humanities (IH) is a nonprofit organization that works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus of areas of public policy, media & journalism, business, and art. Using the humanities as a tool to stimulate discussion, they create experiences across Illinois through programming, education, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter.

About the Opportunity

The Executive Director of Illinois Humanities will lead and oversee all affairs related to the organization and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, as well as social and financial objectives. The successful candidate must be a skilled leader, prepared to drive the organization in a time of growth, and comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment, leading the senior leadership team of Illinois Humanities and supporting staff. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and enables the Board to meet its governance, financial, and legal responsibilities and supports the Board’s oversight role. The Executive Director must be deeply committed to the goals of the organization and creatively support its mission.

 

Applications are due by Friday, January 4, 2019.Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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Jessica Kadish-Hernandez

Jessica joined Morten Group in 2011 as the firm’s Project Coordinator and later as Project Manager for a wide array of client projects, including strategic planning, executive searches, organizational assessments, and board development. As a Consulting Associate, she works as a facilitator with Morten Group’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team. She has been a teaching artist for over ten years, leading sessions with participants ranging from kindergarteners to corporate professionals. She holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to develop and facilitate professional development curricula for elementary school teachers in the Urbana Public Schools. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

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About the Organization

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. The WDC forges relationships across industries and sectors in order to contribute to an inclusive and dynamic regional economy, in which all residents and their families thrive in careers defined by growth and self-sufficiency.

About the Opportunity

As a creative, visionary leader, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will serve as chief strategist in developing and marketing a forward approach in the delivery of a globally diverse and cutting-edge workforce and learning system in King County. These efforts will result in a vibrant regional system of employment services and job training opportunities for both business and job seekers. The CEO, in concert with the Board of Directors, will shape strategies and initiatives to further WDC objectives, and will collaborate with the Executive Committee to ensure compliance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). They are expected to lead with an intentional focus on centering racial equity in program integration throughout the work of the WDC, while also forming partnerships and collaborative efforts with all facets of the community.

 

Applications are due by Friday, December 14, 2018. Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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About the Organization

Since 2002, Growing Home has been Chicago’s leading non-profit engaged in farm-based training for people with employment barriers. The organization envisions a world of healthy people and communities, grounded in a firm belief that everyone deserves to earn a living wage and have access to nutritious food choices. By providing 25 hours per week of paid on-the-job experience and job-readiness training at their farms to approximately 60 people per year, they have contributed to the lives of hundreds of workers, and thousands of their family members. As a leader in the urban agriculture movement, Growing Home strives to be a good, inclusive neighbor and community partner, offering additional services in Chicago’s Englewood community where their farms are located. For more information about Growing Home’s history, programmatic model, and impact, please visit their website (http://growinghomeinc.org/).

 

About the Opportunity

Right now, Growing Home is positioned to expand its impact in exciting ways and wants to share this opportunity with a new Executive Director. The Executive Director of Growing Home will lead and oversee all affairs related to the organization and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The successful candidate must be a skilled leader, prepared to drive the organization in a time of growth, comfortable working in a consensus-driven environment, and adept in building collaborative relationships with the staff, Board of Directors, and community. Based out of the Englewood neighborhood, the Executive Director manages a staff of 19 full-time employees, directly supervises the Chief Operating Officer, Development Director and Chief Financial Officer, and reports to the Board of Directors.

 

Applications are due by November 16, 2018Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

On Wednesday, October 17, Morten Group, in partnership with the LGBT Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, kicked off the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. During this launch, Morten Group shared the 2011 Community Needs Assessment data and presented the 2018 Community Needs Assessment process.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

LGBTQ: What’s New?

In the fall of 2011, Morten Group conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund, which you can read about [HERE]. You can read the summary of findings [HERE].

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! For this reason, The LGBT Community Fund has again partnered with Morten Group to launch a new assessment. “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s 2018 Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

There has not been a comprehensive needs assessment of the Chicago area’s LGBTQ community conducted since our last one in 2011, and in general there is not enough data available about LGBTQ populations nationwide, making this effort hugely significant not only to inform future grantmaking decisions by The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, but for community representation in research literature more broadly. A community needs assessment happens only with the support and participation of folks in the community.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

WBEZ

On October 24, Morten Group’s Keisha Farmer-Smith and Chicago LGBT Fund’s Adnaan Hamid, speak about the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment sharing the purpose and meaning behind the assessment, as well as what the process entails. To listen, click [HERE].

 

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In the fall of 2011, Morten Group, together with many community partners and leaders in the Chicagoland area, conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund. Access the 2012 LCNA Data Summary HERE.

 

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

 

Please sign up to be notified when the survey link is live by clicking [HERE].
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The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) is a non-profit special education administrator organization that promotes educational opportunities for all students with an emphasis on students with disabilities. IAASE is the largest statewide organization of special education administrators in the country and one of the largest CASE Units in the country. Each year, they host two conferences and are regularly called upon by the legislature, colleagues, government officials, and others for expert testimony, guidance, and information about working with students with disabilities. IAASE President, Dr. Kevin Rubenstein states, “The conference is always a great time to learn about all that is happening in our profession. It’s also a great time to convene with friends, colleagues, and other like-minded professionals from across the State of Illinois.”

Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.          Welcome and Announcements

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.          Memorial Scholarship Presentations

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.        Keynote Speaker – George Couros

10:15 – 12:30 p.m.        Two Sessions/ Two Breaks

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.          Luncheon

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.           Regional Meetings

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.          Two Sessions/ Two Breaks

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.          Committee Meetings/ Visit Vendors

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.          “Social Hour”

*Morten Group’s very own Mary Morten and Lisa Gilmore will be presenting on Thursday, October 4, 2018 to present on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Administrators of Special Education.

Friday, October 5, 2018

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome and Announcements

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.               Keynote Address II – Anne Grady

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.             Break

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.           Attorney Panel

10:15 – 12:15 p.m.             Breakout Session

 

IAASE is pleased to offer online membership, conference, and workshop registration with the option of paying by credit card. Simply click here and complete the desired registration forms. If you are paying by purchase order please either scan and email a copy of your PO to lsipes@iaase.org or fax a copy of your PO to 618-931-0463.

 

Cost: $225-$425

Location: Holiday Inn Select Hotel & Conference Center
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phone: (708) 444-1100

Guest Room Rate: $121 Single/Double

For questions or assistance with the online registration process please contact Lydia Sipes at 618-512-1414 or email lsipes@iaase.org.

[Learn More About the IAASE 20th Annual Fall Conference]

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The 2018 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium (MLHS) will explore this year’s theme “Moving Towards Health Equity. Strengthening our Community of Care.” The two-day gathering of healthcare professionals, social service providers, advocates, and researchers will highlight innovative best practices in LGBTQ patient-centered clinical care as well as community-driven approaches to addressing health disparities. Join us as we explore critical topics in the field such as HIV elimination, racial equity in LGBTQ care, addressing violence, reproductive justice and others as both healthcare providers and advocates for meaningful change.

List of 2018 Confirmed Speakers

    Day One                                 Day Two

Ronica Mukerjee DNP, FNP, MsA, LAc          Jessica Halem, MBA

         Dustin T. Duncan                                    LaTonya Maley

Keisha Farmer-Smith, PhD                             Kelly Rice, MPH

    Amy Nicole Miller, BA                                  Catalleya Storm

Richard A. Santucci, MD, FACS                  Tony Alvarado-Rivera

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA                           Randall Jenson

            Channyn Parker                                     Hector Salgado, MA

                  Dr. Asa Radix                                         Maya Green, MD

      Keiva Lei Cadena                                        Tatyana Moaton

                   Tori Cooper                                           Alex Rhodes, MSW

 

When: September 14 – 15, 2018

Location: JW Marriott, 151 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL

Cost: $75 – $400

Presented by Howard Brown Health’s Center for Education, Research and Advocacy, MLHS brings together healthcare professionals, educators, researchers, and advocates from across the country to disseminate evidence-based practices and engage in rigorous discussion around issues relating to the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. [Learn more| Resister HERE]. 

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The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is proud to host Embracing Inclusive Leadership: Uncommon Conversations about Diversity a conference where 200 Chicago-area nonprofit leaders will gather to learn about inclusive leadership and why it matters. Hear from keynote speakers Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-authors of Race to Lead and Rusty Stahl, president of Fund the People, on vital topics regarding what diversity and inclusion mean for leadership, fundraising, and the future of nonprofit work.

Participate in conversations examining the topic from various angles: how to embrace differences, address structural barriers, cultivate allies, and build in diversity to enhance effectiveness. Morten Group, LLC is proud to sponsor the Embracing Inclusive Leadership Luncheon Keynote. [Learn More | Register Here]

 

    

      Frances Kunreuther                  Rusty Stahl                    Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

  Building Movement Project        Fund the People          Building Movement Project

Co-Director              Founder, President & CEO            Co-Director

 

When: Friday, October 19, 2018 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT

Location:  North Park University | Hamming Hall | 3225 West Foster Avenue | Chicago, IL 60625

Cost: $119 – $149

What meals will be provided? Breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments at the end of the conference will be provided. They are included in the registration price. 

What is the dress code? Business casual is appropriate. 

What is the social media hashtag? Social media hashtag is #UncommonConvos

 

Real Talk About Real Change for Achieving Racial Equity: Practical Tools for Centering Racial Equity at Your Organization

Co-presented by: Kris Hermanns and Mary Morten

During this interactive workshop, Kris Hermanns and Mary Morten will talk about their work in the Pacific Northwest. In doing so, they will use the Pride Foundation case study to look at how they are working to advance racial equity within their organizations and work as a springboard for participants to talk with one another about their own process, progress, and challenges.

To make real change in philanthropy and in our nonprofits, we are going to have to get comfortable talking to one another—sharing our experiences, our successes, and certainly our challenges. As a sector, we have seen positive shifts toward elevating and prioritizing racial equity, but there is still a lot to be done.

Come with your questions and ideas for your own journey, and use our exercises, resources, and learnings from one another to develop practical next steps. Participate in conversations examining the topic from various angles: how to embrace differences, address structural barriers, work toward equity, and build in diversity to enhance effectiveness.

Kris Hermanns has been working for more than 25 years as a nonprofit executive, strategist, grantmaker, and fundraiser. Currently, Kris is serving as a Special Advisor to Pride Foundation, following her seven-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer. As CEO and now as an adviso, this work enables her to bridge two of her passions — advocating for equity and justice, and the field of philanthropy. As the CEO of Pride Foundation, Kris mobilized individual and institutional resources to affect real change in the lives of people and communities who are most impacted by injustices, including through centering and embedding racial equity into the foundation’s mission, programs, and practices. Previous positions include Deputy Director at NCLR and a Program Officer at The Rhode Island Foundation.

Mary Morten is the President of Morten Group (MG), a national consulting firm established in November 2001 to focus on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Morten Group provides a customized approach to solving organizational development challenges, and explores new opportunities with a specific focus on a racial equity initiative program. This includes assessments and trainings, succession planning, and talent investment strategies. Previous positions include: Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health, mayoral appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Director in the Commission on Human Relations. Mary is the first African American woman to serve as Board Chair for the Chicago Foundation for Women where she also served as a consultant, Associate Director, and Interim Executive Director.

Mary holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Radio and Television from Loyola University Chicago and is a member of Forefront, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. Mary serves on the faculty for Executive Director Boot Camp at the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University. She is also Co-founder and current Board Chair for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

 

 

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The Morten Group has been a trusted advisor through developing and integrating Pride Foundation’s racial equity work, visioning our strategic plan, and leading our executive search. They have also been critical to organizing and driving these processes, while adding critical capacity and expertise to help our organization expand and deepen our work. Their comprehensive and holistic approach across all organizational functions—from racial equity integration to succession planning and strategic visioning to resource development—has been a tremendous asset at a time of important evolution for the foundation.

• Kris Hermanns, CEO

Pride Foundation

Morten Group’s work with the Pride Foundation began in 2016, when we performed a racial equity assessment and subsequent action plan, implementation of which began in 2018. Morten Group continues to work on the racial equity action plan with Pride Foundation and in 2018 also conducted their strategic visioning process and executive search.

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