Another great Chicago Meet & Match!
A huge thank you to everyone who made our 11th Annual Chicago Meet & Match such a success! This year's event shifted our focus back to the Chicago community and explored the Butterfly Effect - the power that each of us has to create change. While the headlines show the heartbreaking statistics of gun violence, poverty and lack of opportunities in many of our neighborhoods, our guests inspired us all to change the narrative in our communities and to take one small step to make a difference.
The evening began with a thought-provoking performance by Storycatchers Theatre whose court-involved youth shared their personal stories through musical theatre and who demonstrated the harsh reality that many of our Chicago youth face. Following the performance, community leaders Evelyn Diaz (President of Heartland Alliance) and Liz Dozier (Managing Director of Chicago Beyond) offered their insight into effective ways that each of us can have a profound impact on the issues that matter most. Both leaders emphasized the important role that their families played in shaping their careers and each shared stories of how volunteers, in particular, who showed great care and concern were able to create great change.
Following the panel discussion, more than 250 women from a variety of industries connected with our nonprofits via a speed-networking format to find the projects and causes that match their skills and interests. This year, the enthusiasm was palpable as volunteers actively explored opportunities where their expertise could make an impact. Meaningful matches were made, and all were encouraged to continue that networking online via the WomenOnCall site.
A special thank you to JPMorgan Chase for welcoming us once again at the Chase Tower and providing key support to make this event happen. Their five-year partnership with us has been instrumental in growing this important event. We thank Latham & Watkins for their continued support of the event as well as Make It Better Media, Hyatt, Comcast NBC5 and the Boka Group.
If you attended the February 8th Meet & Match and would like to share your thoughts/ideas or you need assistance connecting with a volunteer/nonprofit you met, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. We want to hear from you!