Stand UP Chicago: Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management

The last few days have yielded some amazing speakers and some impactful experiences for the teens here in Chicago. Yesterday, our teens got to learn with Trina Ntamere from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management who workshopped with the teens to solve issues of social inequality and how social entrepreneurship can help combat these problems.
The teens then ventured for the first time into Chicago and met with Michael Hoffman, the founder of See3, a media consulting company that partners with non-profits, like one of our national partners Hillel, in creating digital pieces and strategy. Michael discussed his life journey that took him from politics to Israel to downtown Chicago to create a company that was going to promote the amazing philanthropic work that organizations are doing.
We then headed to Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Teens explored the river through an architecture boat tour that highlighted all of the unique and beautiful architecture that surrounds the river. Teens concluded the evening with dinner in Navy Pier, some choosing to eat at Harry Caray’s restaurant, and a ride on Navy Pier’s brand new Ferris Wheel.
Thursday, teens kicked off the morning meeting with Steve Hagerty, the founder and CEO of Hagerty Consulting. Hagerty’s firm is a management consulting firm that specializes in disaster preparedness and disaster relief. Hagerty told his story to the teens and explained his motivations for helping people through the worst of times and the importance of philanthropic work. Teens then traveled to the Spertus Institute, one of the oldest Jewish Universities in America, to meet with Sarah Gold from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs who helped tie Jewish values into social justice work.
The last education piece of the day came from Jare Akchin, program office for the Jewish Family Foundation, who discussed Rambam’s Ladder and the importance of Jewish giving. We capped off the night with a trip to “Taste of Chicago” an annual festival highlighting music and food from the city of Chicago!
Alex Pizov (Ruach AZA) – “The past few days have opened up my eyes to the world of entrepreneurship and philanthropy. I have enjoyed the culture and people of Chicago”Natalie Weissman (Ginny Weinstein BBG #1604) – “Coming in to this program I truly I had no idea what to expect, but as I have spent more time on this in Chicago, I was able to grasp not only why I am here but what I can achieve from what I have learned about social responsibility and social justice”

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