SWEET BEGINNINGS TEA
Join us for a splendid afternoon of tea, a beelove™ margarita reception hosted by HMSHost, beelove™ honey-infused delicacies, inspiring life stories, and an opportunity to meet our honorees and supporters.
A Special Thank You to John and Alexandra Nichols
The original Sears, Roebuck and Co. tower, newly christened the John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Tower, under the leadership of Kristin Dean, President of the Foundation for Homan Square, has re-opened as home to the North Lawndale Employment Network and seven other nonprofits: Free Spirit Media, Lawndale Business Renaissance Association, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Foundation for Homan Square, Turning the Page, and UCAN. This new space, in combination with NLEN’s newly renovated Flournoy offices, will enable NLEN to double our capacity by 2018.
Honoring Bob Mariano, 2016 Voice of the Voiceless Award Winner
The Voice of the Voiceless Award honors those who provide a “voice” for the marginalized. Awardees come from all walks of life, including the worlds of politics, business, professional sports, academia, and others where their work paves the way for lasting change. The 2016 Voice of the Voiceless Award is presented to Bob Mariano, President, CEO, and Chairman of Roundy’s, for his support of NLEN’s social enterprise, Sweet Beginnings, LLC, through distribution of beelove™ products at Mariano’s, and for providing employment opportunities and second chances for returning citizens.
Creating A Community That Works Award
This award is presented to those who exemplify NLEN core values and beliefs and improve the quality of life for North Lawndale residents. These stakeholders, alumni, and supporters truly bring NLEN’s vision and mission to life. This year’s honorees are:
The Chicago Police Department, accepted by Retired First Deputy Alfonza Wysinger and Interim Superintendent John Escalante for their advocacy of our award winning Building Bridges, Building Connections program, designed to address tensions between police and community, to foster understanding, and to change the way that African American citizens and police engage with each other.
The Allstate Company, accepted by Senior Vice President Corporate Relations Victoria Dinges for being a driver Of positive change in Chicago through programs that empower youth, promote safety, and prevent domestic violence. Through these efforts and support of NLEN and Sweet Beginnings, LLC, Allstate is building a better North Lawndale.
Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, the personification of a Servant Leader, for his dynamic leadership and unwavering commitment to the citizens he serves and his support of expanding our Sweet Beginnings apiaries to the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
NLEN Board of Directors
MICHAEL A. MCAFEE, PRESIDENT, Vice President of Program, PolicyLink
SARAH M. BERNS TEIN, VICE PRESIDENT, Partner, Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
MICHAEL KRAMER, TREASURER, Director, International Finance, The Boeing Company
CHARLES TALBERT, BOARD SECRETARY, Human Resources Consultant
NICOLE NORFLES , CHAIR, FINANCE COMMITTEE, Director, Program Practice & Innovation, Council for Opportunity in Education
CHRIS CONLEY , CHAIR, SWEET BEGINNINGS , LLC COMMITTEE, Partner, Co-Founder, gravitytank
GREGORY FAULKNER, CHAIR, BUILDING & RELOCATION COMMITTEE, Account Manager, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)
ALAINA ANDERSON , CHAIR, FUNDRAISING C OMMITTEE, Partner, William Blair & Company
BRENDA PALMS BARBER, Executive Director, North Lawndale Employment Network, Chief Executive Officer, Sweet Beginnings, LLC.
U-Turn Permitted, Financial Opportunity Center, Sweet Beginnings, LLC
Moving Forward, Self Employment Pathways
The North Lawndale Employment Network is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation