Thanks-Giving

For me, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to pause and consider the gifts that life has given me and ask myself how and where I can pay those gifts forward.    More than any other year, 2020 is the year to pay it forward. More than any other disaster, the impact of COVID-19 has been unequal. And it is unequal in ways that will have a lasting effect. People are hurting like never before, and sadly the agencies that support them are devasted as well. People who had jobs, and were barely able to support their families up til now, are without a safety net and are hungry.  As Thanks-Giving approaches, its time for all of us who have the gift of privilege to pause and ask ourselves these questions: What can I do to support the businesses in my community so they too can pay it forward and continue to employ people?What can I do to support my neighbors who may...
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Tuesday Is Giving Tuesday

Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, a special day to recognize the giving part of Thanks-Giving. It is a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Many of you know about my passion for Cara Chicago a true social innovator that helps motivate men and women, affected by homelessness and poverty, reclaim their voice and their vocation. My relationship with Cara began years ago, when a friend of mine invited me to experience Morning Motivations. Today, and for the last several years, I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO, as a member of the Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board, that I lead. Through my years coaching this CEO, getting to know her team and some of the Cara students, I’ve come to see Cara as not just a place where people come to get and keep good jobs, but a place where people come...
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Thanks-Giving

Thursday is Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday because it is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds. While the "thanks" part of Thanksgiving is so meaningful, the "giving" part is equally so. To celebrate the giving part, a delightful tradition, called Giving Tuesday, takes place on December 3rd. It is a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Many of you know about my passion for Cara Chicago a true social innovator that helps motivate men and women, affected by homelessness and poverty, reclaim their voice and their vocation. My relationship with Cara began years ago, when a friend of mine invited me to experience Morning Motivations. Today, and for the last several years, I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO, as a member of the Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board, that I lead. Through my years coaching this CEO, getting to know her team...
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Today Is Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Many of you know about my passion for Cara, a true social innovator that helps motivate men and women, affected by homelessness and poverty, reclaim their voice and their vocation. My relationship with Cara began years ago, when a friend of mine invited me to experience Morning Motivations. Today, and for the last several years, I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO, as a member of the Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board, that I lead. Through my years coaching this CEO, getting to know her team and some of the Cara students, I’ve come to see Cara as not just a place where people come to get and keep good jobs, but a place where people come to reinvent, recover and discover their unique genius. In a way, their mission, community and culture of accountability...
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Thanks-Giving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday because it is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds. While the "thanks" part of Thanksgiving is so meaningful, the "giving" part is equally so. To celebrate the giving part, a delightful tradition, called Giving Tuesday, takes place on November 27th. It is a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Many of you know about my passion for Cara, a true social innovator that helps motivate men and women, affected by homelessness and poverty, reclaim their voice and their vocation. My relationship with Cara began years ago, when a friend of mine invited me to experience Morning Motivations. Today, and for the last several years, I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO, as a member of the Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board, that I lead. Through my years coaching this CEO, getting to know her team and some...
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Today Is Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. On #GivingTuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Last year, many of you made #GivingTuesday an incredible success for Cara, a mission I am passionate about. What began as a humble effort four years ago, to raise $10,000 with a $5,000 challenge grant, grew to over $60,000 last year. I am grateful for your support. Inspired by last year’s success, we took a deep breath, asked others to join us, (myself, Kevin Krak, Vistage Member and CEO of Gallant Building Solutions, Amanda and Benjamin Wilson and The Coleman Foundation), and set our most ambitious goal ever, a $100,000 Giving Tuesday Grant. We will match nearly every dollar of the first $50,000 raised. My relationship with Cara began several years ago when a friend invited me to experience Morning Motivations. I discovered on this day how similar Vistage’s mission, of increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs and Executives, is...
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Thanks-Giving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday because it is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds, affiliations or preferences. While the "thanks" part of Thanksgiving is so meaningful, the "giving" part is equally so. To celebrate the giving part, a delightful tradition, called #GivingTuesday, takes place on November 28th. Last year, many of you made #GivingTuesday an incredible success for Cara, a mission I am passionate about. What began as a humble effort four years ago, to raise $10,000 with a $5,000 challenge grant, grew to over $60,000 last year. I am grateful for your support. Inspired by last year’s success, we took a deep breath, asked others to join us, (myself, Kevin Krak, Vistage Member and CEO of Gallant Building Solutions, Amanda and Benjamin Wilson and The Coleman Foundation), and set our most ambitious goal ever, a $100,000 Giving Tuesday Grant. We will match nearly every dollar of the first $50,000 raised. My relationship with Cara began several years ago when a friend...
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Today Is Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Many of you know about my passion for CARA, a true social innovator that helps motivated men and women, affected by homelessness and poverty, reclaim their voice and their vocation. My relationship with Cara began when a friend of mine invited me to experience Morning Motivations. Soon thereafter, the immediate past CEO of Cara became a member of my Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board, and today, I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO, as a current member. Through my relationship with each of them, I’ve come to see Cara as not just a place where people come to get and keep good jobs, but a place where their whole selves are reinvented and recovered in the process. Like all well run Vistage companies, Cara measures their performance. They produce hundreds of...
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Thanks-Giving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday because it is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds. While the "thanks" part of Thanksgiving is so meaningful, the "giving" part is equally so. To celebrate the giving part, a delightful tradition, called Giving Tuesday, takes place on November 29th. It is a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Many of you know about my passion for CARA, a true social innovator that helps motivated men and women, affected by homelessness and poverty, reclaim their voice and their vocation. My relationship with Cara began when a friend of mine invited me to experience Morning Motivations. Soon thereafter, the immediate past CEO of Cara became a member of my Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board, and today, I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO, as a current member. Through my relationship with each of them,...
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Leadership Quote: We Should Try To Be The Parents Of Our Future…

  This month's leadership quote: "We should try to be the parents of our future, rather than the offspring of our past." -Miguel de Unamuno The best way I know to live Miguel's quote is by being intentional. For some of us, it is setting goals and deciding what we want for the future. For others, it is opening ourselves to discovering the opportunities that await us and how we can best apply our geniuses and contribute to the world. Which way works best for each of us depends on who were are, and where we are, in our lives and our careers. Either way, it is up to us to be the parents of our future, rather than the offspring of our past. P.S. One way to contribute to the world is to support social purpose organizations.  With that in mind, the four of us have extended our Cara challenge grant through the end of the year.  Click here, if you want to learn...
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