The interpretation of the role nonprofits play by the business community is often led by their important missions to do good and change the world. Yet what is often lesser known is that nonprofit organizations frequently lead the charge on new innovations in civic responsibility and sustainability, and continue to evolve to play a foundational role in building and supporting community. Nonprofits model what it means to be a good corporate citizen and a positive agent of change. As a sector, they also represent the country’s third largest employer, with a workforce in the millions behind only the retail and food industries, and ranking just above American manufacturing. Nonprofits create economic stability and mobility, and as such, leadership requires a business-first approach to creating transformational impact.
Join Bridget Coughlin, President and CEO of Shedd Aquarium for a dialogue on unraveling the role of the nonprofit organization as much more than a tax status, but rather a critical partner in the fabric of the business community and a leader in conversations about economic mobility, sustainability, education and community engagement. Bridget will discuss the ways in which Shedd, as one of the city’s most-destinated non-profit organizations, is contributing to the continued health and success of Chicago as well as playing an important role on the national stage.
The Executives’ Club of Chicago Executive Viewpoints Series is an exclusive opportunity for members to speak candidly with other Chicago business leaders in an intimate and interactive format. We encourage members to come ready to interact with other members of the Exec Club and engage with the speaker in Q&A following the discussion