Thriving in a Global Economy in Crisis: The Rise and Thrive of the SocialPreneur

CEO of ViaStrategy Group, LLC

So what have you learned from the ongoing global economic crisis over the past couple of years? Switched your career path? Started your own business? Trying to look ten years younger?

According to our research, the CEOs of the best companies going forward will be looking for a different set of perspectives from their best resources. Said another way, they want fresh thinking. They told us that their firms were woefully unprepared to react to ongoing seismic changes that are occurring in the global economy. In this seminar series we bring some of the best minds to look at the processes, procedures, and skills required to initiate and maintain an upward business spiral that results in improving results in the global economy.

The 2nd seminar of this 6 part series*, moderated by Jim Treleaven, examines the topic of “Thriving in a Global Economy in Crisis: The Rise and Thrive of the SocialPreneur”.

Date & Location:

Tuesday, July 24th 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology)
201 E Loop Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189

Guest Panelists:

Chris Smith
Chief Operating Officer – HandsOn Suburban Chicago
HandsOn Suburban Chicago is a part of a national group of Volunteer Action Centers that support nonprofit agencies, schools and government organizations meet growing community needs through effective volunteer engagement and management. They fulfill this mission by mobilizing community volunteers to serve at over 180 nonprofits throughout the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Chris’ specialty is capacity building by leveraging skills-based volunteers and volunteer management training throughout an organization.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago also includes a technology program called HandsOn Tech which, funded by a grant from Google, serves to increase the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector’s use of technology (prioritizing cloud-based applications and applications aimed specifically at the nonprofit community). HandsOn Tech team member, Michael DesJardins will be available to answer questions and share more about this dynamic program that is helping organizations realize greater efficiencies and help them better address the needs of low-income communities.

Chris Campbell
President- Trinity Consulting LLC & Executive Network Group Leader
Trinity Consulting, LLC is a consultancy specializing in consumer goods markets. Chris spent 30 years as a corporate marketing executive as SVP of Marketing at Mattel, Tyco Toys, K’NEX, and Publications International. For the past five years, he has also led the Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago, 250 member nonprofit that assists senior level managers in job transition.

Mark Papadas
President and Chief Creative Officer – I Am 4 Kids Foundation
Mark is an author, speaker, coach and creator of I AM 4 Kids™. After 20 years of training and coaching adults in the self development field, he’s delivering those same self-empowerment tools to children. I AM 4 Kids™ mission is to empower kids (and adults) to realize they have tools at their disposal that empower them to progress through life prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. I AM 4 Kids teaches kids how to create their own core belief system rather than having one thrust upon them by their surroundings. In short, they become their own role models. School becomes “the new cool” as kids feel safe and encouraged to share their goals and dreams with other like-minded kids.

Janet Derrick
Executive Director – Naperville Cares
Janet Derrick is the first Executive Director of Naperville CARES. Serving as a long-term CARES volunteer, Vice President of the CARES board for three years and co-president for one year, her firsthand knowledge of the CARES mission, coupled with her extensive business background made the choice an easy one. Naperville CARES provides short-term financial support and resources to meet the basic needs of local families in financial crisis. Naperville CARES is where the community comes together to ensure all our neighbors have access to resources to meet their essential needs.


Platinum Sponsors:
Mediavine Marketing –
I Am 4 Kids –
Daniel Stoica Tax Professional –
ViaStrategy Group –
Illinois Institute of Technology – www.iitedu
Park Street Media –

Gold Sponsors:
Mandatek LLC –
ZipBoss LLC – Create, Market, Succeed

Not For Profit Co-Host:
HandsOn Suburban Chicago –

Contact Mike Boehler for sponsorship information at or at 815-901-1802

5:30-6:00p – Networking
6:00-6:45p – Session 1
6:45-7:00p – Break/Networking
7:00-7:45p – Session 2
7:45-8:00p – Networking and Q & A with the Speakers

Media Schedule:

Listen Live to the seminar at LLN Reports Internet radio show
Watch the seminar Live at LLN Reports TV


This event is free!

*Seminar Topic Schedule Tentative

1.) Social Media: Opportunites & Pitfalls – Jun

3.) Education: How is a global education created? – Aug

4.) Finance: Opportunities in an aging population – Sep

5.) Manufacturing: Rightshoring – Opportunities and Traps – Oct

6.) Technology: Globalizing technology difficulties and opportunities – Nov

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