On the Table Initiative to Expand Nationally

Posted on March 6, 2017

The Chicago Community Trust’s signature civic engagement initiative, which brings residents together in small mealtime conversations to talk about ways to make their neighborhoods stronger, safer and more dynamic, will expand nationally with $1.15 million in funding from the John …
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Meet the Host: Geri Jones

Posted on March 20, 2017

Geri Jones
Geri Jones serves as the Executive Director of the St. Titus One Youth Anti-Violence and Mentoring Program. Focusing on the belief that everything begins with our youth, Jones has made it her goal to engage youth in Chicago who have been directly …
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Meet the Host: Cassie Lively

Posted on May 1, 2016

As the executive director of the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cassie Lively takes action in her community on a daily basis to assist vulnerable members of the community. Her On the Table event resulted in the creation of a …
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Meet the Host: Letty Vélez

Posted on May 1, 2016

Leticia “Letty” Vélez is an entrepreneur who is passionate about philanthropy, community, and the power of “sharing it forward” through mentorship and connecting people. A chance encounter a few years ago opened her eyes and inspired her to take on …
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Meet the Host: Lori Healey

Posted on April 19, 2016

The campus that makes up McCormick Place is not only the nation’s largest convention center—it is also the site of the largest farm-to- fork rooftop garden in the Midwest, made possible through a partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden and Windy City …
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Meet the Host: Destiny Watson

Posted on April 13, 2016

Though only a high school student, Destiny Watson has been actively giving back to her Glenwood community for years. Destiny rose to leadership positions in service programs such Friends of Rachel  and Operation Snowball  becoming a model for what it …
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Meet the Host: Reverend Julian DeShazier

Posted on April 5, 2016

Reverend Julian DeShazier is a multitalented, socially conscious pastor from Chicago. While he leads the congregation at the University Church of Chicago  in Hyde Park, he is also an award-winning hip-hop artist known as J.Kwest and an Emmy-nominated actor. We sat …
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Meet the Host: Lewis Williams

Posted on March 29, 2016

Lewis Williams is the executive vice president and chief creative officer of Burrell Communications, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2015 Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year. Lewis is a first-time host this year, and will be holding an …
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Meet the Host: Bryant Williams

Posted on March 21, 2016

Considering hosting an On the Table conversation among people from your networks who haven’t met before? Bryant Williams, senior director of the Rebuilding Exchange, did just that. Bryant has previously been an attendee and a host of On the Table …
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Meet the Host: Molly Cantrell-Kraig

Posted on March 14, 2016

Originally from a small town, Molly Cantrell-Kraig believes that On the Table acted as a conduit for her to share ideas with like-minded individuals. As the founder of Women With Drive , she was searching for a platform to communicate her organization’s …
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Meet the Host: James Rudyk

Posted on March 7, 2016

Belmont-Cragin is one of Chicago’s fastest-growing Latino neighborhoods. As the executive director of the Northwest Side Housing Center—a nonprofit that engages, educates and empowers this community  through housing counseling, financial education, community organizing, outreach, advocacy and other supportive services—James Rudyk saw …
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