My Family’s Business Didn’t Survive the Big-Box Squeeze — Join Me in Supporting Those That Still Can

I grew up working in our family’s small chain of grocery stores in Indianapolis — appropriately named Richard’s Market Baskets, because my father was Richard Blankenbaker. My jobs included cashier, bagger, produce packager, stocker, fruit basket maker and eventually head night cashier. I even returned from college, work as a US Congressional Aide, and law school […]

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: This Season's Hottest Tech Gifts

We dug deep to uncover the latest gadget gifts to wow the tech-obsessed on your list. Meta Quest Pro, $1,499.99 Meta’s new Quest Pro is allowing people to come together in virtual reality like never before. With breakthrough high-resolution mixed reality, you can engage effortlessly with the virtual world while maintaining presence in your physical […]

8 Tips on Investing with Impact from ESG Leaders Kathy Roeser and Emily Thomas of Morgan Stanley

The most successful investors understand that investing is about more than just compounding cash. Rather, savvy investors use their money to support the most important things in life, because that’s good for their bottom line financially and emotionally. In other words, they look to maximize “social impact” — because burgeoning data demonstrates that the businesses […]

13 Most Powerful Philanthropists and Nonprofit Leaders Driving Change in Chicago and Beyond in 2022

According to the Giving US annual report on philanthropy, published by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, charitable giving in the United States increased by 4 percent last year. An Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy study commissioned by the Chicago Community Trust demonstrated that Chicago is an astonishing 50 percent more philanthropic than any […]

Give Time, Things, Support: 5 Ways To Support Those in Need in Chicago and the Suburbs As Cold Weather Approaches

October heralds the arrival of cooler weather, and with it, greater need. Volunteer-based organizations across the city are responsible for meeting the needs of the hungry, the houseless and the most vulnerable among us. As temperatures drop, consider taking extra steps to support the community — be it through your time, things or support. Here […]

Baseball, Beer and Sustainability: Why the Chicago Cubs and Anheuser-Busch Partnership Is a Win for the Environment

Beer and baseball have gone hand-in-hand for over a century. Now, Anheuser-Busch’s CEO Brendan Whitworth wants to pair them with civic engagement.   On Sept. 22, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs hosted Whitworth for a discussion with former MLB player and Marquee Sports Network analyst Doug Glanville on how Anheuser-Busch is thinking […]