WBEZ | Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza http://www.wbez.org/content/holiday-inn-chicago-mart-plaza Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Society of Midland Authors Awards Banquet http://www.wbez.org/society-midland-authors-awards-banquet-106740 <p><p>The Society of Midland Authors will present its annual awards May 14 in Chicago, honoring its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2012.</p><div>The Annual Awards Dinner will take place Tuesday, May 14, in the LaSalle Room at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans St., Chicago. The master of ceremonies will be <strong>Steve Bertrand</strong>, a morning anchor on WGN-AM radio and host of the video podcast &ldquo;<em>Steve Bertrand on Books</em>,&rdquo; which features his interviews with leading writers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tickets are $75 each. A cash bar opens at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Reservations can by made by PayPal or check at <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</div></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/society-midland-authors-awards-banquet-106740 The 13th Annual Axelson Center Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers http://www.wbez.org/13th-annual-axelson-center-symposium-nonprofit-professionals-and-volunteers-99747 <p><p>Nonprofits constitute the third largest private employment sector in the U.S., and through our work we bring a strong vibrant component to the challenges facing government. But too often we are overlooked as only &ldquo;charity&rdquo; and not job creators, social enterprises, and strong collaboration partners. As America considers its economic future, it&rsquo;s time for both businesses and governments to acknowledge that what our nation&rsquo;s 1.4 million charities produce is anything but &ldquo;non&rdquo; profit.</p><div><p>Join <strong>Robert Egger</strong> as he leads a dynamic discussion about how, as a united force, nonprofits can take the lead in rebuilding our nation&rsquo;s economy. Egger is president and founder of DC Central Kitchen and CForward. His talk is part of the opening plenary session of the 13th Annual Axelson Center Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers.</p><p>During the closing plenary session, <strong>Aaron Hurst</strong>, president and founder of Taproot Foundation, speaks on &quot;Management Strategies that Move Mountains.&quot; Nonprofits increasingly have less money and must do more to fulfill their missions and meet the needs of their communities. And too often, we lack the capital and staff resources necessary to implement new innovations that could save us time and multiply our impact. Recent research from the Taproot Foundation looks at the challenges that have plagued our sector for decades, and the competencies that the highest-performing nonprofit organizations have in common.</p><p>Join Taproot Foundation President and Founder Aaron Hurst as he explores how nonprofits can successfully refine and improve upon their initial core vision to create meaningful, lasting change.</p><p>For more information about the symposium, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.northpark.edu/symposium">www.northpark.edu/symposium</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/13th-annual-axelson-center-symposium-nonprofit-professionals-and-volunteers-99747 Society of Midland Authors Awards Banquet http://www.wbez.org/culture/books/society-midland-authors-awards-banquet-98150 <p><p>The Society of Midland Authors will present its annual awards honoring its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2011. A reception with cash bar begins at 6pm, followed by the dinner and awards ceremony at 7 pm. The master of ceremonies will be author <strong>Jay Bonansinga</strong>. Free copies of many of the award-winning and finalist books will be available to banquet attendees. The cost to attend the banquet is $75. Reservations can by made by PayPal or check at <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/culture/books/society-midland-authors-awards-banquet-98150 Chicago’s Water: Protecting Our Precious Resource http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-13/chicago%E2%80%99s-water-protecting-our-precious-resource <p><p>The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Illinois Institute of Technology present a luncheon panel discussion on the challenges concerning Chicago’s water. Invasive species have destroyed the balance of the Great Lakes ecosystem and threaten further environmental and economic hardship. The Chicago River is still a conduit for periodic releases of raw sewage and suffers from the scars of an unregulated industrial past. Climate change may create more severe storms, exacerbating flooding problems in the region. Hundreds of millions of gallons of water are withdrawn from Lake Michigan every day, used once, and discharged into the waterways. Water supplies are diminishing in the suburbs.</p><p>Commissioner <strong>Debra Shore</strong> of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will highlight the urgency and scale of these problems and the need for a grand vision of water management. Also, a panel of experts representing different point of views will discuss the potential roles played by government, industry, academia, and private citizens to better manage and sustain our water resources.</p><p>Keynote Speaker: <strong>Debra Shore</strong>, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago<br> <br> Moderator: <strong>Howard Learner</strong>, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center<br> <br> Panelists: <strong>Tinka G. Hyde</strong>, Acting Director, Water Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5; <strong>Andrew Richardson</strong>, Chief Executive Officer, Greeley and Hansen; and <strong>Martin Felsen</strong>, Studio Associate Professor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Partner, UrbanLab.</p></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:51:10 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-13/chicago%E2%80%99s-water-protecting-our-precious-resource