Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ariel Investments LLC
200 E Randolph St. #2900

Terps love to help Terps. But what about Terps wanting to give back, get out and involved in their own backyards that are in need? Join us for a dynamic, impactful conversation about the philanthropic Chicago community landscape and how you could get involved to make a difference locally. Learn from CEOs of the American Red Cross Chicago, Chicago Cubs Charities, World Sport Chicago, Working in the Schools, and La Casa Norte. Become more than just your professional experience. Become a part of something bigger in Chicago.

Cohosted by alumus Gary Rozier ’99 of Ariel Investments, LLC.


Alumni Association Members: $5
Non-members: $15

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For questions:
Steve Glickman

Aubrey McLaughlin

About the Panelists:

Kam Buckner, Executive Director, World Sport Chicago
Kam Buckner has a breadth of experience in law, government, education, politics, sports administration and community relations - with time in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. A native of the Southside of Chicago, he is the Executive Director of World Sport Chicago, the non-profit legacy of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games; leading an organization that uses sport as a tool to provide positive life skill training and opportunities to youth in Chicago's most under-resourced communities.

Buckner previously worked in the Front Office of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, where he led the team’s government and neighborhood relations efforts; serving as an integral part of the contingent that successfully negotiated a deal to renovate and expand historic Wrigley Field; a first of its kind stadium deal that is expected to yield $1.2 billion in economic activity. Buckner previously spent a number of years in the public sector on the staffs of Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, LA and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Fighting Illini football team and received a B.A. in Political Science. He holds a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

Buckner also serves as an adjunct professor in the Undergraduate College of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as well as the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program. Buckner is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Business Leadership Council, the Illinois Advisory Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Leadership Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Foundation Board. He currently resides in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

Sol Flores, Founding Executive Director, La Casa Norte
In 2002, Sol Flores became the founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte (LCN), a community based organization whose mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. Since opening its doors, LCN has helped more than 20,000 homeless and at-risk individuals. By offering access to stable housing and delivering comprehensive services, LCN acts as a catalyst to transform lives and neighborhoods.

With Sol’s infectious enthusiasm, boundless energy, intelligence and entrepreneurship, LCN is reshaping the physical infrastructure of the Humboldt Park neighborhood and rebuilding broken lives to foster hope, stable homes, and healthy communities. Sol’s passion and determination to help those in need has built LCN from 2 employees with a $200,000 annual budget to an 80 employee, multi-million dollar organization that delivers inspiration and hope to the lives of homeless families, single parents, victims of domestic violence and abandoned youth.

Sol was born and raised in Chicago. Her family emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s and settled in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, where her grandfather worked as a short order cook for 35 years and her grandmother raised 10 children and multiple foster care children. While part of a larger extended family unit, Sol was raised by her single mother, Rosa, her role model and hero who taught Sol that anything was possible. Sol’s commitment to make a difference and live out her personal values through her work at La Casa Norte has proven to be the greatest personal and professional challenge of her life.

Sol currently serves on the board of directors at the Latino Policy Forum, The Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation and Kuumba Lynx. Flores is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Some of her awards and activities while leading La Casa Norte include the White House Champion of Change Award, Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Fellow Award, the Chicago Neighborhood Development Leadership Award, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and a German Marshall Memorial Fellow representing the U.S.

Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, Chicago Cubs Charities
Alicia is from Chicago and is the Executive Director of Cubs Charities and the Director of Community Affairs for the Chicago Cubs. Alicia transitioned to the Cubs in May 2018, after serving for ten years as the Founding Executive Director of Chicago Run, a local non-profit that provides free physical activity programs to over 18,000 Chicago Public School students as a means of promoting health and wellness, digital learning, social inclusion, and cross-community relationship-building. Prior to Chicago Run, Alicia served as the head of Hispanic Business Development for First American Bank, where she oversaw the expansion of private-public partnerships in the Latino community. Alicia’s roots are in the community and prior to working in the private sector, she held positions as a community organizer and youth development program director in both Chicago and Boston. In addition to Chicago Run, she serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy, and is also on the Board of Directors for Heartland Alliance Human Care Services, Instituto del Progreso Latino, and the Enlace Legacy Board. Alicia is a recipient of the 2017 Crain’s 40 Under 40 List, the 2017 Chicago Cubs Roberto Clemente Community Leader Award, the 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award, the Latina Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) from the Chicago Latino Network, the 35 Under 35 Chicago Leadership Award (2009) from the Community Renewal Society, and the 2009 Emerging Health Leader from the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Alicia is a graduate of Stanford University Business School’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program, a fellow in the 2013-2014 American Express NGEN Fellows Program with the Independent Sector, a Fellow in the 2011 Leadership Greater Chicago Class, and a fellow in the 2012 Latino Leadership Academy with the Latino Policy Forum. Most recently Alicia was a Fellow in the 2016-2017 German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program. Alicia graduated with honors in Latin American History from Brown University.

Brenda Langstraat, Chief Executive Officer, Working in the Schools
Brenda is responsible for staff, program and Board development and management. Representing the needs of WITS as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, Brenda oversees all personnel and programmatic facets of WITS. Brenda formerly served as Executive Director of Parkways Foundation for more than seven years. She’s also been a consultant to Chicago Allies for Youth Success and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. Brenda launched her career as a nonprofit executive with the Chicago Humanities Festival. Brenda serves on the Illinois Mentoring Partnership’s Leadership Council and serves on the Chicago Literacy Alliance’s Executive Committee. Brenda has a BA from Wheaton College and an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Celena Roldan, CEO, American Red Cross, Chicago and Northern Illinois Region
Celena Roldán, M.S.W., M.Ed. joined the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois as CEO in March of 2016. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Roldán was the Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago. Roldán serves as the Vice Board Chair for Illinois Action for Children and on the Head Start Governing Board for Metropolitan Family Services. Most recently she was selected as a board member to the National Board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) the nation’s largest Hispanic Civil Rights and Advocacy organization, and to the City of Chicago’s Community Development Commission. She is also a member of the Economic Club, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a Marshall Memorial Fellow; an initiative sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States that enlists a select group of leaders from Europe and North America for cross-cultural dialogue related to social issues and policy decisions. Most recently, Roldan was honored by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago with the 2016 Community Leader Award. Roldán holds a master's degree in early childhood administration from National Louis University, as well as a master’s and a bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ticket refunds are not available for this event. However, as a special benefit, Alumni Association members may receive a refund up to 10 days prior to the event date.