Engaging students through personalized outreach | Recent Work

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The Client and the Problem Bottom Line helps low-income and first-generation students get to and through college. Across four regional sites and in at least as many states, the organization supports over 8,000 students in their pursuit of higher education. Doing personalized advising work at such scale inevitably results in some students who are less…

An Empowering Event : Impact Story

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On a chilly October afternoon, warm house lights and crimson crushed velvet seats welcomed attendees into Victory Gardens Theater on Lincoln Avenue. A set piece of uncertain completeness filled the performance space. Two-stories of weathered paneling, flanked on either side by its exposed frame of two-by-fours. At the edge of the stage: a semicircle of…

Scholar Story | Lena

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Lena, GLP 2017 Lena’s story is part of a project entitled “Scholar Stories.” Please see this project’s portfolio page for more details and additional stories in this series.   “My finger hurts,” Lena said, in an earnest yet ill-conceived attempt to justify why she was awake – again. Up past 3 a.m. – again. And surrounded by…

Informational Interview Preparation | Career Search Keys – Advice and Tips

Informational interviews let you glean valuable information for a career change, move a job search forward, and simultaneously build meaningful professional relationships. Here are five skills to hone that will help you learn others’ stories, have engaging, productive conversations, and develop your network.

Career Search Keys: Landing Meaningful Informational Interviews

Informational interviewing has plenty of value to offer job searchers, career changers, or simply those looking to develop professionally while expanding their networks. Whether you’re struggling to get your cover letter and resume noticed by your dream employer, or just aren’t quite sure what to do next in your career, informational interviewing is a strategy worthy of adding to your repertoire. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised by who’s willing to make your process a little more positive. Here are five keys to successfully landing informational interviews, learning others’ stories, and building lasting professional relationships.

Defining the Problem; Envisioning a Solution

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Originally included in Empowering Innovators, 2018.  At the Global Leaders Program, we believe Chicago-area youth possess the innate ability to create great change, and through the program, we cultivate the natural talent and capacity for innovation of Chicago's underserved populations. Specifically, we aim to increase access and resources for those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM:…