Are you a young professional looking for a way to get more involved? An Associate Board could be a great fit! Our Associate Board Basics seminar will equip you with the tools you need for service on a nonprofit’s Associate or Junior Board. We’ll also help you better understand some of the challenges facing our communities, the same issues nonprofits are addressing through their work. You’ll hear from speakers from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, as well as United Way’s own experts.

Following the seminar, connect with representatives from local nonprofit Associate Boards at a networking happy hour. Join us on Friday, August 4 to learn, meet other like-minded young professionals, and find your passion!


Friday, August 4, 2023

10am – 3pm
Session Topics

3 – 5pm
Networking Happy Hour with Nonprofit Associate Boards


Liz Livingston Howard
Executive Director,
Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management
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Dr. Kimberlee Guenther
Chief Impact Officer,
United Way of Metro Chicago
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Caitlin Closser Peart
Director, Strategic Initiatives,
United Way of Metro Chicago
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Event Details

Friday, August 4, 2023
10am - 5pm

BMO Tower
320 S. Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

Registration is now closed

Questions? Please contact United Way Public Programs.

Seminar Fee

includes event registration, lunch, and happy hour drinks and appetizers.

General Registration


Young Leaders United Member Registration*


Nonprofit Professional Registration

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for nonprofit professionals.

*Young Leaders United (YLU) is our affinity group of young professionals committed to generosity and volunteerism. Members support United Way by giving $250 or more annually. Learn more about Young Leaders United at

For questions about tickets and pricing, please contact United Way Public Programs.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Event Space Sponsor

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About Board Leadership Institute

The Board Leadership Institute program prepares philanthropic business leaders for service on the boards of directors of nonprofit organizations. Through a holistic curriculum, participants are provided with a deep understanding of the challenges facing our neighborhoods along with the tools to leverage their skills in service of Greater Chicago. The training program embodies the commitments required by board service, with classroom-style sessions held over several months, including homework assignments. Upon successful program completion, each participant will have the opportunity to be matched to a nonprofit board to begin their service.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Board Leadership Institute page.

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