Geriann Wiesbrook is the founder of Military Mama Network and lead admin for over 100 Facebook groups as well as 4 Facebook business pages. She grew Military Mama Network’s Facebook presence from ZERO to 20,000 in less than 4 years and captured the attention of multiple team members of Facebook, Inc. Geriann has successfully (albeit unintentionally at the launch) launched a 501 (c) 3 corporation, maneuvered through several developmental changes in leadership and has created several subgroups within her non-profit. She successfully leads a team of hundreds on a daily basis while juggling a marriage, helping raise her grandsons, and visiting several long-distance family members. Sometimes she even gets to read a book! She knows how to run Facebook groups with great authenticity, so much so that Facebook has reached out six different times in six different areas within six months. The statistical likelihood of her recognition by multiple Facebook teams is 1:5 Octillion (that’s 27 0’s and 9 commas ONE BILLION BILLION BILLION) Why does that matter? Social Media is the #1 way to grow any small business and is particularly effective for charities. Facebook is just one tool we, as non-profit leaders, should have in our toolkit.
Lynn Fogarty | GN Moderator
Director, Magnolia Insights
Lynn Fogarty is a Marketing and Advertising industry leader with over 16 years of experience building brands, providing strategic thought leadership, and creating advertising campaigns that connect with consumers. While Marketing is one of her talents, she has a passion for helping others and using her talents to give back. Lynn is part of the development and event planning teams at CureJM, a non-profit supporting children with a rare autoimmune disease called JDM, serves with her family at homeless shelters in the city, and leads care and grief groups in her neighborhood. Lynn also cares deeply about advancing women and currently is the Network of Executive Women's Mentoring Committee Co-Chair.
Mica Zgutowicz | GN Panelist
P.A.X.A. Parents Against Child Sex Abuse, Board Member
Micaela has always had a passion for two things: diversity and education. Part of this evolved naturally for Micaela having been raised by two Mexican immigrants, however, also self taught and learned through experiences. Upon attaining her undergraduate degree from DePaul University with a major in International Studies and testing the waters a bit, her heart drew her back to her core of wanting to put a bigger stamp on this world and so went back to DePaul to obtain her Master's in Bilingual-Bicultural Education.
It was through this experience and education she was enlightened and encouraged to fight for those who deserve it most: our children. She went on to teach elementary education until she and her husband were blessed with the arrival of their first child.
After the birth of their second child, Micaela decided it was time to get back to her passion for education and work with children with autism.
Micaela is proud of her heritage, her experiences and impact she has brought to this world. Furthermore, she is excited for this next chapter in not only continuing to educate, but also protect our children. A survivor of sexual abuse, she understands the emotional impact this brings and is encouraged to fight for awareness. She demonstrates her support of this cause as Board Member of P.A.X.A. Parents Against Child Sex Abuse.
Jazzy Davenport | GN Panelist
Co-Founder of Black Girls Break Bread
Jazzy D. Davenport-Russ, co-founder of Black Girls Break Bread and Chicago native, is a high school educator, community college professor, mentor, and advocate for social justice, racial equity, and equality in the Chicago area. A champion of Black children, her servant leadership style nurtures an environment of excellence for her students, her school, and its community. Davenport is a lifelong learner. She prides herself on being Fisk made while also holding degrees from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and Dominican University.
Kendra Waddington | GN Panelist
Director of Development, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ)
Kendra Waddington is a strategic, goal-oriented leader with broad expertise in nonprofit management. She currently serves as Director of Development at Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) with responsibility for major gifts and planned giving. She oversees a team focused on fundraising, donor stewardship, analysis & reporting, prospect research, and administrative services. Prior to joining WBEZ, Kendra consulted with several nonprofits on a variety of projects ranging from new business planning to marketing and communications to systems conversions. She spent the majority of her career at IES Abroad, a global higher education nonprofit headquartered in Chicago. There she held multiple roles leading fundraising and alumni relations, developing new lines of business, conducting institutional research, and managing governance meetings and events. Kendra earned her B.A. in Communications and International Studies and M.A. in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies, both from Loyola University Chicago.
Clara Carrier | GN Contributor
Founder, Breaking Through Consulting
As a nonprofit advisor, brand strategist, humanitarian and founder of Breaking Through Consulting, Clara partners with organizations to help them find a breakthrough, advance and increase their impact by understanding and activating the power of their brands (their purpose), while deepening relationships internally, externally and with those they wish to Help. Trained as a communicator, marketer and journalist, Clara has been dedicated to activating, strengthening and growing brands; helping develop a culture of engagement; establishing and cultivating community relations; and educating organizational leaders and teams so they can increase stakeholder participation and achieve success and fulfillment. Her approach is to bring the organizations’ purpose as foundational to every aspect of their business - people, principles, programs, partnerships, etc., in order to achieve incredible heights, change and social good. Clara’s 18-year experience as a dynamic and versatile bilingual/bicultural leader includes working with non-profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, Curamericas Global, Willow Creek Community Church, The People’s Resource Center; and for-profit companies like McDonald’s Corporation, The Hershey Company, Pfizer and Verizon.