Women making an “IMPACT”

“As a bullet whizzed past my cheek, the heat caused me to fall face first into the concrete” Isaiah Brooms spoke to the crowd – and we listened to each word, each breath of his story, this was his experience growing up in Chicago. This same man Isaiah was now in front of the crowd of over 400 women, and he is now a Chicago Public School teacher, a mentor, a youth minister, and role model Mr. Brooms  is telling us this, and thanking Tutoring Chicago and his first tutor Sarah.

Tutoring Chicago

From Tutoring Chicago Facebook page

Isaiah is pitching to the crowd, almost Shark Tank style as he and six other finalist are presenting for the 2016 grant award from Impact 100 Chicago. A group of women in Chicago who each donate $1,000 each to empower change. This is an all women, all volunteer group of women, who put their own money, time, effort, and resources to seek out nonprofits that are making a difference, empowering, and changing the lives of so many.

These grants are not taking lightly, each application and applicant is looked over and vetted with a rigorous review, four-step process, and close look at how the funds will be used.

From RefugeeOne Facebook page -

From RefugeeOne Facebook page –

Each of the presentations were so moving, I wanted to get up and volunteer  my own time and money to help each one. The crowd heard from Refugee One, a very poised young lady who survived the worst situation over in her birth country of Sudan was welcomed with open arms when she finally arrived to Chicago. A heart moving story of how she now has hope for a future because of this group was eye opening.

Another presentation was for a program which supports low-income students so they can continue their education, One Million Degrees and they walked away with on of the four awarded with $100,000 grant’s so they can continue to support their efforts.

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 3.41.47 PMHere are the links to all of the organizations that were selected to present – in my heart all of these are amazing and sharing your support will continue to impact change for the better here in Chicago, and around the world. Next year you can bet that I will be supporting Impact 100 Chicago, and maybe you should also.

Chicago Women in Trades

One Million Degrees

The Chicago Debate Commission

Refugee One

Family Rescue Inc


Action Chicago



Have a Happy Day – and learn about WEDAY

MJ Tam and I had a chance to attend the Kick-Off for WeDay Chicago. Hearing from the celebrities who have donated their time and talents for the big event, was so inspiring. I was very impressed by Henry Winkler who seems to be one of the most giving people, talent in the business, and he kinda liked my cell phone selfie light.


“WE Day empowers change at home. WE make this change through WE Day, a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. This change is sustained all year round through the WE Schools program which nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformative social change”

Henry Winkler with MJ Tam takes a selfie, Mr. Winkler gives so much of his time to help others.

Henry Winkler with MJ Tam takes a selfie, Henry spends his time and talents as he contributes to various causes to help others.

With MJ Tam and Two-time Emmy Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist, and giving celebrity Paul Abdul

With MJ Tam and Two-time Emmy Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist, and giving celebrity Paul Abdul

Give “H2O” The gift of clean water is easy

Did you hear about this cool campaign going on now through September 30th , an opportunity to do some back to school shopping and make a difference in the lives of people and families in need.

Recently I spent some time with my friend’s daughter who is getting ready to head off to college. Knowing that Nikki is very socially aware I mentioned that I was working with Walgreens, Unilever and the Me to We Foundation. This is a campaign called Give H2OPE to Others.


It’s easy to take part with the shopping your doing for back to school you can also help supply clean water by purchasing the items you family is using. I knew that showing how a simple action can make a big difference empowers each of us to want to do more.

I asked her if she uses any of these products Caress®, Suave® or TRESemmé® , when she mentioned that she has in the past, I spoke with her about if we get them now, five gallons of clean water will be provided to a family in need.


Look for the informative display in Walgreens, there you will find more information about how a purchase can impact the lives of others. and share with them how families in other parts of the world are in need to clean water,

Once you make your purchases you can go home and see how your helping make a change in the world. Track Your Impact to discover how your 1 purchase will give 5 gallons of clean water. Visit Walgreens.com/trackyourimpact your donation help.


Track your impact.
“Look for the Track Your impact code, or numbers on the bar code on the back of your product.
Enter that code at the top of the page to see where you are making an impact and how it makes a difference in a person’s life”

I was asked to participate in the #GiveH2OPE to others campaign sponsored by Walgreens. The opinions are my own, and I have been compensated we also made a video that you can view on #ChicagonistaLive.