buildOn Chicago Breakfast!

We had a fantastic time at our annual buildOn Chicago Breakfast event held Tuesday at the Hilton Chicago. A record-breaking 700 people attended, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was our keynote speaker, and challenged buildOn to double the number of students we are engaging in Chicago!

Student speaker Alejandro Garcia shared his experience of being shot by gang members in his own neighborhood. Despite the trauma of nearly losing his life to gang violence, he’s committed to making a difference in other people’s lives through service. buildOn alumna Amanda Perez spoke about how buildOn gave her hope while she was homeless for two years in high school. She’s since graduated from college, married and is ready for a career in social work.

This year’s hosts were Daniella Guzman and Stefan Holt, co-anchors of NBC 5’s weekday morning newscast. The Event Co-Chairs were Jim Reynolds, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital; and Peter Ricker, Chairman & CEO of MB Real Estate.

Misha Malyshev, founder of Teza Technologies, spoke to the 700 guests about the inspiration that he gains from the determination and drive of buildOn’s students. He urged everyone to join him in supporting buildOn’s work through its Breaking the Cycle campaign

buildOn President and CEO, Jim Ziolkowski, spoke about how buildOn’s programs empower students to graduate through service. We also previewed his new book, Walk in Their Shoes, launching on September 17!

Thank you again to all who attended to help make the 2013 buildOn Breakfast a success!

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