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On May 30th, ACN celebrated our 30th anniversary at Chicago Architecture Center. The venue is not far from where ACN was originally launched in 1989 with a handful of members—including Kelly Kleiman who was in attendance at the event (and received generous well-deserved applause).
The evening kicked off with attendees chatting amidst scale models of Chicago buildings, followed by updates from ACN President Jonathan Eisler and President-Elect Jill Misra, who spoke about the significance of the number 30 (creative/social energy and optimism) and the new ways ACN is engaging with the nonprofit community through our partnerships with Forefront, The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, and Chicago Cares.
Our Member Engagement Team (Carol White of CBWhite, Emily Taylor of teenyBIG and Amelia Kohm of Data Viz for Nonprofits) shared results of “not just another member survey” that illustrated the “ACN Quest” and ways we are working to improve our members’ experience and engagement. Speaking of, one of our new ways of engaging members was announced: a private ACN Member Facebook group.
Best of all, we were treated to an interactive keynote on storytelling from Ben Tanzer who, in addition to his speaking and storytelling, has had a long career in nonprofit work. Ben invited us to share our “superpowers” through a collection of sticky notes on the wall and led us through exercises to create our story. As Ben suggests, “Tell your story everywhere—and the stories behind the stories.”
We are grateful for our 30th Anniversary Planning Committee who worked hard for several months to develop the event's theme, secure the venue and speaker and create this special celebration:
Thank you to all of our members, past members, friends and guests who joined us to celebrate on May 30th. As we like to say, “ACN goes beyond business”—genuine connections and friendships are made through this group. Last week’s event truly illustrated this concept. Here’s to a great 30th year—and beyond—for ACN!
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Photos from the ACN 30th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting
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