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Listening to Chicago: An Event Supporting Acumen & Some Lessons from our Work

This Saturday, November 13 Chicago for Acumen is teaming with Nuru Project to host DIGNITY, a photography auction and exhibition benefiting Acumen Fund.  Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on photographs by renowned photographers such as Susan Meiselas/Magnum, Ami Vitale/National Geographic, and Palani Mohan/Reportage by Getty Images.

For the first of an ongoing preview of images, please refer to Nuru Project’s blog.

Purchase your tickets to DIGNITY today.

Planning this upcoming event has helped put in perspective some lessons I have learned from volunteering with this community. One of the greatest things I have taken away from Acumen Fund is the ability to share stories. From the time I first picked up The Blue Sweater, I was impressed by the dialogue that can be sparked from opening ourselves up and listening and learning from others’ experience.

Acumen Fund Chicago has been working with this goal in mind and myself as well as the other chapter leaders have been impressed with what we have uncovered. So often does Chicago—both literally and figuratively—get put in the middle. Since our kickoff in May, we have been able to shift our perspective to address what we can contribute here in the Midwest and through the Acumen Fund community as a whole.

Building a community requires passionate engagement

A good friend of mine once said “I think that passion comes from basic building blocks.  A love of taking care of people.  A love of bringing people together.  A love of constantly challenging yourself.” He said this within a day of his death, and I was able to see a community rally together as a result of his passion. I have been able to take these lessons and apply them every day to my involvement with the members of our growing Chicago community. It is easy to forget that we have to ask ourselves what we can do for members just as much as we ask them what they can do for us.

Try, Try, Try

The greatest thing about using entrepreneurial approaches to anything is the mindframe it requires. There is no giving up. There is no “right way” of doing things. Everything is a learning process, and the most important factor to keep in mind is as long as you are trying, your outcome will be successful.

The fruits of our labor will be showcased this Saturday at DIGNITY to benefit a wonderful cause, and we hope that you choose to join us.

Generous sponsors of the event include Mesirow Financial, HUB 51, Edible Arrangements, Mama M’s Kitchen, Sprinkles Cupcakes, FactSet, Food for Thought Catering, Gaylord Cuisine, Viceroy of India, Heritage Wine Cellars, Floriole, Palm Bay International, and Polaris Creative Group.

Erin Little is a Chapter Leader for Chicago for Acumen.

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