Honor the past. Celebrate the present. Create the future.


Annual Gala 

May 17, 2017

5:30 - 8:30pm

Chicago History Museum


This year’s event is sure to delight as we reimagine the celebration and look ahead to our next 20 years! Guests will have the opportunity to engage with our young people in creative and artistic activities during the cocktail reception and get to know our new Executive Director, Alicia T. Vega.

Our awards program will feature lively performances, student and community partnership awards and recognition for this year’s honoree, Nichole Barnes Marshall for her exceptional work as the Global Head of Inclusion for Aon plc.

Join us for what promises to be a fantastic and fun evening.


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2017 Honoree: Nichole Barnes Marshall

Nichole currently serves as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Aon plc, the world’s leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. She is responsible for the development and implementation of inclusion and diversity strategies for Aon’s 72,000 colleagues in more than 120 countries. 


Event Co-Chairs: 

Muhammad Gigani, Deloitte Tax LLP

Kay Berkson, Founder, Changing Worlds 


Host Committee:

Adrianne C. Mazura

Brian Hahn

Bulley & Andrews

Christen Summers

Deborah Minor Harvey

JoAnn Beck

Ken Rolling and Rochelle Davis

Lindsay Alvis Cochrane

Luis Avila and John Paul Estrada

Mark Rodriguez

Mary F. Morten

Patricia Borowiec

Sarvesh Soi

Shana Lowitz and Bill Swain

Sharon and Michael Damore

Sofia G. Sarabia

Steve Durchslag

Stuart Hannay

Vicki Woolner Samuels and Tom Samuels



Can't attend but want to support? Buy your raffle tickets right here, right now!

Prizes include gems like:

  • (2) 3-day VIP passes to Pitchfork Music Festival
  • Ravinia Tickets and picnic package
  • Jazz concert series at the Symphony Center

Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100

You do not need to be present to win.

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Interested in being an event sponsor? 

  • $750 can fund a field trip for our students and teaching artists 
  • $1000 can fund arts education for 25 students
  • $1500 can fund a field trip AND arts education for 20 students
  • $3000 can fund the arts education of 75 students
  • $5000 can fully fund our annual student art exhibit

Sponsors receive tickets to the event, recognition at the event, original student art and other benefits based on your level of giving. 




Looking to sponsor at a higher level? We would love to talk with you about how we can maximize your impact and return over the course of our anniversary year.

Please email Alicia Vega - avega@changingworlds.org 


Thank you to our event sponsors!

Aon, plc

Brian and Carla Hahn

Neuberger Berman

Gofen and Glossberg Firm

Jason and Christine Osborn

Jenner & Block

Kay Berkson and Sidney Hollander


Elements PEO

Stuart Hannay

Lester and Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Mark Rodriguez

Quarles & Brady LLP

Shepard Schwartz & Harris

Ken Rolling and Rochelle Davis

Sharon Hidalgo

Trillium Asset Management

Vicki Woolner Samuels and Tom Samuels

Lucy and Peter Ascoli



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