Annual Pro-Bono Project

Every year I select one Chicago area not-for-profit for which I perform pro-bono work. This includes consulting, coaching, speaking or workshops.

How I can help:

  • Workshops to prepare for growth.
  • Coaching to improve leadership.
  • Speaking engagements to motivate your team.
  • Consulting to embed new process or culture.
  • And dozens of other ways.

My criteria for selecting a pro-bono client and project:

  • Are you in the Chicago area?
  • Do you have 40 or more employees?
  • Is your focus primarily on underserved youth?
  • Is one of your goals to reduce violence in the city?
  • Are you a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit?

If you answered most of these with a yes, then let’s talk. Please send me an email, or call me, and we can discuss your needs.

Why do I do this?

Prior to moving back to Chicago in 2011, I lived in Berrien County in southwest Michigan. This was my home for over 40 years. While I lived there, I had two lengthy experiences that shaped my interest in helping underserved youth.

I lived near and worked in the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Through much of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Benton Harbor was a city of high crime, low standard of living and even lower opportunity for the disadvantaged. I saw first-hand the neglect faced by some sectors of our society. I was also able to make a small difference by working Habitat for Humanity projects, working with the poor, and consulting with city government.

I was also heavily involved in lay ministry for youth in Benton Harbor, holding several leadership roles. I saw first-hand how a little extra attention can make a huge difference in the lives of young people. Through events, coaching, training and counseling, I believe I made a difference helping young people better integrate with their communities and prepare for their futures.

"I feel activated to lead the charge in helping to shift the organizational culture to sustain the inevitable change that accompanies growth. Steve has catalyzed the executive team and me to collectively embrace our responsibility as strategists, ambassadors, cheerleaders, and role models of the BUILD culture that will carry us into our next 50 years. "
- Bradly K. Johnson, Director of Core Programs, BUILD Incorporated  
"I believe that some people are purposefully placed in our lives at critical moments. My interaction with Steve came when I transitioned into adulthood. He established a relationship of trust and safety so I could be open about my experiences without feeling shame. He looks at someone and see their potential, their qualities, and how to help them discover and use those qualities. When I expressed doubt, he helped me work through it while providing constant support. Now years later, I reflect on that time and am grateful for the time he invested in me. In my personal and professional life, as I meet those who bear deep scars, I am reminded how important it is to have someone who supports you, no matter what."
- Heather T.
"Steve has a unique ability to recognize an individual’s talents. As a youth, Steve helped me recognize my leadership skills. Today, I am the Warehouse Manager for a well-known company in Utah. In this position, I must communicate clearly, directly, and professionally to those I interact with; whether it be employees, customers, or vendors. Steve prepared me by helping me learn these and other valuable skills that help me in both my professional and personal life today."
- Jon N.