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May Networking Lunch with Bonnie McDonald

  • May 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Chicago Cultural Center
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Join WP+D for a networking brown bag on Wednesday, May 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to discuss professional development and career plans with this month's featured guest, Bonnie McDonald, President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois

Bonnie McDonald joined Landmarks Illinois in June of 2012, after almost seven years as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, based in St. Paul. As president of Landmarks Illinois, Bonnie advances the vision, mission, and programs of Illinois' only statewide preservation nonprofit organization. She provides leadership to achieve strategic goals working in collaboration with its 37-member board, eight staff, committees, interns, members, and partners. In her five years with Landmarks Illinois, the organization has added three staff, opened its first regional office in Springfield, published several economic studies on preservation, and played a visible role to save several key properties.

Bonnie’s expertise in community development through historic preservation has emerged over her 19 years working and studying in the field. Her first executive director position came at the age of 26 running the Anoka County Historical Society in Anoka, Minnesota from 2002 through 2005. She became the executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in November, 2005, and quadrupled the organization’s capacity in seven years. This included re-launching the Minnesota Main Street Program within the Alliance, as well as starting the Investment Partnership Program, a real estate partnership where the Alliance invests in development projects.

Bonnie’s leadership positions have included service as vice chair of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Redevelopment Corporation Board, vice chair of the Partners Network of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and chair of the public policy subcommittee for the Building Jobs Coalition in Minnesota. She serves as an ex-officio board member of the Friends of the Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, the Glessner House Museum in Chicago, and the Hegeler-Carus Mansion in LaSalle. Bonnie is currently chairing the Strategic Planning Task Force for the Glessner House Museum.

This is a members-only event limited to five participants. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

As with every WP+D Small Networking Lunch, registration will open at 12:00 p.m. the first day of the month during which the lunch will be held. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and typically fill up quickly.

Attendance & Cancellation Policy:

Due to the popularity of these lunches, we ask for a 48-hour cancellation notice if you are unable to attend.  Failure to notify us will result in a 3 month suspension from the Networking Lunch series.

We ask that members register for no more than two consecutive lunches. If you have attended the past two lunches and are interested in attending this event, please e-mail us at wpdchicago@gmail.com asking to be put on the waitlist. If spaces become available or registration isn't full a week in advance, we will contact you. 

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