ACI Cosponsoring May 8 Events with TIGER 21 Founder and Chairman Michael Sonnenfeldt

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt, founder and chairman, TIGER 21

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt, founder and chairman of TIGER 21, and an accomplished serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, will address The Executives’ Club of Chicago on May 8 regarding what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The event featuring Sonnenfeldt is from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Metropolitan, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 66th Floor, Chicago. ACI is an event sponsor.

Sonnenfeldt is author of the recent book, Think BIGGER and 39 Other Winning Strategies from Successful Entrepreneurs. Along with personal anecdotes, Sonnenfeldt will discuss his book and share stories of self-made executives, concluding with important takeaways on how these thought leaders and entrepreneurs were successful while being change agents.

Following his presentation, students studying entrepreneurship at ACI colleges and universities will have an exclusive opportunity to meet with Sonnenfeldt. They will convene at 1871, Chicago’s center for entrepreneurship and technology, at the Merchandise Mart downtown. President Kurt Dykstra of Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, will welcome Sonnenfeldt and the students.

A private evening reception for Sonnenfeldt with ACI board members, presidents and invited guests will be held at the University Club of Chicago. Support for the TIGER 21 events is provided through a Capacity-Building grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with support from the UPS Foundation.

TIGER 21 is made up of more than 600 members who collectively manage more than $60 billion in personal assets. Founded in 1999, TIGER 21 now has 40 groups in more than 25 cities across the globe.

Attend an ACI Professional Development Conference in June

Sturtevant Hall, Illinois College

Sturtevant Hall is a architectural feature on the Illinois College campus.

Illinois College, Jacksonville, and Augustana College, Rock Island, will be sites for ACI professional development conferences in June, for staff of ACI member colleges and universities.

Illinois College will host a multi-track conference Friday, June 1, for professionals in advancement, finance and student engagement. Dave Tretter, president of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Springfield, and Donald Fouts, the federation’s president emeritus, will kick off the conference as keynote presenters, said Constance Willoughby, ACI director for conferences and scholarships. Among other planned discussion topics are student retention, community engagement, Title IX training, tax reform and planned giving, financial wellness, online classes and master planning. Registration for the conference will open this month.

For public relations and marketing professionals, ACI is partnering with Augustana College and its annual Summer Get-Together on Tuesday, June 19. The communications conference will feature presentations by Dr. Anne Marie Mitchell, Columbia College, Chicago, on using social media in a college environment, plus best-practices topics such as branding, digital marketing, planning for a college name change, revitalizing a college magazine, crisis communication and other topics. Click here to register.

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