Join us for ACI’s HR, and Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Breakfast Nov. 7 
Oct. 4, 2018

Monika Black and Tomer Yogev, co-founders of TandemSpring, Chicago, will speak at the Nov. 7 ACI breakfast.

Monika Black, left, and Tomer Yogev, right, are co-founders of TandemSpring. Both will present at the Nov. 7 breakfast.

ACI will soon host its second annual HR, and Diversity and Inclusion Leaders breakfast event Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St.

Speakers include Dr. Laurie M. Joyner, president of ACI member Saint Xavier University, Chicago. The program, “Cultural Strengths: Moving Beyond The D&I Workshop,” will be presented by Monika Black and Tomer Yogev co-founders of TandemSpring. The Chicago-based executive coaching firm focuses on strengths-based approaches to leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and strategy optimization for leading organizations. Founded in 2010, notable clients include Teach For America, Gallagher Bassett, Microsoft and the Anti-Defamation League.

“Learn from the minds behind industry-leader TandemSpring how their unique strengths-based diversity and inclusion model allows individuals and teams to leverage character and cultural strengths to make D&I work a more inviting, dynamic and continuously evolving journey for all involved,” according to the program description. “Large corporations, startups, universities and nonprofits have all benefited from TandemSpring’s Cultural Strengths approach by making D&I transform from just another mandatory workshop to the enlightening and introspective journey it was always meant to be.”

Corporate and higher education leaders working in human resources, career services, as well as diversity and inclusion officers, should plan to attend. Online registration is available through the close of business, Monday, Nov. 5.

Work and Life Skills Boot Camps Will Support Students at ACI Colleges and Universities
Oct. 4, 2018

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Students of color, low-income and first-generation students at ACI member institutions soon may benefit from Skills for Work, Skills for Life Boot Camps, a new project ACI plans to launch in 2019. The project has been funded through a $19,050 First Opportunity Partners matching grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with support from the UPS Foundation.

The Saturday morning boot camps, designed to support campus career services programs, will begin in fall 2019 and offer students intensive instruction in resume development, interviewing/presentation skills, workplace technology skills, and financial literacy and career paths in financial services. Each session will conclude with a luncheon introducing students to a key Illinois employer that hires large numbers of alumni from ACI members.

“Students from low-income backgrounds or who are first in their families to graduate college have few role models in their lives who can offer career advice and support for job searches,” explains Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. “ACI boot camps can help bridge that gap and give underserved students a better chance at launching satisfying careers after they graduate.”

In 2019-20, ACI plans to offer three boot camps: two in the metro Chicago area and one outside Chicago — all on ACI member campuses. ACI is now actively seeking corporate sponsorship for Skills for Work, Skills for Life Boot Camps. A minimum of $19,050 is required to match the CIC grant and fully fund the program. The matching deadline is March 2019.  ACI also will also seek presenters for the programs and recruit host campuses. For more information, contact Executive Director Mick Weltman, 312-263-2391, ext. 0523 or email at


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