We had a tremendous first chat of 2020…
In case you missed our first chat of 2020 with Connie Falcone, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation. A special shutout to the American Marketing Association for hosting us in their beautiful space. Below is a recap from the evening….Career Trajectories aren’t always straightforward…
Connie was encouraged to pursue a career in law from a young age by her Aunt Helen, who was a teacher. But a career in law, and later in venture capital and private equity, still left Connie yearning for more. In her words “the justice piece” was missing.

It was a personal, and unexpected connection through her daughter’s soccer coach that brought her to the nonprofit world, first with Urban Initiatives and eventually to Cubs Charities and her current role with the Northwestern Memorial Foundation. Connie affirmed the importance of building relationships and always sharing your interests and goals with others – opportunities can often spring from surprising sources and connections.

On Philanthropy and the nonprofit, or social profit enterprise, sector…
Connie believes that the word nonprofit undervalues the the sector, instead we should call them ‘social profits,’ which would better convey the innovative work undertaken by many organizations. In her opinion, social profits should be focused on the intersection of business and philanthropy. Finding ways to make philanthropy a key part of an organization’s essential business strategy.

The support of family…
Before accepting what was to be a very time-consuming job with Cubs Charities, Connie consulted her family for input. Their support was essential in making the long hours and sometimes stressful days manageable for her and her family.

Words of advice…
Connie encouraged us to use the 80/20 rule when considering moving on from a job. If you feel valued and are inspired and excited by your work most days, it’s likely a place to stay a while longer. If the scales tip the other way, it’s a good time to consider other opportunities.

And finally, Connie shared with us her word of intention for 2020 (which she prefers over resolutions): CONNECT.