Conversations with Cara

    February 15, 2024

    This is a virtual discussion

Be a part of the conversation!

Conversations with Cara is an engaging discussion centered around our work to eradicate poverty. Our next theme is: The Intersection of Education and Workforce Development. As the workforce continues to evolve, so must the ways we prepare current and future generations of workers. With the increased focus on credentialing, upskilling, and practical work experience, the perception that a four-year degree is the only option for long-term career success is no longer accurate. We will be joined by civic and philanthropic leaders to explore how education and workforce development institutions are working together to build more inclusive pathways to gainful employment.


Thursday, February 15


12:00 – 1:00 pm CT



Our Panel

Dr. Kathleen St. Louis Caliento

President & CEO

Cara Collective

Michele Howard

Chief Program Officer
Hope Chicago

Dr. Eddie Phillips

Provost and Senior Vice President
National Louis University

Dr. Maurice Swinney

Chief Innovation Officer
Chicago Beyond

Join the Conversation

This is a free, virtual conversation, but we request you RSVP in advance.

Previous Virtual Conversations

Building Economic Vibrancy Across the Latine Community

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we were joined by a panel of civic and philanthropic leaders to discuss the role policy plays in creating equity, and how we are addressing and removing the barriers faced in the pursuit of meaningful employment opportunities.

Writing My Legacy

In honor of Black History Month, Kathleen St. Louis Caliento, Suzet McKinney, and Nicole Robinson take part in a discussion on creating change, inspiring others, and building a legacy.

Appetite for Hope

Because gainful employment and food security go hand in hand, Kathleen St. Louis Caliento and Kellie O’Connell, CEO of Nourishing Hope, discuss the barriers to food and job access and our collective hunger for a poverty-free Chicago.

Beyond the Shecession

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Kathleen St. Louis Caliento and Felicia Davis Blakley reflect on this moment in history and its impact on women in the workforce.

Finding My Voice

In celebration of Black History Month, Kathleen St. Louis Caliento and Dominique Jordan Turner discuss how they found their voices as Black women, impactful leaders, devoted mothers, and so much more.

Thank You to our Previous Sponsors

*Sponsors from June 2023 event