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      Courageous Conversations: Paying it Forward in Barrington

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      April 8, 2020

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      145 West Main Street
      Barrington, Illinois 60010

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      Courageous Conversations: Paying it Forward

      How does our spending and giving align with our values? How can we be more conscientious consumers and investors? How can we share resources for the common good? Let’s talk about ways we can each be a part of creating a more inclusive economy. Join us at Barrington’s White House for this seventh session of A Year of Courageous Conversations. About Our Guests: Jessica Droste Yagan is the CEO of Impact Engine, an impact investing firm that manages venture capital and private equity funds. Jessica also serves as Managing Partner of Impact Engine Ventures. She is extensively engaged personally in impact investing and evangelizing on behalf of the impact investing field. Prior to Impact Engine, Jessica led the creation of McDonald’s Corporation’s global and U.S. sustainable sourcing strategies and worked in the field of urban economic development at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. She is currently on the boards of Metropolitan Planning Council, OneGoal Chicago, The Honeycomb Project, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth, and Fixer. Crain’s Chicago Business named her to its list of 40-Under-40 in 2013 and she served as a 2014 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Jessica holds a BA from Haverford College, an MBA from Stanford University, and an MPA from Harvard University. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. Sam Yagan is co-founder of online dating site and Vice Chairman of He was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013. Yagan’s previous work includes, MetaMachine, Delias, and Barnes & Noble. An Illinois native, and the son of Syrian immigrants, Al and Dr. Haifi Yagan, Sam was instilled with an entrepreneur trait at a young age. Yagan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica Droste Yagan and lives in Chicago with their three children. Registration: Open to the public, ages 16+ Limited seating. Advance registration required. Tickets: $25 per person About The Series: A Year of Courageous Conversations is hosted by Dr. Zina Jacque and Jessica Swoyer Green and produced by Urban Consulate at Barrington’s White House. The series is made possible thanks to generous support from Jessica & Dominic Green, Kim Duchossois, Sue & Rich Padula, Barrington Area Community Foundation, and BMO Wealth Management. To learn more and join the email list, visit:

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