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The Changemakers

As Vice President for Community Health Engagement, University of Chicago Medical Center, Cristal Thomas is making an impact through important public health initiatives and reforms to serve the needs of the community. Read more

How She Did It

Cathy Krieger is President/CEO, The Children’s Place Association who is leading the efforts to help Chicago families and children with medical needs. She is a Changemaker who has touched lives of countless Chicagoans and here is her story. Read more

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Nearly half of the adult population suffers from one or more chronic illnesses. By using technology and data, Star Cunningham, Founder/CEO of 4D Healthware, is changing healthcare for patients living with chronic illnesses. Read more

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World Chicago brings the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world through citizen diplomacy. Peggy Parfenoff heads up the organization making international connections changing Chicago's relationship with its citizens and the rest of the world. Read more

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Julie Smolyansky; Photo by Heather Talbert

Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods and inspiring activist, shares her Inspiration List with us, complete with her recommended reads, must-see films and organizations we should know about. Read more

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Founder/Executive Director of The Simple Good, Priya Shah has created a program that reaches at-risk youth in Chicago, bringing the practice of mindfulness and positive thinking through the arts. Read more

How She Did It

Manessah founded Mothers Against Senseless Killing to address violence in her neighborhood. Hers is truly amazing story about how social activism can make a difference, especially on the streets of Chicago. Read more

How She Did It

As President of The Woods Fund Chicago, Grace Hou is tackling structural racism through multiple support channels—organizations, coalitions, community leaders. This Changemaker's goal is to create a better society for all— starting here in Chicago. Read more

How She Did It

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Julie Smolyansky; Photo by Heather Talbert

Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods is an extraordinary “work ethic in motion,” both in her professional life and in her activism. From rape victim advocacy to international health issues, she supports them in creative, inspiring ways. Read more

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