In the Loop Guests
WYCC PBS Chicago
EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Greg Burns is a member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, specializing in business. He previously served as a business columnist and blogger, senior correspondent and editor responsible for all business coverage. Before joining the Tribune, Burns wrote for Business Week magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times.
For more information: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/chi-greg-burns-bio,0,845583.story
Kara Burrell Wright
Educator/founder – Mindhearted, inc
Kara Burrell Wright is founder of Mindhearted, Inc., a diversity education company for parents that are passionate about raising culturally competent children. To date, the Mindhearted community has parent subscribers in the United States, Canada and Europe—all with the mission of respecting and building understanding with people regardless of background, beliefs, education, experience, gender, sexual identity, religion or skin tone.
Kara began her career as a diversity and inclusion specialist with an organization development firm and served as consultant and client engagement manager. She worked with both private and public sector organizations including Fortune 500, national non-profits and several other state and local organizations. While working within the corporate arena, she was often asked how diversity education could be used at home with families. It was from that repeated experience that Kara birthed Mindhearted, Inc. Kara works with her subscribers, public and private companies, schools and community organizations to empower and inspire helping others to transform how they work, live and play. Her ability to “meet people where they are” and create safe, free-from judgment learning has allowed her to facilitate forums that equip parents to have conversations about diversity and the dimensions of identity. Her clients have affectionately dubbed her “America’s First Parent Diversity Coach.” In keeping with her personal commitment to serve, Kara is highly invested in supporting women solopreneurs who want to create lives they love. She is also a volunteer mediator and has served on various boards in support of literacy and equitable education. Currently she serves as an inaugural member of the YWCA Metropolitan Ambassador Council where she works to support the YWCA mission--to eliminate racism and empower women.
Kara is a deliriously happy mother raising a mindhearted daughter along with her husband and resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Gerardo F. cardenas, Senior manager – Communications, AARP Illinois
Gerardo Cardenas is the Communications Manager and spokesperson for AARP Illinois. He joined AARP in 2008 and is responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communications strategies, as well as media relations for AARP in Illinois. From 2004 through 2007, he was the Chicago Press Secretary for the Governor of Illinois. Gerardo worked as a journalist for newspapers, wire services, radio and television for over 20 years in Mexico, the United States and Europe before settling in Chicago in 1998, where he helped found Hoy – Chicago’s only Spanish-language daily newspaper. He is also the Editorial Director for contratiempo, the Midwest’s only Spanish language literary review. Additionally he is a published short-fiction and poetry author. Originally from Mexico City, he holds a B.A. in Journalism from Universidad Iberoamericana, and a Masters in Public Policy from National-Louis University. He lives in Oak Park with his wife Ana Maria, their daughter Susana and his mother Sarah.