In The Loop Guest Bios

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The Michael Koolidge Show was the first daily radio talk show in the nation hosted by a young military veteran of the current Global War on Terror. Mike has appeared as a guest on numerous programs including WGN Radio's Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, The Spike O'Dell Radio Program, Lars Larson, and The Rusty Humphries Show. He also is the regular fill-in host on The Guy Benson Show, heard on 1260 WRC in Washington, D.C. and AM 560 WIND in Chicago. 

Michael is a lifelong Jets and Mets fan but roots just as passionately for the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks. Mike and his wife Joan live happily together in Illinois, where they've each resided since before the turn of the century.

Michael Koolidge is an Operation Iraqi Freedom/Global War on Terrorism veteran. He served six years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a cavalry and adjutant general officer, achieving the rank of captain. Mike's Army service took him through the hills of Kentucky, the parachute drop zones of Georgia, the swamps of Louisiana, the sands and mountains of the Mojave Desert, the windy city of Chicago, and finally to the combat zone of Kuwait and Iraq. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University and a master's degree in communication from Northwestern University. He also studied improvisation, writing and acting at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and has performed in dozens of theater productions. 



Lisa M. Dietlin is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change who, as a leading figure in the American nonprofit sector, is a highly coveted keynote speaker, media personality and philanthropic consultant.

Ms. Dietlin’s decades-long experience in the fundraising and nonprofit arenas, groundbreaking research on giving patterns, and influential ideas on transformational philanthropy have led her to become one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation. She is a frequent presence on several TV and radio programs, including NBC, CBS, Oprah & Friends Radio, WGN, The Weather Channel and WCIU in Chicago, FOX News and National Public Radio. She is frequently quoted in national publications such as

USA Today, Marketwatch, Reuters andThe Chronicle of Philanthropy, and regularly contributes toThe Huffington Post on her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of Giving.” In 2007, Lisa was named Charity Contributor to CBS 2 Chicago, and appeared regularly for two years to share ideas on how to get involved in charitable giving.

Ms. Dietlin is also the author of four books on the subjects of charitable giving and enacting positive change: Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits,Making a Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas, and Stories to Change Your World, Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World, Making A Difference® III: Still More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World.

Her fifth book, The Power of Three: How to achieve your goals by simply doing three things a daywas published in June 2014. All of her books are available for purchase on and on the Amazon Kindle.

As President and CEO of Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc., Lisa provides her expert advice and structured counsel to entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofit organizations to develop strategies that facilitate transformational philanthropy and charitable giving. Ms. Dietlin has provided her services to over 140 organizations nationwide, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Kiwanis International, the Junior League and Feeding America

Active in the development and fundraising arenas since 1982, Ms. Dietlin contributes her extensive experience in strategic planning for development and fundraising to many nonprofit organizations. She is a frequent and highly valued speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurial giving, major gifts fundraising, moves management and board development.

Ms. Dietlin is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Nonprofit Degree and Certificate Program at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, where she taught "Annual and Major Gifts Fundraising” and the self-designed course "Capital Campaigns for Nonprofit Organizations.”

Ms. Dietlin resides in Chicago. She is originally from Alpena, Michigan.


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Hope Daniels is currently an Associate Professor/ Teaching Fellow in the School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago.  During the 2013-14 academic year she served as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, a rotating position designated by the Faculty Senate.

Between 1993 to 1995 Hope served as deputy press secretary for former United States Senator Carol Moseley Braun. Hope was acknowledged by the Illinois Campus Compact as a State Farm Faculty Fellow and received a grant to conduct research in audio broadcasting and high school community engagement.  She recently completed a book chapter reflecting on the scholarship of her research.

She has presented her research on experiential learning and civic engagement at national and international conferences including:  the International Association for Research for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the International Technology Educational Conference in Valencia, Spain, Illinois Campus Compact Seminars and the American Association of University Professors. By recommendation of her Chair and Dean, Hope received a Columbia College Chicago Distinguished Teacher Award.

Hope also serves as a consultant on media access and crisis communications for nonprofit organizations. Hope received her MS in Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.