T H E S E R I E S
As America becomes increasingly diverse, we are also dangerously polarized. How can we foster greater inclusion and belonging in our communities? Join us for a new year-long series to learn how to better hear, share & understand different lived experiences.
Throughout 2019 & 2020, we are inviting Barrington area community members and guest experts for a series of monthly talks designed to spark critical inquiry, awareness & growth. Topics include: The Art of Listening, Cultivating Curiosity, Understanding Privilege, Confronting Prejudice and Practicing Courage. Seating for each session is limited, but all welcome.
T H E H O S T S
This pilot series is co-hosted by Dr. Zina Jacque and Jessica Swoyer Green, and presented through a unique partnership between Urban Consulate, a national network of parlors for civic exchange, and Barrington’s White House, a historic cultural center in the heart of downtown Barrington. This series is made possible thanks to generous founding support from Jessica Swoyer Green, Kim Duchossois, Sue & Rich Padula, BMO Wealth Management and Barrington Area Community Foundation, and our amazing community partners & advisors. Read more below.
T H E P L A C E
Thirty-five miles northwest of Chicago, in the countryside Village of Barrington, residents recognize the need to reach beyond their own lived experiences to better understand diverse backgrounds and perspectives. By the numbers, Barrington is fortunate. Beloved for its traditional charm, great schools, and quality of life, it is kind, generous and open to learning how to be the most welcoming and inclusive community it can be. So much so, that when we opened registration for our launch event in May 2019, nearly 900 people signed up for 700 seats. And our first sessions sold out right away.
T H E O R I G I N
After venturing off to other cities, two daughters of Barrington, Jessica Swoyer Green & Claire Nelson, found themselves struggling to talk about social issues back at home. Through meaningful conversations with Dr. Zina Jacque and Lauren Hood, and the support of their families, they began hatching a series for learning & exchange. But it only became real with incredible local advisors & community partners, including Sam Adams-Lanham at Barrington Area Library, Kyle Kick of BStrong Together, and Beth Raseman & Rollin Potter at Barrington’s White House. For our full list of advisors, read below.
G U E S T E X P E R T S
A B O U T O U R G U E S T S P E A K E R S
K R I S T A T I P P E T T
The Adventure of Civility
Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times bestselling author, and a National Humanities Medalist. Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and received her Master of Divinity at Yale University. Seeing a black hole where intelligent public conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be, she piloted Speaking of Faith as a weekly national public radio show in 2003 — which later became On Being. She is the Curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and author of Becoming Wise (2016); Einstein’s God (2010); and Speaking of Faith (2007). She is at work on a new book, Letters to a Young Citizen.
D R . A R I N N . R E E V E S
Arin N. Reeves, Ph.D. is a leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion. For over twenty years, she has delivered dynamic and thought-provoking messages to inspire and activate change for audiences across the world. Blending her diverse backgrounds as a lawyer, a researcher, an academic, an author, and a consultant to organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to hospitals and governments, she speaks on many forms of difference, including Racial & Ethnic, Gender, Generational, Religious, Sexual Orientation, Identity & Expression, Physical Abilities, Cognitive Style, and Cultural Differences. She is the bestselling author of three books – The Next IQ,One Size Never Fits All and Smarter Than A Lie – and President of the research and advisory firm, Nextions.
D R . K R I S T A R O B I N S O N - L Y L E S
Krista Robinson-Lyles, Ph.D. has 25 years of experience in the field of education that she brings to her work in urban, suburban, public and private schools, as well as the university space. As founder and president of HOPE Education Group, her work is deeply steeped in teaching and leading for equity. She is committed to creating positive, sustainable cultures for learning where equity is part of the lived experience. To that end, she serves as a consultant and facilitator in support of educators who want to engage in necessary conversations around how to create school communities where equity is embedded in the pedagogy and the practice.
D R. N A N C Y B U R G O Y N E
The Art of Listening
Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. is the chief clinical officer and vice president of Clinical Services at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Burgoyne is a licensed clinical psychologist and a marriage and family therapist. Dr. Burgoyne is part of the teaching faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, and is a clinical lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Her clinical interests include: life stage transitions, personal/existential/identity exploration and cultural transition. Dr. Burgoyne has been a behavioral health professional for over 25 years, is an LGB/TQ+ ally and is committed to approaching her work with cultural humility. Read more about her work here.
D R . J A C O B G O L D S M I T H
The Art of Listening
Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D. is the clinical director of the Psychotherapy Change Project at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Goldsmith leads a team that creates and studies tools for integrating empirical information into therapy practice. He has a passion for work with emerging adults on identity development, and has been privileged to speak and consult nationally and internationally, including a TEDxRush talk called “Embracing Pluralism: The Future of Relationships.”
D R . R O B I N D I A N G E L O
Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, released in June 2018. She is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington, and has taught courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, Cultural Diversity & Social Justice, and Anti-Racist Education. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is the co-author of numerous publications, including Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education. She is a popular national lecturer and video subject on privilege and anti-racism. Read more about her work: robindiangelo.com
J E N A N M O H A J I R
Jenan Mohajir is an educator, a storyteller, a mother and a believer in building relationships across the lines that separate us. She is Senior Director of Leadership at Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) where she oversees the overall strategy, development and implementation of the Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs). Over the last decade, she has led skills-based trainings on service and cooperation here in the United States and around the world. Jenan is deeply inspired by the stories from her family and her faith to create change at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and religion, and build a world where we can live together in equal dignity and mutual harmony. She lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and three children.
J E S S I C A D R O S T E Y A G A N
Paying it Forward
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.
S A M Y A G A N
Paying it Forward
Named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013, Sam Yagan is co-founder and CEO of OkCupid.com, the fastest-growing free online dating service. In 2011 Yagan sold his dating website to IAC and in 2012 Yagan became the CEO of Match.com Yagan’s previous work includes TheSpark.com, 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 Bachelors Degree in Applied Mathematics and Economic 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.
T H E H O S T S
B A R R I N G T O N ’ S W H I T E H O U S E
Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington’s White House began with a vision to turn a historic home on Main Street into the heart of the town. Built in 1898 and renovated in 2017, the house now serves as a welcoming cultural center for meetings, classes, exhibits, concerts & celebrations.
Originally the home of John and Julia Robertson Jr., today it is owned by the Village of Barrington and supported by the Friends of Barrington’s White House, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, for the benefit of the community.
U R B A N C O N S U L A T E
Urban Consulate is a national network of parlors for civic exchange. A winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, the Consulate hosts conversations in Detroit, Philadelphia, New Orleans & other great American cities to bring people together and share ideas for better communities.
Through parlor talks & dialogues on topics ranging from civic engagement to racial equity, the Consulate invites diverse guests to ask hard questions, share knowledge and build trust & understanding across different perspectives.
C U R A T O R S
D R . Z I N A J A C Q U E
Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque brought her ministry and talents to The Community Church of Barrington in February of 2007. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban and suburban churches, both large and small. Rev. Zina has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs, and has been involved with many civic and philanthropic endeavors, including serving on the boards of JourneyCare, the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs, and the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago. In addition to her Doctorate in Practical Theology and Masters of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, she has a Masters of Education from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
L A U R E N H O O D
Lauren brings an authentic perspective to community engagement & development. Through her consultancy Deep Dive Detroit, she conducts popular community conversations, workshops, dialogues & dinners on racial equity and ethical redevelopment for civic, philanthropic and institutional clients. An advisor to Urban Consulate, Lauren serves on the City of Detroit Planning Commission and has been a fellow of Leadership Detroit, PlaceLab Chicago, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. An avid traveler, she has participated in several exchange delegations with Aspen Institute, Civic Commons, 880 Cities & more. Lauren received her Masters in Community Development from University of Detroit Mercy.
J E S S I C A S W O Y E R G R E E N
A Barrington native, Jessica has been an active member of the Chicagoland philanthropic community for the past decade. After participating in a SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminar, the experience led her to seek meaningful ways to mindfully expand inclusion & diversity within her sphere of influence. She serves on the board of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to promote interfaith cooperation in higher education, and was a founding member of the Chicago leadership council of Upwardly Global to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants & refugees. As Vice President of The Duchossois Family Foundation, she stewards investments in education & wellness. Jessica received her BFA in Dance from University of Illinois and MA in Arts Criticism from City University London.
C L A I R E N E L S O N
A Barrington expat, Claire is founder of the Urban Consulate, a network of parlors for civic exchange. A winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, the Consulate hosts conversations in Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans to bring people together and share ideas for better cities. Over the last two decades, she has led several projects to promote community engagement, including Urban Innovation Exchange, Model D, On the Ground, Declare Detroit, Open City, Mind the Gap and Bureau of Urban Living. Claire studied architecture & urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University’s Shape of Two Cities: New York/Paris program, and was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. New Orleans & Detroit are her homes.
A D V I S O R S & P A R T N E R S
P R O G R A M T O P I C S
A preview of topics for A Year of Courageous Conversations—
No. 1. DEFINING COURAGE
What are we afraid of? What does it mean to have courage? Let's learn about the neuroscience of fear & courage, what is really going on inside our brains, and what tools & techniques we can use to control & respond to fear when it rises in us and blocks our progress.
No. 2. PRACTICING MINDFULNESS
Our lives are stressful and busy, and our anxiety can impact our social interactions, especially those with whom we disagree. How can we practice mindfulness to bring our attention to the present moment, allow ourselves to think & breathe, and create space between ourselves & our reactions?
No. 3. CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
We are born with wide eyes of wonder—but this curiosity can fade with age. How do we keep our fervor for learning, understanding & adapting to the changing world around us? How can we check our tendencies toward stubborn certainty, false confidence or confirmation bias? How do we remain open-minded to new ideas & divergent perspectives?
No. 4. THE ART OF LISTENING
Active listening with less judgment and more curiosity, humility & empathy is a skill that takes training & practice. Journalists, therapists & clergy are taught this—how can more of us learn? How might skills of active listening make space for courageous conversations?
No. 5. UNDERSTANDING PRIVILEGE
We often say we are “blessed” or “fortunate," but do we really know how much? Let's look at our place within a historical context and contemporary systems and structures. How can we expand our self-awareness and use any advantages we may have for good?
No. 6. CONFRONTING PREJUDICE
How should we respond to discrimination when we encounter it? How do we respectfully correct misinformation or stereotypes we may hear at home, school or work? How can we counteract biases, from xenophobia to homophobia? What does it mean to be a good ally or upstander?
No. 7. CHALLENGING SEPARATION
The demographic maps are clear: we sort ourselves geographically and socially based on race & class. Where we live and spend our time can inflame polarization and harm social mobility. How can we become more proximate to people with different lived experiences? How can we disrupt patterns of segregation for greater diversity & inclusion?
No. 8. PAYING IT FORWARD
How does our spending and giving align with our values? How can we be more conscientious investors and consumers? 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.
No. 9. FOSTERING BELONGING
How can we reduce polarization, practice conflict resolution, and ensure everyone’s story is heard and valued? Let’s talk about the work of peacemaking to foster healing, understanding and belonging.
No. 10. PRACTICING COURAGE
How can we apply what we've learned through this series in our everyday lives? Courage Fellows share their learnings, pledges & commitments—and invite friends & neighbors to put these ideas into practice.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY “DIFFERENCE”?
When you hear the word "difference” do you think first of political partisanship? That's certainly part of the story, but not the full picture of who we are as humans. For this series, we are interested in exploring the many identities we carry—origin, background, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ideology & more—that inform our beliefs, attitudes, preferences (and yes, politics).
S P O N S O R S H I P
This series is made possible thanks to generous support from
Jessica & DOMINIC Green
Sue & Rich Padula
Barrington Area Community Foundation
BMO Wealth Management
Would you like to support this series?
Urban Consulate is producing this series in partnership with Barrington’s White House and Barrington area community advisors & partners. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Urban Consulate Fund at Miami Foundation, a 501(c)3, click here: