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SVP Chicago Announces

Fast Pitch 2018 Winners!

On May 8, eight finalists in SVP Chicago’s Fast Pitch competed for $35,000 in cash and pro bono service prizes. The showcase event, held at Uptake’s headquarters, attracted an audience of 250 business, civic and nonprofit leaders. And the winners are….

$10,000 Judges’ Award – Nina Smith, LEAP
$7,500 Coaches’ Award – Jamila Trimuel, Ladies of Virtue
$5,000 Audience Choice Award – Kathy Ragnar, Sarah’s Circle
Pro bono service award from Jasculca Terman – Mike McGee, CodeNow
Pro bono service award from Mission+Strategy Consulting – Kathy Ragnar, Sarah’s Circle

The showcase event is the culmination of a two-month communications program. Fifteen nonprofit leaders were selected from a field of more than 60. Each semifinalist was paired with a coaching team comprised of two to three SVP partners and other civic-minded Chicagoans. The nonprofit leaders participated in three practice pitches with coaching in between. Eight finalists were selected following the third practice pitch to participate in the showcase event.

Fast Pitch would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor: MB Financial

Media Sponsor: Rivet Smart Audio

Silver Sponsors:

Levenfeld Pearlstein
Miller Cooper
Bronze Sponsors:

Boston Consulting Group
BMO Harris
Chicago Trading Company
Keywell Foundation
Pro Bono Service Prize Sponsors:

Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications
Mission+Strategy Consulting
In-kind Sponsors:

Coopers Hawk Winery
Plum Design
Sean McGill Photography
True Star Foundation

Thank you to our showcase judges:

Seth Green, Founding Director, Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, Loyola University
Liam Krehbiel, CEO, A Better Chicago
Stephen McLaughlin, Partner, Bain & Company
Beth Swanson, Vice President of Strategy & Programs, The Joyce Foundation
Nichole Wilson, Grow Manager, Chicago Beyond