Finding Meaning in Your Career

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

August 27, 2020: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Join Eric Weinheimer, '94, and Gail Luxenberg, '00, for a conversation where they will discuss finding meaning in work and will share insights on getting started in the nonprofit world.

12 pm CDT | 6 pm BST | 1 am HKT


Online Webinar
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The world is in flux. Covid; BLM; a divided country-- so many factors out of our control causing us all to look at what we can control and align our priorities. Work life, therefore, is coming under close scrutiny. Important career conversations are surfacing, "How do I make my work meaningful to me? To my family? To the world around me? How do I structure my life to give back and make a difference?"

Those questions have accelerated interest in nonprofit careers. Speaker Eric Weinheimer, '94, and moderator Gail Luxenberg, '00, have successfully navigated careers in the nonprofit world. And today they are fielding calls from friends, colleagues and family asking about working for a nonprofit organization.

They will share with you their insights on getting started in the nonprofit world. They will answer questions including:

  • What skills are transferable?
  • What's the difference between a for profit and nonprofit?
  • Can I do what I am skilled at and continue to make the same money?
  • How do I get started?

Join us for a half hour conversation.
Register and submit your questions in advance.


No Charge


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Deadline: 8/27/2020

Speaker Profiles

Eric Weinheimer (Speaker) '94
Former CEO Forefront & Former CEO CARA

More than a decade into his financial services career, Eric Weinheimer discovered that his true passion lay in mission-driven work.  As President and CEO of The Cara Programa, Chicago-based organization that works to alleviate poverty by encouraging self-sufficiency, and then as CEO of Forefront, the Illinois state association representing over 1000 nonprofits, he has spent the past 15 years applying his strong analytical skills to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Although he had no formal training in regard to fundraising, personnel management, or even community volunteerism when he first accepted the position at The Cara Program, Weinheimer relied on his experience in corporate banking and the skills he acquired while earning his MBA through Chicago Booth's Evening MBA Program to develop an effective leadership team and balance the organization's financial goals with its broader social mission. Leveraging his familiarity with data-driven methods, Weinheimer was able to define an approach using metrics to demonstrate impact that has become a national model for best practices within nonprofit management. 

Gail Luxenberg (Moderator) '00
Executive Search Tuft & Associates

Gail is the former CEO of Habitat for Humanity (Seattle), Executive Director and CEO of Marcus JCC (Atlanta), Executive Director Jewish Vocational Service (Chicago) and a former publishing executive.  Gail is currently consulting to help nonprofit staff set themselves up for success.


Gail Luxenberg, '00