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Build a business case to add value and keep sponsors coming back

Recently, I was lucky enough to meet up with some friends who are also non-profit fundraisers.

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The Mobility Movement: Transaction vs Consumption

Last month we held our annual Capitalize on Illinois conference. Consumption versus Transactions is the big idea that I capitalized on at Capitalize 2012.

Are You Leading the Resistance?

This video was made in 2007. It has had 1,057,844 hits and 1,607 likes. Obviously, it resonated with the audience.

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Be True, Not Truman

Dear i.c.stars Alumni,

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The First Follower is What Turns a Lone Nut into a Leader

In the video footage below Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.

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The Hope Needs You / Life Lessons From a Seven-Year-Old

Dear Cycle 25,

I am so proud of all of you and filled with hope as you commence from your i.c.stars internship. As you begin your next journey, I am reminded of Tracy Grahm’s powerful words at tea last week: “When we lose our sense of hope, we’ve lost everything. If we don’t have faith in something, we cannot do anything.”

An Accidental Techie in Cali

The first night I got to San Francisco, I had a great dinner with some people who have been going to the conference since it started.

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Cycle 25 presents their final recommendations to Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics team

Today, the Cycle 25 interns presented their recommendations to Craig Ross and Tony Stephan of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.
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Metrics for measuring engagement

Two must read articles on social business vs. social marketing:

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Forté Knowledge and TrainSignal make opportunities for current and future cycles

“I’m super excited and honored to be working with i.c.stars,” said Scott Skinger, president and founder of TrainSignal. “They are doing wonderful things for their students and the tech community.

3 Tips to Take the Lead at Conferences

I attended a three-day conference in San Francisco called the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), better known as NTC to us techies.

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I'm still learning

Dear Alums,
I’m still learning; are you still teaching?

Now that the NFBPA award luncheon is over, it’s making me reflect on my role as a leader and the impact that I’ve had not only at i.c.stars , but also on how I’ve engaging the community from a knowledge and resource standpoint. I ask myself, “How am I giving back outside out of my job and am I teaching as much as I am learning?”

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TechBash 2011

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The End of Management

Recently I had some really great thought sessions with Jeff Spahn, whose company Leaders Leading Leaders serves clients who believ

What Happens When You Corner a CIO?

Our new CIO Corner offering is an elegant mix of our social enterprise, our events model, and our internship program. It works the same way that our High Tea curriculum works – a CIO comes to share experiences of technology and leadership with our alum and our clients through an open and honest conversation.

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Don’t Forget Your Roots

Dear Residents,

Recently I have been thinking about the great divide; the chasm between class and race and opportunity but mostly the divide as a result of transformation and change. If we are the ones we’ve been waiting for what happened to those who came before us? Does being successful mean leaving behind our community? Is that success or the very definition of division?

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Thank you for painting the future…

This past November the alumni association of i.c.stars presented i.c.stars and the board of directors with a magnificent gift.

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CIO Corner: Obstacles to Innovation in Business and Technology

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Cookies and Chocolate Milk

Last week at our annual Stakeholders event, we had some absolutely terrific speakers and different courses that honored Dr. King, his legacy, and the mission of i.c.stars.

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Metrics in the Rear View

Every time I watch this video it reminds me that what most of us are doing isn’t working. We constantly look at data and try to assess patterns and understand cause and effect.

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In the Studio: January 23, 2012

I’ve yet to meet the interns of Cycle 25. Instead, I’ve been whittling away at my to-do list here on the second floor.
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Dare to Dream: January 16, 2012

Dreams are funny, fickle things. They don’t always come to us each night, and they can just as easily promote discernment as they can bemusement.
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It’s Working

This has been an amazing year of growth at i.c.stars. We had 100% placement of our interns, and many alumni have found new positions or were promoted at their companies.

Networking Fun

As a technology nonprofit, we constantly try to innovate within everything we do.

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Eric's Answers: What are the top B2B social media objections you've heard (or have yourself)?

Recently I answered a LinkedIn Question regarding B2B social media sales. My response was selected as the “Best Answer.” Thanks Christopher!

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Graciously Leading

This month I thought I would talk about how we generate and qualify leads here at i.c.stars.

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How To Build Trusted Relationships With CIOs

At a recent i.c.stars board committee meeting, the CIO’s were reviewing the blog of one of our clients (Sharan Hildebrand of Capax Global), they came

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Walking Between Worlds

One of the most profound reasons for founding i.c.stars is that it was meant to build a bridge between the community and corporate America.

Recruiting Innovation

i.c.stars’ recruitment process for internship candidates throws out all of the traditional rules associated with finding talent.

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Eric's Answers

Keeping on track with my latest blog post and recent research I have been doing about generational cycles, I found an intriguing conversation to participate in on Quora.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
Industry retention rate:
College attendance rate:
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
Average 12-month earnings before program:
Average 12-month earnings after program: