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Vision and Mission


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Vision and Mission


OUR VISION

That all may experience life to the fullest. (John 10:10)

OUR MISSION

To help emerging leaders discover God's design for their lives - addressing brokenness to help restore self, the workplace, and the world.

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Core Values


Core Values


Guided by the Holy Spirit, our core values are...

Grounded in the Gospel

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ..." Ephesians 4:12

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation on which we base, steward, and measure our influence.


Commitment and Accountability

"Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

Our commitment is defined by action that inspires, attracts, and unites others through an intentional and consistent practice of authenticity.


Selfless Collaboration

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace..." 1 Peter 4:10

We elevate God's work and others' interests above our own, so that by working together we will realize the greatest good.


Personal Growth

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2

We actively engage in the process of increasing our capacity to serve.

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Our Team


Our Team


MARK CHASSMAN

Co-Founder, Emerging Leaders Initiative

For 25 years, Mark has worked in the entertainment, broadcast television, and online media fields, with roles ranging from turning around a group of bankrupt ABC affiliated television stations in Alaska to Regional Vice President of Sales at America Online based in Chicago. He joined the social media phenomenon Facebook as VP of Sales in the Midwest in 2005, and is today called to investing, coaching, and creating. Mark is one of the founding members of ELI and currently serves on the ELI Board of Directors.

CLIF FENTON

President, Emerging Leaders Initiative

Clif's business/workplace background includes Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York as a partner and for Nuveen in Chicago.  At the latter, he served as Manager of the Investment Banking Division and retired in 2000 following the sale of that business. Clif’s primary focus since that time has been working with organizations that in one way or another help Chicago citizens realize their full potential as people, He is one of the founding members of ELI and currently serves as President. 

PAUL HAWKINSON

Investment Banker, CFO, Impact Investor

Paul joined the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) in 2014, after a 20+ year career on Wall Street and beyond, where he served in various finance and executive capacities including senior investment banker, hedge fund partner, non-profit board chair, entrepreneur and impact investor. He brings a sincere passion for faith and finance to all that he does. With strategic lens towards building financial sustainability, Paul currently serves on the ELI Board of Directors.

 

VICKIE REILLY

President, Reilly International

Vickie answered an ad on her High School Bulletin Board in 1978 and began a career in the Customs Brokerage and International Transportation Field. In 1984, she founded Reilly International the firm which she continues as President today. Her values driven company employs a great team of individuals who are community minded and committed to their families.     Vickie has a passion for coaching and mentoring individuals who might not otherwise have opportunities to receive coaching due to gender, race or other life circumstances. She is also passionate about the unique abilities of women to lead. Vickie currently serves on the ELI Board of Directors.

SCOTT RENWICK

Corporate General Counsel

Scott began his career with the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and later practiced with a regional corporate law firm, as well as with several corporations before joining Kemper Corporation. At Kemper, he served as the chief legal officer from 1999 though 2014, retiring at the end of 2015.  Scott's career focused on corporate transactions, federal securities law compliance and corporate governance. He currently serves on the ELI Board of Directors.

MICHAEL SUGIHARA

Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Initiative

Driven by a passion for leadership and to see positive change in the city, Michael previously served as a corps member and program manager with City Year and Peer Health Exchange, respectively, two education focused non-profits in Chicago. As a former mentee of Emerging Leaders Initiative, he is excited for the opportunity to bring his time, talent, and treasure to God’s work of transformation through ELI. Michael currently serves as the ELI Executive Director.