Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and Obama Foundation advisor, joined David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, for a conversation on democracy and civic engagement. (Photos courtesy of Free Spirit Media.)

Forefront is on a mission to build a vibrant social impact sector and improve the lives of all people in Illinois. Being the only regional association in the U.S. that represents philanthropy, nonprofits and their advisors, and allies of the sector, Forefront’s constituents encompass an intersectional and dynamic group of members. To launch the new

Better Makers: The Future of STEM is Female

Academy participants working on energy activity (Photos courtesy of Exelon HeForShe STEM Academy.)

During the 2015 White House Science Fair, former President Barack Obama opened by stressing the potency of inquiry and wonder: … young scientists and engineers teach us something beyond the specific topics that they’re exploring. They teach us how to question assumptions; to wonder why something is the way it is, and how we can