Jim Kales

General Info

About

Jim Kales is CEO of Aspire, a non-profit recognized throughout the Midwest as a leader in providing bold, pioneering and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities like autism and Down syndrome. Each year Aspire helps more than 1,000 kids and adults with disabilities and their families through its ground-breaking enterprises – Aspire Kids, Aspire Careers, Aspire Living and Aspire CoffeeWorks. Since Kales took the helm in 2007, Aspire’s private fundraising has doubled, helped by a strong emphasis on corporate partnerships. Aspire has embraced social entrepreneurship and social media, launching its own coffee company, Aspire CoffeeWorks. Aspire coffees are sold in all Chicagoland Whole Foods stores and numerous corporate offices and were featured nationally on TODAY. Prior to joining Aspire, Kales served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake County where he helped forge mentoring partnerships with Fortune 500 companies such as Baxter, CDW, HSBC and Macy’s. Kales also served as the director of communications for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Kales graduated summa cum laude with honors from Bucknell University, and received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Videos (2)
Find Unique Ways To Partner
An Entrepreneurial Non-Profit
Company Spotlight in Tech
CodeNow
videos (1)
Neal Sales-Griffin
Scientel Solutions
videos (1)
Nelson Santos
BCDVideo
videos (2)
Jeff Burgess
Label Insight
videos (1)
Paul Schaut
The Climate Corporation
videos (1)
Corbett Kull
Cision
videos (1)
Kevin Akeroyd
Gogo
videos (1)
Ash EIDifrawi
Peanut App
videos (1)
Michelle Kennedy
Allant Group
videos (1)
Gaurav Issar
alligatortek
videos (1)
Sid Bala
Heidolph NA
videos (1)
Jim Dawson
Maven Wave
videos (1)
Brian Farrar
Clarity Insights
videos (1)
Tom Thimot
Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
videos (1)
Fred Hoch
MotherG
videos (2)
Infiniscene
videos (1)
Stu Grubbs
Steadfast Networks
videos (1)
Karl Zimmerman
SMB Help Desk, Inc.
videos (1)
Matthew Cleaver
Mattersight
videos (1)
Kelly Conway
Reliefwatch
videos (1)
Daniel Yu
HERE
videos (1)
AAron Dannenbring
Tanvas
videos (1)
Greg Topel
Jobbatical
videos (1)
Karoli Hindriks
Keeper Security, Inc.
videos (1)
Darren Guccione
Vanco International
videos (1)
Brad Corbin
RedShelf
videos (1)
Greg Fenton
Trading Technologies
videos (1)
Rick Lane
SimpleRelevance, Inc.
videos (2)
Erik Severinghaus
10th Magnitude
videos (1)
Alex Brown
DialogTech Inc.
videos (1)
IRVIN SHAPIRO
Akouba
videos (1)
Chris Rentner
SpringCM
videos (1)
Dan Dal Degan
Geofeedia
videos (1)
Phil Harris
Stratosphere Networks
videos (1)
Steve Melchiorre
#FoodieChats
videos (1)
Steve Green
Solving IT
videos (1)
Paul Taylor
ANKO Technologies Corp
videos (1)
Anatoliy Kolodkin
4C Insights
videos (1)
Alok Choudhary
Alive Telecom
videos (2)
Daniel Barton
CloudCraze
videos (1)
Ray Grady
Cleverbridge
videos (1)
Craig Vodnik
DragonSpears
videos (1)
Patrick Emmons
mLevel
videos (1)
Dave Cutler
Multiple, Inc.
videos (1)
Dave Mason
Solstice Mobile
videos (1)
J Schwan
LotLinx
videos (1)
Denise Chudy
Esquify
videos (1)
Drew Stern
Adage Technologies
videos (1)
Roy Chomko