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
Find Unique Ways To Partner
An Entrepreneurial Non-Profit
An Entrepreneurial Non-Profit
Company Spotlight in Tech
Alive Telecom
videos (2)
Daniel Barton
ObjectWave
videos (1)
Sam Cinquegrani
RedShelf
videos (1)
Greg Fenton
Rise Interactive
videos (1)
Jon Morris
Tanvas
videos (1)
Greg Topel
Scout Security, Inc.
videos (1)
AAron Dannenbring
ANKO Technologies Corp
videos (1)
Anatoliy Kolodkin
Analyte Health
videos (1)
Frank Cockerill, M.D.
Aprimo
videos (1)
John Stammen
Hireology
videos (1)
Adam Robinson
Netrix, LLC.
videos (1)
Rob Dang
ExteNet Systems, Inc.
videos (1)
Ross Manire
Emmi Solutions
videos (1)
Devin Gross
1871
videos (1)
Howard Tullman
EZLinks Golf
videos (1)
Gary Cohen
The Climate Corporation
videos (1)
Corbett Kull
SmartSource Inc.
videos (1)
Joe Iovinelli
Devbridge Group
videos (1)
Aurimas Adomavicius
Integrated Project Management
videos (1)
Mike McLeod
Stratosphere Networks
videos (1)
Steve Melchiorre
Earlybird Software
videos (1)
Andrew Parnell
LotLinx
videos (1)
Denise Chudy
Iyka
videos (1)
Poonam Gupta
Helix
AAron Dannenbring
Insuresoft
videos (1)
Tony Villa
Reltio
videos (1)
Manish Sood
Heidolph NA
videos (1)
Jim Dawson
Antenna International
videos (1)
Dave Falter
SMB Help Desk, Inc.
videos (1)
Matthew Cleaver
CodeNow
videos (1)
Neal Sales-Griffin
Tock
videos (1)
Nick Kokonas
Ensono
videos (1)
Jeff VonDeylen
Label Insight
videos (1)
Paul Schaut
Rubicon Technology
videos (1)
Bill Weissman
SP+ (SP Plus)
videos (1)
Marc Baumann
MSDSonline
videos (1)
Glenn Trout
LED Gaming
videos (1)
Steven De Mar
LaunchPad Lab
videos (1)
Tom Cullen
Vanco International
videos (1)
Brad Corbin
Signature Retail Services
videos (1)
Dan Perry
UrbanBound
videos (1)
Michael Krasman
Chicago Inno
videos (1)
Will Flanagan
Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
videos (1)
Fred Hoch
10th Magnitude
videos (1)
Alex Brown
Gogo
videos (1)
Ash EIDifrawi
First Communications
videos (1)
Margi Shaw
Reliefwatch
videos (1)
Daniel Yu
BMW Technology Corporation
videos (1)
Randy Cavaiani