WCC & HBSCC North Shore Breakfast - Managing A Mayoral Transition Sprint

Date and Time
Thursday, June 13, 2019
7:00am— 8:30am
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Max & Benny's
461 Waukegan Rd
Brookside Shopping Center
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States
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Speaker: Brian Fabes, Chief Executive Officer of Civic Consulting Alliance

On May 20th, Lori Lightfoot was sworn in as the 56th Mayor of the City of Chicago. It has often been noted she is the first Black woman and first openly gay Mayor of Chicago. Less frequently has another first been discussed. Since Chicago switched to a nonpartisan, two-round Mayoral election system in 1999, there has never been a runoff election without an incumbent on the ballot, and this year was the first time in Chicago history that a newly elected Mayor had to prepare to take over the reins of a $20 billion enterprise in less than seven weeks, between the runoff on April 2nd and inauguration on May 20th. Planning for a transition actually began in the fall of 2018, when Civic Consulting Alliance and several pro bono partners began creating work plans for a "transition sprint."

On June 13th Brian Fabes, CEO of the Civic Consulting Alliance, will discuss:

  • what went into the transition planning,
  • what was accomplished during the transition, and
  • what remains for the work ahead.


Since joining Civic Consulting in 2005, Brian has built a leadership team that has forged city-wide collaborations with more than 300 organizations. Together, the partnership that is Civic Consulting Alliance has invested more than $125 million of pro bono services in the things that matter most in Chicago, redefining how the public and private sectors work together to make Chicago a great, global city and building the next generation of civic leaders.

Before joining Civic Consulting, Brian was Senior Vice President at National Louis University, where he was responsible for defining future directions for the institution, including negotiations with for-profit and not-for-profit merger partners. Prior to this, Brian was Acting Provost and Vice President for planning. Brian came to NLU from McKinsey & Company, where he co-led the formation and growth of the North American Product Development Practice and was a leader in Chicago's Healthcare Practice. Brian was also active in bringing the resources of the firm to help government and not-for-profit organizations on a pro bono basis. His clients in these efforts included the Chicago Housing Authority, Seoul National University, Northwestern University, and the Grand Boulevard Federation, a union of social service providers on Chicago's South side.

After earning his Ph.D., Brian taught as an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Arizona, where he was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1993. He was nominated for the University-wide Five Star Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Arizona in 1990, and awarded the University-wide Burlington Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993. Brian earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1987, respectively.

Brian is a Board member of the Civic Federation and the Economic Club of Chicago, and Vice President of Sukkat Shalom Congregation.

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Pre-Pay REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at noon.
TIME: 7:00-8:30 am
LOCATION: Max & Benny’s (Brookside Shopping Center), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
COST: Please prepay
Pre-paid $20.00
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461 Waukegan Rd, Brookside Shopping Center, Northbrook, IL 60062, United States,
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