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Innovating Across Industries: A Conversation with Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer at the Obama Foundation

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer at the Obama Foundation and 1871 CEO, Betsy Ziegler.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Central Standard Time)

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Innovation has been integral to business for decades, but how companies innovate is anything but standardized.  Whether you’re a founder or work for a large organization interested in innovation, this series gives you a glimpse inside what organizations are doing today.

About Michael Strautmanis

Michael Strautmanis has served as the Obama Foundation’s Chief Engagement Officer since its founding, building its strategy to extend President and Mrs. Obama’s legacy through the development of the Obama Presidential Center and civic engagement programming in Chicago. Through community affairs, government relations, and strategic partnerships, Michael has built the Foundation's impact agenda in Chicago to create an anchor institution that will catalyze economic renewal on the South Side of Chicago and develop the city’s next generation of leaders. In this role, he is in dialogue with Chicagoans from every walk of life who are looking to learn more about the Obama Presidential Center and participate in the Foundation’s mission to empower leaders to give back to their communities. Michael also leads the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, President Obama's signature initiative to create safe, healthy, and nurturing communities for boys and young men of color across the nation.

Before joining the Obama Foundation, Michael spent over a decade in Washington, D.C., working to increase access to economic opportunity, strengthen the judicial system, and champion equity and inclusion in the White House, federal agencies, and Congress. He served in the Obama White House for four of those years as Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. After President Obama’s first term, he joined the Walt Disney Company where he led an enterprise-wide initiative to consolidate, focus, and deepen the impact of Disney’s corporate social responsibility programs. Michael began his career in government working in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He did stints at the House of Representatives and American Association for Justice before joining then-Senator Obama’s congressional staff, campaign, and subsequent transition team.

An active member of Chicago’s civic community, Michael serves on the boards of City Year Chicago, the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, and the Billie Jean King Leadership Institute. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Innovating Across Industries: A Conversation with Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer at the Obama Foundation

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