#ChiTownWarriors (pt 4)

While the recent battle over the leadership of our nation’s Department of Education has been front and center, thankfully the experienced, passionate and well equipped folks of Chicago Scholars are leading the way to help first generation college students not just get into college, but also graduate, begin and adjust to new careers. Throughout this special series we’ve been featuring #ChiTownWarriors and in this episode, we chat with President and CEO Dominique Jordan Turner who shares with us how she is trying to change the world and #DoMoreGood.

Guest Profiles


Dominique Jordan Turner, President & CEO, Chicago Scholars

Dominique Jordan Turner is currently the President and CEO of Chicago Scholars, an organization whose mission is to uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and Chicago. In addition to Chicago Scholars, she had significant leadership roles at the Posse Foundation and the KIPP Foundation. Outside of her educational experience, Dominique began her career as a Management Consultant at Deloitte, where she focused on process reengineering and customer relationship management. Additionally, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Panama. She is also the co-Founder of Black Girls Lead, a supportive network for African American women leading nonprofits in Chicago. She was also appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve on the Chicago Board of Education. Dominique recently transitioned from the Chicago Board of Education to serve on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Public Library. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a M.B.A. from Marquette University. LinkedIn | Facebook | Website


Vaughn Bryant, Ambassador
Executive Director, Chicago Literacy Alliance

Vaughn is the Executive Director of the Chicago Literacy Alliance and joins after spending the last four years as the Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Park District, where he was responsible for its largest department, Community Recreation, which focused on the Park District’s core mission of providing high-quality leisure services to Chicago residents and visitors. Vaughn joined the Park District after working on the Violence Prevention Initiative as a Deputy Officer at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Prior to his work at CPS, he served as a manager in Player Development for the National Football League, worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist, and was a former fourth-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions. Vaughn received a master’s degree from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University and is on various committees with the Chicago Community Trust. Vaughn is also a board member for the Positive Coaching Alliance – Chicago. LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

Show Notes

Sponsor messages donated to Greene Scholars Program by The Ambassadors Circle

Time For Some Action: To donate, learn more and get involved with Chicago Scholars, check them out at www.chicagoscholars.org.

What’s the 411:




Production: Sound Design by Courtney Grace, Production Assistance by Jen Huynh with Hosts BeccaChristianne Harder, LT and j-

360BayArea Intro Music by Courtney Grace with vocals by ElleT

Featured Music:
Griot “Everyday
Bensound “Moose
Courtney Grace “Feelin’ Good
DD Sakora “Outta This World
Bensound “House

Featured Quick clips:
Mary J Blige “What’s the 411
Redman “Time 4 sum Aktion
Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M.
Dakota “Long Hot Summer
Da Brat “Funkdafied

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