University Park, IL,
11:48 AM

“Start Something that Matters” A Summit to Make a Difference

University Park, Illinois – Making a difference can begin locally and result in broader positive results. Governors State University is celebrating the determination of local people to have a global impact at the “Start Something that Matters” Summit on Friday, November 20, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Engbretson Hall.

Presentations by local experts whose efforts have made a positive impact in the lives of others will be featured. The keynote address, “The Heart of the Matter,” will be given by Thea Polancic, founder and executive director of the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Captitalism, Inc., and advocate for the power of business as a force for good.

Also at the event, Harry Rhodes, executive director and co-founder of Growing Home, Chicago's leading organic agriculture social enterprise focused on empowering people and communities, will present “Sustainability and Social Justice: Social Enterprise, Transitional Jobs and Community Development.”

Additional speakers include David Deeds of Governors State University presenting “Combating Human Trafficking” and Shaniqua Jones also of GSU presenting “Implementing Restorative Justice.”

The summit is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, go to

This event is held in conjunction with International Education Week and Restorative Justice Week and as part of Governors State University’s One Book One University activities centered on the book “Start Something that Matters” by Blake Mycoskie. This event is sponsored by a grant from the GSU Intellectual Life Committee.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois.