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2015 - Issue 2 - Late Spring

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photography by anjali pinto Both Terry Mazany and Brad Keywell are in the business of helping the Windy City thrive—Mazany, former interim head of Chicago Public Schools, as the CEO of Chicago Community Trust, which connects donors with deserving Windy City nonprofits, and Keywell as the chairman of both Chicago Ideas Week and the entrepreneurship-minded Future Founders Foundation. As CCT prepares to kick off its 100th-year celebration on May 12, the colleagues convened over bites at Rick Bayless' restaurant Xoco Bistro to discuss philanthropy, guacamole, and Chicago's collaborative spirit. How do you know each other? Brad Keywell: I met Terry [a few years ago] when he was running the schools; I was in the mayor's office and he was walking out. I tried to tell him what we were doing with our Future Founders Foundation mentoring program, and that's how the relationship started. Terry Mazany: I look at Brad as a next-generation civic-leader philanthropist— BK: Disrupter. [Laughs] TM: Exactly. BK: A philanthropic disrupter— TM: And I'm privileged to lead an organization that is 100 years old, and I'm looking at how we can remain relevant and contemporary. I look to Brad for insight and inspira- tion. How do I think disruptively for this institution? Terry, you suggested meeting at a Rick Bayless restaurant. Are you a fan? TM: It's more about just being someplace that represents the soul of the city and ref lects our diversity, which is one of the core values of the Trust. For us to progress as a city and community, we have to embrace diversity and embrace everyone's talent. [Server approaches] BK: I'd like guacamole and chips—with double pomegranate seeds. TM: I want something munchable—I'll go with the sopes. What do you appreciate about the atmosphere here? BK: I see a wall that's a couple of hundred years old and a CHAMpions of CHiCAgo WHAT: A powwow between two infuential Windy City advocates. WHen: Early evening on a blustery Tuesday in February. WHeRe: Xoco Bistro, 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave., 872-829-3821; The Greater Good As ChiCAgo Community trust CelebrAtes its 100th AnniversAry, president And Ceo Terry Mazany joins entrepreneur Brad Keywell At XoCo bistro to disCuss how to mAke A better ChiCAgo. By j.p. anderson CoNTiNuEd oN pAgE 90 clockwise from top: Brad Keywell (left) and Terry Mazany; Xoco Bistro's open kitchen; a display of the restaurant's local partners, including Tallgrass Beef and Intelligentsia Coffee; guacamole with pomegranate seeds. 88 taste On the town

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