What is growth?

Growth can mean various things depending on your organization. It could be an increase in the size of your organization’s talent pool or profits, investments, or grants. Or perhaps growth can be an expansion of services to the community your organization serves or infrastructures used by your constituents.  

The Impact Alliance (TiA) believes that one factor is necessary for growth to occur: a socially intelligent, just, and inclusive organizational culture. In these current times old ways of thinking will no longer be effective in this rapidly changing world. TiA's Mission is to introduce organizations to TiA's Pathways of adopting a socially intelligent, just, and inclusive DNA in your organization that will positively impact your bottom line.


What are the consequences of a social-intelligence deficient organizational culture?

All too often do we see how entities across all industries and sectors undercut their own growth by sticking to “business as usual” or the status quo for various reasons. But what seems to be a common thread in these scenarios is a lack of understanding of what - positively and negatively - impacts growth. Entities are often unable to connect the dots or are unwilling to be open to innovative and socially just ways of doing business. Such a posture will likely result in costs and losses that could have been prevented.

For a list of clients and collaborators, please contact us. We look forward to working with you!


TiA News & Events


TiA Co-Creates Professional Identity Formation Law School Course

TiA is honored to have been recruited to consult on and co-create an innovative and necessary course in legal education. TiA Founder Carla Kupe, a proud alumna of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, was instrumental in the creation of a mandatory course for first-year law students at Loyola entitled “Professional Identity Formation.”

This project was recently highlighted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s blog article Loyola Law Confronts Bias in New Course. “Among Illinois law schools, Loyola appears to be leading in the space, with this first-of-its-kind curriculum focused on the development of diversity and inclusion skills related to everyday legal practice.”

The course had an impressive first start in the fall of 2018 and is gearing up for the entering 1Ls this fall. For more information about to courses, contact us.


TiA Founder Creates Social Change Platform for Women of Color


In the spring of 2018, TiA Founder Carla Kupe created Speak Truth, a platform that sets out to give voice and visibility to the state of women of color (WoC) in all facets of society in the United States by building an intersectional community among WoC by centering their truths where their voices keep being left out. Speak Truth also provides progressive and socially just thought-leadership, education, authority, and advocacy, and activates allies and partners around issues particularly and uniquely affecting WoC.

Speak Truth organized its inaugural Summit in October of 2018 with over fifty speakers and over a hundred women in attendance. To learn more about the platform, its initiatives, and collaborations, please visit Speak Truth’s website here.


Changing the Narrative:

An Evening of Celebration and Conversation for Women and Girls in STEAM 


The Impact Alliance NFP is recruiting Chicago area female middle and high schoolers of color to participate in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) event in collaboration with Chicago Black Women in Tech, the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, and Chicago Center for Arts & Technology on May 10, 2018, entitled "Changing the Narrative," a unique celebration highlighting women and girls who are invested in STEAM programs. The young learners will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities, while hearing from a panel of diverse women dedicated to advancing minorities in the arts and tech community. The event is free to our young ladies. Please spread the word and ask parents/guardians to sign the students up with TiA at carla@theimpactalliancenfp.com. Registration closes on May 6.

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Ashley Floyd at ashley@chicat.org


"Am I My Sister's Keeper...in the Workplace?"

The Impact Alliance NFP has partnered with Chicago Black Women in Tech to present “Am I My Sister’s Keeper…in the Workplace?,” a workshop that sets out to explore the positive and negative interactions between women in the workplace.

The purpose of this workshop was to identify and discuss the possible causes of challenging dynamics between women and to take away “best practices” that will assist in fostering positive and supportive work spaces.

The event included a keynote address by Paula J. Caplan, Ph. D. an Associate at Harvard University's DuBois Institute and clinical and research psychologist.


TiA Interviews


I had the pleasure of interviewing Yuka Ogata, city counselor for Kumamoto City, in Japan. She made headlines last year when she brought her son (who joined us for this interview), only a few months old to work, the city assembly which caused quite an uproar. In this conversation, Counselor Ogata talks about her life as a public servant who is also a mother and her fight to improve the life of working mothers in Japan.

A Washington Post article about Counselor Ogata can be found here www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-japan….60ca4908a058


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