Social Enterprise Strategist, Philanthropist, and World Renowned Inspirational Speaker
Commissioner Christopher Foltz is a renowned brand development catalyst, educator, and celebrated inspirational speaker. From his roots in national politics, to a battle with drug addiction, incarcerated rehab, and losing everything to the point of homelessness, Chris has re-established himself as one of the top social enterprise strategists in the world, specializing in strategic partnerships, message development, and corporate give-back programs for many global industry leaders, corporations, start-ups, entertainers, and athletes.
In 2010, Foltz used the last $140 he had to his name and started his Chicago based firm to foster his commitment to social responsibility, the global community, and connecting clients to their desired impact base. Christopher Foltz Collaborative, L3C has been recognized throughout the nation as one of the first agencies to require charitable give-back models amongst their entire client roster and was the first public relations strategy firm in America to re-incorporate as a Low Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) and function as a Social Business Enterprise. In 2013 Foltz was named an Ambassador of World Peace by Claes Nobel, senior member of the renowned Nobel Prize family, and World Peace One.
Incorporating his leadership roles as a part of his ongoing mission to create social change, Chris currently serves as the Association Board President of A Safe Haven Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation focused on ending homelessness. In 2013 A Safe Haven Foundation was recognized as one of twelve “Champions of Change” by the White House. Foltz also serves as a Metropolitan Committee member for Life Goes On – the Illinois Organ Donation Program, Chairman of the University of Illinois Chicago Robotic Kidney Transplant Ambassador Program, an active member of the Business Opportunities Committee of the Illinois Governor’s Taskforce on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. In addition to Foltz’s public sector work in Chicago, he is also the youngest municipal Commission Chairman in the history of Deerfield, Illinois, serving on the village’s Community Relations Commission. In the academic arena, Foltz serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management department at Columbia College Chicago. In the 2013 fall semester, Foltz will be the only faculty member teaching graduate level course on Entrepreneurship and New Business Creation.
His constant involvement in the community and charitable programs were at the forefront of his agenda when he moved the Collaborative’s headquarters from a loft in Chicago’s trendy River North location, to a ground level storefront in an underserved region in Chicago’s West Side. It’s hard to go far in Chicago without hearing Chris Foltz’s name or seeing evidence of his company’s impact.
A former Republican Party leader during his undergraduate career, Chris had the honor of serving as Chapter Chairman, State Chairman, Midwest Caucus Leader, National Marketing Director, and National Board Member for the College Republican National Committee. During Foltz’s College Republican leadership tenure, he was responsible for the largest growth in Illinois College Republican Federation history by fostering 38 new college level organizations in Illinois, creating a statewide minority outreach program, and bringing Illinois to national recognition as a pillar of state organizations at the College Republican National convention in Washington D.C. During Foltz’s GOP career he had the opportunity to work with the likes of President George W. Bush, Senator Elizabeth Dole (NC), Governor Haley Barbour (MS), as well as party organizations and local and state officials across America.
Chris also served on the student advisory committee to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Student Body Comptroller, President of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and countless campus and community activities. During his tenure as president of his fraternity, Foltz’s chapter was featured in USA Today, and received national recognition for their outstanding philanthropy program. Ending his undergraduate studies in 2003, Foltz was honored with inclusion on the National Deans List, listed in Who’s Who of Americas Colleges and Universities four consecutive years, and selected for membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. During his senior year Foltz was ranked amongst the top ten debaters in the United States competing in National Educators Debate Association collegiate debate. Chris is also a graduate of the international renowned The Washington Center internship program.
After leaving professional politics, Foltz returned to his home town to aid his mother who was suffering from terminal cancer. During this time Chris chose the road less traveled which resulted in a drug addiction. His mother passed away and Foltz spent the next four months in court ordered, incarcerated rehab. Upon successful completion he moved to Waukegan, Illinois to spend the next 6 months residing in the Oxford House independent living program. Oxford House provides safe, drug and alcohol free living environments for people starting their lives over on the right foot. After getting a job as a server at a fine dining restaurant in the Chicago Suburbs, Foltz worked with a team of people he met in the Oxford House program to expand the Grand Experiment Charities. Grand Experiment successfully opened several “Oxford style” houses around Greater Chicago. “If it wasn’t for the Grand Experiment Charities showing me how to take my past and affect other people’s futures in a positive way, I would never be here today.” Foltz stated in a recent interview. ”Of all the amazing opportunities I have had in my life, the people I’ve met, and things that I have learned, I enjoy talking about the road I went down, and the path I ultimately chose to get where I am today.”
After a departure from the Republican Party and a political hiatus, Foltz returned to politics in the 2009 consolidated elections, winning all four contested campaigns he participated in. Chris is actively involved in Democratic politics in Chicago’s 2nd Ward and served as both a political strategist and community organizer for Chicago’s 2011 Mayoral election. He is a member of the Young Democrats of America and served as a delegate and credentials committee member at the 2009 National Convention. In the fall of 2011 Foltz was named to the National Finance Committee of Generation 44, the young professionals arm of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
In late 2009, Chris was nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Community Relations Commission for the Village of Deerfield, Illinois. The Community Relations Commission studies and recommends means of developing better relationships among all residents in a diverse and inclusive community encourage residents to be “service-oriented” in the opportunities to assist one another in the community and the neighborhood. The commission also promotes and supports initiatives with federal, state and local governmental agencies, commissions, businesses, schools, civic and religious organizations, neighborhood and community events aimed at increasing goodwill and civic engagement among the residents and the global community at large. At the age of 28 at confirmation, Foltz is the youngest commission chairman in the Village of Deerfield’s history.
Foltz has been a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, American League of Lobbyist, Kiwanis International, Illinois Police Association, Young Democrats of Illinois, Deerfield Caucus Nominating Committee Chairman and Caucus Advisory Board Member, Deerfield Family Days Committee, Chicago’s Second Ward Democratic Organization, and is a Master Mason and member of the Ben Hur Lodge of the A.F.A.M. Chris has been nominated for inclusion in the publication of Cambridge Who’s Who in America, a yearly compilation of leaders in their field throughout the nation. Foltz has been featured in multiple newspapers, online publications, and media programs throughout the world and has the opportunity to speak across the nation on life, leadership, and organizational development.
In addition to serving as an advisor to many non-profit and socially conscience organizations across America, Foltz also has the honor of sitting on the board of directors for Chicago television personality Jane Monzures’ LIVE LOVE LIFE charity, former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Chicago suburban based charity, Normal Moments, a 501c3 nonprofit organization focusing on the family needs of critically ill children across the country. In March of 2012 Foltz was elected President of the Associate Board of Directors for A Safe Haven Foundation, an internationally recognized non-profit focused on life recovery and the eradication of homelessness across the nation.
Chris resides in both Chicago’s Loop and the North Shore Village of Deerfield. Christopher Foltz Collaborative’s office is located in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood.
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The Collaborative develops brands and businesses Social Enterprise model by aligning with philanthropic initiatives to create a give-back model for their communities, and generate a positive mission-oriented message. We aim to provide nonprofit organizations equal power, presence and revenues of for-profit businesses and corporations, and offer for-profit businesses the social impact and give-back model of nonprofits while increasing revenues.
Social Impact is the new Public Relations. We help our clients develop more than a brand- we build a mission. Working with the Collaborative will lead to extended reach, greater exposure and real public relations that has the power to create positive change, establish sustainable models, and create ‘good’ for multiple audiences.
Social Impact is the new frontier for businesses and brands.
There are times when we come across people who have an amazing idea and great concepts for their brand- but lack structure and a concise message of their mission. For these brands, we hone their skill, product and offer towards a focused goal. Through strategy brainstorms and conceptual thought planning, we deliver a plan that allows charities, foundations and Social Enterprise businesses to direct efforts towards growth and sustainability.
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In my entire career as a lawyer and as the Alderman representing Chicago’s downtown Second Ward I have never met someone with industry insight like Chris Foltz. Christopher Foltz Collaborative’s dedication to the local and global community is present in their teams strategy on a daily basis.
When I moved back to Chicago and started networking, I kept hearing the name Christopher Foltz Collaborative. I finally felt compelled to see what Chris’ company could do to rejuvenate my brand. Within the first 5 minutes of our conversation I knew we would be doing business together. Chris Foltz has his hand on the pulse of branding, marketing, media, politics and anyone and everyone who would be an asset to my business. What started as a one-time service provider has now turned into a permanent business and personal relationship!
In my career spanning service as a military officer, an academic, author, and a corporate and organizational consultant, I have never met someone like Chris Foltz. Both his mind and heart are in the right place and that is clearly seen everyday working with him. His unique approach to taking brands and lives to peak levels while giving back is nothing short of amazing. I am equally honored to have him as a partner on my team now, and working on his team in 2013.
When it comes to marketing and public relations here in Chicago and across the country, Christopher Foltz Collaborative is the place to go. People ask me all the time why I would need a pr and marketing person since I’m on the radio and television everyday. Well, until Chris Foltz is your pr and marketing person, you just don’t get it. The guy is amazing! Foltz gets it! I HIGHLY recommend Chris and his team for your career or business!
Prolific Leaders, World Renowned Industry Changers and Celebrated Social Impacters.
Lisa Lockwood is a real-life superhero, motivational speaker, author and reinvention expert. With charisma, drive and eternal optimism, Lisa has dedicated her life to reinvention. Recently, she has been enjoying the success of her published memoir, Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team. Her memoir serves as a reminder to readers that they too can get past a life destined for failure by remaining upbeat and optimistic.
Lisa’s enigmatic path serves as an inspirational example of how she successfully combined optimism and reinvention to reach unparalleled heights. Lisa is now dedicating her life to teaching people how they can reinvent themselves with the power of determination and perseverance.
Mike has enjoyed a varied, passionate and uniquely successful career in the high-tech industry. Born and raised in Chicago and graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance, with Honors, Mike began his career with IBM in 1975 and was professionally trained in their intensive full-time 6-month-long internal Sales School. He was ranked 6th out of his national class of 66 students, after which he sold mainframes and software solutions and achieved numerous Hundred Percent Clubs, IBM’s most successful sales fraternity. Mike then took his entrepreneurial skills and co-founded ACT! which is credited with creating the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software industry. He is a renowned global visionary and powerful consultant on the topic of effective business relationships.
For nearly 20 years, Aaron Young has been empowering business owners to build strong companies and proactively protect their dreams. An entrepreneur with several multimillion-dollar companies under his own belt, Aaron has made it his life’s work to arm other business owners with success formulas that immediately provide exponential growth and protection.
Clients call on Aaron for his opinion and help brainstorming every aspect of business operations, including: corporate structuring, asset management and protection, growth strategies, partnership issues, leadership, and corporate compliance.
Mark Grazman has been a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist and has a track record of launching and leading companies with a positive social impact. His commitment to social entrepreneurship has been immense since he was a student at Duke University.
A former client, Grazman is now a partner at the GH School of Healthy Living, in which he dedicates himself to changing lives one-by-one. Grazman is also the founder and co-president of BRINGO, a healthcare technology company focused on improving the data exchange between healthcare consumers and providers. Mr. Grazman also founded one of the largest internet portals in Poland (Ahoj) which was sold to a media company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2001 after completing 14 acquisitions in 12 months and becoming the largest producer of original Polish language content on the web.
Grazman’s leadership and experience in healthcare and technology support for both local and global communities makes him an immeasurable advisor.
Dr. Rich Schuttler is a 25-year Navy veteran, where he worked in military intelligence, specializing in cryptology. He then began his career at the University of Phoenix, the world’s largest University. Starting as a teacher, he quickly moved up the ladder, becoming a Dean. Dr. Rich then refocused his career to be an international business consultant. He’s traveled all over the world, from consulting in Oman on health care to teaching business leadership in Germany. Dr. Rich specializes in leadership and organizational communication and is an expert in the healthcare and education fields. His Social Impact focus resides in veterans – assisting and educating returning veterans to make their transition from overseas as smooth as possible.
Bob Iaccino has spent the last 20 years in the commodities, futures and Forex markets. Iaccino currently serves as the Chief Market Strategist for TopstepTrader and Dean of TopstepTrader University’s College of Trader Development. He uses his extensive trading and analytical experience to give real world insight and direction to individual traders across the globe.
He has appeared on various media outlets to share his understanding of market confidence, and tone and trader outlook, including: CNBC, CNBC Asia, Bloomberg Television and radio, CNN, CNN International, CNN Moneyline, Fox Business News, First Business (Canada), Phoenix TV (China).
Dr. Robert O. Wolf is an accomplished dentist, entrepreneur and inventor with over 30 years of experience in the dental industry.
Dr. Wolf has become a nationally recognized practicing dentist, practicing in the states of Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, California, and Illinois. He is widely published in various industry specific publications including Dental Economics and Dental Management, as well as co-authoring a dentistry book, Q-Litol: A Natural Solution For Healthy Gums.
Currently, Dr. Wolf is the Director and co-founder of Smileactives, putting his 30+ years of hands-on cosmetic, restorative dentistry and product development experience into developing easy, affordable, and professional grade whitening systems for use in the home. Smileactives has become one of the best selling products on QVC and is featured at CVS, Duane Reade, Nordstrom.com, and various other major retailers. Dr. Wolf also works in Chicago as the Doctor Education Consultant and Restorative Dentist at ClearChoice Dental Implant Center.
Marc J. Lane is a nationally recognized business and tax attorney, a Master Registered Financial Planner, a Registered Financial Counselor and a Certified Investment Specialist. He is the author of 34 books on corporate organization, management, taxation, investment, personal finance, and social enterprise. Twice a recipient of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Lincoln Award, Lane teaches law at Northwestern University School of Law.
Currently, by appointment of governor Pat Quinn, he is Chairman of the State of Illinois’ Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. Also by appointment of the governor, he is a Commissioner of the Serve Illinois Commission.
Lane is the force behind Illinois’ Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) legislation, and has been instrumental in promoting L3C legislation in other states, authorizing the new hybrid business form which can leverage foundations’ program-related investments to access trillions of dollars of market-driven capital for ventures with modest financial prospects, but the possibility of major social impact.
Maria enjoys traveling to speak to groups from small teams to large conferences. Her message brings inspiration and energy to every audience. With a background in IT Project Management, Maria has consulted management teams, executives and individuals on streamlining processes, increasing efficiencies and organizational change. Maria specializes in Professional Coaching, while guiding individuals and organizations toward achieving their goals.
Maria has been published as a contributing author in a business leadership book series and has also published several articles online. She holds 9 industry certifications encompassing coaching, facilitation and project management and leads certification training classes for other professionals.
Maria is also Founder and President of the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group (IRAUG), an organization dedicated to serving the community and providing learning opportunities on Agile project management practices.
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