The Winning Attitude – The Chicago Bears Should Learn from Chicago’s Great Cultural Institutions

People, and institutions, get back what they give out. True winners are others-centered.

The Chicago Bears should learn from our city’s great cultural institutions.

Brian Urlacher, courtesy of Wikipedia

Above is Brian Urlacher.

As the Sun-Times Rick Morrisey said yesterday about the Chicago Bears and it’s star linebacker, “Urlacher doesn’t care about the fans. And neither do the Bears, who charge an average of $111 a ticket and laugh at you poor, witless slobs all the way to the bank.” http://www.suntimes.com/sports/17077782-419/morrissey-its-not-just-brian-urlacher-bears-franchise-doesnt-like-you-either.html

Lose for Urlbacher/lose for the Bears/lose for the fans/nothing left over for the community.

Contrast this to the Goodman, Joffrey, Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. These institutions flourish because of their winning, others-centered attitude. They nurture greatness – the highest calibre productions, outreach & education, and opportunities for volunteers and funders.

Win for the institutions/win for the community/win for kids/win for volunteers and fundraisers.

Grandad – the Shedd’s oldest resident, courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Courtesy of the Joffrey

The Kiss & a Gorgeous Catsby CEO at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Thank you Lincoln Park Zoo Women’s Board for Zoo Ball 2012: The Great Gatsby. It was an amazing night dancing and dining under the stars, with and for the animals, to the music of The Village People. (Think “YMCA” and “Macho, Macho Man”). Make It Better is proud of our growing partnership and this event’s media sponsorship.

And we’re also proud of our stunning CEO & Publisher, Kimberly Carroll, who attended with her brilliant Gatsbyesque professor husband, Rob.

As always, our Director of Community Development, Sandra Miller, deserves a big kiss for her work bringing this partnership to life. And she got it here from her handsome husband, Eric.

$675,000,000!! Raised by Women for Chicago

These awards were given to the Women’s Boards who have raised over $675,000,000 for Chicago’s cultural institutions. $675,000,000!! That’s power. Powerful women, powerful boards.

Kudos to the Chicago History Museum’s Women’s Guild President Joan Werhane for envisioning this and to the entire Guild for brilliant execution – bringing all the boards together for a beautiful celebration, which Make It Better Media proudly sponsored.

Also, congratulations to the following Women’s Boards honorees:

Adler Planetarium
Art Institute of Chicago
Bronzeville Children’s Museum
Chicago History Museum (Costume Council & Guild)
Chicago Horticultural Society
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Zoological Society
DuSable Museum of African American History
Field Museum
Goodman Theatre
Joffrey Ballet
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
Northwestern University
Ravinia Festival
University of Chicago