Community Involvement

I serve on a number of civic organizations and boards, including: The Big Shoulders Fund www.bigshouldersfund.org, supporting inner city education, where I chair the Chairmen’s Advisory Council;  The 100 Club of Chicago www.100clubchicago.org, supporting the families of police, fire and paramedics killed in the line of duty, where I chair the Program Services Committee; and St. Therese Chinese Catholic School http://www.edline.net/pages/sttheresechinatown, a 2011 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award Winner, where I serve as chair of the Policy Committee.  I am a member of the board of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago www.irishfellowshipclub.com.  I am Treasurer of the board of the Chicago Dance Institute www.chicagodanceinstitute.org, a mentor with PEAK, The Partnership to Educate and Advance Kinds www.peakchicago.org, and serve on the Board of Regents for St. Ignatius College Prep.  I have served as Class Chair for the Class of 1984 College of the Holy Cross for almost 30 years, alumni.holycross.edu.  I have both participated in and spoken at Young Leader Forums with The Atlantik Brücke http://www.atlantik-bruecke.org/eng/, The American Council on Germany http://www.acgusa.org/  and The Aspen Institute http://www.aspeninstitute.org/.  I have also served as gala dinner chair for Have Dreams http://havedreams.org/, serving children with autism, on the membership committee for The Economic Club of Chicago http://www.econclubchi.org/ and on the Kellogg Alumni Council http://alumni.kellogg.northwestern.edu/clubs/alumnicouncil.htm.  I was on the founding board of Chicago Cares http://www.chicagocares.org/, where I served for ten years and where I am now an Emeritus Board member.

Media

Mr. O'Connor was featured on Comcast Newsmakers in the Fall of 2015 for his work with the Big Shoulders Fund, and in the Spring of 2016 for his work with mentoring and with PEAK.

Awards

In 2017, Northwestern Mutual recognized Fred with their Most Exceptional Volunteer Community Service Award for the Central Region for his work with the Big Shoulders Fund and with The Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK).  These causes support 20,000 inner city kids, providing scholarships and aid.

In 2016, The Illinois Mentoring Partnership held the first statewide recognition event to honor National Mentoring Month and individuals who are making a difference.  The breakfast “Honoring the Champions of Youth Mentoring” recognized Fred O’Connor with the inaugural IMPACT Award.  Fred mentors through PEAK, Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids, an organization that works with the Big Shoulders Fund to help keep inner city Catholic education successful. 

In 2015, Have Dreams recognized Fred with their inauguralAmbassador Fellow award for efforts to support the mission of Have Dreams in the community, providing assistance to families impacted by autism, building bridges to educational opportunities at Northwestern University, and working with major Chicago employers on work-force inclusion initiatives.

Fred J O'Connor, M.M., CFP®, RICP®, ChFC®

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