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MARY CACIOPPI, One Body Collaboratives

Thrive Speaker

[Presentation] Strength Through Collaborations

Mary has over 22 years of combined experience in community development, economic development, and poverty reduction. She currently serves as Executive Director of One Body Collaboratives and is also Founder of Bridges to Prosperity Rockford Region (a program of One Body Collaboratives) where she works to reduce poverty and implement a poverty reduction strategy in her local community of Rockford, IL. Mary is also a National Consultant with the Aha! Process working with communities across the nation to assist them with their poverty reduction goals. Her past experience includes working for and running chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, as well as experience leading economic development for a municipality and working in commercial development. This vast experience equips Mary with a diverse view of how poverty reduction plays a role in community and economic development.

Mary currently serves on the Workforce Connection Employer & Public Engagement Committee and the Community Action Agency Board in Rockford. She is a past board member of Next Rockford, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Rockford Network of Professional Women, and the Boylan Alumni Network.

Mary holds a B.A. in business administration from Madison University and graduated with Honors Cum Laude. She is a past recipient of the Rockford Chambers 40 Leaders Under 40 and Woman Business Leader of Tomorrow awards, honoring her professional and volunteer achievements. She was also recently named one of the regions “25 Most Interesting People” by Northwest Quarterly magazine.

Plan to attend THRIVE: Nonprofit Leadership Symposium at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau in Freeport. This full-day event is designed for nonprofit executives and board members. Sessions will empower leaders in areas including strategic planning, development via storytelling, the power of collaborations, the role of nonprofits in economic development, and more! Attendees will walk away with ideas, tools, & strategies that can be implemented into their organization.