Consulting Services

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Non-Profit Organizational Design

Speaking Engagements/Group Facilitation

Team Meetings and Offsites

Leadership & Career Coaching

Our Philosophy and Approach

Having been a nonprofit executive director who hired a number of consultants in my day, I understand that our role is to really listen, first, and then to co-design a process and scope of work that meets the client’s needs.  There are no “off the shelf” presentations or products here–everything is customized to the individual needs of clients. Then, via an iterative framework, and lots of communication, we work to complete the project on time, and on budget.   Depending on the engagement, Soar Strategies will also utilize subcontractors to enhance the work and increase organizational capacity.

Our Clientele

Soar Strategies serves clients in the social good sector, which includes nonprofit, governmental, or corporate entities.

We take the work seriously, but not ourselves, so we use interactive activities to deepen the learning and forward the action.  We love paired shares, table talks, and other types of exercises to work together with you (as an individual, organization, or team) to get the desired results.

We want to build a long lasting relationship — many of our clients have hired us for multiple engagements!

We believe that it’s everyone’s goal to do what they love and are passionate about, and our job is to create an environment that facilitates that discovery.

Soar Strategies works with firms to facilitate brave spaces through the following:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Working with staff to assess the current status of DEI organizational policies
  • Developing mission and vision statements, and then an action plan, to further racial equity at a nonprofit
  • Staff and Board trainings on implicit bias, racial equity, diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and other related topics
Non-Profit Organizational Design
  • Working with staff and Board to develop and execute transition plans amidst leadership changes
  • Advising on organizational restructuring/new staffing patterns
  • Assisting in the vetting and hiring/interview processes of key leadership staff
  • Staff and Board retreats to prepare for a strategic planning process and to “reset” the organizational culture
  • Assisting in the recruitment and retention of committed, impactful and diverse Board member
Speaking Engagements/Group Facilitation

Available topics include:

  • leadership, racism and health disparities
  • maternal and child health policy and advocacy
  • diversity/equity/inclusion
  • and others we design together!
Team Meetings and Offsites
  • Working with neighborhood community leaders and health systems to develop an action plan on how to increase life expectancy in target communities in Chicago
  • Working with social services organizational leadership and health professionals to determine how to best meet the needs of patients that have multiple clinical and psychosocial challenges
  • Focus groups and advisory board facilitation at a health organization
Leadership and Team Coaching
  • The aim of this service is to support high-level executives and their staff members to work around some challenging situations or navigate changes in the non-profit or social good sector.

Previous clients of Soar Strategies include:

Arabella Advisors

Association of State & Territorial Health Officials

Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)

AEverThrive Illinois

Forefront

Healthy Communities Foundation

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Mission + Strategy

National Runaway Safeline

New Moms

Ounce of Prevention Fund

Playworks Illinois

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Rush University Medical Center (West Side United)

University of Chicago

Voices for Illinois Children

What's the first step?

If you’d like to talk with Janine, please find a time on her calendar for an initial, complementary strategy session.

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