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Spark Ventures 2018 Fall Gala

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Spark Ventures’ Annual Fall Gala


Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6-9pm


The Ivy Room
12 E Ohio St., Chicago


Emcee: Sonya Jackson

Event Co-Chairs: Jen Kim & Lisa Madonia


Celebrating Spark Ventures’ work to empower leaders in Zambia, Nicaragua and Mexico.


 – featuring special guests from our social impact partners –


Seated Dinner    •    Live Auction

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Individual Event Tickets – $250

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Premium Table for 10 Guests – $2,000

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Meet Our Emcee: Sonya Jackson


Ms. Jackson is a leader in reputation management, giving and social impact. She is a self-described Executive Producer of ideas that matter and uses storytelling, media, technology and live experiences as a force for good. As Founder and Principal of Mantra For Good, Jackson unites people to collaborate on projects to improve humanity, build community and impact lives. She is also Founder and President of ReflectsUs Advisors, LLC, a management consulting company focused on strategy, corporate philanthropy, communications, executive coaching, relationship mapping and collaboration. Previously, Jackson led the foundations of United Airlines, BP, Sears and Sara Lee.

Meet Our Event Co-Chair: Jen Kim


Jennifer holds a B.A. in Biology and Philosophy from Boston University and a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University with a focus on Health Education and Maternal/Child Health. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Throughout her life, Jennifer has dedicated her time and efforts to a number of causes. As a student, she volunteered in Kenya building a school for children. Subsequently, she worked in the outreach program with the International Red Cross in London and traveled to Sri Lanka to aid in the recovery of the 2004 Tsunami. For the last 14 years, she has volunteered with the Junior League in a number of capacities including fundraising, event planning, leadership, and tutoring underprivileged children in London and Chicago and continues to do so today. She has served as a co-chair of the Latin School of Chicago gala and is currently the Lower School Vice President of the Parent Association. She serves on the Events and Partners committees for Spark Ventures.


Jennifer loves adventure and has traveled extensively around the world. In June 2016, she took her family to Nicaragua on their first Spark Ventures trip. Since then, they have traveled to Zambia and look forward to their next Spark Ventures trip. After living abroad in London and more recently in New York City, Jennifer now resides in Chicago with her husband and two young daughters.

Meet Our Event Co-Chair: Lisa Madonia


Lisa was born in Portland, Oregon and spent her later childhood in Carmel, Indiana. She is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where she earned a B.A. in Economics/Business Administration and Psychology.


Lisa has worked as a senior broker and founding member at @ properties, Chicago’s top ranking real estate brokerage, for over 16 years. She has consistently ranked as one of @ properties top producers and has been recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors for her sales volume. Her expertise includes marketing and sales of new construction developments, selling individual property listings, and helping buyers find that special home. Before entering the world of real estate, Lisa spent ten years at The Northern Trust Company as a large corporate commercial banker and financial analyst.


Lisa has lived in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago since 1999 and has two daughters. She enjoys keeping busy with her girls’ activities and school functions. She also has volunteered with several not-for-profit organizations. Lisa traveled with Spark Ventures to Zambia in 2017 and is eager to go back with her family.

Special Thanks to our Event Committee

Jeff Breaden

Julie Cook

Jennifer Kim

Michael Campbell

Jasna Karamehmedovic

Lisa Madonia

Alyson Marguerat

Andrea Moonsammy

Cassie Wade

Kathy Wolf

Constance Benrud



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