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Chapter Advisory
Board of Directors
Randy Rollinson President
Randall Rollinson
;LBL Strategies, Ltd.
John Sterling Past President
John Sterling
Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox

Sheri Paleka
Financial Services



Diane Flynn-Blake

Ace Hardware Corp.

Jim Bente

Board Member

Jim Bente
College of DuPage

Lamar Heller

VP, Marketing

Lamar Heller
Walgreen Company

Lee Crumbaugh

Board Member

Lee Crumbaugh
Forrest Consulting

Beth Pecenta

VP, Membership

Beth Pecenka

Mercola Health Resources

Kim Ramsey

VP, Programming

Kim Ramsey

The Executive Edge, Inc.

Our Mission: The Association for Strategic Planning™ - Chicago Chapter is committed to enhancing the profession of Strategic Planning and enabling people and organizations to succeed through improved strategic thinking, planning and execution.

How: This will be achieved by focusing on improving the knowledge level and skill set of members and guests. We will accomplish this through the sharing of best practices and the delivery of informative, thought provoking presentations and development programs that create value and result in attracting high quality individuals from the best companies in the Chicago area. Our offerings are designed to build on expanding their knowledge, ability, and skills in strategic thinking, planning and execution.


Special Event Report

Preparing for Climate Change 

It's fact: Scientists almost universally have concluded that climate change is 99% certain.

The updated National Climate Assessment (NCA), released on April 28, 2014, affirms that the United States is warming. The report warns that, at the current rate of global carbon emissions, climate change in the 21st Century will create additional stresses on people and living environments, and place growing demands on our ability to anticipate, prepare and respond.

ASP's Chicago Chapter presented a special program, Preparing for Climate Change: the Chicago Story, in September. The event was hosted by LiveLab Studios in downtown Chicago. This panel discussion explored actions business and policy communities, including urban centers such as Chicago, should consider to mitigate against and adapt to emerging climate driven realities. The program was streamed online.

Panelists were:

  • Dr. Don Wuebbles, Nobel Prize winner, National Climate Assessment Convening Lead Author and University of Illinois Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science. He reviewed the National Climate Assessment findings. He explained that the National Climate Assessment shows that global climate is changing 10 times faster than natural rates.
  • Tom Skilling, WGN TV and Chicago Tribune Meteorologist. Skilling said that the US government spent more than $100 billion in 2012 to address climate related disasters. He said the U.S. government spent more on natural disasters last year than education and transportation combined.
  • Karen Weigert, City of Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer. Weigert addressed the challenge of turning climate change from something distant to something not threatening, but personal. She noted great opportunities for making buildings in Chicago more energy efficient.
  • Mary Gade, President of Gade Environmental Group, LLC, and former Region V Administrator for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Don Wuebbles

Tom Skilling









Wuebbles                                     Skilling 

Karen WeigertMary Gade







Weigert                                              Gade

MarySue Barrett,president of the Metropolitan Planning Council, moderated the discussion. Also joining was Sir David King, former Science Advisor to UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Sir King said that climate change is the diplomatic challenge of the era. The UK has diplomats deployed around the world to drive action on climate change.

MarySue Barrett

Sir David King








MarySue Barrett     Sir David King

This panel made it clear that climate change can no longer be ignored or minimized. It is an increasing dynamic affecting organizations and individuals. Strategic plans and scenarios need to consider the effects of continued climate change.

View a complete video of the event, produced by LiveLab, at


Here are videos of the individual panelists' presentations:

Don Wuebbles

Karen Weigert

Mary Gade

Tom Skilling

Press Releases

  • October, 2011

DePaul University Joint Program Announced PDF

  • October, 2008

Leading Chicago Based Strategy Organizations Form Alliance PDF

  • February, 2007

Local Executives Establish New Association for Strategic Planning Chapter PDF

Chicago Chapter Form