Brian Battle, Principal at the Civic Consulting Alliance, presented to Shields Meneley clients and staff at this month’s Client Networking Lunch. Battle discussed the strong positive impact CCA has had on the Chicago community by harnessing the power of multiple Chicago firms. He manages the Public Safety and Education practices areas and has been with the company since 2013.
Since 2006, Civic Consulting Alliance and their partners have reshaped how Chicago works by building pro bono teams of government leaders, business experts, and CCA staff. Through their initiatives, they develop sustainable methods to make the city safer, healthier, more prosperous, and better educated.
Firms such as AT Kearney, Deloitte, The Boston Consulting Group, and KPMG invest capital and talent into the projects, which drive significant impact by employing long-term strategies. When City Collegs of Chicago, which provides higher education for more than 120,000 students every year, needed to adapt its curriculum in 2007 to prepare its students for careers in the 21st century, they turned to CCA. They partnered with firms such as Accenture, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Towers Watson, and others to tackle this objective. As a result, $51 million in operational efficiencies have been redirected to the classroom, campuses were reengineered to focus on employment sectors, and graduation rates have doubled since 2010.
This is just one example of the successful work CCA has done in the Chicago community in areas that matter most. Other initiatives have had significant impact in other sectors such as healthcare, public safety, and tourism. Their work also helps individuals who join their pro bono teams. More than 400 people work with CCA every year, and they are able to gain unique professional development opportunities, work with the public hands-on, and make a positive impact on the city.
Shields Meneley Partners would like to thank Brian Battle, our clients, and our staff for making today’s luncheon a success.