Independent Consultant, Benevolent Group
Chicago, IL, US
Cohort: Center for Creative Leadership, New York, 2010
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Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald is a recognized expert in cross-sector partnerships and skilled volunteering. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government and the social sector to build, lead, and advance the use of service and civic engagement as a resource for communities worldwide. She joined the Taproot Foundation in 2009 and her work with the organization fundamentally changed the landscape of the pro bono movement. She developed leadership initiatives such as Pro Bono Week creating a blueprint for the worldwide celebration of the impact of pro bono, build the Global Pro Bono Summit into the premier gathering of leaders in the movement, and secured the partnerships enabling advances in pro bono programming such as online resources for pro bono through Taproot+ and the Readiness Roadmap offering critical nonprofit capacity building support. Prior to her work with the Taproot Foundation, Elizabeth founded 20% Theatre, an all-women’s theatre company dedicated to addressing the inequity of women and power imbalance in the theatre arena. Elizabeth served as Artistic and Producing Director of 20% Theater from 2003-2010 producing shows including the world premieres of The Whole World is Watching and Tester. In addition, Elizabeth works as a consultant with the Benevolent Group a consulting practice dedicated to innovation, equity, leadership development and exploring different avenues of program approach and positioning that change the conversation enabling the achievement of critical crucial social goals. Her 20+ nonprofit fundraising career spans some of Chicago’s most prominent arts and social justice organizations. Elizabeth holds a BA from Smith College in English and Theatre.