Chief Strategist and Member of Directoire +, Publicis Groupe
We don't have room to list the recognition Rishad has received over his storied career at the forefront of digital marketing (Let's just say awards from BusinessWeek and Time are on the list). So we'll simplify: he's a world-renowned innovator. What's most impressive is how he has served at the highest ranks of large organizations (currently as Chairman of DigitasLBi and Razorfish and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at VivaKi, all part of the Publicis Groupe family) while continuing to be incredibly approachable and willing to offer his advice. Sessions of his enlightening "Rishad-isms" will benefit the Off The Street Club.
Housed in a kid-friendly complex in West Garfield Park, the Off The Street Club gives 4- to 18-year-old kids a place to do their homework or play computer games in the Learning Center; perform plays in the Performing Arts Center; dance, rollerskate, sing, and play musical instruments; express themselves through arts and crafts and woodshop; and more. Off The Street Club kids have mentors, tutors and role models; girls can experience real "girl power" and heightened self-esteem in the Girls Center, while boys and girls together can meet and interact safely and respectfully throughout the Club. Founded in 1900, OTSC is Chicago's oldest boys and girls club and serves more than 3,000 kids.