Thursday, May 30, 2019
Please join us for an unforgettable night of cocktails, music, dinner, open bar, and our annual Visionary Award presentation.
Evening will also include a one-of-a kind raffle and paddle raise.

Morgan Manufacturing
401 N Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Cocktail Attire
Valet Parking Available
Handicap Accessible



Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, cofounders of #MuteRKelly

#MuteRKelly is a worldwide financial boycott, a “mute,” of R&B singer Robert “R” Kelly due to his twenty-five year history of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse allegations. Resilience is proud to honor Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, cofounders of #MuteRKelly, for their courage and commitment in standing up for survivors of sexual abuse.

Kenyette Tisha Barnes is a political strategist; lobbyist; mother; CEO of Nia Vizyon, LLC, a social justice, consulting and political strategy lobbying firm; and the National Co-Founder of #MuteRKelly. Barnes has worked as a public speaker, policy analyst, epidemiologist, community educator, and professional trainer. Also known as the “Legislative Empress,” Kenyette is best known for her work with the Georgia General Assembly. Her legislative work includes lobbying for HIV advocacy, anti-human trafficking, domestic violence, post-partum depression, special education and voter’s rights. She also is an active board member of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. Her academic credentials included Temple University, Cleveland State University, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and The George Washington University. Kenyette lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is the proud mom of three awesome humans (Rayne, Harper and Miles) and two furbabies Serendipity and Luna.


Oronike Odeleye is a freelance Arts & Entertainment consultant who has worked with a range of clients including The National Black Arts Festival, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, American Express, The Atlanta Hawks, and The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office. She is the Managing Director of Creative Currents Artist Collaborative, an international artist collective that coordinates yearly culture related trips to Panama, Senegal and Cuba. In 2017 she co-founded the #MuteRKelly campaign to advocate for the black community’s divestment from accused serial sexual abuser, R. Kelly. To date, her campaign has gotten 14 concerts canceled, held protest rallies in 8 cities, and has had his music banned from many radio stations across the nation— including the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Oronike was featured in the explosive Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R Kelly, and has been interviewed in publications nationwide including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, BBC, The Root, The Grio, as well as on countless radio stations and podcasts. She has written Op Eds about #MuteRKelly and sexual assault in the African American community for Glamour Magazine and given talks at Morehouse College, Norfolk State University and Princeton University. She was recently honored as one of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women 2019, celebrating women disrupting the status quo. Oronike graduated from Syracuse University in 2001 with a B.A in Film Studies. She resides in Atlanta, GA.



Early Bird Tickets | $150 
Regular Price Tickets | $175
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1 Table (10 reserved seats) | $2,500
*Purchasing a table will qualify you as a Benefactor Sponsor
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Presenting Sponsor | $25,000
Luminary Sponsor | $10,000
Leader Sponsor | $5,000
Benefactor Sponsor | $2,500
Partner Sponsor | $1,000
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Click here to download our one-pager about sponsorship for the 16th Annual Evening of Impact.
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In-Kind Raffle Donations
We welcome:
Tickets to special events
Tickets to trips or other travel related experiences
Anything else you can think of!
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For additional information about sponsorship and tickets, please contact Amy O’Keeffe, Director of Development, at 312-443-9603 ext. 110 or aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.



Carol Stone and McKaye Whiteside

Resilience Directors of the Board Carol Stone and McKaye Whiteside are thrilled to serve as Co-Chairs for the 16th Annual Evening of Impact.

Carol Stone, A.M., LSW, began her “second” career in Social Work, providing pro-bono counseling services to non-profit organizations across Chicago, after receiving her A.M. from The University of Chicago’s SSA program in 2014. Previously, as the Founder and President of CJS Consulting Ltd., Carol advised on career development, workforce diversity and customer service improvement. Carol’s longstanding and extensive volunteer relationship with Resilience began as a Volunteer Medical Advocate in 2004 and most recently included providing counseling services as a Volunteer Trauma Therapist in 2017. Carol is also a strong advocate of the arts, serving for many years on the Joffrey Ballet’s Women’s Board and the Joffrey Ballet’s Committee for the Academy of Dance.


McKaye Whiteside is a Senior Derivatives Trader at Consolidated Trading specializing in volatility products. Before joining Consolidated Trading, McKaye was with the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation as the Events and Public Relations Coordinator. McKaye attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a double major in psychology and communications and has served in a variety of leadership positions with various organizations. McKaye currently serves the Resilience Board of Directors as Treasurer. She has supported Resilience since 2015 as a Volunteer Medical Advocate, Education & Training Volunteer, and member of the annual Evening of Impact Host Committee. In addition, she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the GLASA Young Professionals Board and on the Lakeview Pantry Young Leadership Board. 



Evening of Impact

The Evening of Impact is Resilience’s largest annual gathering inviting donors, partners, friends, and allies to celebrate our impact in the lives of survivors and our continued work to create a world free of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment.

Our 16th Annual Evening of Impact: Prevention is Power honors our commitment to ending sexual violence through prevention education and will welcome over 400 supporters to celebrate our impact in our 45th year and to join us in striving toward our vision. 

Proceeds from the evening go toward supporting Resilience’s programs and services, helping to ensure that survivors and their communities continue to have access to vital resources and a place to heal.

Visionary Award

The Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award is named in honor of our late founder, Dr. Natalie A. Stephens, who served as an OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and, together with ten medical and nursing students, founded Rape Victim Advocates in 1974 to provide survivors with a place of healing. The Visionary Award recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the movement to end sexual violence. 

Past Visionary Award Winners

  • Tarana Burke, 2018
  • Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, 2017
  • Kristie Paskvan, 2016
  • Dr. Beth E. Richie, 2015

For more information: please contact Erin Walton, Executive Director.


Luminary Sponsor

Consolidated Trading LLC
David & Pamela Reyes
Terese, Cameron, & Camille Reyes

Leader Sponsor

Mary Beaudin
Christal Henderson
In Memory of Nancy Rae Reinisch on behalf of the C. Richard and Marianne Reinisch Foundation
Carol and David Stone

Benefactor Sponsor

Dominique Allman-Papa
Catharsis Productions
Chicago Says No More
Beth Kallmyer
Lauren Pesa
Katherine Stabler
Marny and Matthew Zimmer

Partner Sponsor

Tom Andreesen
Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd.
Becky and Jonathan Center
Melinda Holland
Bill Kral
LAMB Insurance Services
Kate Meyer
Laird Stabler



Dominique Allman-Papa, Co-Founder, Forged

Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney

Christal Henderson, Executive Counsel – Sourcing, GE Renewable Energy

Beth Kallmyer
, Vice President of Care and Support, Alzheimer’s Association

Lauren Pesa
, Accounting and Reporting Advisory Senior Manager, Deloitte

Kwame Raoul
, Attorney General, State of Illinois

Katherine Stabler
, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nuveen

Marny Zimmer
, Director of Policy, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Matthew Zimmer
, Managing Director and Head of Services & Industrials, William Blair



Tom Andreesen, Vice President
Anne Biere
Julie Cameron
Christal Henderson
Beth Kallmyer, President
Jackie Koesters
Bill Kral
Kate Meyer
Lauren Pesa
Carol Stone, Secretary
McKaye Whiteside, Treasurer