Thank you for joining us at our 16th Annual Evening of Impact: Prevention is Power! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone’s support of sexual violence prevention education in Chicago, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of this important event. If you would still like to make a gift in support or purchase remaining silent auction items, you can do so by clicking the links below:

You can still donate to the Evening of Impact by clicking here.

You can still purchase silent auction items by click here.



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.



Silent Auction
You can register to participate in our silent auction, view items, and bid on items!
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Jim DeRogatis and Jenniffer Weigel

Resilience is pleased to welcome Jim DeRogatis and Jenniffer Weigel as our special guests to this year’s Evening of Impact.

Jim DeRogatis will be speaking and introducing our Visionary Award recipients. Jim is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, the co-host of Sound Opinions, originating at WBEZ Chicago and heard nationally on public radio, and the author of Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly. 




Jenniffer Weigel will be emceeing our paddle raise and silent auction. Jenniffer is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, author, and performer. She has worked at several TV networks in Chicago (CBS, NBC, WGN, WLS) and as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. The author of four books, Jenniffer currently runs her own Chicago-based production company.



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
  • Shauna Prewitt; Sexual Assault Justice Project of CAASE; and LifeSpan, 2013
  • Tom and Mary Seeburg; RVA’s Volunteers Past and Present, 2012
  • Megan Twohey, David Jackson, and Gary Marx; Lookingglass Theatre Company, 2011
  • Jane M. Saks and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts and Media; Scheherazade Tillet and A Long Walk Home; Catharsis Projections, 2010
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration (no Visionary Awards given), 2009
  • The Honorable Virginia M. Kendall and Senator Carol A. Ronen, 2008
  • Mary Morten and Sunny Fischer, 2007
  • Lisa Madigan; Camille Romero; and Chiharu Iwasaki, 2006
  • Jamie Kalven, 2005 
  • Barbara Engel; Polly Poskin; and Gerardo Montemayor (posthumous award), 2004
  • Jamie Frankic-Birket; Tracy Gleason; and Universal Express, LLC, 2003

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


Luminary Sponsor

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

Leader Sponsor

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

Benefactor Sponsor

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

Partner Sponsor

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd./Laird Stabler
Becky and Jonathan Center
Debra Pickett
Kate Meyer
LAMB Insurance Services
Melinda Holland
Shannon and Bill Kral
Thompson Flanagan
Tom Andreesen



Birds & B-Sides
Cusic Photography
Jenniffer Wiegel
Jordan Scott Johnson
Letherbee Distillers
Limelight Catering
Mary Lhotka
Megan Leetz
Metropolitan Brewing
Revolution Brewing
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
V.I.P. Valet Services
Virtue Cider



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



Aberlour Whiskey
Ace Hotel Chicago
American Blues Theater
American Girl®
Beat Kitchen
Capital Genealogy
Cards Against Humanity
Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago Pizza Tours
Chicago Symphony Center
Chicago White Sox™
Cusic Photography
Dinkel’s Bakery
Ditka’s Restaurant Chicago
Dr. Trupti Gokani
East Bank Club
Farmhouse Chicago
Great Lakes Tattoo
Haymarket Books
International Museum of Surgical Science
Joffrey Ballet
Land And Sea Dept.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Megan Saul Photography
Metro Chicago
Midtown Athletic Club
Pitchfork Music Festival
PM Press
PRP Wine International
Revolution Brewing
Sheri Jewel Psychic Medium
Tavern On Rush
The Empty Bottle
The Fly Honeys
The Kitchen Chicago
The Ridge Hotel
Vaudezilla Chicago Burlesque
Wines for Humanity