Join us!


September 28, 2017
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Literacenter
641 W. Lake St.
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661

General Admission: $25
Includes lunch, all sessions, member fair, and closing reception

This September, the Chicago Literacy Alliance is thrilled to present our Third Annual State of Literacy Symposium!

Built on the theme of Advocacy Through Collaboration, the 2017 Symposium will include remarks, panels, workshops, and built-in opportunities to spark, explore, and discuss collaboration for literacy in Chicago.


  • Opening remarks from Brian Bannon, Commissioner & CEO of the Chicago Public Library
  • How Direct Service Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy with Dena Giacometti of the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition 
  • Advocacy through Collaboration: Case Studies in Working Together to Create System-Level Change – Panel discussion moderated by Dena Giacometti and featuring: Sarah Labadie, Women Employed; Brenda Langstraat, WITS; Jazmine Salas, Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition; Fred Tsao, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; and Alex Tindal Wiesendanger, Responsible Budget Coalition
  • Updates from the IL State Library with Beth Paoli
  • Framework for creating successful partnerships with Robin Koelsch of Communities In Schools Chicago
  • Lunch & Member Fair
  • Reading from Roger Bonair-Agard with Free Write Arts & Literacy
  • Collaboration Convocation
  • Reception

Scholarships available. Contact for details.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Generous corporate and individual sponsors help us produce a memorable, educational, productive, and fun Symposium for more than 150 attendees every year.

Join us as a 2017 sponsor to promote collaboration and literacy in Chicago!

Interested in opportunities not listed here?
Contact us to explore additional possibilities!

Page Sponsorship

Includes prominent name/logo placement on Symposium materials plus recognition from the front during CLA’s introductory remarks.

Chapter Sponsorship

Includes prominent name/logo placement on Symposium materials, opportunity to provide handouts to all Symposium attendees, recognition from the front during CLA’s introductory remarks, and opportunity to address the audience at the conclusion of the day.