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Adrienne Zeak

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Creative Lead

As creative lead, Adrienne Zeak plays a leading role in establishing and enhancing StriveTogether’s visual identity. She manages the design and production of content and helps StriveTogether share stories and information in innovative ways.

Adrienne brings more than 15 years’ experience working in creative roles at a variety of nonprofits. Previously, she worked in the higher education sector supporting communications, design and creative direction, intranet development, and media and marketing efforts for three nonprofit universities that cultivate change agents — teachers, counselors, psychologists and socially driven lawyers. She has been responsible for the design and production of four lifestyle publications and designed three award-winning human resources and diversity magazines.

Constantly seeking to contribute to something bigger than herself, Adrienne is devoted to using her talents to move humankind in a positive direction. Rooted in an inherent understanding of equity, she is compelled by her desire to meet others where they are to serve them more effectively. Adrienne lives in Chicago with her daughter and their miniature dachshund, Juniper Rose, and great dane, Beatrix Hope.

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what is a place that shaped you, and how does it give you purpose?

Moving between 10 states and countless cities growing up didn’t lend itself much to cultivating stability for my brothers and me. In my early 20s, I discovered that long-awaited home base in Chicago — a genuinely diverse city rich in communion, tenacity and an authentic willingness of folks to show up for one other. This place fostered within me what I went without learning as a child: courage, strength and an inherent belief in myself. Garnering these attributes from this newfound hometown and the compassion derived from their lack continuously fuels my purpose in helping every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, zip code or circumstance.

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