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Positive Impact Philanthropy Podcast

Aug 25, 2021

Join Lori and her guest, Carrie Meghie, as they talk about supporting families with babies in the NICU. In this episode, Carrie shares what inspired her to start a foundation to help people who have been in the same situation as her. Babies need the opportunity to be with their family just as they need medical care. How does this foundation support them? Stay tuned!


Here are the things to expect in this episode:

  • Starting a foundation that primarily helps families by helping them cover the parking fees in the hospital.
  • How integrating the foundation into her business came naturally.
  • The importance of providing support for a specific cause. People know where their money goes!
  • And more!


About Carrie Meghie:


Ms. Meghie brings over twenty-two years of business experience including real estate, hotel development, lodging operations and management, website development, ecommerce technology, and marketing. Ms. Meghie has been with Becker Ventures for over sixteen years and has played an integral role in its real estate and hotel divisions.


She is currently responsible for BV’s real estate and hospitality portfolios. Ms. Meghie was a key member on the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago redevelopment project. Since the hotel opened in 2004, Ms. Meghie has held key positions at the hotel including General Manager and the Director of Operations. Currently, she provides strategic daily support in addition to her asset management role.


Under Ms. Meghie’s leadership in 2012, a JV was created between Partners Group, Becker Ventures, and The John Buck Company to develop North Michigan Avenue’s first skyscraper in over five years to be called MILA. Named for its premier location on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, the 41-story luxury residential development was completed in spring 2016, bridging Chicago’s legendary Magnificent Mile with Millennium Park.


In addition, Ms. Meghie co-founded the Jackson Chance Foundation (JCF) with her husband, Terry, after their son Jackson spent his entire short-life of 10 months in the NICU at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. JCF’s mission is to enrich the lives of families with babies in the NICU by allowing them to spend more time with their baby. As Board Chair, she oversees the Foundation’s day to day operations, strategy, and management. In 2016, she was named a CNN Hero, Chicagoan of the Year, and Five-Star Chicagoan among many other accolades for her work with the Foundation.


Prior to joining Becker Ventures, Ms. Meghie was an entrepreneur in the world. She has a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University College of Commerce and is based in Chicago. Ms. Meghie is also the founder and Board Chair of the Jackson Chance Foundation and a board member of the Chicago Cultural Mile (CCM). She previously was a board member of the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and an SSA commissioner for the West Town Chamber of Commerce (WTTC).


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