Aspire Named One of ‘Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For’ for Second Year in a Row


May 16, 2016


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Aspire, a nonprofit leader in providing bold, pioneering and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the Chicagoland community, is excited to announce that it has been named one of “Chicago’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in 2016®” by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This is the second year in a row that Aspire has received this award on a local level, and, in 2015 Aspire received recognition as one of the “Nation’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.”

The award honors the efforts of companies to build a better business, recognize team members and grow stronger communities.

“Receiving this honor two years in a row is an outstanding testament to our team’s dedication to building a collaborative and innovative culture,” said Jim Kales, CEO at Aspire. “At Aspire’s core is our tagline, ‘Together, We’re Better.’ This fuels not only our commitment to the people and families we serve, but to our team members as well.”

Aspire is blurring the lines between the social sector and the private sector. The result is an exciting integration of social purpose with effective business approaches that is creating a vibrant and creative work culture. Teams are flourishing and individuals are growing professionally.

“Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2016 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of MBPA. “We are proud to honor this year’s winners.”

With over 20 years of experience conducting Best and Brightest Company competitions, the National Association for Business Resources have identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards. To determine which companies received this year’s award, an independent research firm evaluated each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories, including compensation and benefits, engagement and retention, employee education and development, communication, and diversity and inclusion.

Other winners include Takeda, DigitasLBI and Aspire partners Assurance and Rise Interactive. For a complete list of 2016 winners, click here.

If you’re interested in being part of our bold and enterprising organization, please visit the Join Our Team page of our website. #TogetherWereBetter

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