Megan and Steve Shebik are the Corporate Co-Chairs of Corporate Night on June 11, 2018. Steve serves as Allstate Corporation’s Vice Chair. He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of the CSOA, the Negaunee Music Institute Board, and on the Dean’s Business Council of Gies College of Business at University of Illinois. Megan sits on the Board of Trustees of the DuPage Foundation and University of Illinois Library Board of Advocates. Megan and Steve live in Wheaton, Illinois.
What inspires your love of music? How does it enrich your daily life?
We love feeling the emotion of the music and lyrics. Whether it’s attending a concert, listening to a recording, or playing an instrument—music touches us emotionally from feelings of exhilaration to joy to comfort to inspiration. Music changes the way we think and our perception of the world. It bridges diverse ideas and brings people together in a mutual appreciation of the performance.
How did you first get involved with the CSO?
We became actively involved with the CSO two-and-a-half years ago when Steve became a Trustee. Our personal philanthropic efforts have focused on helping people of all ages achieve their hopes and dreams through access to food, shelter, education, health care, and the arts. The CSO aligns perfectly into these goals. We have enjoyed seeing the musicians’ passion for performing as well as promoting music appreciation through their commitment to working with youth. The films accompanied by the CSO have become a favorite and a special focus of our giving as they appeal to a wide variety of audiences that may not ordinarily attend the CSO. Steve has also become a Board member of the Negaunee Music Institute, supported by Allstate, which creates connections to music for young and old from diverse backgrounds and communities.
Why do you feel it is important for the corporate sector to support the CSO?
The CSO has been closely connected to the people of Chicago for more than 125 years through inspiring performances, community engagement, and education programs that foster children’s cognitive and creative development. Support of the CSO is an opportunity for businesses to develop relationships and strengthen their reputation for corporate philanthropy and as a corporate citizen.
Tell us about Corporate Night. Why are you excited to chair this event?
Corporate Night is a celebration of music and philanthropy recognizing the importance of corporate support to the arts in Chicago. We are honored to recognize The Northern Trust Company, the original corporate sponsor of the CSO, their chairman Rick Waddell, and their chief executive officer Mike O’Grady for their excellence in corporate philanthropy.