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On September 22, 2015, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois opened the doors of its new location to share with members of the community. CFCI’s office is now located within the Life Together Center at 3625 North Sheridan Road in Peoria, a building that once housed the Great Central Insurance Company. Now owned by the First Federated Church of Peoria, the Center also houses the offices of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony and Look. It’s My Book!, as well as a large space available for community events.

Following a ribbon cutting, more than 150 community members attended an open house to view the collaborative space, with food prepared by South Side Mission’s Culinary Arts Program. “We look forward to utilizing our highly visible new home as a springboard to furthering CFCI’s mission throughout central Illinois,” noted CFCI CEO Mark Roberts. For more information, visit or call (309) 674-8730.

Leading to Empower Others

Leadership training firm Virtuali and recently announced the results of its Millennial Leadership Study, a national survey of 412 millennial workers. Among its top findings:

Finally, 55 percent of the millennials surveyed are dissatisfied with the leadership development opportunities offered by their own company, while 39 percent believe their company suffers from poor leadership. The biggest problems with their company’s leaders, according to the survey, are communication (50%) and their ability to develop others (39%).

11/11: Happy Singles Day! 

What’s the world’s largest online shopping day? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? In fact, the answer is Singles’ Day or Guanggun Jie, a day for people who are single, celebrated on November 11th. Though little known in the U.S., the holiday has become popular in China, where young singles organize parties and karaoke to meet new friends. Last year, the Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba recorded sales at its sites Tmall and Taobao at $9.3 billion, up from $5.8 billion in 2013.


Innovation + Big Data = Big Yellow

Effective November 1, 2015, Caterpillar Inc. announced a reorganization in its dealer and customer support divisions, with added emphasis on data analytics and innovation. The changes include:

The Problem Isn’t Sitting

In recent years, standing desks have grown in popularity as numerous studies suggested a link between sitting and mortality rates. However, a large study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology refutes the simplicity of that conclusion, noting the problem isn’t sitting per se—it’s the lack of physical movement and exercise. “Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing,” states Melvyn Hillsdon of the University of Exeter, co-author of the study. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cancel that standing desk order—just be mindful that it’s no replacement for exercise. iBi