Reimagine Retreat

Reimagine Retreat

A Space for District Equity Leaders to Re-Envision Systems Change

March 9-10, 2023

Chicago, IL

Space to Reimagine

Driving sustainable systems change as a district equity leader is a great opportunity that comes with complex challenges. With so many priorities, how can leaders pull up to reimagine more equitable systems? Collaboration can help create lasting change that will drive equity for young people for generations to come. 

For that reason, Chicago Beyond is hosting its first ever Reimagine Retreat – a space for school district equity leaders to connect with one another and explore strategies for driving long-term, sustainable systems change.  

The retreat will be hosted by Maurice Swinney, Chicago Beyond’s Chief Innovation Officer. Maurice was previously the first-ever Chief Equity Officer at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and developed and implemented a framework at CPS to advance equity for Chicago students. 


This retreat will provide us with shared approaches and tools to drive equity for young people through policy change and a sense of connectedness for future collaboration. The retreat will explore questions such as: ​


How to see barriers as opportunities?


How to build pathways to address policy changes and resource allocation?


How to decide what leadership moves to make in any given context? ​

About Maurice Swinney

Maurice Swinney is a nationally recognized equity leader in education who served as Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) first-ever Chief Equity Officer and the interim Chief Education Officer.  While leading CPS’ Office of Equity, Dr. Swinney led the creation of the district’s first equity framework, which opens up greater opportunities for students and serves as a model for how other large urban school districts can drive effective change.  Swinney also directed greater financial support to schools that were underfunded and co-led the policy redesign process, making over 20 district policies more equitable.  Maurice’s accomplishments grew out of his 21 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  He earned his Ed. D. in public school administration and a master’s in Educational Leadership/School Principalship.  Now, as the Chief Innovation Officer at Chicago Beyond, Maurice will leverage his innovative design skills to create more equitable systems for young people and communities. 

About Chicago Beyond

Chicago Beyond is an impact investor that works to ensure all young people have the opportunity to live a free and full life. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $40 million in ideas, individuals, and organizations that support all young people in achieving their fullest human potential. Because there is no single barrier to equity, Chicago Beyond invests in everything from education to youth safety, health, wellness, and beyond.  

Reimagine Retreat Logistics

Chicago Beyond’s Home for Social Innovation

811 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

The Retreat will begin on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11:30am and will end on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 3:30pm.

More details on the agenda, travel and hotel information will be shared soon. If you have any questions, please contact Myia Riley at