An Evening with Paul Tough

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AHEAD LLC

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OneGoal is thrilled to partner with New York Times bestselling author Paul Tough to promote his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, at the Chicago stop on his nation-wide book tour.

Join us for this free event that will feature a reception with appetizers, an introduction by attorney and best-selling author Star Jones, fireside chat with Paul Tough and OneGoal's new CEO Melissa Connelly, and a book signing with books available for purchase on-site. We thank our generous partner AHEAD Chicago for hosting us in their beautiful office.

"In this fascinating study, education journalist Tough (How Children Succeed) argues persuasively that access to an elite college education, which in the U.S. is popularly believed to be a meritocratically distributed social equalizer, is in fact distributed in ways that reinforce existing economic divisions." - Publisher's Weekly



5:30 - 6:30pm Reception + Books available for purchase

6:30 - 7:30pm Fireside Chat + Audience Q&A

7:30 - 8:00pm Book Signing



Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, which will be published on September 10 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His three previous books include How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.

Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, GQ, and Esquire, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. He is a speaker on topics including education, parenting, equity, and student success.

He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program “This American Life.” He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine.

He lives with his wife and two sons in Austin, Texas, and Montauk, New York.



Star Jones is an attorney, advocate, business executive, best-selling author and an Emmy award nominated TV host. Skilled in law, media and business, Ms. Jones is presently a member of the Board of Directors and President of Professional Diversity Network, a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: IPDN). She is amongst a small group of African-American women in leadership of a publicly traded company in the U.S.

Ms. Jones has also worked in television (NBC News, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, ABC News, E! Entertainment Television, Court TV, CNN, Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC, BET) as a host, journalist, commentator and/or producer for more than 25 years; offering a fresh perspective to the days most talked about crime and justice, political and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics and pop culture. Best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues as a co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years, along with her colleagues, Ms. Jones is a 2017 Inductee into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

An author of three best-selling books, Ms. Jones’ third bestseller, Satan’s Sisters, (a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a daytime talk show) was developed into "Daytime Divas," a VH1 network television series with Ms. Jones as an Executive Producer.

Since 2011, Ms. Jones, a heart disease survivor, has been the face of the American Heart Associations (AHA) National Go Red for Women efforts as the organizationsNational Volunteer utilizing her name, voice, time and international media platform to combat cardiovascular disease, and champion heart health in America.

A frequent motivational speaker, Ms. Jones lectures on a variety of topics including, Law, Politics, Race, Gender Equality, Womens Empowerment, Pop Culture, Networking, and Heart Health. She continues to be seen in various media appearances as a legal analyst and women's health and workplace advocate.



Melissa Connelly is a first-generation college graduate who, in spite of starting high school in a truancy program, obtained three college degrees with a 4.0 GPA. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for OneGoal, a national college access and success organization.

Prior to becoming CEO, Melissa was OneGoal's first Chief Program Officer. In this role, she was responsible for executing the programmatic vision to ensure all students have a legitimate opportunity to earn a college degree. Melissa has spent over a decade in education leveraging her experiences, empathy, and drive to make certain her accomplishments are not an anomaly, but the norm for underserved youth.

Melissa has earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Illinois-Chicago, a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a Masters of Education Administration from Dominican University. She is also an alumna of the prestigious Surge Institute Fellowship for emerging leaders of color in education, but Melissa is most proud of the work she is doing as a mother to Ashland and Addae.


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