Town-Warming 2018

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Barrington Town-Warming:

“Reality Check: Where We Are Today and Our Vision for the Future”

On Saturday, February 3rd the Barrington Cultural Commission re-created the “Town-Warming,” a 1940s-era Barrington tradition that brought together the nation’s and our community’s most influential business, religious, academic, and civic leaders for two weeks of robust discussion on the issues of the day. Over a period of several years until World War II, thousands of Barringtonians participated in these intellectually stimulating events.

This year, we re-imagined the town-warming with our modern-day version, a one-day event featuring several topic-focused panels and highlighted by keynote speakers (and Barrington residents) Hank Paulson, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and Wendy Paulson, chair emerita of Rare, an international conservation organization.

Other speakers and panelists included John Williams, WGN radio personality; Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions; Bill Bishop, Chief Architect, Brick Meets Click; Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of Schools, Barrington School District 220; Captain James D. Hawkins, Commanding Officer, Karen Lambert, CEO, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; Laurence Msall, President, Civic Federation; Naval Station Great Lakes; David F. Nelson, Founding Member, Barrington Area Community Foundation and Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services; Sam Oliver, President, Non-Profit Consulting; and W. Bradley Stetson, Chairman & CEO, Barrington Bank & Trust.

Barrington Village President Karen Darch serves as moderator for the day, and Barrington historian Barbara Benson will provide a historical perspective for the event.

First Panel (Watch videos using the links below)

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Reality Check: Our Community”

  • Moderator: Diane Soucy Bergan, Barrington Cultural Commission
  • Steve Carter, Incoming Lead Teaching Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of Schools, Barrington School District 220
  • Heather Larson, Incoming Lead Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
  • Sam Oliver, President, Non-Profit Consulting
  • W. Bradley Stetson, Chairman & CEO, Barrington Bank & Trust

First Panel Part 1First Panel Part 2First Panel Part 3First Panel Part 4

Second Panel (Watch videos using the links below)

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Reality Check: Our World”

  • Moderator: Karen Darch, Village President
  • Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions
  • Brad Cole, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal League
  • Capt. James D. Hawkins, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes

Second Panel Part 1 | Second Panel Part 2 | Second Panel Part 3

Third Panel (Watch Videos using the links below)

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Visions for the Future: Our Community”

  • Moderator: Diane Soucy Bergan, Barrington Cultural Commission
  • Bill Bishop, Chief Architect, Brick Meets Click
  • Dr. Maria H. Coons, Chief of Staff/Board Liaison and Vice President, Institutional Planning & Strategic Alliances, Harper College
  • Karen Lambert, President, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Advocate Condell Medical Center
  • David F. Nelson, Founding Member, Barrington Area Community Foundation, and Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services

Third Panel Part 1Third Panel Part 2Third Panel Part 3

WHAT IS “COMMUNITY”: A Place or a Concept?

  • John Williams, WGN Radio Personality

John Williams Video

“VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE: OUR WORLD”: A Fireside Chat with Hank and Wendy Paulson

  • Moderator: Lisa Stamos, Barrrington Cultural Commission and Publisher, Quintessential Barrington magazine

Paulson Part 1 | Paulson Part 2