OMD's Inaugural Back-to-School Bash

Hosted by OMD's award-winning Associates Board, our Inaugural Back-to-School Bash was a smashing success! Nearly 200 young professionals joined together and raised over $50,000 during a night filled with good friends -- old and new. See pictures from the event on OMD's Flickr.

Highlighted Events

OMD's 2017 Scholar Awards Ceremony

State's Attorney Kim Foxx addressed OMD's graduating scholars at Malcolm X College on June 20. More than 200 scholars graduated, ready to enroll in four-year universities or enter the workforce. Congratulations, grads!


OMD's 10th Anniversary Food & Wine Tasting

Nearly 600 Chicago-area professionals celebrated OMD's decade of impact on June 2. OMD raised more than $775,000 at this year's Food & Wine --an increase of 40% from last year. 


OMD's 3rd Annual OMD/x with Arne Duncan

More than 100 Chicago thought leaders joined former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in conversation with Alexi Giannoulias at OMD's 3rd annual OMD/x at Deloitte on February 9.

Past Events

OMD's 2nd Annual Corporate Leaders Breakfast

JPMorgan Chase announced a two-year, $400,000 investment in One Million Degrees’ expansion; OMD alumna and current Chicago Police Department Officer Maria Barraza noted OMD is the reason she is thriving today; and Mayor Emanuel explained that “With more of Chicago’s students graduating today than ever before, One Million Degrees plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our students are prepared for their next steps.” 


OMD's 10th Annual Scholar Orientation

We kicked off OMD's monumental 10th year of programming at Scholar Orientation in August, where our new and returning scholars were inspired by the words of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, OMD Alumnus Jarrett Adams, and Instituto CEO (and 2015 MacArthur Fellow) Juan Salgado. 



One Million Degrees holds one-of-a-kind events throughout the year intended to expand our scholars' horizons and engage our volunteers and supporters.

Whether you’re helping our scholars through the ins and outs of networking at our annual "It's Who You Know" Speed Networking or dining on exquisitive cuisine and sipping on fine wine at OMD’s Annual Food & Wine Tasting (in support of our scholars AND your taste buds) there are countless ways to get involved, support our scholars, and see our program in action.