A conversation with Josh Hale on the inspiration behind his leadership
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Welcome to the podcast that exists to enrich and inspire young adults in the U.S.! ¡Bienvenidos al podcast que existe para enriquecer e inspirar a jóvenes Latinos en los Estados Unidos!

In today's episode, listen to a conversation between Vicente Del Real, and Josh Jale, president and CEO of Big Shoulders Fund.

 Joshua D. Hale is the President and CEO of Big Shoulders Fund which invests  approximately $25-30 million annually to support its network of 75 inner-city, Catholic  schools serving nearly 20,000 students – 80 percent minority and 66 percent from low income households. In addition, as a result of a fully funded charitable donation, Big  Shoulders Fund has extended its programming to 20 schools in Northwest Indiana,  reaching an additional 6,000 children. Annual investments are for scholarships and  student enrichment, operational support and financial management, academic and  professional development programs, leadership development, and an adopt-a-school  program. In January 2020, Big Shoulders Fund announced a historic agreement to  protect the future viability of 30 of its highest needs schools. Under the agreement, Big  Shoulders Fund has pledged a ten-year $50 million philanthropic investment in these  schools, enabling them to remain open and viable, while also taking on an expanded  leadership role with principals helping to manage their schools toward specific operating  goals and deeper impact.  

Mr. Hale was a fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago and an inaugural member of  the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Emerging Leaders Program. Mr. Hale serves on  the Board of Directors of The Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and the Development  Committee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mr. Hale is a Director on the  Board of Amerigo Education, Inc. He is a member of The Commercial Club, The  Economic Club, The Chicago Club, Chicago Commonwealth Club, and Vistage  International. In 2010, Mr. Hale was a “40 Under 40” in Crain’s Chicago Business  Journal. 

Previously, Mr. Hale was on the management team at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and  a consultant with The Hale Group, Ltd. After graduating from Marquette University, Mr.  Hale spent two years as a volunteer in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He resides in Chicago with his wife and their two sons. 


The Joy of the Gospel/La Alegria del Evangelio Podcast provides a top quality content to evangelize, enrich and inspire young Latinos. We aim to be the most-listened to bilingual podcast for young Latinos in the United States. EVANGELIZATION: We are continually challenged to transmit and share "The Joy of the Gospel" with new ways and methods. Through our podcast we aim to spread the joy that comes from knowing and following Jesus Christ. FORMATION: Filling the gap in formation resources specifically for first, second and third generation immigrants, The Joy of the Gospel will produce enriching content, forming listeners through interviews with leaders and experts. 
INSPIRATION: Young Latinos will hear the voices of current Latino leaders and relate to tiger stories of overcoming challenges and difficulties. The Joy of the Gospel will inspire them to become the next generation of Latino leaders. Produced by Latinos for Latinos. 

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