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Andy Kirschner

Originally from Detroit, Andy Kirschner first moved to Chicago after college. He has had several job titles throughout his career, including knife-seller, recruiting manager, bagel-maker, life coach, tour guide, career counselor, Weight Watchers facilitator, alumni director, and interfaith leader. Currently, he combines all of those skills along with his training in improv comedy at 100 Reasons to Win, where he helps professionals grow so they can replace excuses to fail with reasons to succeed. He also has assisted organizations in engaging communities of leaders so that they carry out a vision for meaningful change.

Andy spends his free time running distance races, running around the Midwest to visit family and friends and running out of time to make an Oy! deadline. After all that, he runs home to his wife and two kids to apologize for being so busy. He is passionate about his involvement as a volunteer in the Jewish communityand is also getting better at spending more time with his family.

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Reaching Across Lines of Difference photo
I am less concerned about the midterm election outcome than I am about how people will react to that outcome the next morning.
Time flies photo
This April marks 10 years since my wife and I went on our first date. Time has moved in such a fashion that it feels like I blinked and now it’s 2017.
Toddler Tries a Bed photo
For the next two weeks, I went to check on him every single night, documented my findings with photos and made captions. I called it “Toddler Tries a Bed.”
McKinley Park

 Moving my family to an unlikely neighborhood has been the good kind of uncomfortable

What Are We Losing For? photo

I turned around and headed for the registers, passing by the chips, cookies, and -- wait a minute -- out of the corner of my eye was the candy aisle.

When Parenting Begins Does Socializing Have to End? photo_th2

“How about that,” remarked my friend Sharon to Rose and I as we were heading out the door, balancing a toddler, diaper bag and empty serving bowl, “I think we managed to have some sort of an adult conversation today.”

The Long Journey to Grandma’s House photo_th

Sometimes the journey makes you appreciate the destination that much more. I know many of us have received this advice, and it applies to so many situations: Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah, graduating college, navigating your first “real job” and things like what I experienced just last month -- traveling from Washington, D.C. to central Illinois with an 18-month-old.


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