Executive Director Kesha M Pate
(Chicago) – Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds to support dance professionals facing critical health issues, and its parent organization, Chicago Dancers United (CDU), announce the appointment of Kesha M Pate to the position of executive director, effective August 1, 2019.
Pate will provide vision, strategic direction, fundraising leadership and management expertise to shape the organization’s identity and strategic growth, in accordance with CDU’s mission. She will direct and supervise part-time staff, consultants, interns and volunteers; manage the implementation of all programs and activities; and serve as chief spokesperson representing the organization. She will maintain a strong, visible presence in the community; strengthen current funding relationships; and develop new, diverse sources of funds that ensure the organization will achieve sustainable growth and financial stability.
“Chicago Dancers United is an amazing organization with a wonderful legacy of supporting the dance community here in Chicago,” Pate said. “I am delighted to join forces with our dedicated and talented board of directors to lead CDU into its next phase of innovative growth and development.”
Dance For Life Photoshoot 2019 (Photo © Todd Rosenberg Photography)
Dancers: Ari Israel & Greig Matthews
Attire: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe provided by Neiman Marcus
Pate previously operated her own firm, Ahsek Media, offering consulting and project management services to for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including communications and marketing, digital platform development, strategic and financial planning, technology implementation and project management, and more. Recent clients include NiSource, the Forbes Funds, Homewood Children’s Village and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. A native of Northwest Indiana, she grew up in LaPorte County and earned a B.S. in marketing from Purdue University.
Said DFL/CDU Board President Robert Neubert, “We are very excited to have Kesha join us and are confident she will have a very positive impact on growing both our organization and the dance community at large.”
Dance for Life this year takes place Saturday, August 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, featuring the Partner Dance Companies that perform each year—Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet—joined this year by Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. The concert also features works choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams and Randy Duncan.
Dance for Life supports organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. Proceeds from Dance for Life benefit the Dancers’ Fund, which was established in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Dancers’ Fund now offers assistance in, but is not limited to, health matters, housing, utilities, insurance, medication and travel. As a unifier of Chicago’s dance community, Dance for Life supports a thriving dance community by focusing on its health and well-being through the Dancers’ Fund.
More information is available at chicagodancersunited.org