Reading In Motion Member Spotlight Series
Meet Jenny Dakoske, Member, Board of Directors
Jenny Dakoske wears many hats: mother to her beautiful 16-month-old daughter Taygan (+1 on the way, probably as we speak!), wife, Managing Director at CIBC’s Commercial Bank, sister to 6, and member of the Board of Directors at Reading In Motion.
Given all that, you might be surprised to know that Jenny volunteered to chair Reading In Motion’s upcoming 35th Anniversary Gala, which will take place June 21st, 2018. The task of organizing an event for 350 people with a baby on the way doesn’t faze her – she planned all the details herself for her dream wedding to her husband in 2012 for a similarly sized group and loved the planning process.
Growing up in Jackson, MI, and attending Michigan State University as a young adult, Jenny always saw herself coming to Chicago and giving back to her community. Since joining the commercial banking team at what is now called CIBC in 2006, her volunteer involvement with community organizations has been encouraged by senior management and is a vital part of the corporate culture.
It was at the bank that Jenny was introduced to Reading In Motion in 2015, and has been drawn to the organization’s mission ever since. Now that Jenny is a mom, the value of reading to a child has developed an even more personal meaning to her. Jenny speaks of the strong emotional bond developed when reading to her daughter, Taygan. Her passion for the mission has only grown stronger as she works with Reading In Motion to ensure that all young children in Chicago can someday experience this bond.
It is clear that Jenny brings this genuine passion into every facet of her life. Although she admits to having a hectic schedule, she thinks the best version of herself is being a working mom and board member at Reading In Motion.
Given that level of commitment and passion, we should all be excited to watch as the planning for Reading In Motion’s 35th Anniversary Gala unfolds. Jenny hopes to meet you there on June 21st, 2018!
Lightning round with Jenny:
• Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree
• Craves: Third Coast Sushi
• Cheers for: Chicago White Sox
• Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes
• Currently binge-watching: The Walking Dead