Message from the CEO

Browse a collection of messages from Chicago Lighthouse President and CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk on what is happening around The Lighthouse.

We are Here

Throughout its history, The Lighthouse has embraced every challenge as a new opportunity. Resilience, empathy and hope have guided us through more than a century— \in which the only constant was profound change.

Still, 2020 was a year like no other.

We adapted to new ways of working. We learned to live with new realities and press on through uncertainty. Our city, and our nation, took to the streets to stand against injustice and systemic racism.

Through it all, we were buoyed by our connections with others, the bravery of our healthcare professionals and other frontline workers, and the compassion of neighbors helping neighbors.

To protect the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 crisis, we transitioned much of our staff to remote work while continuing to provide critical services on virtual platforms.

In doing so, we strengthened our bonds with those we serve and those who support us. We realized our potential to make a greater impact by expanding our reach
beyond our physical locations through new partnerships across the region and around the country.

The year 2020 also marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which has enabled so many to live with greater access and inclusion. However, there’s so much work left to do. We must acknowledge that barriers to equal opportunity still remain and advocate for lasting change.

As you read through our 2020 Annual Report, we hope you enjoy the stories of lives changed, and that you share in our renewed focus on the future. We look forward to your continued support as we build an even stronger Lighthouse, ready to meet the challenges of the next 115 years and beyond.

With appreciation and gratitude on behalf of our team and all those we serve,

Janet P. Szlyk, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Low Vision Research Laboratory

Research & Publications by Dr. Szlyk

Interviews with Dr. Szlyk

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