Chicago & Northern Illinois Board President Ted Dysart: Committed to Making a Difference

ted dysart photo.jpgThe heart of the Red Cross is filled with its volunteers.  It is their service and dedication that is the lifeblood of the organization.  Whether it be for a season or for many years, the care and commitment of these remarkable individuals is invaluable.

Ted Dysart is one such individual.  His work and devotion to the Red Cross extends back for many years.  Dysart, who grew up in a military household, began volunteering for the Red Cross in high school, as a CPR instructor.  On a day that he’ll never forget, his training and quick thinking allowed him to save the life of a fellow student, who was choking.

After high school, Ted went on to donate his time to the Red Cross in many ways.  He has chaired the committee for the Heroes Breakfast, the Preparedness and Resiliency Committee, the Board Development Committee, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Chicago & Northern Illinois Red Cross.  He also ran the Boston Marathon on Team Red Cross in 2018.  The day of the run offered cold and rainy weather.  Many runners gave up and dropped out of the race, but Ted saw it through to the end.  He was determined to raise much-needed money for the organization.  When reflecting on that day, Dysart said that he couldn’t think of a “better place to [run] for than for the Red Cross.”

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Ted running the 2018 Boston Marathon for Team Red Cross


Ted explained that he feels “passionate about the mission of the Red Cross,” in part because he was in New York on September 11, 2001, and was “moved to see all the Red Cross did” for the victims and the city.

Ted currently works as a Vice Chairman at Heidrick and Struggles and is a leader in the Global Board of Directors Practice and an active member of the CEO search practice.  He was also named by BusinessWeek as one of the top 150 headhunters across the globe.

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Ted addressing runners ahead of the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Ted says he is proud to have been a part of the Red Cross before his 2018 appointment as the Board Chair. When thinking about the future of the organization, Ted explained that he would like to “appeal to [a] new, diverse community of volunteers,” and that he’s excited to see “our corporate partners… stepping up with financial support to put money into action.”  He said that some of his most “gratifying moments [are to] thank some volunteers [for their] incredible pace in responding to disasters… [and that it’s] so fulfilling to see the way the American public comes together to help out.”

For his many years of service to the Red Cross, we would like to thank Mr. Ted Dysart!  His dedication has not gone unnoticed.

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Written by Chicago & Northern Illinois Red Cross Communications Volunteer Vicky Arias

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