Eileen Hallstrom


Director of Strategic Initiatives

(847) 864-5627 ext. 25

What do you like about your job? 

It’s amazing to see young people’s transformations as they gain the confidence and training to advance in their careers.  I feel very fortunate to be part of a team that makes this happen every day.

Where did you work before YJC? 

I’ve worked with nonprofits for 25 years.

What was your first job? 

I worked for a market research company doing market surveys by phone.  Keeping people engaged on the phone for upwards of two hours to answer questions about consumer products was a great learning experience.

What did you learn from your first job? 

My first job taught me a lot about customer service and about keeping people engaged and motivated to answer a lot of questions about products like toilet paper and beer.

Has your career path gone how you expected? 

No, and in a really good way.  I adjusted my career path to raise my 4 children and it was the best career decision I ever made.

Fun fact:

I love the arts:  if it’s books, music, performance arts, I’m in.