What is Bright Beat?
An innovative, optimistic, and sustained rhythm inspired by the world around us.
Bright Beat was founded on this simple concept. Inspired by those who “do good” while doing good business, we share and develop these ideas, and highlight sights and sounds that remind us of what we are trying to preserve. Our mission is to manifest change, inspiring others to make a positive impact on the world, and connect through the power of music.
We have seen environmental awareness and activism continue to grow, with individuals demanding that the brands, bands, teams and events they support – and the cities they live in – do the same. ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ directives have lead to further adoption of sustainable business practices and broader community engagement in positive environmental and social impact initiatives. However, these programs are truly sustainable only when they strengthen your bottom line, and truly impactful only when they are reliably executed; we ensure such truths.
Bright Beat offers a suite of services to help businesses, municipalities, facilities and events build sustainability into their operations, culture and community.
We work with clients to identify opportunities, develop sustainability goals, and manage the strategic process from idea to action, analysis to outreach. Our innovative, impactful programs educate and promote change in the consciousness of the community while significantly reducing costs and conserving natural resources.
Our specialties include: Strategic advisory; sustainability strategy and reporting; media and entertainment; stakeholder engagement; branding and communications; program development and management; social impact; resource recovery; community investment; impact measurement.
Founder + President
A social entrepreneur, thought leader and business strategist, Stephanie founded Bright Beat in 2010 with a focus on environmental stewardship and social responsibility. She builds multi-faceted sustainability programs for an array of businesses, municipalities and facilities, raising the bar for responsible operations and public engagement.
Her Green For A Reason programs have earned several US-EPA awards, and she was named the 2014 Illinois Recycling Association Educator of the Year. An active voice in the community, Katsaros leads the Chicago Sustainability Task Force and serves on the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition Board of Directors and iHeart Media Advisory Board.
As a respected media and marketing executive representing Chicago radio properties, websites and events, she enjoyed over fifteen years of building strategic partnerships, creating innovative sponsorships, and promoting quality music, artists, events and causes. She continues to create content and event coverage, and has been featured on radio, TV and digital outlets around the world.
Katsaros spent fourteen months volunteering, working and exploring throughout twenty-eight countries, bringing back a refined knowledge of worldwide cultures, trends, opportunities, and needs. Always on the lookout inspiration, she can usually be spotted bouncing around Chicago and beyond, at concerts, festivals, conferences and events. She is (as are her clients) grateful for her invaluable international network of friends and mentors.
Bright Beat-directed policies and structure implemented at MB Financial Park won the US EPA Food Recovery Challenge 2015 Narrative Award for Leadership. Refining practices since 2012, MB Park’s 2015 sustainability strategy helped 1,000 employees and 1.6 million visitors keep food recovery and waste diversion top of mind and properly executed, resulting in the recovery of more than 150 tons of organics.
MB Financial Park at Rosemont’s “Green For A Reason” Program has earned both State and Federal awards! They received the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Honorable Mention, along with a 2014 U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award for food waste reduction.
The “Green For A Reason” sustainability program originated at Allstate Arena, which was awarded the 2011 U.S. EPA WasteWise Gold Achievement Award for Public Venue Recycling. In addition, Bright Beat earned Allstate Arena energy efficiency and recycling grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
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