Established in 1985, Magellan is a global distributor of specialty steels and other metallurgical products.
But we’re more than a steel business. Magellan is also an exemplary corporate citizen. Throughout our decades of business, we’ve earned a reputation as an engaged and generous company. The Magellan logo is visible to Chicagoans thanks to our prolific support of many sports teams, music venues, and cultural initiatives.
But we’re most proud of our work with charitable organizations. Through hands-on volunteer opportunities and with direct financial support, we have contributed to dozens of nonprofit groups addressing cultural opportunities and critical societal needs in the Chicagoland area. It makes us feel pretty great.
Kindness is serious business at Magellan Corporation.
From learning from a boardroom presentation by a world-renowned astronomer to plating chicken dinners in the USO commissary, exploring behind the scenes at a museum to attending executive luncheons, entertaining at client appreciation events, or supporting nonprofit fundraisers, Magellan employees find there’s no such thing as a typical work week. Here are a few snapshots of activities we’ve participated in over the last year.
After School Matters has effecting positive impact on Chicago area teens for more than two decades. Through a richly diverse apprenticeship program, After School Matters invests in Chicago’s youth, helping them achieve success during their high school years, equipping them with meaningful skills and empowering them to embrace their futures.
What began as a dream of then Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley, the organization has blossomed and is now offered at a variety of neighborhood sites across Chicago, from schools to parks, community centers to libraries, and including their own state-of-the art facilities in strategic locations. Magellan Corporation takes great pride in helping After School Matters invest in our teens’ futures. Senior VP of Sales Heather Morris serves on their board of directors.
Magellan Corporation partnered with the Executives’ Club of Chicago to sponsor four seminars as part of their 2019 Women in Leadership Series. Our first event was held in March and featured a stimulating panel discussion on the subject “Women in the Workplace: How Far Have We Come; How Far Do We Have To Go.” Panelists included Time’s Up’s Tina Chen, Lashana Jackson of R1 RCM, Barri Rafferty of Wells Fargo Bank and McDonald’s Corporation Chief People Officer Melanie Steinbach.
Subsequent lunch seminars featured Melinda Gates on the release of her book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World,” and indefatigable fashion maven Diane von Furstenberg. A cornerstone of Magellan’s civic and charitable involvement is supporting women-forward initiatives.
Out of this world Adler Planetarium astronomer Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz keynoted a February 2019 lunch and learn program at Magellan’s office, “Alien Life in Space.” Lucianne emphasized that we must work to avoid human contamination in space, spoke of how to approach space as explorers, and discussed the space treaty and space wars. From 2017-2018, Dr. Walkowicz served as the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.
Among other things, she studies the ethics of Mars exploration, stellar magnetic activity, and how stars influence a planet’s suitability as a host for alien life. Education and enrichment programs support and are enjoyed by our dynamic staff. Magellan is a longtime supporter of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
Tennis great and gender equality icon Billie Jean King visited Magellan Corporation offices on – fittingly – International Day of the Girl, Friday, October 11, 2019. The theme of International Day of the Girl was GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable. More than 350 friends from the sports, philanthropic, diplomatic, educational, journalistic, civic and corporate sectors gathered for a luncheon and Q & A led by WNBA All-Star from the Chicago Sky, Jantel Lavender.
Billie Jean and Lavender spoke of the strides made toward gender equality in sports, the road ahead, and all things in between. An extraordinary day with extraordinary people. Promoting women-forward initiatives, including in athletics, STEM studies, and in the civic and business arenas, is a pillar of Magellan’s community involvement. Unscripted and Unstoppable!
Magellan Corporation is proud of our longstanding support of our friends at USO Illinois, has been a sponsor for their successful Star Spangled Salute Galas, helping them raise funds in support of programs for the men and women who serve in the United States military. But we’re perhaps most proud of our hands-on involvement. Magellan staff enjoy volunteering to serve those who serve us. For “No Dough Dinner” nights, we are welcomed on to the Great Lakes Naval Base, where we dish out grub to service men, women and families.
Our own Matt Bell, head of our IT Department, served in the US Army and is a current board member of USO Illinois. The USO works in more than 200 locations and offers programs to keep service members connected to the people, places and things they love. Magellan is honored to help them do just that.
There was plenty of fun to be had off the court during recent Magellan-sponsored NBA All Star 2020 weekend. Clients and friends from around the globe joined us for a few chilly February days of friendship, basketball, music, and dining. More than great basketball was enjoyed – although there was plenty of that. Friday featured a lunchtime concert in a WXRT-FM radio private studio with the Nick Moss Band, who were joined by famed Chicago Blues musicians Kate Moss and Dave Specter.
Saturday’s dinner at a local favorite, Steak 48, included athletes from the Chicago Red Stars, WNBA Chicago Sky, Bulls announcer Chuck Swirsky, and Chicago Bulls legends Horace Grant and Toni Kukoc. Magellan values relationships with clients during and after business hours.
Remember when we told you we were more than a steel company?
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