Mercy Home Employee Spotlight: Monti Clayton

Mercy Home is filled with incredible team members who work tirelessly to better the lives of Chicago’s youth. Thirty years ago, Monti Clayton was brought to Mercy Home after an unfortunate situation. Monti was working at Cabrini Green, a public housing complex, where she would visit with the residents to help them better their lives. She quickly became aware of the way people were living and the culture within the complex. One night after work, she was waiting at the bus stop to go home when she felt a bullet whiz past her ear. One of the residents was shooting from their window and Monti and her coworker had to run back inside to shield themselves. As she was running, she was shot. Monti was rushed to the hospital and when she arrived, the workers assumed she was a resident of Cabrini Green and she was treated poorly, even having to walk herself from the entrance to the ER. The experience had a huge impact on Monti and she decided she wanted to work in a safer atmosphere and teach preschool. Monti always had a strong passion for helping those in need and when the preschool launched an afterschool program, she quickly signed up to help the students.

As she started getting more comfortable in her position at the preschool, she decided she needed to step out of her comfort zone once again. She saw a position at the recently opened Mercy Home girls campus and decided to apply. When she began working at Mercy Home, she faced challenges in gaining the trust of the young girls but eventually learned that patience, time and natural conversations would soon solve this. As she spoke with the girls, it was hard for her to relate to the traumatic events that they had experienced but she always searched for a common, healthy way to bridge the gap and overcome their personal challenges, which sometimes was as simple as teaching them how to relax, play and just have fun.

After three decades at Mercy Home, Monti once again got the itch to step out of her comfort zone. She became aware of an opportunity at a program that supports Mercy Home alumni, AfterCare, which sparked her interest. She applied and became the Manager of Coordinated Support where she works to provide support to alumni. Monti has been an incredible Mercy Home team member, helping countless boys and girls better themselves, and will continue to have a great impact on them in AfterCare.

Learn more about Monti’s incredible story.

William Blair Ranked in Top Ten Best Companies to Work For

William Blair received top-10 rankings in 23 categories in Vault’s annual ranking for best companies to work for in the investment banking industry. The results come from a survey distributed by Vault to professionals in the industry which asks questions about benefits employees consider when choosing a company.

William Blair was ranked in the top 5 for 15 categories including benefits, leadership, vacation policy, and work/life balance. William Blair was also ranked in the top 10 for employee relationships with managers, compensation, informal training, formal training, hours, ability to challenge, and hiring process. William Blair is focused on investing in their people and Vault’s rankings is a great recognition of these efforts.

Interested in joining the William Blair team? Visit the careers page for current openings.

Rean Cloud Agrees to Acquisition by Hitachi

Hitachi Vantara announced it’s pending acquisition of REAN Cloud at the end of July. REAN Cloud, a portfolio company of BV Investment Partners, sought William Blair’s financial advice throughout the process due to its extensive knowledge and experience working with IT service companies. REAN Cloud, a leading cloud systems integrator, is one of the few managed service providers that are able to support the entire cloud services lifecycle and help clients operating in highly regulated environments. REAN Cloud also provides patent-pending solutions for hyperscale integrated infrastructure providers and platform service providers.

Hitachi Vantara, a subsidiary of Hitachi, provides data management solutions and other technology and data services. It helps data-driven leaders use the information to create better solutions to improve customer experiences. Hitachi’s acquisition of REAN Cloud will likely increase the adoption of enterprise cloud usage and improve the ability of companies to work with traditional applications as well as emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

New Mountain Capital Acquires Beeline

Beeline, the world’s largest independent provider of cloud-based management solutions, is expected to close its pending sale to New Mountain Capital this month. William Blair served as Beeline’s financial advisor in the process and the deal marks the firm’s 26th technology merger and acquisition transaction this year. Beeline, a GTCR portfolio company, recently acquired IQNavigator, another vendor management system company, placing it in a unique position to continue growing at the global level. GTCR is a Chicago-based private equity firm that has invested more than $15 billion in over 200 companies since its beginning in 1980.

New Mountain Capital, a New York-based investment firm, manages private and public equity companies as well as credit funds and holds over $20 billion in assets. They seek high-quality growth leaders in a variety of industries and then build the value of these companies over time through the business building and pursues long-term capital appreciation.

Mercy Home Student Excels After Tragedy

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls provides a safe home for children in need, such as recent success story,  Brenda. Brenda came from a loving family but they had their struggles. Her mother dealt with mental health issues but always did her best to provide for Brenda and her sister. However, things changed when Brenda was 12 and her sister was tragically killed in a car accident. The family was devastated, stricken with grief, and  Brenda’s mother lost the ability to care for her. Because of this, Brenda was sent to live with her grandparents who also were deeply affected by her sister’s death. Her grandparents were very strict and terrified something would also happen to Brenda. They rarely let her out of their sight, which sometimes even extended to not letting her attend school. Brenda learned about Mercy Home from a school counselor and together they decided that it would be a good fit.

When Brenda arrived at Mercy Home, she was behind in school and lacked self-confidence. She had a personal goal to finish 8th grade on time, even though it would be a significant challenge. With the help of the Mercy Home tutors, she got to work and made up all of her missing assignments. By the end of the year, she had reached her goal and graduated 8th grade with the rest of her class.

Today, Brenda is working to gain her self-confidence back, learning how to become financially responsible by writing resumes and applying for jobs. Brenda has become a leader amongst her peers and has a very bright future ahead of her.

To learn how you can help children like Brenda, visit https://www.mercyhome.org/