Biography of Toni Kibort
Toni Kibort is a seasoned professional with a track record of designing and implementing comprehensive HR strategies geared to attract, develop and retain topflight talent while fostering a work environment of diversity equity and inclusion. She has delivered full scope HR leadership and support both as a consultant and in-house director. Her experience spans high tech to nonprofit organizations and includes start-up, merger, divestiture, acquisitions, reengineering and down-sizing situations.
For the past 16 plus years she served as the Director of HR and Administrative Services for the Center for Research Libraries, an international consortium of leading universities and research libraries. Prior employers include Metmor Global Solutions, an IT software solutions and consulting company, and Kanbay, Inc. a technology services firm.
Toni attended Butler University, majoring in drama, dance and voice. Afterward, she performed in theatres and clubs locally and throughout the U.S. After approximately three years as a singer, dancer and actress, she heeded her father’s advice to get a real job and began her professional career.
While her performing career ended, her passion for the arts has continued. She is currently President of the Berger Park Cultural Center Advisory Council. Art classes, programs and performances are offered by the Chicago Park Districts in the Historic Mansion located at the North end of the Park. The council sponsors activities and fundraising initiatives that include Ice cream socials and pet costume parades. The Council also continues to champion the restoration and re-opening of the historic mansion on the North end of the park.
Added to her passion for the arts is a strong commitment to historic preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. She served a number of years as Vice President of Membership for the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. Preservation projects have included leading the successful effort to attain landmarks status for the three buildings designed by architect Barry Byrne, that were the home of the Immaculata high school until 1983. In 2013 she launched the campaign that resulted in placing the Madonna statue, that once graced the entrance of the main building of the high school, on display at the Iannelli Studio where it had been sculpted by Alfanso Iannelli.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, friends, cats and loves her aerobics classes and musical theatre.