About Us

 

Bright Beat is driven by passion and purpose. Climate-conscious and business-minded, we’ve been rallying the troops and achieving positive change for 10 years… and having a ton of fun doing it.

 

Stephanie Katsaros

A social entrepreneur, thought leader and business strategist, Stephanie founded Bright Beat in 2010 to activate environmental stewardship and social responsibility across sectors and up the value chain. 

Fueled by a genuine appreciation and understanding of global cultures, opportunities, and needs

Stephanie’s leadership in the creation of engaging and effective programs with diverse stakeholders – cities and festivals, brands and bands, corporations and non-profits, recyclers and resin makers – continues to influence policy, inspire community legacy projects, and raise the bar on responsible event production.

 

As a respected media and marketing executive, she enjoyed over twelve years representing CBS (Entercom) and Clear Channel (iHeartMedia) radio properties, websites and events, building strategic partnerships, creating innovative sponsorships, and promoting quality music, artists, events and causes. Her interviews with countless renowned musicians may still be heard in the Backstage archives of some of Chicago’s most legendary venues and across radio, TV, print and digital outlets.

 

Though her baby keeps her stateside more than usual, Stephanie’s fourteen+ month journey around the world – from Tanzania to Mozambique, Greece to Laos, India to Argentina – exploring, volunteering, and working her way across twenty-eight countries, continues to fuel a genuine appreciation and understanding of global cultures, opportunities, and needs.

April Mahajan

April is an enthusiastic leader who is passionate about reducing environmental impact while improving urban landscapes and enhancing social equity. 

April brings valuable event management and sustainability certification experience to Bright Beat. In her years at Chicago Event Management, she treasured the enthusiasm, personalities and dedication of the 10,000 volunteers she managed. Initiating the Sustainability Program for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, she also drove Council for Responsible Sport certification efforts, earning and sustaining its title as the largest marathon to have earned the Council’s certification.


A DePaul University Sustainable Urban Development master’s graduate, April hails from Wisconsin, enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, volunteering and is a proud vegetarian.

The Team

Specialists, Associates and Eco Educators round out the expertise and engagement Bright Beat brings to every project. 

Stephanie Katsaros interviewed on WTTW about her approach to Low Waste living.