Jan 11, 2012
Underlying the Ask More of Business Mantra at the University of Notre Dame is a simple challenge: give unselfishly of your time and talents. For one recent graduate, this challenge manifested itself in philanthropy and led to his induction into the inaugural MS Society’s Cincinnati Leadership Class. Michael Freiburg, an employee of JP Morgan in Cincinnati, was one of eighteen members of the Cincinnati Leadership Class selected for their significant contributions to their profession and their community. The professionals in both Mr. Freiburg’s MBA class and the MS Society Leadership Class sought to achieve more through asking more of themselves and then driving that attitude through their business.
For Mr. Freiburg, the support of the MS Society has been a life-long work. Michael’s father, James Freiburg, has battled multiple sclerosis for over 25 years. James, a disabled veteran, is confined to a wheelchair and lives at the Quincy Illinois Veterans Home. He requires full-time care and he battles with daily tasks that most of us take for granted. But despite these challenges, he keeps a smile on his face and he maintains a positive attitude. “One of the most important lessons my father has taught me is that sometimes your attitude is the only thing you can control,” says Michael. “His attitude helps to give me perspective on my life and teaches me to be thankful for the many blessings I have.”
In today’s difficult economic environment, Mr. Freiburg feels blessed to work for one of the strongest banks in the world, JP Morgan Chase Bank. Mr. Freiburg works for JP Morgan’s Private Wealth Management unit, which acts as a small family office for high net worth families. As a Banker for the team, Michael advises clients across their entire balance sheet, focusing on areas such as investments, banking, and trusts. One of his favorite client engagements is discussing the charitable intent of families and helping them achieve those goals. “The bank does a terrific job of realizing that in order to be successful, we need to not only be a good steward of our client’s assets, but we need to be a good steward of the community. The bank answers the call of Ask More of Business.”
Mr. Freiburg understands that, “Not everyone has the support of great organizations to champion philanthropic causes. Not everyone has a connection to charity that is so personal to them. But everyone has the ability to give back in their own way. The true leaders are those who give whole-heartedly to a cause, not because they have a connection, but because it is the right thing to do.” Michael would like to encourage more young professionals to step into philanthropic roles and he is already part of the search committee for the MS Society’s 2012 Leadership Class.
If you would like additional information regarding the Leadership Class or the MS Society, please contact the local chapter at 513-956-4110 or go to www.fightMStoday.org
“One of the most important lessons my father has taught me is that sometimes your attitude is the only thing you can control.”
– Michael Freiburg