Featured Events


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6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Head of the Class; EdTech Booming in Chicago: Greg Fenton, Co-Founder, RedShelf
Novel Coworking, Chicago IL
Startup Grind

Greg Fenton is co-founder and CEO of RedShelf, a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective by replacing yesterday’s pricey print publications with today’s more dynamic and far less expensive digital content.

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Date/Time Event Partner
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Rep. Cheri Bustos Breakfast
Maggiano’s Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago

Now in her fourth term representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, Cheri Bustos is a leader in the fight to lower health care costs, raise wages and get real results for hardworking families across our region.

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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BNC Venture Capital Forum
Freeborn & Peters, Chicago IL
BNC Venture Capital

Three entrepreneurs make their pitch for capital. Each presentation lasts 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. The BNC Venture Capital Group introduces exciting investment opportunities to professional investors (angels, early stage venture capitalists, and private equity firms seeking add-ons) and fosters the growth of entrepreneurial activity.

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Geographic Live — Point of No Return
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago IL
The Auditorium

Hear the harrowing story of the National Geographic team’s climb to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi mountain.

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Habits & Your Personal Velocity
2112 inc., Chicago IL

This session will explore the scientific understanding Habits, how they’re formed and the key drivers of habit development. Understanding the connection of Emotional Intelligence coupled with Will Power, guests will walk away with the framework to help develop the key habits needed to attain goal clarity and purpose.

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7:30 am - 5:00 pm
BrandSmart 2019
UIC Forum, Chicago IL
AMA Chicago

Successful brands are ever emerging, ever evolving, and ever disrupting. BrandSmart 2019 is the one conference, the one day, where leading brands converge to share insights, inspiration, innovation and tangible takeaways to help marketers navigate an ever changing brandscape.

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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Rep. Mike Quigley US House of Representatives Illinois’ 5th District
Maggiano’s Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago

Mike Quigley talks politics and 2020.

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Check the Label: Brands as Sustainability Ambassadors
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL
Chicago Council

What is the circular economy, and how can sustainability and transparency not only improve bottom lines, but our planet?

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11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Caterpillar Inc. CEO and Chairman, D. James Umpleby III is the 2019 International Executive of the Year
The Fairmont Chicago, Chicago IL
Executives' Club of Chicago

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., D. James Umpleby III will deliver the keynote address, followed by a moderated conversation with E. Scott Santi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. The two will discuss Caterpillar’s history and its move to Chicago, as well as Umpleby’s career trajectory.

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Code & Coffee at Capital One Lincoln Park
Capital One Cafe, Chicago IL
Girl Develop It Chicago

We’re all learning to code, whether you’ve just decided to get started or you’ve been at it for years. Come hang out for a couple of hours on the last Tuesday of each month with some friendly fellow coders.

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8:30 am - 10:00 am
Bootstrappers Breakfast Chicago
Merchandise Mart Food Court, Chicago IL
Bootstrappers Breakfast

Join other attendees who are in early stage technology startups, it will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers.

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