In partnership with Lumity - a local STEM education organization in Chicago - CLA member Beth Bond gave a talk to groups of high school students at Von Steuben, discussing her path to a career in STEM. Beth's talk revolved around how her path to STEM started as a kid when she was diagnosed with leukemia and was given the opportunity to benefit from all of the ways that technology can be used as a force for good and save/change lives. She also spent time talking to the students about her military family's mantra of "To whom much is given, much is required" and emphasizing the roll ..
We are excited to announce CLA's Kevin Davenport, Founder & President of The Ideal Candidate, partnered with 100 Black Men of Chicago (https://www.facebook.com/100BMC/) to be the opening speaker at the 2017 Pathways to Success Program at University of Illinois at Chicago. His speech focused on identity development, behavior modification and becoming the best version of yourself. ..
On Thursday February 16th, Ryan spoke with The DePaul MBA program in an ideation session. They discussed the challenge of turnover and engagement in the millennial workforce, specifically in the hospitality industry. Ryan and the students had homework to read 3 articles and watch a 15 minute video on the issue. Ryan spoke on his personal career and The Vig's experience with the issue. They had general discussion and narrowed to 6 ideas. There were 6 teams who took each idea and narrowed the focus. Beth Bond, Corey Jenkins and Mary Jones (The Vig Manager) were in ..
The Chicago Leadership Alliance celebrated Valentine's Day with Cara Program, a social enterprise dedicated to providing jobs and community support to the homeless and unemployed. Over 20 CLA members came out and participated in a collective 60 hours of service, working with job candidates to hone their personal pitches and explore their professional interests. ..
Along with the help from Reboot Illinois and The SBAC, The CLA hosted a business/civic leader's forum at The Metropolitan Club on Tuesday night. The event was held to discuss two major questions facing the city: What draws businesses to Chicago, and what keeps them there? The conversation brought together speakers like Chicago 43rd Alderman Michele Smith, Todd Conner of Bunker Labs, State Rep Marcus Evans Jr (33rd District), AFK Media and Reboot Illinois' Anthony Knierim, and Brian Bernardoni of The Chicago Association of Realtors. The panel discussion was facilitated by Elliot Ri ..
On Thursday October 13th, Amanda Boleyn, Aristotle Loomis, Kristi Zuhlke and Ryan Marks from The CLA conducted a panel discussion at DePaul University for grad and undergrad students. Ruth Minnick (also a CLA member) moderated the discussion, which was on the topics of leadership, entrepreneurship and successful personal and business practices. The wide variety of backgrounds of our five CLA members made for great discussion. There were several pre designated questions and then a time for Q and A. Students stayed afterwards and asked individual questions one on one with t ..
Jeff Rosset, Executive Director of The CLA was once again quoted in Forbes...talking about technology trends for Non-Profits in today's world. Please click below for the article. Great to see, Jeff!! http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesnonprofitcouncil/2016/09/22/the-best-software-and-tools-for-todays-nonprofits/#71cd81d91f2d () ..
Earlier this month, The "Gentlemen of CLA" held an event at the new Lagunitas Brewery in Chicago. The CLA male members took a private tour of the facility, and then enjoyed some excellent brews and food in their awesome tap room. Game on ladies! ..
The CLA is proud to recognize member Beth Bond on her successful launch of Community Startups! Community Startups is an education program, providing insight and hands-on experience in the life of a startup social entrepreneur. They work in Chicago Public Schools and Youth Centers to teach students to look at societal problems and issues as opportunities and starting points on which to build innovative tech products that provide solutions. The support by fellow CLA members, who donated time and services, was tremendous! The program participants had the opp ..
On 8/25/16, along with Synap Software Labs, The CLA co-hosted Chicago Tech Rocks - a charity rock concert to benefit other awesome charities in Chicago. We rented out Metro in Lakeview, and had roughly 500 attendees and supporters come out for a great night! Due to many generous contributions, we were able to raise over $120,000 to help our beneficiaries to continue their mission to develop a new generation of technology leaders here in Chicago. The charities we raised money for: Black Tech Mecca, Genesys Works, i.c.stars, Lumity, Project Infinite Green, and Year Up. Also - than ..