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Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:27+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

Your Own Plastic Recycling Workshop!

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:28+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, January, Teach, Uncategorized, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"In case you didn't notice. . " Everywhere you go, grocery stores are using less plastic bags, companies are reducing the use of plastic in their water and soda bottles, and eco-friendly companies are finding new ways to transport their products. The next logical question for someone concerned with the well-being of the planet and his or [...]

Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:28+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Consultants, Events, Interviews, January, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Tommie Hansen via creativecommons.org Should I Really Admit This? How to Find Common Ground at Networking Events I belong to a private club in downtown Chicago. It occupies a regal, historic building. Membership requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, three letters of support from current members, and an ability to shoulder a monthly [...]

Alexandra Eidenberg Talks About Her Passion – Supporting Women & Children

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Ever stumble upon a great accident? Well that is how motherhood went for me. I was running for US Congress against Luis Gutierrez in the 4th District. It was 2012 and I had raised my first $25,000. I felt empowered. I felt alive. I was living my dream of working towards becoming a politician. Then [...]

Most Interesting Person – Ali Karbassi

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Design, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Teach, Teambuilding, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most Interesting Person: Ali Karbassi   Over the past 15 years I’ve worked in many different industries; Professional photographer, senior web developer at web firms and advertising agencies, product developer at an Internet of Things startup, Technology Director at a product-based company, and CEO of a non-profit to name a few. Each has revolved around my love [...]

What I Learned Backpacking Around the World

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Entrepreneurs, Interviews, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

by Ida Abdalkhani It’s interesting how of my varied journeys and adventures in life—getting my MBA right after my undergraduate degrees (with no full-time work experience), going from corporate employee to entrepreneur, becoming a laughter yoga instructor, and even bungee jumping in Victoria Falls—the one thing that people most want to talk about is my backpacking [...]

7 Tips on How to Prepare to Teach, When You Haven’t Been Trained as a Teacher

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:33+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Inspire, Interviews, Teach|Tags: , , |

  7 Tips on How to Prepare to Teach, When You Haven't Been Trained as a Teacher by Ida Abdalkhani, Founder & President of Ability to Engage, Inc I recently started teaching at my alma mater, The Ohio State University. Given the focus of my boutique consulting business, Ability to Engage, where we help companies develop [...]