A supervisor speaks in a demanding tone that puts everyone on edge, or a colleague whispers a demeaning comment that you know is inappropriate. What do you do?Read More
We hosted a Strategy Breakfast with Michelle Y. Bess and twenty-five Chicago leaders had an intimate and collaborative experience engaging on the important topic of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). From her depth of experience, Michelle helped lay the foundation for how we go about initiating more honest and authentic conversations in the workplace and in our lives.Read More
Over the last 10 years, I’ve had a front row seat to the growth and transformation of the Chicago business community, and in particular the tech and entrepreneurial scene that’s emerged. During this exciting time, I've been fortunate to witness this transformation both as an investor and founder of several fast-growth startups. I’ve come to love the people, companies and trends that influence our business ecosystem: a focus on revenue & sustainability, gritty midwestern values, and hard work and resiliency. Characteristics that are reinforced by withstanding brutal winters and demanding investors.
But as I look forward to the next 10 years, it’s become clear to me that the only way we’ll continue this growth is if we invest in creating a more conscious, diverse and inclusive business community.Read More
We hosted a Leadership Lab on Giving Tough Feedback Without Aggravating Your Colleagues. Two dozen Chicago leaders from across industries and sectors came together to improve our feedback skills.Read More
Vulnerability is not always the most popular topic for leaders, but on Tuesday, the Ignite community jumped into the deep end. Member Karrie Miner kicked things off by sharing a recent experience where her vulnerability led to an encouraging new professional relationship. Then Ignite co-founder Ryan Jeffery interviewed our guests, Sonya Jackson and Ujjwal Gupta. Here were some of the best quotes and insights from our time together.
This is one of our favorite leadership videos. In three minutes, Colin Powell uses humor and storytelling to distill the essence of leadership down to the core element of trust. Watch it for some quick inspiration and then consider joining us on our July Coaching Corner on Building Trust where we’ll dive deeper into how trust can enhance your relationships at work and beyond
Recap from Ignite’s Strategy Breakfast with Shani Harmon.Read More
Recap from Ignite’s Candid Conversation experience with Renetta McCann.Read More
This move towards more purpose at work is not simply a millennial trend or an idea unique to socially conscious companies, it is a powerful force that is redefining the corporate landscape as we know it...and keeping many leaders awake at night. So what does a purpose-driven company look like, and what role do leaders have in this new world?Read More