Creating a More Conscious & Inclusive Chicago Business Community

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.

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Highlights from Finding Strength Through Vulnerability

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.


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