Posts tagged Diversity & Inclusion
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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6 Ways Ignite Develops Stronger Leaders and Teams

Ignite’s value proposition to our corporate partners is increased employee engagement, productivity and retention. We’ve orchestrated powerful journeys for 10 years, designed to connect, inspire and transform, while helping companies build a thriving and diverse culture. Our experiences cultivate emotionally intelligent leaders capable of driving critical business outcomes, and a nontraditional approach is core to our success.

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Inspiring Inclusion: Ignite’s 1-Day Chicago Leadership Immersion

Chicago has been my home for 22 years. It’s the place I started my first company, met my best friends, and dove deeply into my own diversity and inclusion journey. I love this city for its incredible skyline and lakefront, its array of cultures and unique neighborhoods, and its midwestern yet progressive values. For two decades, this city has shaped me, my ideas, my work. The people here have informed my purpose and passion, and they’ve challenged my privilege and politics. My development as a person and my growth as a leader are significantly tied to this place...and that is why I am so excited that Ignite is launching a leadership experience right here in Chicago.

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Key Steps on the Diversity Journey

Regardless of whether you are a small tech start-up or a fortune 500 company, addressing diversity and inclusion has become a necessity. Initially fueled by shifting demographics in the workforce, today most companies realize that creating a diverse team and an inclusive culture drives business results.  Creating a more inclusive culture requires facilitating experiences that allow your people to take meaningful steps forward on this journey.

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