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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?
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.
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.