On March 8th, 2018 -- powerful women from around the nation gathered at 1871 to participate in a full day of events, workshops, and panels that served to educate, inspire, and empower women across all industries. The event marked 1871's annual commemoration of International Women's Day and covered relevant topics for women in business such as authentic leadership, professional development, and gender equality. We've put together some highlights from the event in case you missed it, or you can follow this link to see all of the photos from this year's event.
Last night, a dozen women entrepreneurs took the stage to present their businesses in front of a packed audience at 1871. From a vacation rental cleaning service to an employee engagement platform, each entrepreneur celebrated 12 weeks of hard work, grit, and passion as they pitched their business ideas and officially graduated from our sixth WiSTEM cohort. Not to worry if you couldn't make it -- we've captured the evening's highlights right here.
When's the last time you used a rotary-dial phone? How about a VHS player? Well, you might want to add your wallet to that list -- because a growing amount of currency experts believe that cash, as we know it, is going digital. That's the topic that 'Disruption' Joe Hernandez, Founder of the Chicago Blockchain Project, tackled to wrap up our Chicago Made series.
1871 recently held its fourth Fintech Forum, presented in partnership with Capco, to showcase thought leaders in the fintech space and increase interactions between 1871 startups and corporate partners around the topic of automation. The latest Fintech Forum, held on January 19th, discussed the arrival of automation to our current workforce — is it everything that we expected it to be?
1871 is proud to partner with and host Chicago Woman -- an influential magazine and media brand that empowers women and inspires them to live their best lives at the office and at home -- for its first masterclass of the year, The Power of Positivity. Here are a few must-read takeaways on why positive thinking can help achieve positive results.
We recently held our ChiBuys Winter Tasting to much fanfare -- in just two hours, nearly 400 guests from all corners of the city joined us in our effort to support local minority and women-owned food vendors. We thought we'd share some of the event highlights in case you missed it. If you're interested in supporting our roster of diverse (and very delicious) food vendors and their communities, you can take the ChiBuys pledge.
Formerly a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL star Devon Still was recovering from multiple injuries when his daughter Leah was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer. Despite mounting odds, Still returned to the football field wearing Leah's message of hope during every game, inspiring millions around the world. Still visited 1871 to share his journey of overcoming adversity, and the entrepreneurial lessons he's learned both on and off the field.
We’re gearing up for the ChiBuys Winter Tasting and thought we'd interview participating vendors to hear their stories and preview their delicious dishes. Our ChiBuys program supports minority and women-owned food vendors in the Chicagoland area and reflects 1871’s wider efforts to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the community. Today, we chat with Nikkita Randle, Founder of Twisted Eggroll, about how she turned her passion for cooking and entrepreneurship into a popular (and very delicious) business.
Constant innovation is the name of the game, but how can this be accomplished within large enterprises? Over the course of three blog posts, we'll share key takeaways from 1871's recent Corporate Innovation Summit which was based on one of 1871 CEO Howard Tullman's favorite Truisms: "People don’t change when they see the light; they change when they feel the heat”.
We’re gearing up for the ChiBuys Winter Tasting and thought we'd interview participating vendors to hear their stories and preview their delicious dishes. Our ChiBuys program supports minority and women-owned food vendors in the Chicagoland area and reflects 1871’s wider efforts to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the community. Today, we chat with Gayle Voss, Founder of Gayle’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese about the importance of perseverance, community, and commitment.