Chicago Ideas Week Recap

October 19, 2015

We had a great time attending Chicago Ideas Week this past week and weekend.  We love the collaborative community that Chicago Ideas Week awakens in our city. Chicago Ideas is a week that brings together people of all different walks of life to start conversations and share knowledge and ideas that inspire our community. Here’s a recap of some of the talks and conversations we attended:




Top of their Game: Entrepreneurs & Their Startup Stories

This was an especially inspiring talk for our female team. We heard from a variety of successful female CEOs as they shared their keys to success and unique journeys. One thing that everyone could agree with was to surround yourself with imaginative, creative, and curious people. We couldn’t agree more.




On A Spectrum: The Evolution of Gender As We Know It

We were able to hear about evolving gender norms from different perspectives in a diverse panel including the mother of a transgender child, a psychiatrist at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, an agender writer and speaker, and a transgender activist. Most importantly, we were reminded of how we can all better support and advocate for those who don’t adhere to binary gender.




Genius Talk: A Peek Inside the World’s Most Brilliant Minds

Conversations between an inventor of three groundbreaking medical devices, a fourteen year old pianist and composer, and the man behind the Stanford Prison Experiment made for a once-in-a-lifetime genius panel. We were amazed at these intelligent individuals, and how they came together to share their knowledge to inspire others.





The Unraveling of the American Justice System

A great discussion between people who have experienced the American justice system first hand, Co-Founder of the Justice League NYC, Carmen Perez and and Director of #Cut50 Shaka Senghor. Both work to create a more restorative justice system by focusing on education and restorative alternatives to incarceration.




Time for "The Talk": Your New Guide to Getting It On

The first of its kind at Chicago Ideas Week, a conversation between reknowned sex researchers and educators about sex and intimacy in our modern age. We heard from a author and sex therapist Chris Donaghue, self-worth midwife Abriola Adams, self-proclaimed "sex-nerd" Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., and sex educator Ducky Doolittle, and we loved hearing intellectual conversation on a taboo topic. 




How To #MakeCoolSh*t with 555 International

We got to explore the 300,000 square-foot design space that is home to James Geier, president and founder of 555 International, and the man behind Morgan’s on Fulton. We got a peek inside his creative mind and by seeing the creative process behind the city’s coolest installations and design elements.


We hope the energy that Chicago Ideas Week brings to Chicago stays with us and everyone who attended, and we are excited for more monthly programs starting in January. 


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