~Networking Events in Chicago by Yamuna~ March 2016
1. ~Networking Events in Chicago by Yamuna~
Happy March! Spring is almost here, and warmer weather is just around the corner. I hope to
see you at one or more of the many networking events in Chicago. Not only am I looking
forward to the company I work for hosting various events this month, but I’m excited to
announce some of the new partnerships for Signature Offices!
* Divvy: Waived yearly fee
* Hyatt Regency McCormick Place: Deep discounted guestroom rates
* The Metropolitan Club: Preferred monthly dues pricing
* Zipcar: Discounted yearly rate
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Here’s a list of industry links and info for events going on all month long:
• Big Shoes Midwest (BSM): Industry Links
o Check out BSM's list of professional groups in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
• Built In Chicago: Built In Chicago Events
o Built In Chicago is the online community for Chicago startups and tech
companies. Find startup jobs, tech news and events.
• Chicago Ideas: Chicago Ideas Upcoming Events
• General Assembly (GA):
o Learn in Chicago -- GA Classes & Workshops
o Learn in Chicago -- GA Events
• Lanyrd.com: Conferences and Events in Chicago
o Discover and get more out of professional events and conferences.
• Networked Chicago: Networked Chicago Calendar of Events
o All sponsored events are FREE to members.
o 254 Chicago Networking Groups
• Small Business Advocacy Council’s (SBAC’s) calendar of events for Chicago: SBAC
Chicago Chapter [Events vary in pricing.]
2. o The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) was established in 2010 and
currently represents over 1000 businesses in the Chicagoland area. The SBAC is
a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization.
o Chicago is the central chapter and hosts a multiple of breakfasts, lunches and
cocktail hours in the downtown area and in various neighborhoods across the
city. The Chicago chapter also hosts a monthly happy hour which draws a large
number of members for cocktails and networking.
Here are specific networking and business events…
Tuesday, March 8th
• Around Chicago LIVE! Around Chicago LIVE! ~ Networking ~ Tortoise Club (5:30-7:30pm
@ Tortoise Club) [$25] (I will be attending this event.)
o We've been called the "Best Networking Event in Town" over and over!
o Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included. Mingle with awesome people in great
careers just like you...law, real estate, banking, sales, events, hospitality,
meeting planning, restaurants, catering, hotels, public relations, transportation,
not-for-profit, arts, marketing, museums, human resources, the chambers of
commerce and the convention bureau.
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• Chicago’s Exceptional Women’s Network: "Female Leadership: How to Get What You
Want Out of Life" (5:30-8:30pm @ Columbia College Chicago) [$13.65 GA; $32.96 VIP]
o Special Guest Panelists:
Erica Swerdlow, Executive Vice President of Burson-Marstellar
Teri Arvesu, News Director at Univision Communications, Inc.
Shelia Morgan, President & CEO of Chicago Minority Supplier
Barbara Burgess, COO & Chief Vision Realization Officer for the Wright
Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential
* VIP Tickets - Free career coaching, 1 on 1 meeting with fashion stylist
on site to discuss personal branding, plus front rows 1, 2 or 3 seating.
• Goose Island Brewing Co. & HFI: Brew Your Skill & Network Series (5:30-8:30pm @
Goose Island Clybourn) [$25, NetworkedChicago members get $5 off the ticket price by
entering PROMO CODE "networked"; FREE for members]
o Network amongst professionals while you advance your core business skills. This
session allows business owners, executives, and associates to learn/refresh
every day business skills while networking with other professionals.
First beer is on us
March Topic: Science of Getting a Yes
The skill of sales directly impacts top line and bottom line for any
business. How do you sell hard enough to close without being portrayed
as "The Sales Person"? It can be hard to deliver the right pitch at the
right time for each individual. Come learn the best techniques to get a
yes from your future prospects.
3. • Social Media Club & General Assembly: GROWTH HACK YOUR CONTENT MARKETING
(6:00-8:00pm @ General Assembly Chicago) [FREE]
o Everyone knows they should be doing content marketing, but not everyone
knows how to do it successfully. During this event you’ll find out how to come
up with content ideas, write great content, and distribute it/get it seen. This
session will be heavy on practical tips, including best practices at all stages of
the content marketing funnel, and software and advice to save you time and
effort as you shape a strategy. There will also be a focus on ensuring your
content gets seen, and exercises in real-time so you can begin while in-class.
Learn from Vincent Dignan (Founder, Magnific) of London as he shares his
expert advice on Growth Hacking though Content Marketing and Social Media.
Wednesday, March 9th
• LinkedIn: The Key to Social Media Success (8:00-10:00am @ LinkedIn Chicago Office)
o Social media is changing the way business is done, and those who embrace it
have unlocked a competitive advantage. Financial services professionals are
leveraging their network to engage with the right prospects at the right time.
o Join LinkedIn's breakfast event to learn how to adopt Social Selling to gain a
competitive advantage, develop new business opportunities, build relationships,
and drive revenue.
• Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC): March Networking Luncheon: From
Attorney to Ambassador: The Power of Reinvention (11:30am-1:30pm @ Union League
Club Chicago) [Members only; cost unknown]
o Beginning her career as an attorney in the public sector, Fay Hartog-Levin may
have never imagined that she would one day serve as the United States
Ambassador to the Netherlands! John Adams was the first U.S. Ambassador to
the Netherlands offering great footsteps for those to follow. Ambassador Levin
seized the opportunity and unwrapped her talent as a successful connector
combined, with her deep love of culture, as she set forth on her journey as
Ambassador working with both individuals and entities on an international
• Business Alliance Networking Group: BANG Monthly Meeting (11:45am-1:00pm @ Mid-
America Club Chicago) [$15]
o The Business Alliance Networking Group meets on the second Wednesday of
each month. We bring together a mix of continuing members along with guests
so we build on our long-term relationships while we are also meeting interesting
o Everyone attending our monthly networking meetings is interested in growing
their business and helping the other members to grow their businesses.
o Since we meet inside a private club, please contact Alan Rodriguez in advance in
order to make arrangements to attend (email@example.com).
4. • Ms. Tech: CHICAGO MS.TECH MASTERMIND (12:00-1:00pm @ 1871) [Everyone gets one
free pass to be our guest to their first mastermind. Promo code: ‘FIRSTMASTERMIND’]
o Our mastermind groups meet in coordination of knowledge and effort working
to a definite purpose of changing the landscape for women in tech and business.
In Ms.Tech Masterminds, together we raise the bar by challenging each other to
create and implement our individual ideas, and to do so with intention.
o March topic: Professional Development
Thursday, March 10th
• Lever Interactive: Mobile Marketing Breakfast with Lever Interactive and Google
(9:00am-12:00pm @ Google Chicago) [FREE] (Event is full, but feel free to add name to
o Come hear about the latest mobile marketing trends from Google, and learn
specific ways to utilize mobile marketing to grow your business from Lever
Interactive. This is also a great opportunity to come check out Google's new
Chicago offices. Breakfast is supplied, so come hungry and ready to learn!
• Business Marketing Association (BMA): Marketing Leaders Luncheon Series: Lori Healy,
CEO, The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (11:00am-1:30pm @ The Standard
Club) [$45 BMA member; $65 non-member] (I will be volunteering at this event.)
o Lori Healy, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority oversees
McCormick Place, the nation's biggest business convention center, Navy Pier,
hotels, and the dazzling McCormick Collection due for completion in 2017.
o Joining Ms. Healey on stage for a rapid fire session on B-to-B marketing
strategies and trends, will be Choose Chicago's SVP of Marketing and Cultural
Tourism Melissa Cherry, and BMA Board Member Tony Lorenz, CEO of
AlliedPRA, a nationwide leader in destination management and event
production, as host and moderator of the discussion.
• Chicago American Marketing Association (AMA): 11 Deadly Presentation Sins: A Path to
Redemption for Public Speakers and PowerPoint Users (5:30-7:30pm @ i.c. stars) [$10
members; $25 non-members]
o This is Chicago AMA's first Pop-Up Special Interest Group (SIG) for 2016. The
session will help you:
Structure and focus your content on your audience’s needs.
Develop more evocative, TED-style slides.
Find, shape and tell compelling stories that move audiences to act.
Invest your arguments with emotion to win hearts and change minds.
Manage your energy and physical presence.
Open with a bang and finish strong.
• Mongo DB: MongoDB Evenings Chicago (5:30-7:30pm @ ThoughtWorks, Inc.) [FREE]
o Join us for a night of big data and big ideas at MongoDB Evenings Chicago. Learn
about new features in version 3.2, including demos and real-world examples of
deployment. MongoDB Solutions Architect, Jason Swartzbaugh, will share best
practices for developing with and operating the database. Chief Data Officer,
Tom Schenk, will also provide insight into the City of Chicago’s successful
Friday, March 11th
5. • Network & Social: Chicago Networking Social at Parliament Lounge (6:00-9:00pm @
Parliament Lounge) [Student: $10; Member: $12; Professional/Standard: $15; At Door:
$20; Event Sponsorship: $115]
o Event Highlights:
50-300 attendees from various industries
two cocktails included/passed appetizers
Industries separated for easier networking
Business referrals from 35+ industries
Signature raffle helping benefit local charity
Sponsor and partner placements/promotions
Tuesday, March 15th
• Network After Work (NAW): NAW Chicago at The Bassment (6:00-9:00pm @ The
Bassment) [$12 early bird, $15 regular price, $20 at door with RSVP, $25 at door with no
o Generate Leads
o Find Referrals
o Meet Like Minded Professionals from all Industries
o Promote Your Business or Service
o Search by Industry with Color-Coded Name Badge
o Recruit Talented Professionals
o Find Your Next Opportunity
Wednesday, March 16th
• BMA Chicago: Breakfast Seminar: John Simpson, CEO, One North Interactive (7:00-
9:00am @ Loyola University Chicago, Schreiber Center) [$25 member; $35 non-
o Session Topic: Engage & Listen: Activating Your Brand Across Digital
o Collaborative. Responsive. Client-focused. Innovative. These are some of the
most commonly used go-to-market messages for B2B organizations. Nearly
identical value propositions like these create a dangerous “sea of sameness” for
o Join John Simpson (CEO & Founder, One North) and Ryan Schulz (Managing
Director, Brand, One North) as they discuss how to differentiate your brand,
avoid the sea of sameness and activate Brand across all of your digital
• Union League Club of Chicago: ULCC Career & Employment Workshop with Greg David
(8:00-10:30am @ Union League Club) [$10 which includes the cost of coffee & tea.] (I
will be attending this event.)
6. o Held the third Wednesday of each month, this program is entering its 5th
and it has been widely successful in helping executives, professionals, and even
new or recent graduates learn the "new rules" of job search and how to better
navigate the employment marketplace.
o Topic: “Resumes, Handbills, and Interviewing” How to develop resumes that
get attention, and how to adequately prepare for the interview process.
Resumes, Handbills, and Interviews: How to avoid the mistakes that cost you
the job offer, use techniques to shorten your job search timeline, and win the
offer by edging out your competition.
o Networking before and after Greg’s presentation.
o Please note the ULCC has a business casual dress code. Denim is not permitted.
• Bisnow, LLC: BISNOW ST.PADDY'S DAY SCHMOOZE (5:30-8:30pm @ Bottled Blonde)
[$84] (I will be attending this event.)
o Join us for a special St. Paddy’s Day edition Schmoozapalooza at the Bottled
Blonde for open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the best business networking around!
• Linked ‘N Chicago: Linked 'N Chicago LIVE Event at Connie's (5:30-8:30pm @ Connie’s in
the Gold Coast) [$20 early bird; $25 after March 4th
o Ticket includes:
One hosted drink ticket
Free professional photograph by Jorge Took Your Picture
Thursday, March 17th
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
• Chicago Creative Space: CCS Ethos Event Series 4.0 (5:00-9:00pm @ VenueOne) [$45]
o Join leaders from Chicago's tech and creative community for the next event in
our series, Ethos 4.0. Enjoy an open bar and hors d'oeuvres as you meet
hundreds of entrepreneurs, creatives, engineers, executives, and freelancers
from Chicago and beyond.
The big night is all about three ideas:
1. Building Company Culture
2. Designing effective workplaces
3. Promoting employer brand
• Network After Five: St Patrick's Day Happy Hour! (5:30pm @ Bar Louie in River North)
o Bar Louie has awesome drink specials for St. Patrick's Day, too! $5 green lime
beer, $7 Jameson, $4.25 drafts, $5.25 wines and $6.25 Martinis. Perfect to
schmooze, mingle, laugh, network, with professionals on a Thursday St. Patrick's
Day happy hour!
Tuesday, March 22nd
• Chicago AMA: AMA Evening with Experts: Applied Analytics: Insights & Actions from 12
Reports (6:00-9:00pm @ 1871) [$65 members; $75 non-members]
o The majority of websites use Google Analytics. It’s ubiquitous. But are marketers
using it properly? Not really. Many marketers are using it only for reporting, not
analysis. A lot of marketers are using Analytics wrong.
7. o In this lesson, we’ll look at specific ways to use Analytics to do real analysis, to
answer questions and draw conclusions.
Reporting vs. Analysis: How most marketers get Analytics wrong
Turning ideas into questions
• Audience Insights: WHO is visiting?
• Acquisition insights: WHERE are they coming from?
• Behavior insights: WHAT are they doing here?
• Conversion insights: WHICH pieces of content are successful?
o Andy Crestodina is a co-founder and the Strategic Director of Orbit Media, an
award-winning 38-person web design company in Chicago.
Wednesday, March 23rd
• Signature Offices & Brands+Startups™: Steps to Raising Capital (6:00-8:30pm @
Signature Offices) [$10 in advance; $15 day of event/at the door] (I will be attending
o There are many aspects of starting a business. While branding and marketing
are keys to success for any company, and not just when it comes to reaching
customers, getting access to capital is important in the process. Join us for a
panel discussion on how to get your brand right to help you raise capital for
o Signature Offices and Brands+Startups™ are pleased to bring you a lively panel
discussion with senior executives and founders from Alternative Investment
Resource, CFO Worldwide, and Tacklebox. Join us on March 23rd, to hear what
Rich Beleutz/Steve Schmidt from Alternative Investment Resource, Jordan
Gerber from CFO Worldwide, and David Kelbaugh from Tacklebox, have to
share. Bring your questions and ideas, and network with the Chicago startup
Thursday, March 24th
• Crain’s: Business of Healthcare [7:30-9:45am @ Ritz Carlton] [Individual: $90; Corporate
tables of 10: $950]
o The rising cost of pharmaceuticals is one of the hottest topics in health care
these days, with everyone from hospitals to presidential candidates trying to
find solutions. We’ll chat with a panel of experts about how drugs are priced,
the wide disparity in costs and its ripple effect.
• SBAC: Chicago Happy Hour (6:00-8:00pm @ Signature Offices) [$15 members; $25 non-
members] (I will be attending this event.)
Tuesday, March 29th
• Arbonne International: Discover Arbonne: Healthy Happy Hour [6:00-7:30pm @
Signature Offices] [FREE] (I will be attending this event.)
o Join Sara Russell, Arbonne consultant, as she talks about healthy living! She’ll
be discussing what it means to eat clean and how healthy habits can set you up
to lose weight and gain energy.
From Nature to you, for 35 years Arbonne has offered the finest in
skincare and nutritional products.
8. Plant Based Formulations * Certified Vegan * Gluten-Free * Paraben-
Free * Never Tested on Animals
Sample the Products. Learn about our 30 Days to Healthy Living
Program and our life-changing income opportunity.
*This is a Happy Hour - we will provide wine and light refreshments*
Thursday, March 31st
• Signature Offices & Global Entrepreneurship Project: Spring Networking with Global
Entrepreneurship Project (5:30-8:00pm @ Signature Offices) [FREE] (I will be attending
o Join Global Entrepreneurship Project for spring networking and meet other
entrepreneurs and business owners at Signature Offices.
o GEP understands that continuous training and education are key success factors
in today’s global competitive market place. GEP supports entrepreneurs and
small businesses with the skills to build businesses, scale profitability and
discover new markets. Our training program is designed to focus on bridging the
gap between idea to practical thinking and innovating.
• Network & Social: 3 Year Anniversary Networking Social at Bottled Blonde (6:00-9:00pm
@ Bottled Blonde) [Student: $10; Member: $12; Professional/Standard: $15; At Door:
$20; Event Sponsorship: $115]
• Tech in Motion: Women in Tech Demos & Drinks (6:00pm @ MakeOffices) [FREE]
<<SAVE THE DATE>>
Thursday, April 14th
• Chicago AMA: Marketers Career Fair (6:00-8:00pm @ Robert Morris University) [$10
student; $15 AMA member; $20 regular] (I will be volunteering at this event. If you are
interested in being an exhibitor in the upcoming career fair, please contact me.)
o The Chicago AMA Marketers Career Fair brings hiring companies and staffing
firms together with prospective marketing talent to connect and learn the latest
on opportunities in the marketing career front in Chicago.
o Companies, Agencies, Recruiters, and Staffing Firms – Showcase your brand
and meet emerging up and coming marketer professionals in digital marketing,
advertising, creative, and PR. Chicago AMA reaches over 10,000 marketers in
Chicago. Let us help you find that right person.
o Chicago Marketers – Find out who needs you, and grow your network by
mingling with hundreds of marketers just like you!
Thursday, April 28th
• Chicago AMA: BrandSmart 2016 (8:00am @ Morningstar, Inc.) [Early bird pricing varies
from $245-$345 and ends on March 25th
o Steve Jobs once said, “Creativity is just connecting things,” – and there may
never be a truer sentiment about the art of marketing. From analytics to
account management to breakthrough voice and visuals, creativity is what
moves great brands above the fray.
o BrandSmart 2016 will help facilitate those seemingly disparate lines of
innovation, and will open its attendees to a world of all new possibilities.
9. Alongside tried and true brand builders, this year’s event will showcase artists,
professors, athletes, troubleshooters and risk-takers with backgrounds as
diverse as their expertise. Each one of these speakers will help illuminate
solutions to everyday problems and years-long marketing challenges to help you
think differently about your brand challenges and how to create a culture and
infrastructure to become a truly great brand.
• Business Insider: 17 common mistakes to avoid when you're networking
• Harvard Business Review: How Successful People Network with Each Other
• Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC) blog: Busy Woman’s Tips: Taking Your
• Training Magazine Network: TMN Complimentary Webinars (Various topics) [FREE]
• Women in Technology International: WITI Webinars [FREE for WITI Members; $50 non-
o Tuesday, March 8th
from 2:00-3:00pm: Power Trip: Tools for Maximizing Your
Personal Power At Work™
o Tuesday, March 22nd
from 2:00-3:00pm: Nice Girls Don't…Brag
Each month, I’d like to pay it forward and feature the business and/or services of a personal or
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This list above may include webinars, networking events, career workshops and other
professional events going on in the Chicagoland area that I wanted to share. It is not
comprehensive of every industry out there. If there are any other events that you feel the
group may benefit from, please feel free to share (and thanks to those of you who have shared).
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