Tuesday, May 21, 2024 8:15 am - 1:00 pm

The Circuit: Professional Development Toolkit Series powered by Microsoft

Powered by Microsoft, this toolkit series is coming back for its second year to focus on the powerful pathways of communication and professional branding and strategy to provide the Chicagoland Chambers Emerging Leaders with the skills and resources to enhance their professional toolkit. Instructors from Chicago’s top companies and experts will lead informative sessions on important focus areas from incorporating AI into your professional practice to communication strategies to career advocacy through mentorship. All sessions will end with a networking lunch. Those that complete the Circuit Toolkit Series will receive Credly badges for Microsoft credentials upon completion of the program.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Plenary Session: Second City Works presents “The Director’s Chair: Leading Dynamic Ensembles”

As the professional services branch of the iconic Second City theater, we’ve mastered the art of blending improvisation with leadership. Leading a successful team mirrors the direction of a hit improv show, requiring a genuine appreciation for individual strengths, clear and positive communication, and an agile mindset that nurtures a supportive and vibrant team atmosphere. In our interactive workshop, tailor-made for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders, participants will dive into exercises that enhance presentation skills, storytelling prowess, rapid problem-solving abilities, and keen listening — the very skills our improvisers use nightly on stage. These are the essentials for forging dynamic teams that not only meet but surpass their collective goals.

Workshop: The Art of Persuasion: How to Deliver Powerful Presentations and Influence Decision-Makers

Join Nisaini Rexach, Community Engagement Lead at Microsoft Chicago, and Jodi Bednar, Chicago Office Lead and Senior Partner at West Monroe, for an engaging session on mastering the art of persuasion. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore proven communication strategies led by West Monroe, emphasizing the nuanced skills needed to deliver powerful presentations that resonate with diverse stakeholders while also incorporating insights on leveraging Microsoft Presenter Coach as a supportive tool. Discover effective techniques for tailoring your message to influence decision-makers across various audiences. Elevate your ability to captivate and influence, gaining the skills necessary to advance confidently in your professional journey. Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your persuasive prowess and leave a lasting impact on your audience.

Nisaini Rexach

Community Engagement Lead | Microsoft

Jodi Bednar

Chicago Office Lead and Senior Partner | West Monroe

Emerging Leaders Chicago engages and develops the next generation of Chicagoland business leaders. For young professionals, it builds relationships, cultivates skills and talent, and creates an inclusive community of future leaders.

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Questions regarding event or having trouble registering? Contact Events at events@chicagolandchamber.org.

Interested in joining the Chamber? Prospective members interested in joining, please contact membership@chicagolandchamber.org.

Tickets are Limited. Only a certain number or tickets are available for this event. All purchases are final, non-transferable and non-refundable.

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Registration is required to attend.

Register by May 14 to receive early-bird rate.





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