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Chicago Innovation Summit

July 21st, 20223:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Co-hosted by Chicago Innovation and the Executives Club of Chicago, the annual Chicago Innovation Summit brings together hundreds of innovators and leaders across industries, large corporations and startups, for-profits and non-profits. There are two featured tracks with speakers at the forefront of innovation across sectors – these tracks include:

Innovation – How leadership, culture, and technology fuel innovation today

Combatting Climate Change through Sustainability – Why climate change affects us in more ways than we realize, and what innovators are doing about it

The summit will conclude with a closing cocktail reception bringing together the unique combo of the Chicago Innovation and the Executives’ Club of Chicago communities.

LOCATION: DePaul School of Music – Gannon Concert Hall at 2330 N. Halsted St.

Please note the venue’s COVID Policy:

All guests must wear a mask while inside our event venues, regardless of vaccination status (except while eating or drinking).

All guests must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event.

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Garry Cooper

CEO and Co-founder, Rheaply Raised $20 million this month to further scale this award-winning circular economy startup

Ed Wehmer

Founder & CEO of Wintrust Bank. As "Chicago's Bank," Wintrust has $45+ billion in assets and over 175 locations to service innovative companies of all sizes.

Joanne Rodriguez

CEO, Mycocycle This "garbage-eating fungi company" was a 2021 Chicago Innovation Award winner and 2021 Finalist of Fast Company's World Changing Idea Awards.

Tom Kuczmarski

President, Kuczmarski Innovation & Co-founder, Chicago Innovation Author of eight books on innovation and leadership, and adjunct professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management

Linda Maclachlan

Founder, Entara & Forecheck Entrepreneur passionate about helping organizations fight cybercrime who is redefining the cybersecurity industry

Maggie Pakula

Senior Vice President of Strategy, Invenergy Heads the Strategic Roadmap and Initiative efforts for this leading global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions in wind, solar, storage, natural gas and clean water across four continents.

Tim Piccirilli

Commercial Director, Edge Infrastructure - Crown Castle With 25 years of global technology industry experience, Tim advances next generation tech at Crown Castle, the nation's largest provider of shared communications infrastructure

Allison Myers

Co-founder and General Partner, Buoyant Ventures Along with co-founder Amy Francetic, Allison founded this early-stage venture fund focused on digital solutions for climate.

Rick Gray

Executive Vice President of Outdoor Power Equipment & Channel Marketing, Milwaukee Tool. Oversees product management and engineering teams for this $8+ billion global leader in delivering innovative solutions to the professional construction trades

Joanna Kanakis

EVP, Head of Business Development, Halo Investing Fast growing Chicago-based fintech startup that raised $100 million last year

Michael Krauss

Co-founder, Market Strategy Group. Board and civic leadership roles include University of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago, and Chicago Innovation.

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