Vice President — Marketing & Events
Paul Kitti is Vice President of Marketing & Events for Chicago Innovation, a year-round series of events and programs designed to educate, connect, and celebrate innovators in the Chicago region.
Paul oversees the planning and execution of the Chicago Innovation event series, which attracts over 12,000 attendees annually. He also leads marketing and promotional initiatives, sponsorship activation, and communications, and works closely with the Chicago Innovation team in guiding the annual nomination and judging process to determine the year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners. Additionally, Paul is the co-author of Rising Together: The Story of Chicago’s Innovation Ecosystem which chronicles the factors and forces that have nurtured a culture of innovation within the Chicago region.
Before joining Chicago Innovation, Paul was on the team at Red Frog Events, where he was involved in the conceptualization and execution of national brands including Warrior Dash, Firefly Music Festival, and Illuminite Run. Previously, Paul worked as an entertainment journalist in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Paul is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he received his B.A. in Sport Management from the School of Kinesiology.