Community Events

Events on this page are hosted by organizations who share our mission to support leaders and their organizations to accelerate the shift to Conscious Capitalism throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest.

When confronted with a constant flow of headlines filling our heads with fear, worry, division and doubt, is it possible to move forward with optimism? 

Chicago Ideas is kicking off 2019 with two discussions that will challenge you to imagine what might happen if we commit to seeing the glass half full. We'll hear from experts in optimism, like cognitive psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker, whose latest book, Enlightenment Now, was named Bill Gates' favorite book of all time. Pinker argues that—despite the headlines—we are better off today than we have ever been before. Additionally, one of the most influential business leaders of our time, Former Starbucks Chairman & CEO Howard Schultzwill sit down with Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson to explore how his life's work shows that it is possible to build a dream from the ground up while living and leading with intention.