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Braven Chicago Summit

March 21st, 2019

About Us

Join Braven, a national leader in ensuring first-generation college students succeed in the modern economy, for a day of insights, networking and learning. Participate in thought-provoking and hands-on sessions on topics from design thinking to unlocking your hustle to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Whether you’re a student, education practitioner, or professional looking to cultivate diverse talent, our sessions will help you gain clarity on the role you and your organization can play in ensuring that the next generation of leaders emerges from everywhere.

Put Education To Work

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. An African American with a BA is twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart [Economic Policy Institute]. And a Bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background will start their career earning only two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds, and this declines to one-half by mid-career [Brookings Institute].

Locally, through concerted efforts across education institutions, nonprofits and the philanthropic community, the percentage of Chicago Public School 9th graders completing 4-year college degrees has risen from a bleak 8% to 18%. Chicago also has the most diversified economy in the US, with more than four million employees and generating an annual gross regional product (GRP) of over $609 billion. In Chicago, Braven has the opportunity to prove that across sectors, students from vulnerable backgrounds can become our next generation of leaders, if they’re empowered with the skills, networks and experiences necessary to put their education to work.

Speakers

Check out our growing list of speakers. Stay tuned for more additions.

JEFFREY J. SELINGO

JEFFREY J. SELINGO

Keynote Speaker

New York Times Bestselling Author

SARAH BERGHORST

SARAH BERGHORST

Chicago Executive Director

OneGoal

CASSANDRA J. BLACKBURN

CASSANDRA J. BLACKBURN

Global Senior Lead, Inclusion and Diversity

Groupon

DYLLAN BROWN-BRAMBLE

DYLLAN BROWN-BRAMBLE

J.D. Candidate, Braven Post-Accelerator Fellow

Georgetown University Law Center

CHRISTINE Y. CRUZVERGARA

CHRISTINE Y. CRUZVERGARA

Vice President of Higher Education and Student Success

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AARTI DHUPELIA

AARTI DHUPELIA

Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate College

National Louis University

DORIE ELLZEY BLESOFF

DORIE ELLZEY BLESOFF

Chief People Officer

Relativity

JULIE FÉLIX

JULIE FÉLIX

Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Mesirow Financial

PHIL GARDNER

PHIL GARDNER

Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute

Michigan State University

MATT GEE

MATT GEE

Research Scientist, Center for Data Science and Public Policy

University of Chicago

ANDREW R. HANSON

ANDREW R. HANSON

Senior Research Fellow

Strada Institute for the Future of Work

AJ JOHNSON

AJ JOHNSON

Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Braintree

ASHLEY LEONARD

ASHLEY LEONARD

Chicago Executive Director

Spark

JORDAN MEDINA

JORDAN MEDINA

Manager, Social Impact Partnerships

LinkedIn

CELESTE PEREZ

CELESTE PEREZ

Senior Recruiter

Netflix

PATRICK PHILLIPS

PATRICK PHILLIPS

Associate Director, Career Advancement Office

University of Chicago

PAIGE PONDER

PAIGE PONDER

CEO

One Million Degrees

MIKE PRESTON

MIKE PRESTON

Chief Talent Officer

Deloitte

RITA RAICHOUDHURI

RITA RAICHOUDHURI

Executive Director of Early College and Career

Chicago Public Schools

ADAM REICHOW

ADAM REICHOW

Diversity Recruiting Vice President

Goldman Sachs

SUSANA VASQUEZ

SUSANA VASQUEZ

Associate Vice President

Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

CELESTE WRIGHT HARRIS

CELESTE WRIGHT HARRIS

Vice President, Human Resources

Loop Capital

ANA ZANIC

ANA ZANIC

Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Director

Northwestern Medicine

TESS BRUSTEIN

TESS BRUSTEIN

Director of Design

Braven

JONATHAN CHAPARRO

JONATHAN CHAPARRO

Founding Chicago Site Director

Braven

MARTHE LEACH

MARTHE LEACH

Program Manager

Braven

ANDREA SCHWARTZ-BOONE

ANDREA SCHWARTZ-BOONE

Bay Area Executive Director

Braven

Schedule

8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
Crown Family Great Hall
Room
Crown Family Great Hall
Crown Family Great Hall
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Landmark
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SPEED INTERVIEWING
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3A
SPEED INTERVIEWING
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3A

Interviews are the holy grail of the hiring process. It’s the opportunity for employers to connect with potential hires, understand what they’re capable of, and determine what it might be like to work with them. Interviews are candidates’ time to shine and set themselves apart from the crowd. Interview college students or be interviewed by professionals in this fast-paced mock interview session. Learn how to best format your questions and answers to get the most out of your interview time. Practice several rounds of interviewing and walk away with sharpened skills, interesting insights, and new relationships.

Session sponsored by Kindle Communications
Session facilitated by Marthe Leach

711A
Room
711A
711A
FUTURE OF WORK
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Session 1A
FUTURE OF WORK
10:30 am - 11:20 am

65% of the jobs that will be available in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. The future of work is rapidly changing and it isn’t just about automation or artificial intelligence. This session will help you consider the role of emerging industries, changing economies, and differences in workplace norms and behaviors, and how these are shaping the employment landscape - particularly for first-generation college students. You’ll walk away with data-driven and research-based insights that will inform how you think about preparing, sourcing, developing, and engaging the next generation of diverse talent.

Panelist: Dorie Blesoff, Christine Y. Cruzvergara, Phil Gardner, Matt Gee, Andrew Hanson and Celeste Wright Harris

FUTURE OF WORK
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Session 2A
FUTURE OF WORK
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

65% of the jobs that will be available in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. The future of work is rapidly changing and it isn’t just about automation or artificial intelligence. This session will help you consider the role of emerging industries, changing economies, and differences in workplace norms and behaviors, and how these are shaping the employment landscape - particularly for first-generation college students. You’ll walk away with data-driven and research-based insights that will inform how you think about preparing, sourcing, developing, and engaging the next generation of diverse talent.

Panelist: Dorie Blesoff, Christine Y. Cruzvergara, Phil Gardner, Matt Gee, Andrew Hanson and Celeste Wright Harris

CAN YOU HACK IT?
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3B
CAN YOU HACK IT?
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3B

Problem-solving and teamwork are two of the top skills employers look for in a new hire. Participate in a mini design thinking hackathon where you will work in teams of professionals and students to solve a real-world, career-acceleration challenge. You will produce an innovative prototype while learning and practicing design thinking - a framework you can apply to challenges in your own work.

Session facilitated by Tess Brustein

711B
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711B
711B
SUPPORTING STUDENTS TOWARDS STRONG JOBS
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Session 1C
SUPPORTING STUDENTS TOWARDS STRONG JOBS
10:30 am - 11:20 am

There is an increasing demand for organizations at every stage of the education pipeline to consider the ways in which they are supporting students on their path to strong jobs. In this session, you’ll learn how local organizations are helping to increase Chicago’s employable labor pool by creating the conditions for promising students to thrive in an ever-changing economic landscape and helping to align all levels of education to where the jobs exist.

Panelists: Sarah Berghorst, Jonathan Chaparro, Aarti Dhupelia, Ashley Leonard, Paige Ponder and Rita Raichoudhuri

SUPPORTING STUDENTS TOWARDS STRONG JOBS
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Session 2C
SUPPORTING STUDENTS TOWARDS STRONG JOBS
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

There is an increasing demand for organizations at every stage of the education pipeline to consider the ways in which they are supporting students on their path to strong jobs. In this session, you’ll learn how local organizations are helping to increase Chicago’s employable labor pool by creating the conditions for promising students to thrive in an ever-changing economic landscape and helping to align all levels of education to where the jobs exist.

Panelists: Sarah Berghorst, Jonathan Chaparro, Aarti Dhupelia, Ashley Leonard, Paige Ponder and Rita Raichoudhuri

HEAD + HEART = HUSTLE
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3C
HEAD + HEART = HUSTLE
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3C

How often do you find the time to reflect on what you want out of your career? Determining your Hustle - the intersection of your Head (what you’re good at) and your Heart (what you love to do) - can be a lifetime journey. Each new experience provides you with more information to hone your answer to this equation, shifting your Hustle over time. By participating in self-reflective exercises, you will get the opportunity to determine the current iteration of your Hustle and help others learn about opportunities that align with theirs.

Session facilitated by Andrea Schwartz-Boone

711C
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711C
RECRUITING, MANAGING & RETAINING GEN Z
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Session 1B
RECRUITING, MANAGING & RETAINING GEN Z
10:30 am - 11:20 am

Is job-hopping a faux pas or a career necessity? How is the ability to work from home changing the way companies think about employee engagement? Defining a generation is no simple task but one thing is clear, Generation Z (those born between 1990 and 1999), like Millennials, will continue to influence and transform expectations and how individuals and companies think about things like education, job mobility, workplace culture, and more. This session will help you identify ways to ramp up your organization in an effort to recruit and develop young talent while also fostering a more inclusive environment for all employees.

Panelists: AJ Johnson, Celeste J. Perez, Patrick Phillips, Adam Reichow and Ana Zanic

RECRUITING, MANAGING & RETAINING GEN Z
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Session 2B
RECRUITING, MANAGING & RETAINING GEN Z
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Is job-hopping a faux pas or a career necessity? How is the ability to work from home changing the way companies think about employee engagement? Defining a generation is no simple task but one thing is clear, Generation Z (those born between 1990 and 1999), like Millennials, will continue to influence and transform expectations and how individuals and companies think about things like education, job mobility, workplace culture, and more. This session will help you identify ways to ramp up your organization in an effort to recruit and develop young talent while also fostering a more inclusive environment for all employees.

Panelists: AJ Johnson, Celeste J. Perez, Patrick Phillips, Adam Reichow and Ana Zanic

LEVERAGE LINKEDIN
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3D
LEVERAGE LINKEDIN
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Session 3D

Recruiters live on LinkedIn: they use this platform to source appealing candidates and get in touch with them. To set yourself up for success in today’s hiring market, you have to live on LinkedIn too. But in addition to showing off your virtual resume, you can leverage the power of LinkedIn to intentionally grow your network and meet the people you want to meet. Learn pro tips for optimizing your LinkedIn profile and expanding and managing your network online. You will workshop your LinkedIn profile so that you leave this session with an improved profile ready to show off to the masses.

Session sponsored by LinkedIn
Session facilitated by Jordan Medina

Venue SIX10

Modern & sophisticated, Venue SIX10 offers panoramic views of downtown Chicago & Lake Michigan

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Corporate Sponsors

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FAQ

General Questions

What types of sessions or workshops are being offered?

The Braven Summit will provide a variety of educational offerings for professionals interested in building their knowledge on the latest trends impacting the intersection of higher education and employment. The Braven Summit is great for corporate executives and professionals thinking about ways to increase employee engagement or to better recruit and retain young diverse talent. The Summit is also directly relevant to education practitioners thinking about ways to support students as they transition from college to career. Afternoon programming will also be available for current college students interested in refining their professional skills and networks.

Could I reserve a seat in a specific workshop?

Yes, once you register for the event you are able to select the breakout session of your choice.

What should I wear to the Braven Summit?

Attire is business casual. Meeting room temperatures can be cool, and the climate may vary, so it is recommended that you wear layered clothing for comfort.

How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so act today. To become a sponsor and for more information, please contact summit@bebraven.org.

Registration Questions

When will the conference take place? Where is it located?

The inaugural Braven Chicago Summit will take place March 21, 2019 at Venue Six10 located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago’s loop.

How can I register? What are the registration rates?

Participants are able to register online before the event. Please visit the registration page for deadlines, rates, and other registration information.

What is included in the summit registration?

Summit registrants enjoy access to a networking breakfast, all keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plus one entry to the official luncheon.

What is Braven’s cancellation & refund policy?

Unfortunately, Braven is unable to provide refunds or credit for registrations.

What services are available for special needs & requests?

Braven is committed to providing a Summit experience and environment that is welcoming, inviting, and user-friendly to all attendees. Braven staff recognizes that some individuals require specific accomodation to ensure their full and equal participation. Please contact summit@bebraven.org no later than February 22, 2019 with any requests to ensure those arrangements can be scheduled and confirmed prior to the Summit. If you have dietary preferences, please be sure to mark those on the space provided on the registration form when you register.

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