May 2014: AIESEC Life Chicago Hub Spring Networking and Outreach Event

 By Sarah Ketvertis (AIESEC Life Chicago Hub Leader, MI '04/ US '05-08)

AIESEC Life Chicago had a very successful Spring Networking and Outreach Event on Thursday April 24th!  Over 60 people attended including 42 alumni, 3 trainees and 16 students from AIESEC Northwestern and AIESEC Northern Illinois.  There were 10 countries and 15 US Local Committees represented.  We started the event with brief updates about the Chicago Hub and our local committees.  We were fortunate to have alumnus Henry Balani, who currently serves as Head of Innovation at Accuity, share some impactful remarks about his rewarding experience working with AIESEC to bring trainees to the US and why he has gotten more involved with AIESEC.  Thank you Henry!

Next we cued up a few popular AIESEC songs - We are a Family, Ojos Asi, We like to Party, Don't Stop Me Now and Cotton Eyed Joe - and facilitated a dynamic speed networking session where attendees looked for someone who had traveled to 20+ countries, works in marketing/sales, is an entrepreneur or had been to 2+ international conferences, etc.   As our Chicago Hub continues to grow (we had 22 new alumni faces at this event alone!), we want to provide alumni opportunities to expand their personal networks.

We also gave alumni the opportunity to not only grow their network but share their network.  In total 33 leads were given to the local committees by 26 different alumni!  We are so fortunate to have such an active and giving alumni community in Chicago!  Thank you for helping us meet and surpass our goal nationally of 100 leads generated by alumni.  The Chicago Hub continues to amaze me.  B-R-A-V-O, B-R-A-V-I-S-I-M-O AIESEC Life Chicago Hub!

Been meaning to attend an event?  Two summers ago a large group of alumni enjoyed an evening cruise on Lake Michigan together and thanks to popular demand we have scheduled a Chicago Brew Cruise on Friday August 8th run by Shoreline.  We will meet at Navy Pier's Gateway Park to board at 7:45 pm.  You must be 21 or older.  Cost is $39 per person.  You are responsible for RSVPing and buying your own ticket.  RSVP here:

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