Nov 2013: Standing Room Only at AIESEC Talks in Chicago


"Hey AIESEC!" "Hey What!" Chicago just had a spectacular fall event! The Chicago Hub hosted an incredibly successful event Friday November 15th bringing together over 70 attendees to network, share ideas and hear inspiring stories. The event was hosted on the 24th floor of the beautiful AT&T Center with fabulous views overlooking downtown Chicago. The event was sold out with standing room only. Over 35 alumni attended, 30 students from 5 LCs, 3 trainees and a few 'AIESEC fans' in total representing 13 LCs and 5 countries. A big shout out goes to the AIESECers from @Purdue and @UofI who traveled long distances to be at the event.

The event, AIESEC Talks featured four alumni sharing their ideas and passions in short form presentations. The engaging speakers, Henry Balani (@London and UChicago), Michelle Gansle (@Austin), Sean Parnell (@Northern Illinois) and J.T. Allen (@Michigan), shared key messages around giving back, being open to endless possibilities, AIESECers as entrepreneurs, knowing what you stand for, and more including how AIESEC has impacted their life.

The event opened with networking, information on the membership drive and a raffle with items donated and procured by alumni. A special thanks to the AIESEC alumni who generously donated to the raffle- Colleen Graneto (La Pucara Jewelry), Lee Greene (The Scrumptious Pantry), Sarah Ketvirtis (Peoples Garment Company) and Michelle Gansle (Wrigley).

The event also raised an additional 23 paid memberships which will not only support the Chicago hub in hosting more events like AIESEC Talks to bring together alumni, trainees and students but a portion of the funds will be put towards a scholarship to send a local member of AIESEC abroad on a traineeship. In total AIESEC Chicago raised 52 AIESEC Life memberships during our Fall 2013 Campaign. We surpassed our goal and more than doubled the amount of memberships raised in the 2012 campaign! Go Chicago!

A huge thanks goes out to all those who support AIESEC Life as a paid member and those who attended our AIESEC Talks event. Special kudos go out to all those who donated their time and energy to make this event a huge success. Thank you to our speakers J.T. Allen, Henry Balani, Michelle Gansle and Sean Parnell. And to our event planners, coordinators and helpers Michelle Gansle (double agent), Sheila Geoghegan, Colleen Graneto and Jennie Rademacher!

Stay connected with our Chicago Hub by joining our AIESEC Life Facebook and LinkedIn group.

We have an amazing hub community in Chicago and are proud to be part of such a passionate and involved alumni group! We hope to have more involvement in the future. Please reach out to us if you are interested in getting more involved with the Chicago Hub.
· Event ideas and planning
· Alumni relations/communication
· LC coaching/support/mentorship
· Event space ideas/availability
· Speakers/presenting
· Just to lend a hand or an idea!

Contact with ideas and for more information!

Don't miss the Alumni Happy Hour and Gala Dinner with AIESECers attending Winter National Conference on Michigan Ave in Chicago on Thursday January 2nd!

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