|Thursday, December 8, 2016
From the President’s Desk:
We love our members and their insatiable desire to network, influence and learn. Our members are why this region continues to excel in connecting and growing businesses, reinventing and innovating, trading with the world, and welcoming all to our diverse and culturally vibrant communities.
Let’s look at the past two weeks:
I contributed to an international roundtable discussion, hosted by our member Plante Moran, which highlighted the importance of Chicago as a global city – not only for our multinational corporations, but also for the growth prospects of small- and medium-sized enterprises.
I joined the board of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago to further strengthen local ties with Ireland and the businesses from both countries contributing to the global economy.
Continuing our engagement with the global community, the Chamber and Baker & McKenzie hosted the Chicago International Trade Commissioners’ Association annual holiday celebration. There was lively conversation around the shifting global dynamics here and abroad.
The Chamber hosted the Top Healthcare Trends for 2017 featuring a distinguished panel including Advocate Health Care, Crain’s Chicago Business, GE Healthcare and KSA at Northwestern University. What do the experts predict for the coming year? Ongoing uncertainty and changes in healthcare.
We joined our friends at the Shinola Store in Wicker Park store to network and celebrate their ongoing investment in Chicago neighborhoods.
Chicago Magazine welcomed us to the celebration of Chicagoans of the Year at a fabulous luncheon. It makes me proud to know so many Chicagoans are making significant contributions to improving the human condition.
Networking is our heart and soul, so the Chamber membership team hosted a Holiday Cheer breakfast right here in the historic Wrigley Building. Thanks to all those who joined us to “tea” the season (it was 7:30 AM after all).
We sent a message to President-Elect Trump that you can read here.
And thanks to our friends at the Greater Cleveland Partnership for making good on our World Series bet with a case of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
We have a few more events before the year ends so we hope to see you one last time in 2016.
Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce