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Canright Calendar


Collin Canright

Feb 7, 2021

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The Canright Calendar is a weekly email of networking events in Chicago. View all of our events here. Sign up for the list here. If you have any other suggestions you’d like us to consider, send them to Alexandra at

WEEK OF 09-25-2023

At our featured events, hear from which universities Illinois’s entrepreneurs are emerging, turn your attention toward sustainable tech, and learn how to create wealth opportunities for the future.

Illinois Innovation Index: 2023 University Entrepreneurship Report Release
Thursday, September 27, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, 1306 N. Berkeley Ave, Peoria

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) hosts an event celebrating the release of their annual Illinois Innovation Index University Entrepreneurship report. The data within the University Entrepreneurship Report supports short- and long-term insights on Illinois’ innovation economy, allowing the report to be a cross-sector resource to predict future trends and inform new programs at the university, local, or state level. Hear highlights and insights from the report and engage in a conversation with Illinois leaders in entrepreneurship, policy, and innovation including keynote speaker John Vozenilek, MD, CMO at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center and panelists Michael Stubbs, CPA, Peoria NEXT Innovation Center; Kristi Dula-Ferguson, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; Doug Cruitt, MBA-HCM, Distillery Labs, and Andrew Ngui, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

Chicago Climate Tech Week
October 2 – 6
Various locations across Chicago

Chicago is coming together to create the first ever Climate Tech Week hosted by TechChicago. As a city, we have an opportunity to focus our attention towards the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving net zero emission and sustainable development worldwide. Main events include Industrial Climate Tech Summit by Nomadic Venture Partners, DeepTech Expo by Evergreen Climate Innovations, Energize NEXT: The Climate Software Summit by Energize Capital, and more.

Building Wealth Today for Tomorrow 2023
Thursday, October 5, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, October 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
UIC Forum, 1213 S. Halsted St., Chicago

Interested in becoming financially healthy, creating wealth opportunities for your children, preparing for retirement, jump starting your entrepreneurial journeys or scaling your business? Join the Chicago Treasurer’s Office for the 3rd Annual ‘Building Wealth Today for Tomorrow’ Financial Empowerment Summit. At this free event, learn how to get your financial house in order with a day-long educational event on all things Money, Money, Money. Join workshops and main stage conversations about homeownership for new and current homeowners, small business development and entrepreneurship, credit & money management, and retirement planning for the working class and entrepreneurs.

Looking Ahead:

Talent Outlook 2023
Thursday, October 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

Join the Executives’ Club of Chicago for Talent Outlook 2023 and hear from a panel of experts as they discuss the latest talent trends and topics. They’ll give their thoughts on the future of HR, and how companies can stay ahead of the pack in the hunt for talent. Head of North America for WTW, Imran Qureshi, will moderate this conversation. Speakers include Claire Borelli, EVP and Chief People Officer, TIAA; Michelle Hodges, VP Global HR & Talent Management, United Airlines, and Manika Turnbull, Senior VP & Chief HR Officer, Health Care Services Corporation.

Global Cyber Security Initiative at MxD 2023
Tuesday, October 17, 8:45 am – 6:00 pm
MxD, 1415 N Cherry Ave., Chicago

The Global Cyber Security Initiative Conference @ MxD on Critical Infrastructure, OT and Manufacturing will bring together C-level executives, thought leaders, CISOs, Compliance Specialists, Regulators, Academicians and many more professionals. Speakers include Dr. Federico Sciammarella, CTO, MxD; Glenn Kapetansky, CSO at Trexin; Bruce Coffing, CISO, City of Chicago; Adam Lewis, Director of Cybersecurity Architecture & Software Security, Motorola; Kevin McDermott, CTO, CookCounty Clerk Office, and more. The event is co-hosted with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Pan Asian American Business Council (PAABC). Use code Canright2023 at checkout for discounted registration.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 – October 15
Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month offers the opportunity to celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx people in the U.S. This year’s theme, Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation, is meant to showcase the diversity of this population.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
To learn more:
Hispanic Star
National Hispanic Heritage Month

Arts Corner
Canright account manager Alexandra Sulack is an opera singer and voice teacher. She curates arts and wellness recommendations for you.

American Psycho: The Musical – Kokandy Productions
Sept 14 – Nov 26
Join Kokandy Productions for an unforgettable evening filled with music, horror, and dark comedy at American Psycho: The Musical.

The Chopin Theater basement sets the perfect stage for this thrilling production. Immerse yourself in the captivating story of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker turned (maybe) serial killer, as it unfolds through mesmerizing 80s and EDM songs and electrifying performances from a stellar Chicago cast.
With its unique blend of satire and suspense, American Psycho: The Musical promises to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that explores the darker side(s) of the American dream.
More Information & Tickets

If you have any other suggestions you’d like us to consider, send them to Alexandra at