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Canright Calendar


Collin Canright

Jul 10, 2024

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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 7-08-2024

At our featured events, take a walk in the park, reflect on the impact of gun safety laws in Illinois, discuss the future of money, and navigate conflict with dignity.

A Literal Walk In The Park
Thursday, July 11, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beginning at 1759 N Ridgeway Ave

Join the Professional Women’s Club Health & Wellness Special Interest Group for a rejuvenating evening of wellness and camaraderie. The PWCC Health & Wellness SIG invites you to join for a refreshing walk along the scenic 606 ending with a delightful dinner at your own expense. Come unwind, connect, and indulge in good company. The walk will start at 1759 N Ridgeway Ave and end at Big Star in Wicker Park (1531 N Damen Ave).

From Legislation to Action: The Impact of Gun Safety Laws in Illinois
Thursday, July 18, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago

Since 2017, Illinois has ushered in five significant gun safety laws, thanks to the relentless commitment of survivors, advocates, and state leaders. These new laws were the first major strides of a concerted effort to challenge the state’s gun lobby and address the devastating impact of firearms on families and communities. During the summer months, historically associated with increased rates of gun violence, it is critical to reflect on the impact of these laws with state leaders and explore the next challenges in the mission to end gun violence in Illinois. Speakers include Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Senate President Don Harmon, and Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, moderated by G-PAC’s President & CEO Kathleen Sances.

Digital Payments: Navigating the Future of Money
Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Workbox Chicago – River North, 306 W. Erie St., Ste 300, Chicago

In this After the Bell panel discussion & networking event, address issues including: Traditional vs. Digital payments, Blockchain’s Disruption, Financial Inclusion through Digital Payments, Real-Time Payments Demand, Cross-Border Payment Challenges, and Navigating Regulatory Challenges. Panelists include Canright Communication’s very own Collin Canright, as well as Nick “Chicago” Cavey, CEO, CFX Labs; Arijit Das, SVP, Digital Asset Innovation Technology, Northern Trust; Uma Sankar Kopalle, SVP, Banking & Financial Services, INNOVA Solutions, and Jamie Uppenberg, Compliance Partner, Runway Group; Fmr Global Head Digital Payments Strategy, Discover, facilitated by Stacey Mankoff, Managing Principal, The Mankoff Company; Founder, After the Bell Events; Producer, The Bellringer.

Navigating Conflict with Dignity
Wednesday, July 24, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT – ONLINE
All human relationships are marked by conflict, which, if left unaddressed, can become a crisis. Conflict happens in a group or between individuals when something in their relationship needs to shift to foster greater well-being. This workshop will explore conflict as a normal part of everyday life and as an opportunity for connection that anybody can learn skills for seizing. In this session, leaders will learn about the science of why dignity matters, how to uphold it, protect it, and repair it, and how to use dignity to transform conflict into connection. This workshop will equip participants with concrete practices for navigating conflict like empathic listening, reframing, asking effective questions, utilizing Non-Violent Communication, and making a good apology.

Honoring and Celebrating Disability Pride Month
2024 Theme: Disability Pride Will Not Be Denied
 July is Disability Pride Month. If you didn’t know that, to be honest we’re not surprised! Even though it’s been celebrated by some members of the disability community for over 30 years, even most disabled people still aren’t aware of its existence.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Following this legislation, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day event in July 1990 and Disability Pride Month was born. Since then, Disability Pride events have been celebrated in the month of July across the country.

Reading Recommendations:
A Book Lover’s Guide to Disability Pride Month
Disability Representation in Children’s Books
9 Ableist Tropes in Fiction I Could Live Without
5 Books to Introduce Disability History

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

The 21st Annual Disability Pride Parade
Saturday, July 20, 11:00 am
401 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago
​The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people think about and define “disability”, to break down and end the internalized shame among people with Disabilities, and to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride. The route starts at 401 S Plymouth Court. Goes 1/2 block west on Van Buren before going North on Dearborn. The route goes down Dearborn until it arrives at Daley Plaza for the post-parade festivities.
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Harmony Within: An Artful Meditation Experience
Sunday, July 21, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Artful Framer Studios, 2938 N. Clark St, Chicago
Start your Sunday off with a creative and calming journey towards harmony within. Join us for a morning of relaxing expression through watercolor and sound meditation at Artful Framer Studios in Chicago. A water inspired meditation. When we flow like water, we are softer, more open and flexible. We will explore this concept during a guided watercolor painting workshop facilitated by local artist, Hope Dye, followed by a sound meditation session facilitated by certified Sound Healer, Jill Stein. (Materials provided.) Space is limited.
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