Canright Calendar

Canright Calendar

The Canright Calendar is a weekly newsletter compilation of networking and engaging events around the Chicago areas. These are events that we attend and want to share with our readers. Want to get these in your inbox? Sign up for our email list here.


At our featured events, discover one of the leading African American entrepreneurs of the twentieth century, learn how to engage your donors and community, hear from experts on what the 2021 business world will look like, and head on a virtual trade mission.

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“The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago”

Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CDT – WEBINAR
The Union League Club of Chicago hosts “Black Entrepreneurship in Chicago: Past, Present & Future”. The second event in this series will feature Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr., author of “The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago”, in conversation with Christopher Robert Reed, author of “Black Chicago’s First Century”. The two will discuss Anthony Overton, one of the leading African American entrepreneurs of the twentieth century and the first business figure to win the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal. REGISTER

The Power of Engagement: Storytelling and Development

Wednesday, October 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT – WEBINAR
The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits hosts a discussion on engaging your donors and community. A series of expert panelists will share their experiences, and offer guidance and strategies to help navigate the difficulties we are all facing in this current climate. REGISTER

What Does the World Look Like in 2021?

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CDT – WEBINAR
The Covid-19 pandemic challenged the world to quickly pivot and adjust to new ways of working, networking, and doing business. We navigated turbulent waters to achieve the success that spurred innovation and transformation, and now we find ourselves wondering what the future brings. Join a conversation between Moderator, Naomi Kent, and a panel of four thought leaders sharing their vision. The discussion will focus on “What Does the World Look Like in 2021?” How has your particular business and industry been impacted? How will 2021 continue to move your company and industry? REGISTER

Virtual Trade Mission

October 27 – 30, 10:00 am CDT – 2:00 pm CDT – WEBINAR
The global COVID19 crisis has highlighted the need for economic and supply-chain diversification. It has also denoted the importance of cutting costs, maintaining visibility and managing to carry on business in new and innovative ways. Explore Estonia on a virtual trade mission. Participants in this virtual trade mission will have the opportunity to learn about doing business in Estonia (and the Nordic Region and the European Union), explore the market, gain exposure to the business culture, meet with potential partners, source new products and/or services and find investment opportunities. REGISTER

Anti-Racism Resources

This list was compiled by our friends at the Chicago Foundation for Women. To learn more about their organization, visit the CFW website

For White Allies

  • Compiled resources for our white community allies or those seeking to become allies can be found here.

For Latinx Allies

  • Compiled resources in Spanish for our Latinx community allies or those seeking to become allies with Spanish as their preferred language can be found here.
  • Recursos recopilados para aliados de nuestra comunidad Latinx o aquellos que buscan convertirse en aliados y su idioma de preferencia es el español se pueden encontrar aquí.

For Talking About Race with Children

  • Compiled resources for ways to speak to children about racism can be found here.

Reading Recommendations

Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre, founded by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, is an innovative literary centre designed to amplify and celebrate marginalized voices. The catalog highlights, promotes, amplifies, celebrates, and honors the work of writers who are often excluded from traditional cultural, social, and academic canons. Elizabeth’s seeks to educate and re-shape the lens of readers—how they see themselves and how they view the world.

A percentage of all sales from Elizabeth’s will go to The Loveland Foundation to support their mission of making mental healthcare accessible for Black women and girls.

Discover More.

Get Ready for Spooky Fun!

Canright marketing coordinator Alexandra Sulack is an opera singer and voice teacher. She curates some suggestions for you, and this spooky season, we get to highlight one of her projects:

The Harbingers
Composer Rosśa Crean presents the world premiere of “The Harbingers” from Halloween Night 2019 at the historic Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. Created with librettist Kendra Leonard, directed by Emily Brantz, the acappella opera tells the story of the harbingers of death who convene on Halloween Night to judge the fate of a recently departed soul. Alexandra Plattos Sulack sings the role of Hel  (the one with the tall crown of sticks), a Norse goddess of the underworld. Hel was one of the children of the trickster god Loki, and her kingdom is said to lie downward and northward. This one-act opera runs about 50 minutes and can be watched at any time on Youtube. Click this link to give it a watch(P.S. The opera is in English, and the video contains subtitles.)

Here are additional recommendations: 
Broadway Shows

Manual Cinema

Daily Embodiment Practices.

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