YPC Entrepreneur Panel

Have you ever dreamt of owning your own business? Do you desire to control your own destiny? Are you often convinced that you have a better way, or an idea that would really revolutionize an industry?

Come join Young Professionals of Chicago in partnership with the Metropolitan Club of Chicago to learn the myths and realities about starting your own business. A panel of three successful entrepreneurs, each in a different industry, will talk about their entrepreneurial journey and share
valuable advice.

They will share their experiences, challenges, successes, motivating factors, and fears. The common thread that runs through all of them is the confidence in themselves and the willingness to follow their passion, and trust their intuition along the way.

Master of Ceremonies:

Holly Copeland, Associate Director Horizon Pharma

Holly joined Horizon Pharma a year and a half ago as Associate Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility.  Prior to that, Hollyserved as the Deputy of Director for the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology for the government, the management of such involved direct oversight of 20+ staff and a $144 million portfolio that provides technical assistance & financial support for Illinois’ innovation ecosystem.

 

The panel:

Jeremiah Green, Eat Purely  

Jeremiah is a passionate and humble entrepreneur who described his path as simply knowing from a young age that he would own a business. He constantly looks to fulfill unmet needs in the community and does so by pursuing what intrigues him.  Jeremiah brings over 20 years of venture, tech and food operations experience to the Eat Purely team. He most recently founded and sold his last company, Purely Fashion. His prior food endeavor became the largest caterer in Illinois by selling, prepping and delivering over 1 million meals per years. He has depth of expertise in running, scaling and exiting a multitude of different online and offline businesses.

 

 

Dr. Patrick J. Murphy, Professor DePaul University    

Patrick is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and a full professor at DePaul University. He has lectured around the world and consulted to or advised over 100 entrepreneurs and firms in Chicago and beyond. He is a member of the Chicago Social Enterprise Alliance's Board of Directors and former Chair of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management. He has published extensively in leading scholarly journals.  He is co-editor of the scholarly journal Management Decision and author of Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery,published by Yale University Press in 2013.  His research is internationally recognized and has been featured in Businessweek, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, US News and World Report, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and other major outlets.

 

Gina Marotta, The Genius Guru

Gina Marotta loves work and wants you to as well! She writes, speaks, and counsels people on knowing and expressing their inner genius to step fully into the work they were born to do. She is lovingly known as “The Genius Guru.”

Before launching her current business, Gina served as the founding Managing Director for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago, an organization empowering low-income teen girls out of poverty and into college, where she raised $1 million in revenue and grew the local chapter to 10,000 supporters. Before that, Gina employed her genius as a criminal defense lawyer, working on Chicago’s highest profile cases ranging from political corruption to murder and everything in between.

Gina has been featured in media outlets like: The Huffington Post, WGN Radio, and CBS and Fox Chicago News. She’s been honored with awards and special recognitions such as one of the Top 100 Emerging Leaders Under 50 by Diversity MBA magazine and one of 100 Women Making a Difference by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine.

Registration is only $15.00 and includes complementary appetizers. Cash bar is available.

When: June 28th 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Metropolitan Club of Chicago
Illinois Room
233 S. Wacker Drive 67th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
When you arrive at the Willis Tower, be sure to have a photo ID to present to security. From there, go through the metal detectors and take the elevator to the 66th floor (elevator bank 66-102) followed by the escalator to the 67th floor and veer left towards the Illinois Room.

 

Price: $15.00

Date: June 28, 2016

Available Spaces: 42

Monthly Networking Breakfast

There are so many reasons to NOT get up early in the morning, but in a fast paced online dominated society, social media can’t replace the simple value of shaking hands, sharing personal stories and forming real relationships. Many of life’s pleasures come from human interaction and YPC provides you that opportunity with an informal, yet impactful start to your day! This year, YPC will host monthly breakfasts on the first Thursday of every month for members and prospective members at Pazzo’s in 311 S. Wacker Drive. The breakfasts are $5.00 for members and only $10 for guests (you can hardly get a half-caf latte and muffin for that!). Included is an assortment of breakfast options, coffee, juice and an hour of networking with other attendees. Space is limited to the first 50 and you must register in advance (below), so set those alarms and join us!

Price: $10.00

Date: July 7, 2016

Available Spaces: 45

Chicago Fire Game

Chicago has historically been a football town, and more recently a dynamic hockey city, but the not so well known Chicago Fire have quietly had a successful young history. Winning the MLS Cup in 1998, Chicago Fire’s inaugural year, the team went on to qualify for the playoffs the next 10 of 11 seasons. After beginning their career at Soldier Field, then moving to Naperville for a few seasons, the club finally had a place to call home in 2006 when Toyota Park was completed in Bridgeview, IL. Even though soccer has been gaining popularity across America, the Chicago Fire soccer club remains an under-appreciated bright spot in the local culture.

Join YPC as we partner with the Chicago Fire to offer the full experience!

For $25 ($30 for non-members) you will receive:

  • A corner kick ticket to the game against the Sporting Kansas City (featuring 2 USMNT players!)
  • Vouchers for beer and a hot dog
  • Bus transportation, departing from and returning to Fado Irish Pub 100 W. Grand Ave.
  • A brief tour of the facility with a presentation from the GM Mr. Nelson Rodriguez

* Please note that the bus will be departing from Fado around 5:45PM. Look for the YPC sign!

Price: $30.00

Date: July 13, 2016

Available Spaces: 30

Monthly Networking Breakfast

There are so many reasons to NOT get up early in the morning, but in a fast paced online dominated society, social media can’t replace the simple value of shaking hands, sharing personal stories and forming real relationships. Many of life’s pleasures come from human interaction and YPC provides you that opportunity with an informal, yet impactful start to your day! This year, YPC will host monthly breakfasts on the first Thursday of every month for members and prospective members at Pazzo’s in 311 S. Wacker Drive. The breakfasts are $5.00 for members and only $10 for guests (you can hardly get a half-caf latte and muffin for that!). Included is an assortment of breakfast options, coffee, juice and an hour of networking with other attendees. Space is limited to the first 50 and you must register in advance (below), so set those alarms and join us!

Price: $10.00

Date: August 4, 2016

Available Spaces: 50

Monthly Networking Breakfast

There are so many reasons to NOT get up early in the morning, but in a fast paced online dominated society, social media can’t replace the simple value of shaking hands, sharing personal stories and forming real relationships. Many of life’s pleasures come from human interaction and YPC provides you that opportunity with an informal, yet impactful start to your day! This year, YPC will host monthly breakfasts on the first Thursday of every month for members and prospective members at Pazzo’s in 311 S. Wacker Drive. The breakfasts are $5.00 for members and only $10 for guests (you can hardly get a half-caf latte and muffin for that!). Included is an assortment of breakfast options, coffee, juice and an hour of networking with other attendees. Space is limited to the first 50 and you must register in advance (below), so set those alarms and join us!

Price: $10.00

Date: September 1, 2016

Available Spaces: 50

Monthly Networking Breakfast

There are so many reasons to NOT get up early in the morning, but in a fast paced online dominated society, social media can’t replace the simple value of shaking hands, sharing personal stories and forming real relationships. Many of life’s pleasures come from human interaction and YPC provides you that opportunity with an informal, yet impactful start to your day! This year, YPC will host monthly breakfasts on the first Thursday of every month for members and prospective members at Pazzo’s in 311 S. Wacker Drive. The breakfasts are $5.00 for members and only $10 for guests (you can hardly get a half-caf latte and muffin for that!). Included is an assortment of breakfast options, coffee, juice and an hour of networking with other attendees. Space is limited to the first 50 and you must register in advance (below), so set those alarms and join us!

Price: $10.00

Date: October 6, 2016

Available Spaces: 50

Monthly Networking Breakfast

There are so many reasons to NOT get up early in the morning, but in a fast paced online dominated society, social media can’t replace the simple value of shaking hands, sharing personal stories and forming real relationships. Many of life’s pleasures come from human interaction and YPC provides you that opportunity with an informal, yet impactful start to your day! This year, YPC will host monthly breakfasts on the first Thursday of every month for members and prospective members at Pazzo’s in 311 S. Wacker Drive. The breakfasts are $5.00 for members and only $10 for guests (you can hardly get a half-caf latte and muffin for that!). Included is an assortment of breakfast options, coffee, juice and an hour of networking with other attendees. Space is limited to the first 50 and you must register in advance (below), so set those alarms and join us!

Price: $10.00

Date: November 3, 2016

Available Spaces: 50