We wanted to let you know about some exciting programming coming up in April. Building on The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois’s Industry Week that took last year, a collaborative effort has built Industry Week: Creating Connections Across the Region, a 5-day series tackling different topics focused on what businesses and those they employ are experiencing during this pandemic that will bring together LGBTQ+ and allied business owners, employees, and chamber stakeholders from throughout the North Region of the NGLCC affiliate network and beyond.
This five-day series will tackle a different topic each day. From economic outlooks to innovative ways to be inclusive in the workplace to the new ways we do business in and out of the home, we will present industry experts and thought leaders from the region to create conversations that matter right now. Each day at 1pm EDT (noon CDT) there will be a different hour-long topical discussion followed by a half hour of virtual networking where you can meet others. All are invited to participate, but registration is required.
Monday, April 12: Reimagining Workspaces: From Office Space to Home BaseJoin us to learn how workspaces have been redefined by the pandemic and what we can expect from our workplaces in the future, whether you’re working from home or going back to the office. We’ll tackle the future of office spaces and how to keep your workforce engaged, no matter where you call your workplace.
Tuesday, April 13:This Too Shall Pass - How Our Hospitality and Tourism Industries Will Adjust
The past 12 months have adversely affected the hospitality, tourism, and storefront industries deeply, but recovery is on the horizon. Join us as we talk to industry experts to learn more about the ways our businesses will pivot and adjust to the new realities that recovery will bring.
Wednesday, April 14: Bouncing Back- Economic Outlook for Businesses in 2021
A year into a pandemic and at the dawn of a new presidential administration, the year 2021 has brought with it unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Join us with a panel of experts who will let us know what to expect in terms of the economic outlook and business trends for this year and beyond.
Thursday, April 15: Creating Impact: Starting Your Corporate LGBTQ+ Inclusion Program
Many corporations are leading the way with LGBTQ+ inclusion through their internal policies, external initiatives, and diverse supply chains. Join us to learn what successful partnerships and corporate best practices cutting edge businesses are employing to create impact for the LGBTQ+ community.
Friday, April 16: Standing Out While Sitting in Your Home Office: Marketing and Branding Tips
Join us to learn more about marketing your business and telling its story in a landscape that has been redefined by COVID. We’ll discuss industry trends, the experts who can help you, and the ways that folks with limited marketing experience and budgets can tell their brand’s story and understand its impact.