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September/October 2023 Newsletter:  Kicking off Autumn -- and Event on 09/21!

We hope you had a great summer!  Fall 2023 is almost upon us in Chicago. Labor Day, Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Indigenous Peoples' Day, and the beginning of another academic year, and the 78th UN General Assembly are all features of the next few months.  Please see below for some great reads, actions, and events!


Local Net Impacters supported several allied groups by attending and/or promoting their events in the last few months. Highlight pics here!

Net Impact Chicago + Chicago Environmentalists Summer Social

Design Museum/ Delta Institute panel talk:  ‘Responsibility of Design for the Future’

Urban Growers’ Collective Youth-led Urban Farm Tour


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Chicago Climate Connect Panel Talk - September 21st at 6pm

Join our friends at Chicago Climate Connect, an energetic community that’s building critical mass and momentum around the topic of Climate in Chicago.  This month’s program will feature Current, including the emerging Midwest regional water technology and hydro-asset economy.
Event Cost:  Free!  But RSVP as space is limited. 
Location:  Impact House, 200 W.  Madison St., Chicago, IL  60601
Details and RSVP:  here

Book Launch Party/ Author Talk: "The Latino Leadership Playbook" - October 6th at 6pm

Just one of several events for Hispanic Heritage Month is this timely debut book launch and talk by author, Refugio A. Atilano.  Join Fig Factor Media in launching this important and impactful guide! Planned events include an author Q&A, special guests, book signings, a cocktail reception and more.
Event Cost: Free!  But RSVP.  Early arrival is recommended.
Dress Code:  All white clothing or close to it
Location:  917 West 18th Street Chicago, IL 60608, Suite 102
Details and RSVP:  here




Curated event list in date order.  Free and In-Person unless denoted otherwise and by “$$”.  Inclusion in this list does not always imply endorsement.   More info at the respective links.  Please observe any applicable health and safety precautions.

Tue 09/12
- CIV - Institute For the Future (IFTF) 10 Year Tech & AI Forecast webinar.  RSVP

Wed 09/13
 - BIZ - DePaul talk [ Chief Risk Officer fears ] @ LoopRSVP

 - ‘Checkmate Polluters’: Sierra Club PAC Fundraiser @ S. Loop.  RSVP $$

Thu 09/14
- UIC/DPI virtual workshop [Empowering Leadership in Sustainability - climate action & financing] Online.  RSVP
  - 2Flo Ventures Health Equity Investing Symposium @ W. LoopRSVP $$
 - BIZ - Chicagoland SRI - ESG LinkedIn Breakfast Group talk [CSR Reporting] @ Loop.  Info and RSVP

Fri 09/15

 - BIZ - ProductCamp 2023 is about learning from peers on product management @ W. Loop.  RSVP $$
 - CIV - Rotary Int'l hosts Genocide Symposium on Ukraine @ Evanston, IL.  RSVP
 - CIV - Global Climate Strike Demonstration @ Loop. Info

Sat 09/16 - Sun 09/17
- EDU - AIA Early Career Architect/Builder Summit @ Evanston, IL.  RSVP $$

Sun 09/17
- CUL - One Earth Young Filmmakers Screening Fest (free popcorn!) @ LoopRSVP

Mon 09/18 - Wed 09/20
- CIV -  International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 2023 online.  RSVP

Tue 09/19 - Thu 09/21
- CIV - DevEx 2023 Hybrid Webinar on global development @ UN General Assembly #78RSVP

Tue 09/19
 - BIZ - Euromonitor + BYP Black Professionals Networking Mixer. RSVP
 - CIV - CAC talk [Designing Future Cities made of wood] @ Downtown.  RSVP

Wed 09/20
- CIV - Simmons Center seminar [ DEI in International Development ] @ Downtown.  RSVP $$
 - CIV - IL Green Alliance / PHIUS Chicago Site Tour [ Academy for Global Citizenship] @ SW Side $$.  RSVP

Thu 09/21
 - BIZ - GACC (German-American Chamber) Event on Electric Smart Grid/ Policy @ Downtown.  RSVP
 - BIZ - Chicago Climate Connect talk @ Loop.  RSVP
- BIZ - Conscious Capitalism Chicago Book talk @ Gold Coast.  RSVP $$

Fri 09/22
- CIV - IL Green Alliance / PHIUS Chicago Site Tour [ Big Marsh Center] @ SW Side.  RSVP $$
- CIV - IL Enviro. Council Webinar [ Clean Buildings & Clean Jobs] RSVP

Tue 09/26 - Wed 09/27
- BIZ - SOSV Climate Tech Startup Summit - free & virtual. RSVP

Tue 09/26
- BIZ - Sustainable Supply Chains: A Food and Beverage Forum @ W. Loop.  RSVP
- BIZ - PlasticBank Webinar [Beyond Sustainability:  Leading an Authentic Shift to a Regenerative Future].  RSVP

Wed 09/27
- EDU - FutureEarth webinar [Decolonizing Sustainability Science].  RSVP
- BIZ - Impact Studio Livestream talk [ Future of corporate social responsibility (CSR)].  RSVP

Thu 09/28
 - CIV - IL Latino Leg. Caucus 2023 RAICES Public Policy conference 2023 @ W. Side.  RSVP
- BIZ - Loyola U/ BDO seminar [ Rethinking ESG in Family Business ] @ Oak Brook, IL.  RSVP
- EDU - UofC hybrid talk [ Role of Psychology in Combating Climate Change ]  @ Hyde Pk OR Online. Info
- CIV - NwU U talk [ François Hollande, former President of France on the new global order ] @ Streeterville.  RSVP
- CIV - AIA DesigNight 2023 architectural Award Ceremony  @ Downtown.  RSVP

Sat 09/30
- EDU - UChicago 2023 South Side Science Fest @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP

10/01 - 12/25
- BIZ - Chicago Fair Trade Pop-up Shop opens for the season @ Lincoln Park; limited hours. Info

10/02 - 10/06
- BIZ - Various Climate Tech Venture events @ various CHI locations and price points (RSVP $$$).  Details

Wed 10/04
- BIZ - DomU panel talk [ Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA) ] @ Loop.  RSVP
- CIV - Social Enterprise Chicago talk [Driving Positive Social Change Through Equitable Healthcare Reform]  @ S. Loop.  RSVP $$ (use promo codes SuperEarlyBird23  -- or for a 3 event bundle deal, code AllFiresideChats)

10/05 - 06
- BIZ - City of Chicago Treasurer's Office Career Fair and Summit @ UIC.  RSVP

Thu 10/05
- CIV - Armanino LLP Nonprofit Management Symposium hybrid online + @ Gold Coast.  RSVP
- EDU - UChicago Global Health and Social Development Symposium.  RSVP
- CIV - 'Cocktails and Complicity' discusses (over beverages) the culture of Nonprofits in a society full of inequality and power imbalances @ Loop.  RSVP
- CIV - CAPA (Peace Action) fundraising dinner/talk ["Threats to Democracy: How We Rise Up and Resist"] @ NW Side.  RSVP $$

Fri 10/06
- CUL - The Latino Leadership Playbook Official Book Launch/ Reception @ Pilsen.  RSVP

10/11 - 10/12
- BIZ - Chicago Build 2023 Construction/Design expo features sessions on green building and industry diversity @ Bronzeville.  RSVP

Thu 10/12
- BIZ - IL Green Alliance 'Getting to (Net) Zero' Summit @ S. Loop.  RSVP $$$
- CUL - DePaul Art Museum celebration & talk [Indigenous People’s Day Celebration] @ Lincoln Pk.  RSVP

Sun 10/15
- FBC Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Show - Chicago Fashion Week @ Mag. Mile.  RSVP $$

10/16 - 10/19
- CIV - Roosevelt U 2023 'American Dream Reconsidered' hybrid Conference @ S. Loop + Online.  RSVP

10/18 - 10/24
- BIZ - Chicago Fair Fashion Week 2023 features fair trade shopping, shows, clothing swap, etc (Details TBD)

10/19 - 10/20
- BIZ - Chicago Innovate 2023 AEC Symposium for Architecture/ Engineering/ Construction @ Downtown.  RSVP $$$

Thu 10/19
- BIZ - IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) Business Expo 2023 @ Navy Pier.  RSVP
- CIV - Elevate's Building Energy Summit: Climate Action Resources for Everyone @ Loop.  RSVP

Thu 11/02

- EDU - NwU conference [ 2023 IIN Symposium: Addressing Global Challenges Through Nanotechnology ] @ Evanston, IL.  RSVP
- BIZ - Brickworks panel talk [Sustainable and Functional Design; Building for Today and Tomorrow] @ W. Loop.  RSVP

Sat 11/04
 - CIV - N. Illinois Green Living Expo 2023 @ Crystal Lake, IL.  RSVP
 - CIV - City of Chicago Civics Day 2023 educates on resident participation on local government decision making @ W. Side. RSVP


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