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Connect.Inspire.Grow Presents Chicago's Largest Holiday Networking Event


Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Pre-Sale Ticket (All sales are final) Ended $20.00 $1.49
Regular Price Ticket Ended $30.00 $1.74
Business Sponsorship Level 1 Ended $300.00 $8.49
Business Sponsorship Level 2 Ended $500.00 $9.95
Business Sponsorship Level 3 Ended $1,000.00 $9.95
Donation: A Safe Haven Foundation 100% of proceeds got to ASHF Surprise Holiday party for the kids Ended

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Chicago's Largest Holiday Networking Event

Benefiting A Safe Haven Foundation

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Candace Jordan

Candace Jordan
Candace began modeling at age 13 in St. Louis, Mo. During the course of her long career, she appeared on over 20 national magazine covers including 8 for Playboy (2 US, 6 international), had a billboard in Times Square, was a Playboy centerfold and appeared in “Risky Business” with Tom Cruise. Today, she’s involved in numerous charitable organizations including The Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board (past Vice-President), the Board of Directors for Common Threads, the Ronald McDonald House Auxiliary Women’s Board at Lurie Children's (a founding board member), PAWS Chicago (board member) among many others. She co-founded The Joffrey Ballet’s “Couture & Cocktails,” now in its 7th year, and served at the Honorary Chair for Macy’s Glamorama in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. She co-chaired the Joffrey Ballet's Celebration Gala 2012 which was a record breaker for the organization. She has co-chaired Chef Art Smith's "World Festival" benefitting Common Threads for the past four years. She has been featured as a “Chicago Style Setter” in TCW Magazine, a “Style Icon” in Shore Magazine, a “Style Influencer” in ME: In Focus Magazine and one of the “Top 25 Most Fashionable Chicagoans” by CS Magazine. She was included in Michigan Avenue Magazine’s feature, “100 Powerful Chicagoans: The Influentials" and TCW Magazine named her one of Chicago’s “100 Women Making a Difference.” Recently, she was voted "Chicago's Most Social Scenester." She and her successful blog, Candid Candace, were featured in Chicago Magazine’s “Belle of the Blog” cover story feature as well as in CS Magazine's "Best of the City 2012" issue. She writes for Chicago Now (Candid Candace), is the Social Columnist for the Chicago Tribune. (Her weekly column, Candid Candace, appears in Sunday’s Tribune Magazine). She is also a contributor to STATUS Magazine, A Perfect Event E-Mag and TCW Magazine. Additionally, she hosts her own show, Candid Candace Chicago, on Chicago's first Chicago-centric online network www.Watch312.com, and recently won a Telly Award. She was also honored with an inaugural "Women Driving Excellence Trailblazer" award at the Chicago Auto Show 2013. She has been happily married for 24 years to Charles (Chuck) Jordan. (Contact her at Candace@CandidCandace.com).

Sherman Wright

Sherman Wright
Sherman is the co-founder and managing partner of award-winning marketing agency, commonground, embraces the philosophy that true prosperity begins with a holistic lifestyle approach that cuts across traditional boundaries between mind, body, spirit, family, professional and social consciousness.

Word-class entrepreneurs like Sherman are able to look around corners and see what's coming before anyone else. This is one of the reasons why commonground has experienced staggering success. The agency was recently honored by Advertising Age with the Small Agency of the Year Gold Award and named one of the most successful companies to watch in 2012 by Black Enterprise. Since its inception, he and business partner, Ahmad Islam, have built an impressive client roster that includes Coca-Cola, Verizon Wireless, Illinois Lottery, MillerCoors, PrimaLoft, Bacardi USA, American Family Insurance, Nike and Nissan and have developed a stellar reputation for understanding a client's brand and mining rich, actionable insights.

Sherman is an American Heart Association Healthier Diet Business Management Committee member and sits on several non-profit boards including The Chicago Urban League, A Better Chicago, Kohl Children's Museum and Near North Montessori School. He was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and has been recognized by Crain's Chicago Business 40 under 40 and recently by Target Market News as the 2012 Advertising Executive of the Year. He received the National Alliance of Market Developers President’s Award and recognized by the Chicago Urban League for being one of six exceptional Chicago Innovators at their 2012 business summit. He is also part of Texas A&M's Aggie 100, which recognizes the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses.

A lifelong learner whose educational journey has continued at Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth College and Chicago United/University of Notre Dame Corporate Governance Executive Development Program.


Jillian Conley

Jillian Conley

Jillian Conley was first recognized in the writing world with her debut novel Maid of Honor. While Jillian’s mother tells her to write more like a lady, her fans beg for more of Jillian’s not so ladylike realistic tales of the dating world. In her first novella, Dating Chase Walker, it seems Jillian has completely disregarded her mother’s advice. When Jillian isn’t writing fictional tales that tickle any girl’s fancy, she is working on her Coffee Table Quotes book collection and saying way too much on social media.

Jillian is also the host of SoChi, a weekly series that shines a spotlight on the people, places and things that make our city “SoChi.” From the hottest parties to the tastiest restaurants to the best “staycations” in town, SoChi is your one stop source for experiencing the pulse of Chicago. Join hosts Jeff Conway and Jillian as they take you along for the ride to explore The Windy City’s biggest and brightest that will have you saying, “Now that is SoChi!” SoChi airs on channel 111 on MyDealTV Comcast by Xfinity.


The mission of Connect. Inspire. Grow. Networking Events 
is to CONNECT business professionals that INSPIRE each other
from their experiences and allow them to GROW their success. 

Connect.Inspire.Grow. Event Video

Have a complimentary professional profile photo taken 
to be used on social media sites and professional material!

Videographers will give you a chance to promote your business
Chicago business owners have an opportunity to market and 
hare the video on social media and email campaigns! 

Professional Video

Advertising | Accounting | Banking | Broadcasting | Computer | Consulting | Education | Energy  | Entertainment | Finance | Fitness | Healthcare | Hospitality | Human Resources | IT | Legal Services | Marketing | Media | Medical | Nonprofit Charitable Organizations | Real Estate | Recruiting | Restaurant & Food Services | Social Media | Telecommunications | Travel | Video Marketing | Web Development & more!


Enter our raffle to win fabulous prizes!



Package Levels 1, 2 & 3

All sponsors have designated table space 
to promote their business and interact with attendees amongst various other benefits. For full sponsorship details please contact: cigchicago@gmail.com


 Connect.Inspire.Grow. is also actively involved in helping the community.
A portion of event proceeds will be donated towards 

Our team will be hosting a holiday party with the residents of ASHF,
treating them to dinner, gifts, winter clothes, and fun on December 20th. 
Please donate to help make this holiday party a memorable evening for ASHF.  

See photos from past volunteer events at ASHF:

Don't forget to bring your business cards! 

Have questions about Connect.Inspire.Grow Presents Chicago's Largest Holiday Networking Event? Contact Connect.Inspire.Grow

When & Where

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
71 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

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Connect.Inspire.Grow is a Chicago-based networking group for
business professionals. Through social media, live events, and
volunteer opportunities, we provide a platform for Chicagoans
to connect with each other, get inspired and help one another grow
both personally and professionally.

You can contact the founder through e-mail: MonikaRydz@gmail.com 

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