turnstone is excited to host Small Talks--Culture at Work during Chicago Ideas Week. Company culture happens - whether you have two employees or a thousand. Engaged companies make intentional, strategic commitments to create a great company culture. If you've been wondering how you can create a culture that encourages your team, enhances your brand, and motivates everyone to excel, you'll want to join us for this Small Talks.
We'll bring the coffee and bagels, you just show up! Register today for great conversations on culture over breakfast!
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7:30AM: Registration/Breakfast & Networking
8:00AM: Welcome & Introductions
8:10AM: Panel discussion kicks off
9:20AM: Closing Remarks & Additional Networking
Benjamin Dyett, Co-Founder, Grind
Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let’s change the future of work.
So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might and Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system. Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. It’s dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine (sorry, old work experience, but you had it coming).
Grind #1 is located at 29th and Park Avenue South in Manhattan. Grind #2 is located at 39th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Grind #3 is located in the center of downtown Chicago (2 N. LaSalle Street). All have 100+ workspaces—from desks you can crank at to couches you can lounge on to conference rooms you can kibitz in—and a lot of really big windows (light is good).
Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet.
Lee Salisbury, Founder & Creative Director, UnitOneNine
UnitOneNine is a design firm rooted in strategy and technology, with the founding principles of quality over quantity. His firm fosters creative work ranging from small startup companies to large multinational corporations like Jones Lang LaSalle, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Reebok, AOL, Nestle, and others. Hailing from the great state of Ohio, Lee runs an interdisciplinary shop that encourages other's personal growth. Creating a design- and tech-centric culture drives UnitOneNine to build their brand around their people as well as individual thought leaders.
Robert Blackwell, Jr., CEO & Founder, Killerspin
Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. EKI has helped some of the largest public and private sector organizations realize measurable efficiency gains leveraging process and technology modernization.
Blackwell started at IBM in 1981. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. For several years Robert was a trader specializing in writing models and executing trading strategies.
Blackwell founded Killerspin in 2001 and the company has become America's leading producer of premium-quality table tennis equipment and the world leader of table tennis content and media. Killerspin has continued to raise the profile of the sport through the creation of unique events such as the Chicago International Table Tennis Festival and broadcasts on ESPN, FOX Sports and the Tennis Channel. In addition to equipment and media, Killerspin produces engagement programs to encourage play at home, school and work under an initiative called ‘UnPlug N Play.’
Blackwell currently serves on the executive committee of the Choose Chicago, is Vice Chairman of the Chicago Sports Commission, Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's Technology Committee, a board member of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and is active in the Executive's Club of Chicago and the Business Leadership Council. He has also been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Blackwell also services on the board of several civic organizations.
Jeff Schutte, Director of Business Development, Turnstone
Turnstone is an “intrapeneurial” Steelcase Brand. Turnstone exists to create a business model, product portfolio and service package that meets the demanding needs of entrepreneurs and innovation driven small businesses as they create workspaces. Leaders of these businesses wake up every day wanting to change the world with new ideas. Turnstone aims to help them by making the job of creating a great office easy....so that they can get on with their mission.
Referring to himself as the “Horn Section Leader” for Turnstone, Jeff sees his primary responsibility as making sure that his “players”, a unique blend of designers, sales people and market based Turnstone evangelists have the tools and direction they need to make noise for the brand.
Jeff’s committed to having a great time wherever he is and outside work, he enjoys sailing, hiking, biking, reading and great conversation.
Thank you to our partner Chicago Ideas Week @chicagoideas!
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