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Watching a TED Talk online is an experience. Planning the event, going behind the scenes, and leaving your fingerprint on a local TED event is an interactive, engaging, and exciting experience.
The Chicago Alliance*** is planning an independently organized TED event to be held in Q4 of 2017.
Currently, the Chicago Alliance planning committee is looking for TED Heads, like you, who are ready to give back and pay forward. Yes, we need volunteers! You DO NOT have to be a member of the Metropolitan Club or the Chicago Alliance to participate.
This project takes a village, a city, and the whole community. Working collaboratively, knowing each other consciously, and paying it forward collectively. No experience with planning previous TED events is required. You will be part of a committed group of professionals who support your efforts. Our group will also be guided by a seasoned TEDx organizer** who will share the best practices.
If you are not familiar with TED Talks, please watch a few videos at TED.com before attending this meeting. Review the official TED guidelines. Bring your open mind and collaborative spirit to our next meeting. We welcome your enthusiasm!
Before you attend the next planning meeting, be sure to do the following:
- Download and read the mission/vision statement for our proposed TED Event here.
- Submit your volunteer application.
To attend the planning session at the Metropolitan Club, you will pay a $5.00 nonrefundable registration fee. Light hors d'oeuvres are available. As an attendee, you pay for your own drinks. After the session, dinner is optional. You will pay for your own consumption if you choose to participate. Registration closes by 2:00 pm on the day of the event. There are absolutely no refunds. If you plan to transfer the ticket to a colleague, please alert us in order to add the name to the building security list. Since space is limited, if you are not able to attend, kindly let us know so that someone else on the waitlist could take your place. Relax. No excuse is necessary.
Dress Code Business Casual
If you are not early, you're late. You are most welcome to arrive at the club after 3 pm. Enjoy the great view of Chicago, grab a drink, and catch up with your emails.
5:00 pm Check-in and Social hour. Order your own drinks and enjoy the happy hour networking.
5:30 - 7:00 pm Formal Meeting. [You will receive a text for the meeting room by 4 pm.]
7:00 - 9:00 pm* Optional casual dinner to continue the discussion.
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Meet at the lounge area located on the 67th floor of the Metropolitan Club, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606. Phone: 312.876.3200
Please allocate extra time for the building security, elevator ride, and room navigation.
P.S. You are also welcome to attend the Viewmasters Toastmasters Club meeting sponsored by the Metropolitan Club, on 3rd Friday, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, and stay for the Alliance networking event. For additional details about the Toastmasters Club and registration for complimentary guest passes, see ChicagoViewmasters.EventBrite.com.
* Dinner and drinks are not included in the nonrefundable $5 registration fee. You pay for your own drinks and gratuity by cash or credit card. Remember that complimentary hors d'oeuvre are available.
Amy is a professional member of National Speakers Association, Board member of the NSA Illinois Chapter, and Distinguished Toastmaster, also known as the TEDx expert in Chicagoland. She is the founder and producer of TEDxIIT, the longest running independently organized TED event in Chicago since 2010. She was invited to speak at the inaugural TEDxPeachtree in 2009, to attend both TEDGlobal 2015 and TED Summit 2016. Her webinar on “How To TED Your Way to the Global Platform” broke the attendance record for NSA-IL webinar series. She is known for her Smart Team™ Leadership consulting work as well as her innovative application of science and art for Painting On Water™. You can read more about her Smart Tem™ Leadership at Huffington Post article. Amy will provide guidelines based on her experience.
Enrich Your Professional Network, Build Alliances, and Share Leads
Join us at the Metropolitan Club, a private membership organization, located on the 66th and 67th floors of the Willis Tower. The evening will be dedicated to planning the independently organized TED event in Chicago along with some informal networking among group members before and after the planning meeting.
Open to all professionals in the fields of eLearning, planning, speaking, or training, and to anyone working to improve Human Performance. This event is designed to inspire Chicago-area professionals to form closer ties and learn more about the opportunities available to those affiliated with Alliance member groups. Build your professional network with us. A cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be available.
To see a list of Alliance Group members, scroll to the bottom of this page. If you are a current member of any of the organization on the list, you are already part of the Alliance Group. There is no membership fee for The Chicago Alliance currently.
Mark Your Calendar
This in-person event will take place on the third Friday of each month. There will be additional virtual meeting online on the 1st Wednesday of the month.
Need more information about the Alliance?
Watch a video About the Alliance Group.
Remember that attire is Business Casual.
Note that refunds are not available. Tickets are transferable to a friend or colleague.
List of Alliance Group Members
ACMP - Association for Change Management Professionals
ATDChi - Chicagoland Chapter Association for Talent Development
ChAPT - Chicago Association for Psychological Type
Chicago ISPI - Chicago Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement
CODIC - Community of Organization Development in Chicagoland
ICF Chicago - International Coach Federation ~ Chicago Chapter
NSA-IL - National Speakers Association - Illinois Chapter
ODN Chicago - Chicago Organization Development Network, Chicago
STC Chicago - Chicago Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
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The Chicago Alliance
The Alliance represents one of the strongest commitments to collaboration among Chicago-area human-performance organizations in 20 years. Comprised of the local chapters of ten Chicago-area professional organizations, the Alliance sparks innovative partnerships and networking initiatives among its members and supports the sharing of best practices, leads, and latest updates about the field of human development and performance.
Alliance Member Organizations
- Association for Change Management Professionals (ACMP)
- Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter (ATDChi)
- Chicago Association for Psychological Type (ChAPT)
- International Society for Performance Improvement (Chicago ISPI)
- Community of Organization Development in Chicagoland (CODIC)
- International Coach Federation (ICF)
- International Society for Organization Development and Change (ISODC)
- National Speakers Association (NSA-IL)
- Organization Development Network, Chicago (ODN Chicago)
- Chicago Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC Chicago)