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    Origins — Background — Hub Leadership Team

    Global Shapers Annual Davos Meeting

    The World Economic Forum (or Forum) created Global Shaper hubs in major cities around the world to empower young leaders to make a difference in their community and represent the youth voice at the Forum.

    Chicago's first class came together in June 2013. We believe our diversity is a key strategic asset: we represent Chicago's amazing neighborhoods (Hyde Park to Edgewater), countries across the world (Chennai to Venice) industries (private to public sector, entrepreneurs to graduate students, and everything in between), and pizza predilections (deep-dish, thin-crust, and yes, even New York-style).

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    Disciplined Growth

    Since our 2013 founding, we've added cohorts of Shapers to number 35 Active Members and counting.

    Diverse Expertise

    Our community is built around complimentary skills & experiences: we make a difference in tech, finance, government, entrepreneurship, and everything in between.

    Chicago Roots

    We are Chicago: we're Hyde Park academics, Lake View cyclists, Downtown marathoners, Logan Square coffee obsessives, Pilsen street art enthusiasts, Wicker Park beer snobs, and Edgewater historians.

    Global Perspectives

    We hail from Asia to Africa, have gladly welcomed transfers from other Hubs (Italy, Jamaica, Israel, India, and more), and happily host visiting Shapers from around the world - most recently Mexico, Canada, and China.


    We're more than a cohort of young professionals committed to changing Chicago for the better. Whether through targeted service events, city excursions, weekend working sessions, or impromptu coffees, we've grown into a tight-knit group of advisers and friends.

    Jake Stevens

    Impact Officer

    CEO, Climastry

    Bailey Herbstreit

    External Affairs

    Agam Arora

    Alumni Chair

    Participant Solutions, The Options Clearing Corporation

    Maya Lakshman

    Recruitment & Membership

    Research Coordinator, Northwestern University

    Anneliese Herman


    Associate Business Systems Analyst, CCC Intelligent Solutions

    Joseph Solis


    Digital Marketing Consultant

    Allen Linton II

    Outgoing Curator

    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Associated Colleges of the Midwest

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