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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.

    Global Shapers is new to Chicago: our first class came together in June 2013 and we've added two more cohorts since then. 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 two 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, and India), 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.

    Bailey Herbstreit

    Communications Chair

    Sarah Doherty

    Alumni Chair

    Kiara Byrd

    Recruitment & Membership

    Lauren Wyeth

    External Affairs & Impact

    Gavin Taves

    External Affairs & Impact

    Jane Zanzig

    Internal Events

    Kartik Ramkumar

    Internal Events

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