• ABout Us

    Origins & Background

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    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).

  • About Us


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    Disciplined Growth

    Since our 2013 founding, we've added cohorts of Shapers to number 34 Active Members and counting.

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    Diverse Expertise

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

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    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.

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    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.

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