• We ARE
    Chicago Global Shapers

    We are a globally recognized group of young leaders empowered by the World Economic Forum.
    Our Mission
    is to improve the lives of Chicagoans, and breakdown regional and global challenges.

  • Applications to become a Chicago Shaper are CLOSED!

    We kickoff our application cycle with our annual Shape the City event, scheduled for May 12, 2022.

    Each year our team organizes intentional impact for the year. The link below breaks down each year's goals of supporting local to global equity and inclusion. Please reach out to us with any questions or if you're interested in joining or partnering with us!



    Meet JANE, our curator!

    Jane is a Senior Data Scientist at IDEO who is most inspired by learning new things and connecting to people. Before joining IDEO, Jane worked at UChicago on projects involving everything from predicting illegal dumping of hazardous waste, to optimizing the locations of Dutch traffic inspectors, to facilitating group activities for the Data Science for Social Good fellowship.


    Linear Algebra was Jane's gateway drug to math. She then got hooked on probability and optimization and went on to pursue her MS in Statistics. As much as she loves learning about nerd stuff, she loves communicating about it even more; she keeps a “Random Forests in Five Minutes” talk in her back pocket, and traveled to México City to lead a workshop on Model Evaluation and Bias in Data Science Projects.


    As a “Jack of no trades, master of fun,” Jane never stays in one place too long and maintains a steadily growing list of unfinished projects. She is a certified yoga teacher and amateur taxidermist, and her hidden talents include parallel parking and being able to fall asleep anywhere. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike on Chicago summer nights, baking her mom's peanut butter cookies, and playing with her princely pup Echo.


    Measuring Our impact

    Check out our 2018-2021 Annual Reports to learn more in-depth about your programs, initiatives, and local/global impact with the Global Shaper Community!

    Become a Partner

    The Chicago Global Shapers’ 2021 impact projects will focus on building partnerships with organizations that are actively creating solutions to accelerate equity and diversity in the Chicago communities.


    If you would like to learn more about becoming a potential partner for this year’s Chicago Global Shapers Impact Project Partnership Program, please review the Request for Proposals document: