While we value our connection to the World Economic Forum and the bonds we share with one another, we're laser-focused on getting things done. Each year, we align on impact projects that directly connect to improving the lives of Chicagoans. For instance, one of our impact projects entailed working with My Block, My Hood, My City to develop organizational capabilities, scale operations, and execute cross-neighborhood excursions for underserved Chicago students. Another had us partner with LeadersUp to develop training & curricula that empower youth interviewing for and navigating a new job. Find some of our other partners below.


    Inclusive Technology Entrepreneurship

    In recognition of the large and growing role that technology is playing in Chicago to shape the Future of Work, CGS is excited to release a report on inclusive technology entrepreneurship in Chicago, highlighting the viewpoint of young professionals in Chicago. We believe young professionals have an important contribution to make to - and are notably impacted by - both the challenges and the opportunities in this space.

    See the report here.


  • Our Focus for 2021

    Equity and diversity in the chicago workforce

    In alignment with the World Economic Forum’s initiative of developing a more inclusive, equitable and diverse future of work, the Chicago Global Shapers’ 2021-22 impact projects will focus on building partnerships with organizations that are actively creating solutions to accelerate equity and diversity in the Chicago workforce.


    If you are a potential partner for this year’s Chicago Global Shapers Impact Project Partnership Program, please review the Request for Proposals document here. *Deadline for submission of RFPs is rolling.


    Provided your organization’s mission and proposed project, we hope that we can engage in a successful project that drives positive change for the future of work in the Chicago-land area. The Chicago Global Shapers have had over five years of successful impact projects through partnerships with Chicago organizations and hopefully with your organization in 2021.


    In this RFP, we have shared more about who the Chicago Global Shapers are, the purpose of our impact projects and how they function, in addition to asking questions about your organization’s mission, capacity and the project you propose for our support and partnership.



    The Chicago Global Shapers team will make our best effort to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with our partner organization on the project. We will work to be transparent with processes and decisions and respect the opinions and ideas of our partners. To the best of our ability, we will leverage our assets and skillsets for mutual benefit including volunteer labor, marketing and publicity, etc.


    We hope that you can be a partner in this effort and look forward to reviewing your proposal!



    The 2017 US Presidential election centered race and religion as defining and dividing forces in American society. With that backdrop, our Hub used 2017 to develop the Chicago Dialogue Project, an initiative designed to create awareness, spark dialogue, and promote education about some of the most pertinent issues impacting Chicago youth. This yearlong series of facilitated discussions engaged Chicago teens on some of the most complex and divisive issues impacting their day-to-day, with conversations touching on community-police relations, immigration, and Islamophobia. Our goal was to empower young people to open up about how these issues impact them and eventually work alongside peers to develop actionable steps to address and remedy these issues.


    While hosting conversations was important, we believed that our work wouldn't be complete if we didn't equip and inspire young people to take immediate action. That's why we developed resource guides aimed at giving attendees a simple starting point. These resource guides were useful for students who:

    • Wanted to learn more about topics of discussion
    • Wanted to identify community members to connect with to drive change
    • Needed immediate help and/or assistance


    Check out our guides below:

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