Global Jobs Forum

  • 04:00 PM
  • Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Sister Cities International is sponsoring the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Job Forum, with speakers Jeffrey D. Klein, President and CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network; Don Welsh, President and CEO, Choose Chicago; and moderated by Steve Edwards, Executive Director, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago.

A global and quintessential American city, Chicago is where business, commerce, the arts, and architecture come together. The city’s diverse businesses operate globally and increasingly require talent that can engage global issues—Google, Design Lab, Boeing, Aon, Abbott, Goldman Sachs…the list goes on. Yet Chicago’s top graduates and young professionals are still running for the coasts for globally engaged jobs. The best and brightest are limiting their career options to DC and NYC think tanks and government agencies, drawing top talent away from Chicago. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations, and World Chicago want to keep that talent here—join us to hear from Chicago’s multinational corporations and civic institutions on globally-relevant and successful careers in Chicago and the Midwest.

Jeffrey D. Klein is president and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network. Klein joined The Global FoodBanking Network following a 30-year career in finance and investment in private and public companies in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. He is focused on expanding the reach of the network, building organizational capacity, and deepening GFN’s funding base. He holds a BSBA in Finance from Georgetown University.

Don Welsh is president and CEO of Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago.  In this role, Welsh is responsible for marketing Chicago to business and leisure travelers worldwide. 

Steve Edwards (moderator) is the executive director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. Steve Edwards has covered politics and public policy as a journalist and program host for more than two decades, including 14 years at WBEZ. His work has appeared on the BBC, Bloomberg News, PBS, and others. He earned his AB in political science from Amherst College.

3:45 pm         Registration
4:00 pm         Presentation and discussion
5:00 pm         Adjournment and networking reception
5:45 pm         Reception adjourns

Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Students FREE

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