Annual Benefit Luncheon – Arts & Business and Capital: Impact Investing in Chicago’s Creative Economy

March 20, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Blue Cross - Blue Shield of Illinois
300 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago

“Impact investing is where you’re investing for a financial return but you’re also doing something positive that’s having a social return, like micro-finance, preserving the environment, and fair labor. And you can actually achieve those same social impact goals by investing for impact in the creative economy.”
Laura Callanan

You are invited to A&BC’s annual benefit luncheon, March 20 at 11:30 am at 300 E Randolph. The Luncheon is dedicated to impact investing in Chicago’s creative economy.

Laura Callanan, founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab, an unprecedented collaboration between investors and artists, will present the keynote address followed by a lively audience Q&A moderated by Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity, tech investor, and opera singer.

Arts & Business and Capital: Impact Investing in Chicago’s Creative Economy will mobilize impact investors, creative entrepreneurs, and artists to come together in shared purpose to discuss innovative ways to drive economic development. You will not want to miss this cutting-edge conversation with a creative industry thought leader that’s sure to provide you with stimulating new ideas about the creative economy’s role in generating revitalization, community stability, and social cohesion.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, March 20, 11:30am
Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois, 300 E Randolph, 30th fl., Chicago

If you wish to become a sponsor and/or purchase multiple tables, please contact Kristin Larsen,

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About Laura Callanan

Callanan’s national organization, Upstart Co-Lab, connects artists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs to create opportunities for artists to innovate in society, delivering scalable social impact. Prior to Upstart Co-Lab’s 2015 launch, Callanan served as Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts under the Obama administration. With McKinsey & Company, she led work on social innovation, sustainable capitalism, and social impact assessment.

About Genevieve Thiers

Genevieve Thiers, moderator, is an entrepreneur, tech investor, and opera singer based in Chicago. Her first company,, now has millions of users in the US, UK, and Canada. She was recognized by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, and her companies have won over 18 major awards. She is an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund, and in female-run new tech startups that target women and lesser-known industries.

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