Summer Meeting 2018 – Chicago, IL

Thursday, August 16th & Friday, August 17th

Make your plans now to join us for our idea-packed summer meeting with special guest, Soon Yu. Thursday evening, we’ll enjoy a Progressive Dinner beginning at Quartino’s, dinner at Sapori Trattoria, and ending with dessert at Riva. There will be trivia and team building exercises along the way. Transportation will begin and end at the hotel. Make sure to send your RSVP to

This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Guest Speaker: Soon Yu

Soon Yu is an international speaker and best selling author on innovation and design who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine and New York Times.

His book, Iconic Advantage®, challenges businesses, from Fortune 500 to venture-backed startups, to refocus their innovation priorities on building greater iconicity, and offers deeper insights on establishing timeless distinction and relevance.  He regularly consults business leaders on developing meaningful Iconic Signature ElementsSignature Moments and Signature Communication.

He most recently served as the Global VP of Innovation and Officer at VF Corporation, parent organization to over 30 global apparel companies, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautica and Wrangler.  While at VF, Soon created a $2 billion innovation pipeline, established 3 global innovation centers, and initiated industry-leading design best practices.

Prior to this he worked at The Clorox Company and Chiquita Brands, where he won company-wide awards for best advertising, best promotion and best new product, and gained industry recognition from the Webby Award, Favorite Website Award and Dope Award. He has also been a consultant at Bain and Company, and a founder and CEO for numerous venture-backed startups (including Gazoontite, Promeo Technologies and TWRL) and was recognized as a Northern California finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

He is a highly sought after speaker on innovation, design and entrepreneurship, and teaches at Parsons School of Design and often guest lectures at Stanford University (where he received his MBA and is active with the GSB Asian Alumni Association).

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco

We’ll be staying at the acclaimed Kimpton Hotel Monaco, known for its great Loop location on the river in the center of Chicago’s stunning skyline. To receive our group discount, please make your reservations by July 17, 2018.

Winter Meeting 2019

Savannah, GA – Feb 21st & 22nd

This upcoming winter meeting will be held in Savannah, GA on February 21st & 22nd! We will be staying at the Kimpton Brice Hotel.

More details to come!