Where Sustainability Experts Grow
 

Commonground

Where Sustainability Experts Grow

Save the date: may 6-8, 2020

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CommonGround chicago is a 3-day event that brings together 60 experienced sustainability leaders, change agents, and professionals who represent a cross-section of organizations.

 
 

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2019 program

Three energized days filled with building professional relationships, engaging speakers, and understanding transformative frameworks. Below is a broad overview of each day's activities, all included with registration.

Wednesday

  • High-Impact Sustainability Leadership Concepts – Core Concepts

  • Learning Lab: Peer-to-Peer Coaching

  • Being a Change-maker: Organizational Culture vs Strategy

  • Keynote: Sustainability Just Got Real! - Carla Walker-Miller, CEO, Walker-Miller Energy

  • Keynote: Adversaries as Allies: Sustainability Through Unlikely Partnerships - Bob Langert, Greenbiz & McDonald's (retired)

  • State of Sustainability Leadership Panel with Carla Walker-Miller and Bob Langert

  • Reception (Included) - DIRTT, 325 N Wells St

Thursday

  • High-Impact Sustainability Leadership Concepts – Advanced Concepts

  • Design Thinking Activities: Mapping Pathways for Success

  • Learning Lab: Peer-to-Peer Coaching

  • Walk & Talk

  • Participant Showcase

  • Dinner (Included) - Trattoria No. 10, 10 N Dearborn St

Friday

  • Ask Me Anything! Breakout Session & Panel

  • Learning Lab: Peer-to-Peer Coaching

  • Report Outs & Wrap Up

 

SELECT PARTICIPANTS

Since CommonGround launched in 2015, over 75 organizations have participated across the corporate, higher education, government and nonprofit sectors. Here are some of them:


Why attend?

ADVANCE YOUR LEADERSHIP

Bring purpose and agility to your organization, using sustainability to drive innovation, engagement & performance.

CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION

A mix of participation from corporate, higher education, government and nonprofits.

BEST-IN-CLASS INSTRUCTION

Harvard executive eduction lead faculty is paired with top business executives and practitioners for well-rounded perspective.

BE INSPIRED AND RENEWED

Go forward in your profession with new energy, vision, and confidence.

60 PARTICIPANTS

Attendance is limited to experienced sustainability leaders for an intimate workshop environment.

LASTING CONNECTIONS

Purpose-driven leaders striving to contribute meaningfully to our greatest 21st-century challenges.


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2019 Faculty & Advisors

 

 

Speakers

 

 

Advisory board

 

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2019 Venues

Three days, three gorgeous locations in downtown Chicago.

 
 

 

Day 1

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DAY 2

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Field Museum,
Founders’ Room

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33 N lasalle
JBC
VAULT ROOM

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The School of the Art Institute

 
 

2020 Registration coming soon!

 


 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS


Testimonials

CommonGround Chicago is a safe place to discuss systemic challenges, learn trusted strategies for solving problems, and develop a shared language for transformative action. I highly recommend participating in CommonGround for anyone that wants to craft a new vision for your organization.
— Jeremy Manion, CommonGround Chicago 15 and 16, Office Depot

You come away with a kit bag of fresh ideas and new contacts to help you tackle real world problems and opportunities you face every day at your organization. The value returned is high compared to the time spent and the low cost of the conference.
— Duane Carter, Director of Sustainability and Building Performance, Solomon Cordwell Buenz
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