A series of industry-focused panel discussions for students that are involved in number of community organizations in Chicago and that have shown an interest in those careers.

Spotlight On - Talks

April 1st, 2017 –Pitch Black

Where: Harvard School of Business

Dwyane Wade and the City of Chicago partnered with Pitch-Black, an event modeled after the “hackathon” concept, to develop actionable solutions to address issues in Chicago. Dwyane chose 14 high school students from Chicago to visit Harvard University and attend Pitch-Black to provide first-hand experience and insight to the competing teams. The teams pitched solutions addressing education, economic development, community engagement, and public health. The four winning teams will be travelling to Chicago, in August, to pitch their solutions to Dwyane, community leaders, and city officials.

Special Thanks: Harvard School of Business

March 14th, 2017 – Spotlight On Talk: Fashion

Where: Bucketfeet

The second Spotlight On Talk: Fashion was held on March 14th, 2017 at Bucketfeet. Our panel discussion was moderated by Sandra Henderson-Williams of that Illinois Institute of the Art. Our fashion talk featured Joe Robinson of Fat Tiger Workshop, Mary Opalk of Illinois Institute of the Art, Michael Corrigan from the Tie Bar, and Calyann Barnett - Dwyane Wade's Creative Director.

Special Thanks: Our Panelists (Calyann Barnett, Mary Opalk, Joe Robinson, and Michael Corrigan), our moderator (Sandra Henderson-Williams), Bucketfeet, and Dimo’s Pizza.

February 21st, 2017 – Spotlight On Talk: Sports Business

Where: United Center

Our first Spotlight On Talk, focusing on Sports Business, was held on February 21st, 2017 at the United Center. Our panel discussion was moderated by Halleemah Nash of iMentor Chicago and featured an amazing group of panelists including Dwyane Wade, Kenny Mitchell from Gatorade, Austin Brown from CAA, and Dr. Wendy Borlabi from the Chicago Bulls. After the panel discussion, the kids broke out to smaller groups to ask advice from our panelists and finished the event with a tour of the United Center from the Bulls.

Special Thanks: Bulls, Ogilvy, our moderator (Halleemah Nash), and our panelists (Dwyane Wade, Kenny Mitchell, Dr. Wendy Borlabi, Austin Brown).

Photography by Jeff Schear
Photography by Jeff Schear
Photography by Jeff Schear
Photography by Jeff Schear
Photography by Jeff Schear
Photography by Jeff Schear

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