This recent session of the CILN took place at Second City, the famed Chicago improvisation theater. The event showcased how performance and improvisation can help your organization become more innovative.

Chicago Improvisation is innovation on demand — and The Second City has a 50-year legacy of innovating with audiences every night as the world's most famous improvisational theatre. The company that launched the careers of numerous comedy innovators, including Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey — to name just a few, also works with Fortune 1000 companies to help them set the stage for everyday innovation.

Second City has partnered with experienced innovation company, Innovation Focus, to create Second City Innovation, a partnership and process designed to combine the rigor of Innovation Focus’ tested innovation process and the improvisation expertise of the Second City. Join Second City Innovation for a high-energy, interactive, fun, and (dare we say) funny session to learn first-hand how improvisation can help you:

•Get More Killer Ideas — and fewer idea killers, including the dime-a-dozen naysayers and skeptics that
derail innovation at most companies
•Co-create with your customers — don't just get close to them, invite your customers in on the act in
order to create innovations grounded in their reality
•See failure as an option — innovation thrives in an environment that supports risk and tolerates failure
•Go beyond business as usual — maybe slaughter a few sacred cows, embrace some vital truths, and
embrace change
•Process + Improv = Success — Learn how you can combine a rigorous innovation process with the art
of improvisation to produce new products and concepts

The Chicagoland Innovation Leadership Network was created by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation to create and foster a regional community of young professionals interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity and provide unique and meaningful opportunities to learn, network and explore the possibilities, individually and collectively, that innovation and entrepreneurship provide.

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