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Past Seminars & Events
Going Global Breakfast Seminar McHenry County 
January 12, 2012
McHenry County, IL
​In partnership with the Global Midwest Alliance, McHenry County EDC is pleased to kick off 2012 by hosting a Business Forum focusing on Security & Private Liabilities as well as Global Market Opportunities.​




January 2012
February 2012
Water Sector Days at The World Bank Group
February February 21 - March 2, 2012
Washington, DC
Meeting with the World Bank Group

Global Midwest Alliance 2012 Kickoff Reception with Special Guest, Victor Hwang
February 21, 2012
Chicago, IL 
Please join Global Midwest Alliance and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione for a cocktail reception celebrating innovation and technology development in the Midwest.

World Bank Group Private Sector Liaison Meetings (PSLO) 
February 6-14, 2012
Paris and Tunisia
World Bank Private Sector Liaison Officers meet to discuss initiatives with regional development banks in EU and Africa.

Leveraging Your Resources: Promote Your Country's Mission at Midwest Clean Tech 2012, the International Manufacturing Technology Show & Brinks Innovation Competition
February 8, 2012
Chicago, IL 
Please join us for a luncheon with the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association hosted by Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. Manufacturing solutions are at the center of the economic recovery, with the clean tech sector leading the way. Speakers from Global Midwest Alliance, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Midwest Research University Network and Brink will lead a discussion on the manufacturing technology and clean technology sectors. Guests will also receive an update and learn ways to leverage and promote their country's resources globally during these upcoming events.
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Doing Business in Africa: Private Sector Visit to Rwanda with World Bank Private Sector Liaison Officers 
March 14-16, 2012
Rwanda, Africa
The Parliamentary Network of The World Bank & International Monetary Fund is organizing a conference, Doing Business In Africa, focusing on private sector issues. The Alliance will organize a PSLO business mission which would give Midwestern companies the opportunity to benefit from the Parliamentary Network program and to meet with the World Bank Group's local teams, to develop business opportunities with local companies. 

Tour of the Institute for Food Safety and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology
March 14, 2012
Bedford Park, IL
Join host Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health,and Professor of Biology, for a tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). The IFSH is a one-of-a-kind applied food science research institute that provides stakeholders in government, industry and academia the opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge and expertise to address key issues in food safety, food defense and nutrition. 

Food Technology Series: The Opportunities and Challenges of Expanding Food Imports to the U.S.​
March 1, 2012
Chicago, IL
This informative and interactive seminar, held in a central point for the distribution of food across the U.S., will bring together foreign exporters and domestic importers; buyers, purchasing agents and procurement management from a range of food processing companies; regulators at local, state and federal levels; and a broad array of groups with an interest in expanding the international food trade.
March 2012
April 2012
InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum
April 4-5, 2012
St. Louis, MO
InvestMidwest is a venture capital conference that showcases 40-45 companies from throughout the Midwest in the three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and clean energy/sustainability.​
May 2012
Challenges & Opportunities in Sustainable Development for the Private Sector
May 21-24, 2012
Washington, DC
This sector specific program provides Midwest companies with an opportunity to meet with the development banks and the UN, as well as companies and participants from Brazil and Canada to explore the potential for business development. Sectors of focus will include water and sanitation, energy efficiency, climate change, urban growth and sustainable development.

Brinks Innovation Competition: Where Are They Now?
May 9, 2012
Chicago, IL  
Luncheon program will showcase the top three winning technologies of the 2011 Brinks Innovation Competition. Update on clean tech, manufacturing and Midwest Clean Tech 2012 in conjunction with the International Manufacturing Technology Show in September.​

June 2012
Private Sector Meeting Program with the International Financial Institutions - World Bank Group, Development Banks and United Nations
June 6-8, 2012
Washington, DC 
​Customized visit program to Washington, DC to focus on sector meetings for Midwestern companies interested in specific opportunities with the IFIs

Aid & International Development Forum
June 6-7, 2012
Washington, DC
AIDF brings together decision makers from UN, government, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the corporate sector who are involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid relief and development.The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) is the world leading forum for the humanitarian aid, relief and development sectors which facilitates partnerships, addresses global humanitarian and development issues and encourages the sharing of expertise. 
July 2012
World Bank PSLO Program: Asian Development & Opportunities in Emerging Markets 
July 24, 2012
Chicago, IL  
The World Bank PSLO, Global Midwest Alliance and True Partners Consulting, LLC welcome you for an interactive discussion on the PSLO's program to visit Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan in October 2012. True Partners Consulting, LLC will provide insight from a financial and consultative perspective on doing business in the region. Representatives from government and the private sector will speak regarding the economic climate and experiences of doing global business in Asia in 2012 and beyond. 
September 2012
Midwest Clean Tech 2012:  Fueling Global Growth
In conjunction with the Annual International Manufacturing Technology Show 
September 12, 2012
Chicago, IL  
Midwest Clean Tech, now in its 5th consecutive year, is an international marketplace forum that creates opportunities for Midwestern and global entrepreneurs to engage with top keynote and panel speakers, innovators and financiers from the clean tech community. Highlighting opportunities in automotive, energy storage, financing and investment, food and agriculture, manufacturing and logistics, and smart grid, Midwest Clean Tech is supported by business, finance, government and academic institutions throughout the Midwest.


August 2012
Tour of the National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (NCAUR) Facility
August 28, 2012
Peoria, IL  
Don't miss out on this opportunity to tour the the USDA Research Lab in Peoria and meet meet some of the scientists whose visionary research today is contributing to the foods on our tables tomorrow. You’ll tour the labs, partake in individual discussions with food-specific researchers, have an opportunity to explore potential collaborations and learn more about how working with a federal research facility is easier and more beneficial than you expected.
October 2012
WBT Innovation Marketplace
October 24-26, 2012
San Diego, CA
The WBT Innovation Marketplace represents the collaborative, year-long effort of investors, licensees and tech commercialization professionals. The WBT is deal-focused and diverse, showcasing companies and technologies that vary by geography, funding source and type of research institution. Participating technologies, each supported by private funding, federal R&D grants or both. Technologies are selected by -- and presented to -- more than 100 seasoned venture investors and Fortune 500 licensing scouts representing a variety of industries.

Brazil: An Emerging Market for Sustained Success and Growth
October 30, 2012
Chicago, IL
Brazil is one of the fastest growing countries in Latin America. Its rapidly evolving sociopolitical environment is a source of much misperception and speculation. What is the real story about successfully doing business there? Join us for a lively discussion with a panel of seasoned executives who have been working in and with Brazilian companies for years. They will share their experience and lessons learned.

UBIFRANCE Presents the French Cleantech Tour at IIT
October 18, 2012
Chicago, IL
UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Agency, is proud to present the first French Cleantech Tour in the U.S. showcasing French companies with innovative technologies new to the U.S. market. These technologies have great potential to meet the needs of American investors, as well as companies looking for business partners to strengthen their activity in the U.S. and global markets. Companies include: AMPLAST, a manufacturer of wet scrubbers, biofilters and corrosion resistant industrial fans; BC SOLAR, a renewable energy and especially solar, wind and geothermal; BT3 TECHNOLOGIES, manufacturer of hydrophobic recyclable papers; CLEANEA, manufacturer of electrolytic process of water and salt to produce your own cleaning and sanitizing solutions on your premises; and EXOES SAS, manufacturer of exhaust gases heat recovery systems and waste heat recovery.

Trade Expo Indonesia 2012
October 17-21, 2012 
Jakarta Fairground, Kemayoran, Indonesia
When visiting Indonesia with the World Bank's PSLO's, we are in collaborative effort with the Consulate General of Indonesia and the Indonesia Trade Promotion Center-Chicago to give participating companies the opportunity to meet face-to-face with pre-screened business partners and explore export opportunities at the 27th Annual Trade Expo Indonesia, a comprehensive multi-sector trade show.

Clean Tech Open 
October 17-18, 2012
Minneapolis, MN 
Please join us as an attendee for one of the premiere innovation events in the Midwest. This event will feature top clean tech entrepreneurs and their start-up businesses from across the region. The North Central Cleantech Open (NCCTO) will bring together its accelerator companies with representatives from its diverse regional network. The goal of this event is to celebrate the entrepreneurs while also facilitating valuable connections for all attendees.

Water Summit 2012: Building the Water Centric City
October 9-10, 2012
Milwaukee, WI
The Milwaukee Water Council invites you to Water Summit 2012. Details and registration will be available soon.

Private Sector Visit to Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam with the World Bank's Private Sector Liaison Officers
October 12-25, 2012 
Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam 
The PSLO Network invites you to join us for private sector visit program which will include in-country meetings, presentations and discussions with the World Bank Group, The Asian Development Bank, government embassies and trade representatives from Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
November 2012
2012 Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summits
​Next Generation Manufacturing: What Lies Ahead for Manufacuters and Distributors
November 13, 2012
Rosemont, IL
Join leaders in the manufacturing and distribution industry from across the country for McGladrey's annual Executive Summit. During this event, we will examine the results from the 2012 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor Survey, where executives shared their perspectives on major issues affecting U.S. manufactuers and distributors. In addition, thought leaders will provide an analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing companies like yours today.
December 2012
Global CONNECT Summit
December 5-6, 2012
San Diego, CA
Join the architects of some of the world's leading innovation ecosystems along with visionaries who are growing clusters in emerging markets for this annual two-day international meeting in San Diego, California. Roll your sleeves up and work with colleagues from around the world to analyze innovative capital formation strategies and effective commercialization solutions. Develop international linkages to assist your local innovators in accessing the global marketplace. Explore strategies to strengthen supply chains and innovation in advanced manufacturing and production. Build lasting partnerships with leading entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, and innovation thought leaders. Bring home practical solutions you can implement. 
January 2013
The Middle Market: Our World of Opportunity in 2013
Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors 2013 Winter Conference
January 14-17, 2013
Miami, FL
​The M&A community will gather together for three days of focused networking, learning and exchange at the 15th AM&AA Winter Conference which will be held at the Miami Hilton. This will be a global conference for middle market M&A professionals, including executives from preeminent investment banks and intermediaries, private equity investors, lenders, CPAs, attorneys, business valuators and other advisors. Attendees will have unprecedented access to corporate executives from middle market companies who are keen to meet capital sources and investors to make actionable connections.  
March 2013
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY LUNCHEON: U.S. EXPERTISE FOR THE WORLD MARKET 
Opportunities for Global Partnerships with The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and The Export-Import Bank
March 13, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
​The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Global Midwest Alliance showcases its 2013 programming with a luncheon highlighting global opportunity and the need for U.S. expertise in other markets. U.S. Executive Director to the World Bank, The Honorable Ian Solomon, will share the World Bank’s view and broad opportunities for private sector engagement. Alessandro Pio will provide a regional perspective on behalf of the Asian Development Bank.. The U.S. Export-Import Bank will provide an overview of their current work and objectives for increasing U.S. participation in global commerce. The Alliance will highlight its role as the Midwest Private Sector Liaison to the World Bank, and will also showcase its partnership with Ex-Im Bank and other international agencies. 

NETWORKING RECEPTION
2013 Energy Project Workshop
​March 13, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
University Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL
​We are pleased to invite you to an evening reception at the University Club of Chicago hosted by Global Midwest Alliance, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Energy Council, featuring U.S. Executive Director to the World Bank Ian Solomon and Asian Development Bank Director General, Alessandro Pio, announcing a partnership between the Alliance and GTI to host a an Energy Project Workshop on July 15-16, 2013 at GTI. This two-day intensive workshop on natural gas needs and opportunities for the U.S. industry to engage in globally will include the World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, other multilaterals and the international community. 

INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE RESOURCES GROUP
International IP Strategy: A Cornerstone for Growth in Global Markets
March 12, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Chicago, IL
Going global? Your brand, your innovations, and your technical know-how can be some of the biggest assets at risk. intellectual property laws around the world are as distinct and diverse as the cultures in which they operate. Please join us and a panel of experienced IP and business professionals to discuss the myriad of intellectual property issues that may arise while your company grows globally.
INDUSTRY FOCUS SERIES: MANUFACTURING SECTOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, GROWTH & GLOBALIZATION
Innovation and Opportunities for Manufacturers, Additive Manufacturers and Global Producers  
April 3, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL
This program hosts one of the U.S.'s foremost keynote speakers to provide an expert industry overview regarding which manufacturing innovations will offer the best hope for future growth. Our innovation panel will focus on the exciting additive manufacturing possibilities. Representatives from the international financing institutions (IFIs) will discuss loans, grants and technical assistance on investment projects and policy reforms in developing countries. Manufacturers will have the opportunity to learn about the specific missions and ways to bring manufacturing and industrial projects to developing nations.

Executive Briefing Roundtable:  Manufacturing Sector 
April 3, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org or 312.286.0688.

World Bank International Financing Institutions (IFI) Boot Camp
April 22-24, 2013
World Bank
Washington, DC
This three-day workshop, planned in conjunction with the World Bank Annual Spring Meetings, will bring together PSLO officers, companies that have been successful in the IFI market and companies interested in securing subcontracts or gaining a better understanding of the needs and nuances of IFI projects in specific industry sectors. Participants can expect presentations and discussions from successful international firms who are seeking potential partners to pursue other IFI-funded projects; networking and meeting opportunities with representatives of various international financial institutions; scheduled one-on-one meetings between SMEs and successful international firms. Multiple networking opportunities, platforms and customized programming are included in participation.

BIO 2013
April 22-25, 2013
​McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
Gain new perspectives from global thought leaders. Get up to date on policies, regulation, marketing and innovations. Learn better practices for business development, finance, manufacturing and more.

April 2013
June 2013
INDUSTRY FOCUS: ENERGY SECTOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, GROWTH AND GLOBALIZATION
Business Partnering in the New Energy Age
May 14, 2013
7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Recent leaps in U.S. innovation and technology are changing the global energy market, providing many different opportunities and creating alliances around the increasing resources, efficiencies and global market needs. This breakfast seminar features leading energy experts providing an industry overview and an innovation panel showcasing emerging technologies reaching the niche needs of the energy market. Global agencies from the U.S. and the international financing community will offer the global context and provide direction for U.S. companies looking to succeed abroad. This program also highlights the upcoming Energy Project Practical Workshop to be held in July.

Executive Briefing Roundtable:  Energy Sector 
May 14, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org or 312.286.0688.
INDUSTRY FOCUS: FOOD SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH AND GLOBALIZATION
Global Food Demand: Opportunity for the U.S. in the Growth of Emerging Markets
June 26, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL
The U.S. food sector is experiencing economic growth which will continue to need innovation and support. Building on the success of past programs for the food community, this program will highlight the latest in nutritional food development and how this area is a cross-cutting topic across all aspects of the industry. Industry experts will offer insight, the innovation panel will showcase the latest technologies, and global representatives will provide a look at potential food-related opportunities and case studies from other members of the global community. 

Executive Briefing Roundtable:  Food Sector 
June 26, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.  For more information, contact Gail Longmore at glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org or 312.286.0688.

May 2013
ENERGY SECTOR WORKSHOP - EVENT POSTPONED
2013 World Bank and Multilateral-Financed Projects Energy Workshop 
July 15-16, 2013
Gas Technology Institute
Des Plaines, IL
The Energy Project Practical Workshop is a co-initiative between the Alliance and Illinois’ Gas Technology Institute (GTI), hosting the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the international community, to promote industry understanding and engagement in the international project and procurement process in the energy field.  This learning and exchange session will take place at GTI as a two-day intensive on natural gas needs, and opportunity for the U.S. companies to engage globally.  Attendees can expect to hear experts discussing regional development needs, the IFI procurement process and funding, as well as specific project case studies and partnering opportunities.


July 2013
September 2013
INDUSTRY FOCUS: CLEAN TECHNOLOGY SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH AND GLOBALIZATION
What's in the Future for Clean Tech? Featuring the Polsinelli Innovation Competition Finalists Showcase 
September 10, 2013
7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL
The Innovation Competition provides a showcase for developers of new technologies offering competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services that promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources; reduce negative ecological impact; and provide superior performance at lower costs. These finalists will go on to compete at the Midwest Clean Tech Open in Minneapolis, and then the national Clean Tech Open competition.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ROUNDTABLE: CLEAN TECH SECTOR
September 10, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org or 312.286.0688.​

October 2013
CATTEC VI
October 8-9, 2013
Skokie, IL
This event brings together regional talent, commercialized technologies and capital in a showcase of emerging high-tech start-ups from leading Midwest universities and accelerators. At CATTEC VI, angel and early-stage venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and commercialization professionals develop connections and deals that strengthen the venture innovation network within and beyond the Midwest.
​World Bank PSLO's Annual Energy Sector Program
November 4-8, 2013
World Bank Headquarters 
Washington, DC 
This successful annual energy program is in its 5th year, welcoming numerous companies and country representatives from around the world to the World Bank and the United Nations. The Alliance, as the World Bank Private Sector Liaison Office for the Midwest, will accompany Midwest companies participating in a week-long intensive program on energy progress and needs in the developing world, and engagement with the World Bank and other IFIs on global opportunities via procurement channels and consulting. Companies will also have the chance to engage one-on one with IFI representatives and showcase their own success and experience to an audience of industry experts.

Middwest Innovation Summit and Clean Tech Open 
October 17, 2013
Minneapolis, MN
​This event unites industry professionals from various sectors across the Midwest’s diverse cleantech innovation market. The focus of the event will result in an audience that largely originates from our 13-state footprint. Each year a subset of attendees join from outside the region who are interested in following Midwest cleantech innovation trends.
December 2013
INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE RESOURCES GROUP
Global Hot Markets: Is Colombia on Your Checklist?​
November 12, 2013
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Chicago, IL
One year after signing a Free Trade Agreement with the US, Colombia is "one of the very few success stories anywhere in the world right now," according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. This program will feature a lively panel discussion between seasoned executives who have extensive experience working with Colombian companies and will share their lessons learned. The agenda includes networking time with wine and appetizers served after the panel discussion.

Passport to France
November 21, 2013
Chicago, IL 
Passport to France is the largest event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago. It welcomes more than 800 guests from the local French-American community, including corporate members, their employees, and business clients. Funds generated at Passport to France go towards the Chamber's mission to develop and promote a thriving economic relationship between the United States and France, as well as to serve the ongoing business needs of corporate and individual members throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

Taming Agricultural Risks
November 19, 2013
Chicago, IL
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a conference to explore the risks faced by agricultural producers and lenders, as well as the risk-management tools available to them. experts from academia, industry and policy institutions will examine key risks facing agriculture and discuss managing these risks in today’s volatile environment. The goals of the conference include identifying the most challenging risks facing the agricultural sector; understanding the characteristics and patterns of these primary risks; assessing various risk-management tools and strategies; and examining the impacts of various risk-management approaches on policies for farming and agricultural lending.
​Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and NORBIC Annual Holiday Party
December 5, 2013
Chicago, IL
Join the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and NORBIC for its Annual Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony. Network with local business leaders, manufacturers, board members and elected officials. A silent auction will be held.

Annual Networking Reception and Fundraiser to Support Global Midwest Alliance
​December 4, 2013
​Chicago, IL
We are pleased to invite you to a holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2014. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest. Special guest Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist at Mesirow Financial will be providing his remarks on innovation, globalization and the economic outlook for 2014.
November 2013
January 2014
2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Opens
​January 30, 2014
​Chicago, IL
The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is an annual competition that focuses on emerging and venture-ready clean and green tech companies in the Midwest helping them gain visibility for their technology and make connections with early-stage investors, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financiers. Competition entries are evaluated by a panel of experts from regional universities, venture capitalists and business executives familiar with clean and green technologies.

Energy Opportunities in West Africa
February 27, 2014
Online - 9 a.m. CST
This webinar will provide an overview of energy opportunities in West Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service -- Nigeria and Ghana, Millennium Challenge Corporation and Ex-Im Bank.
February 2014
March 2014
Energy Opportunities in East Africa
March 6, 2014 
Online @ 9:00am CST
This final webinar highlight energy opportunities in East Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service – Kenya, OPIC, and USAID. 
ILLINOIS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SUMMIT 2014
Sustainably Harnessing Energy and Creating Wealth for All 
​March 6, 2014
​Chicago, IL
The Illinois Sustainable Energy Summit is a multi-stakeholder forum promoting dialogue and collaboration on sustainable energy and economic development in Illinois. The Summit is bringing together government, business and community leaders to collectively explore opportunities and challenges, and find solutions related to sustainable energy and infrastructure development of our state and nation. 

INDUSTRY FOCUS SERIES: MANUFACTURING SECTOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, GROWTH & GLOBALIZATION
Advanced Manufacturing:  What Is It and How Will It Affect My Business?
April 24, 2014
Park Ridge, IL
Join us at TMA headquarters on April 24 as the Alliance hosts its annual manufacturing industry program for a three-part discussion on innovation, growth and globalization in the advanced manufacturing sector. This year's keynote speaker will discuss the new opportunities and economic benefits that advanced manufacturing is providing in the Midwest and globally. Manufacturers will have the opportunity to learn how advanced manufacturing can be used to change both the local and global landscape, as well as network with industry leaders, corporate executives, government officials and advanced manufacturers.    

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Manufacturing Sector 
April 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Park Ridge, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives, industry leaders and government officials who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org or 312.286.0688.


April 2014
May 2014
World Bank Group Sustainability Mission
​Energy Trade Mission to West Africa -- Ghana and Nigeria
​May 18-24, 2014
​Washington, DC
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Africa by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa. In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money in developing their energy and power sectors. As a result, the mission will focus on export-ready U.S. firms in the energy sector, including oil and gas, that can help the target countries develop and manage energy resources and systems, build out power generation and transmission, and distribution. While a number of U.S. companies successfully take advantage of the business opportunities Africa, the U.S. Department of Commerce recognizes that some companies need assistance navigating foreign markets to take full advantage of the wide range of opportunities that exist. This mission will assist U.S. businesses in initiating or expanding exports to the region by: Arranging business-to-business introductions; providing market access information; and facilitating access to government decision makers. 

Automation in Manufacturing Conference
May 15, 2014
Rosemont, IL
​Experience lessons learned from technology implementation and see how things you discover can yield practical value. Join your peers as AMT hosts the Automation in Manufacturing Conference. This new conference is already foreseen as becoming a major industry event. It is focused on the future of advanced automation and will cover state-of-the-art developments in technology and their applications. Automation manufacturers and major industry users will lay out future challenges and solutions at this "not to miss" industry event, developed specifically as a focal point for advanced automation.
July 2014
Where Are They Now? A Look at the 2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Winners
July 10, 2014
Chicago, IL
​Join Global Midwest Alliance and host Polsinelli for a special program featuring an exciting update on the success of last year's winners of the Polsinelli Innovation Competition. Learn about the most recent trends in innovation and clean tech investments and network with executives, entrepreneurs, investors, professional service providers, academics and other professionals from the clean tech community. 
INDUSTRY FOCUS SERIES: FOOD SECTOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, GROWTH & GLOBALIZATION
Feeding a Hungry World: Global Food Production and Sustainability​
​July 24, 2014
Chicago, IL
Join us at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on July 24 as the Alliance hosts its annual three-part discussion on innovation, growth and globalization in the food sector. This year's keynote speaker will discuss managing risk in the global food supply chain.  Hear from our Food Innovation and Technology Panel, comprised of industry experts and insiders, who will host a discussion on the latest food technologies and their ability to meet the growing challenge of food availability globally. Finally, the Growth and Global Opportunities Panel, which will be comprised of leaders in the food industry, will review and discuss how global food sustainability is impacting the supply chain.  

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Food Sector 
July 24, 2014
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives, industry leaders and government officials who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at  312.286.0688 or glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org.

​2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Deadline for Entries
​July 25, 2014
​Online
September 2014
Driving Economic Growth through Greener Energy Pathways 
September 30, 2014
Chicago, IL
​The Sustainable Energy & Economy Summit is a multi-stakeholder forum promoting dialogue and collaboration on sustainable energy and economic development in the USA. This year’s Summitwill be focused on how various stakeholders in the U.S. have committed themselves to improving the energy footprint of our nation. The Summit will direct the spotlight on various leaders who are promoting the goals of sustainable energy development in their respective organizations, industries, communities and professions.
October 2014
2014 Midwest Manufacturing Matters
October 2, 2014
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsored by Global Midwest Alliance and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing, this important industry event will celebrate and recognize companies and individuals in the Midwest manufacturing industry.

INDUSTRY FOCUS SERIES: CLEAN TECHNOLOGY SECTOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, GROWTH & GLOBALIZATION
Annual Clean Tech Industry Program Featuring the 2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Showcase
​October 23, 2014
Chicago, IL
The Innovation Competition provides a showcase for developers of new technologies offering competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services which promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources; reduce negative ecological impact; and provide superior performance at lower costs.

​Executive Briefing Roundtable: Clean Technology Sector 
October 23, 2014
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives, industry leaders and government officials who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at  312.286.0688 or  glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org.

Enabling the Next Horizon: Accelerating Innovation & Growth Through Corporate Venturing
November 7, 2014
Chicago, IL
Join Global Midwest Alliance, Clareo Partners, Midwest Research University Network and sponsors CME Group, Energy Foundry and Polsinelli invite you to explore the opportunities and challenges of corporate venturing: Partnering with, and investing in, companies to accelerate innovation and drive growth. Today, corporate venturing and innovation partnering are recognized as powerful tools in the innovation arsenal. However, a strategic approach is needed to win the venturing game. Take advantage of our unique peer-to-peer networking opportunities and discover how to initiate an effective corporate venturing program or optimize the role that corporate venturing plays in your corporation.

​Corporate Venturing Reception
November 6, 2014
Chicago, IL
A gathering of select corporate venturing executives, industry experts and business leaders who share a common focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide through leadership which will drive the Alliance's industry programming.  For more information, contact Gail Longmore at 312.286.0688 or glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org.
November 2014
Innovate to Grow: 2014 Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summit
​November 18, 2014
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
McGladrey invites you to its 2014 Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summit, where industry leaders will explore the challenges and opportunities facing Illinois-based companies like yours today. During this complimentary event, agenda topics will include: FOX 32 News Political Editor Mike Flannery on what the election means for business; a keynote address by Sarah Miller Caldicott, CEO of Power Patterns of Innovation and great grandniece of Thomas Edison; breakout learning sessions on ecommerce, global business, innovation, mergers and acquisitions, tax issues, and technology; a CEO panel discussion on highlights from McGladrey’s 2014 Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor; and the presentation of the McGladrey Lifetime Achievement Award.

Social Responsibility is No Longer Optional for Businesses: How Successful Organizations Implement It
November 18, 2014
​Chicago, IL
As an international executive, you need to, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Come and join us at this lively panel discussion between seasoned Chicago thought leaders who have extensive experience working with companies and will share the lessons they have learned. After the panel discussion, the program includes networking time with complimentary wine and appetizers.

December 2014
Annual Networking Reception and Fundraiser to Support Global Midwest Alliance
​December 10, 2014
​Chicago, IL
We are pleased to invite you to a holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2015. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest. 
February 2015
2015 Global Innovation Summit 
February 17-19, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA 
The Global Innovation Summit is not just a conference. It’s a living ecosystem, and the world's largest gathering for builders of the new economy. We are proud to announce the agenda of the Summit. No parade of talking heads and PowerPoints. Instead, we feature dynamic interactive learning, hands-on design prototyping, real life case studies, practical tools, and a 50-country-strong peer network. Come experience an innovation ecosystem spring to life. 
Going Global: Ways to Reduce Your Company's Risk and Obtain Funding
March 12, 2015
Chicago, IL
​Global Midwest Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host Midwest business leaders for a discussion on how U.S. companies can expand operations by exporting products and services globally.  This program will explore various financing options and discuss ways to ensure that your company can mitigate risk. This program will provide awareness of the need for U.S. products and expertise in emerging markets in a variety of industries as well as options for special funding. 

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Going Global
March 12, 2015
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives, industry leaders and government officials who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming. For more information, contact Gail Longmore at 312.286.0688 or  glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org.
March 2015
2015 Food Industry Gala - Midwest Food Matters
June 23, 2015
Chicago, IL
This important inaugural industry event will bring Midwest food executives together to celebrate and recognize companies and individuals in the Midwest who have made significant contributions to the growth and improvement in the food industry.


May 2015
Industry Focus: Energy-Water Nexus - Technology Innovation, Growth, Sustainability & Globalization
The Energy-Water Nexus in the Oil and Gas Industry
May 12, 2015
Chicago, IL
Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy pinpointed the water-energy nexus as a developing market that will require substantial research and development investment in the near term. With the growth in population, ongoing economic development and urbanization, the increasing demand for energy and decreasing availability of clean water will have a detrimental impact on our environment. More energy is needed to produce clean water and more water is needed to run thermoelectric power plants. Water stewardship is fast becoming an essential component of a sustainable and resilient energy sector. Join us as the Alliance hosts a discussion on the rising importance of the water-energy nexus.

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Energy-Water Nexus 
May 12, 2015
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.

World Bank PSLO's Annual Energy Sector Program: Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development
May 4-7, 2015
Washington, DC
This annual energy program will welcome numerous companies and country representatives from around the world to the World Bank and the United Nations. As the World Bank’s Private Sector Liaison Office for the Midwest, the Alliance will accompany Midwest companies participating in an intensive program on energy progress and needs in the developing world. Companies will also have the chance to showcase their own success and experience to an audience of industry experts and engage one-on-one with the World Bank and IFI representatives on global opportunities via procurement channels and consulting. 

​2015 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Opens 
The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is an annual competition that focuses on emerging and venture-ready companies in the Midwest helping them gain visibility for their technology and make connections with early-stage investors, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financiers. Competition entries are evaluated by a panel of experts from regional universities, venture capitalists and business executives familiar with technologies that improve resource utilization.
June 2015
January 2018
WELCOMING BART EDES, ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK'S NORTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE 
January 23, 2018
Chicago, IL
K&L Gates and Global Midwest Alliance invite you to join us for a lunch program featuring Bart Edes, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) North American representative. Mr. Edes will discuss the ADB’s operations and programs. 

2018 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCH
January 9, 2018
Chicago, IL
Global Midwest Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host a discussion focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. expansion as it enters 2018. Keynote speaker William Strauss, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1982, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity. 


December 2017
ANNUAL HOLIDAY NETWORKING RECEPTION
December 14, 2017
Chicago, IL
Holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2018. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization, provides to Midwest.innovators and entrepreneur. 


November 2017
ANNUAL MIDWEST AGRICULTURAL CONFERENCE
November 28, 2017
Chicago, IL 
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is hosting a conference to examine Midwest agriculture’s ties to the global economy. This conference will inform and bring together those interested in issues surrounding agricultural trade and the global economy. At the conference, experts from academia, industry and policy institutions will discuss trends in agricultural exports and their impact on the Midwestern economy, as well as the role of global demand for Midwest agricultural products. The goals of the conference include understanding the linkages between agricultural exports and farm income; assessing the primary drivers of agricultural trade; exploring policies that affect agricultural trade; and discussing the impacts of agricultural trade on the Midwestern economy.


October 2017
PSLO NETWORK ANNUAL ENERGY SECTOR MISSION 
INTEGRATING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT 
October 23-25, 2017
Washington, DC
The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites you to a joint mission focusing on the energy sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions specifically designed to provide an opportunity for the private sector to Initiate a dialogue with the project officers responsible for energy sector projects; Understand project requirements and constraints; and assess opportunities to compete on IFI-financed tenders in the energy sector; and engage with IFI staff on the experience, solutions and interests of international energy firms working in emerging markets.  


September 2017
INDUSTRY FOCUS: MANUFACTURING SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBALIZATION
MANUFACTURING SKILL-AUTOMATION-TECHNOLOGY: HOW TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE
September 14, 2017
Rosemont, IL
Join Global Midwest Alliance for a program featuring a discussion examining the manufacturing industry. Speakers will cover a number of topics that are current and relevant to the evolution of the manufacturing industry. 

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ROUNDTABLE: MANUFACTURING SECTOR
September 14, 2017
Rosemont, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.


May 2017
INDUSTRY FOCUS: FOOD SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBALIZATION
Gleaning 2.0: Reducing Food Waste for a Food Insecure Planet
May 24, 2017
Chicago, IL
Join Global Midwest Alliance and co-sponsor, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for a program featuring a discussion examining the food industry. Speakers will cover a number of topics that are current and relevant to the evolution of the food industry. 

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ROUNDTABLE: FOOD SECTOR
May 24, 2017
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.

2017 Midwest Food Matters Leadership Gala
May 9, 2017
Chicago, IL
The 3rd Annual Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards gala will bring Midwest food executives together to celebrate and recognize companies and individuals in the Midwest who have made significant contributions to the growth and improvement in the food industry. The honoree for 2017 is Abbott.


April 2017
Annual Corporate Venturing Program
April 4, 2017
Chicago, IL
Open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. Global Midwest Alliance hosts an event where experts will contribute their insights on corporate venturing. Open to the speakers and attendees from last year’s corporate venturing program and all Innovation Competition finalists.

Featuring the Global Midwest Alliance Innovation Competition Finalists Showcase presented by Polsinelli
The Innovation Competition provides a showcase for developers of new technologies that improve resource utilization and provide solution to global challenges while offering competitive returns for investors and customers. The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services which promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources; reduce negative ecological impact; and provide superior performance at lower costs.

Corporate Venturing Reception
April 3, 2017
Chicago, IL
Open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY.


March 2017
2017 Global Midwest Alliance Innovation Competition presen​ted by Polsinelli 
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
March 1, 2017


January 2017
Post-Brexit UK Investment Opportunities for U.S. Food Companies
January 31, 2017
Chicago, IL 
Food industry professionals are invited to join a panel discussion on investment opportunities, the research and development landscape, and food regulatory issues in the UK. The panel will feature UK-based food industry specialists, the UK Food Standards Agency, and U.S. companies with operations in the UK. The hour-long discussion will segway into a networking reception featuring British food and drink. 

2017 Economic Outlook Lunch
January 10, 2017
Chicago, IL 
Global Midwest Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host a discussion focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. expansion as it enters 2017. Keynote speaker William Strauss, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1982, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity. ​


December 2016
Annual Holiday Networking Event
December 8, 2016
Chicago, IL 
Holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2017. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization, provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest.


​November 2016
The Downturn in Agriculture: Implications for the Midwest and the Future of Farming
November 29, 2016
Chicago, IL
On November 29, 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a conference to examine the agricultural downturn in the Midwest and discuss future directions for farming. With prices for key agricultural products falling from their peaks in recent years, many farm operations are having to deal with lower revenues. Moreover, farms face thinner profit margins—and even losses—since their input costs have not fallen as much as product prices. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that net income for the farm sector will decline for a third consecutive year in 2016. This downturn has hit the Midwest hard, as seen in lower farmland values and cash rental rates for cropland. At the conference, experts from academia, industry, and policy institutions will explore the agricultural downturn’s implications for both the farm sector and the broader regional economy. The goals of the conference include understanding key trends in farm income, product prices, and input costs; assessing the primary factors behind the sector’s downturn; examining policies that provide support to farm operations and promote risk management; and discussing the role of agricultural lending under these challenging circumstances, as well as in the next phase for agriculture. 

World Bank PSLO Agriculture Sector Mission
November 14-16, 2016 - Washington, DC
In cooperation with the PSLO network of the World Bank, the Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites companies to participate in a mission focusing on agricultural sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions (IFIs). IFIs will include the World Bank group, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and more. The mission is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for the private sector to initiate a dialogue with the project officers responsible for agricultural sector projects; understand the project requirements and constraints, and their level of competitiveness in accessing bank projects and bank-financed projects and programs in the agricultural sector; and inform staff of the capabilities and interests of international firms in the agricultural sector.


October 2016
2016 GLOBAL MIDWEST INNOVATION COMPETITION PRESENTED BY POLSINELLI OPENS
October 1
Online
The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is an annual competition that focuses on emerging and venture-ready companies in the Midwest helping them gain visibility for their technology and make connections with early-stage investors, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financiers. Competition entries are evaluated by a panel of experts from regional universities, venture capitalists and business executives familiar with technologies that improve resource utilization.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: MANUFACTURING SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBALIZATION
DnA for Manufacturing: Digital and Automation
October 19, 2016
Rosemont, IL
Global Midwest Alliance, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, TMA and host, Wintrust Financial Corporation, invite you to a program that present a keynote presentation and two moderator-led panels. The innovation and technology panel will provide insight to new and proven technologies from the companies that develop them. In the growth and globalization panel, we will hear from manufacturing and processing industries that have adopted and implemented these technologies to their competitive advantage

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ROUNDTABLE: MANUFACTURING SECTOR
October 19, 2016
Rosemont, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.


May 2016
2016 FOOD INDUSTRY GALA – MIDWEST FOOD MATTERS
May 24, 2016
Chicago, IL
This important inaugural industry event will bring Midwest food executives together to celebrate and recognize companies and individuals in the Midwest who have made significant contributions to the growth and improvement in the food industry. The honoree for 2016 is Griffith Foods Worldwide Inc.

​INDUSTRY FOCUS: FOOD SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBALIZATION
FOOD AND NUTRITION: NAVIGATING TODAY'S CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS
May 25, 2016
Chicago, IL
Join Global Midwest Alliance for a program featuring a discussion examining the food industry. Speakers will cover a number of topics that are current and relevant to the evolution of the food industry. 

​EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ROUNDTABLE: FOOD SECTOR
May 25, 2016
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.


January 2016
2016 Economic Outlook
January 14, 2016
Chicago, IL
​Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program of 2016. Throughout the year, the Alliance will bring you a series of programs that will highlight expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in a number of growing industries. Join us on January 14, as Global Midwest Alliance and its sponsors, Perkins Coie, LLP and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will host a discussion focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. expansion as it enters 2016. Keynote speaker William Strauss, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1982, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity. 


December 2015
Annual Holiday Networking Event
December 10, 2015
Chicago, IL
We are pleased to invite you to a holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2016. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization, provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest. 


November 2015
CXO Chat
November 10, 2015
Chicago, IL 
How does someone take an idea and grow it into a vibrant company earning many millions of dollars? At CXO Chat, company founders and top leaders have real conversations around the high points and challenges in building and transforming a business. Join us in Chicago on November 10, 2015 when three extraordinary company founders share their wins and losses while building $100M+ businesses. 

Innovation and Strategic Investing Through Corporate Venturing Reception
November 11, 2015
Chicago, IL
Open to all speakers and attendees of the November 12 Corporate Venturing Program, Polsinelli Innovation Competition finalists.and the speakers and attendees from last year’s corporate venturing program.

Innovation and Strategic Investing Through Corporate Venturing Program
November 12, 2015
Chicago, IL 
Join us as Global Midwest Alliance hosts its corporate venturing event where experts will contribute their insights on the benefits, hurdles and strategic rationale of corporate venturing. 

Featuring the Polsinelli Innovation Competition Finalists Showcase
The Innovation Competition provides a showcase for developers of new technologies that improve resource utilization and provide solution to global challenges while offering competitive returns for investors and customers. The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services which promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources; reduce negative ecological impact; and provide superior performance at lower costs.

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Corporate Venturing
November 12, 2015
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.


October 2015
Industry Focus: Manufacturing Sector Technology Innovation, Growth, Sustainability & Globalization
Connected Factory, Digital Manufacturing & The Internet of Things…How Are They Connected?
October 28, 2015
Schaumburg, IL
Join us as the Alliance hosts its annual manufacturing industry program for a three-part discussion on innovation, growth and globalization in the manufacturing sector.  

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Manufacturing Sector
October 28, 2015
Schaumburg, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.


September 2015
Expand Your Business To Free Trade Agreement Countries: Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco & Oman 
September 25, 2015
Chicago, IL
Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman have established Free Trade Agreements with the United States, generating additional export opportunities by reducing barriers to market entry and creating a more stable, transparent trade environment for U.S. companies. MENACA is bringing Embassy officials and regional experts together for an interactive panel on business opportunities in these four countries.

DNV GL'S Food Safety Symposium: A Collaborative Approach to Food Safety
September 22-23, 2015
Rosemont,IL
Join DNV GL at the Riverway Auditorium in Rosemont, Illinois for a symposium that will cover a collaborative approach to food safety. Topics to include: Building a robust food safety management system; collaboration and shared learnings; supply chain management; sourcing strategies; sustainability; traceability and FSMA.

2015 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Deadline for Entries 
September 18, 2015


July 2015
Industry Focus: Food Sector Technology Innovation, Growth, Sustainability & Globalization
Food Industry Supply Chain Management in the Era of Transparency 
July 23, 2015
Chicago, IL
Join Global Midwest Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for a program featuring a discussion examining food safety throughout the supply chain. Speakers will cover a number of topics, including security and traceability, management of supplier networks, meeting market demand and the sustainable management of resources. 

Executive Briefing Roundtable: Food Sector
July 23, 2015
Chicago, IL
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.