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Exec Spin: Let's Get Digital (Digital!)

Monday, March 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Abbey Kwiat
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Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871/ITA

Dear friends of 1871/ITA,

My team and I are sending our very best wishes to you across Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an upheaval of daily life for most everyone across the world, and we’re all in this together. I am so lucky to be surrounded, every day, by all of you and your unbelievable ingenuity, drive, and generosity.

From our perspective, the most important tool during times of crisis is our mindset. We at 1871/ITA, like all of you, gravitate to entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology because we thrive on solving problems, especially the hard ones. We believe that sweeping change and major impact can be accomplished within any constraint.

I wanted to share three broad updates with all of you. The first is what you can do right now to make a difference, the second describes our work to fight COVID-19 and the third highlights how to engage with us virtually.

Stay at Home
1871/ITA is an organization that has thrived on social engagement to create vital, fortunate collisions amongst its community, members, and partners. But right now, essential employees across our state, from healthcare workers and grocery clerks to delivery drivers and those keeping up supply chains, need our entire community’s help to
#flattenthecurve. If we stay at home, we actively prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and save lives. We can’t wait to see your faces again and these actions are how we make sure that happens.

Chicago Proactive Response: COVID-19
I am very proud of how the 1871/ITA community has jumped feet first into efforts to help during this difficult time. Businesses are pivoting, creating new offerings, and doing their part to make change: we are at the center of the problem-solving in Chicago. If you are a founder/team member of a startup/growth stage company, and want to be included in updates regarding funding opportunities, please
sign up here.

On March 19th, we announced that 1871/ITA is working in partnership withmHUB,MATTER,The Connectory, the local hospitals, the city, and the county to identify innovators and experts who may be working on things directly supportive and/or things that could be adapted to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We already have more than 200 submissions highlighting innovations and talents that can help.

We are collectively working with the city, state, and federal leaders and decision-makers to ensure that the collective impact from all of you can scale. Learn more here about the efforts of the
Chicago Proactive Response: COVID-19.

1871 Virtual
For all of us, the COVID-19 crisis has altered our paths. Offering virtual learning experiences has been a 2020 target for us, and I am very proud of my team to have accelerated that shift to ensure that our IRL social engagement experience can now be delivered from a distance.


Member & Partner Events and Resources

Keep an eye on theMember & Partner Events Calendarfor an ever-increasing number of virtual offerings.

Also, check outour
Resource Center, where we've collected whatour members have been sharing to help with the transition to remote/digital workforces. Have something to add? ContactAbbey Kwiatto submit.

Additional Ways to Connect

I've created anemail pipeline for opportunities and information from organizations like the SBA, the DCEO, and others that are working to support you in this unique predicament. You can sign up for those notificationshere.

Upcoming ITA Virtual Events:

Tap into TAB Webinar Series
Weekly, times and dates will vary
All HR professionals are invited to join ITA's Talent Advisory Board (TAB) for an open-ended Q&A session, happening weekly! We know you have questions, so join us for answers (and best practices, suggestions and community!)

Marketing to a Technical Buyer: How to Target Engineers with Digital Content
Thursday, April 2nd, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
This virtual session, presented by Andy Crestodina of
Orbit Media Studios, breaks down some of the best (and worst) approaches to digital marketing content that specifically targets the technical audience.[Register]

New Manager Series: Delegation, Accountability & Managing Up
Tuesday, April 21st, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Are you looking to refine your approach to delegation and creating a culture of accountability within your team? If the answer is yes, you should be part of our program that will give you the key knowledge to help delegate effectively and appropriately to your team members.

With the goal of serving all current and future members virtually at the same capacity as we do always, 1871 & ITA areprogressing forward confidently. As mentioned above, we have plenty of upcoming opportunities to flex our virtual event muscles with plans around Zoom-powered fireside chats, happy hours, support groups, and more on the horizon!

Please reach out toheadquarters@illinoistech.orgif you have any questions and we will "see" you on the internet!
Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871/ITA

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