2017 Symposium

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AWESOME’s Fifth Anniversary Symposium was held May 3-5, 2017, in Chicago

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The University Club of Chicago – the ideal setting for an AWESOME Symposium

The venue for the 2017 Symposium sits on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue, overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Symposium sessions will take place in rooms throughout the 14-story structure, including Cathedral Hall, an architecturally stunning space with a three-story vaulted interior and 14 stained glass windows depicting educational values and institutions. Founders of UCC, a group of college alumni, set out to make the club “an environment where excellence thrives.”



Symposium Line-up of Panels & Speakers

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On Day 3 of the 2017 Symposium — Friday, May 5 — participants continued networking and learning by one of three special downtown Chicago experiences.

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  • 1871: the impressive new Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart with its creative workspace design and learn about its educational programs, incubators and accelerators for aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • A guided walk through Chicago’s renowned architectural wonders with a special focus on the evolution of the skyscraper
  • “Behind-the-scenes” at the United Airlines’ Network Operations Center in downtown Chicago, the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nerve center in the airline.

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