• Chicago Global Shapers

    A globally recognized group of young leaders empowered by the World Economic Forum to improve the lives of Chicagoans.

  • CGS member, Kate Marie Grinold Sigfusson, CEO and founder of Babies4Babies, speaks at Winter Davos 2015 about gender parity.


    The World Economic Forum (or Forum) created Global Shaper hubs in major cities around the world to empower young leaders to make a difference in their community and represent the youth voice at the Forum.

    Global Shapers is new to Chicago: our first class came together in June 2013 and we've added two more cohorts since then. We believe our diversity is a key strategic asset: we represent Chicago's amazing neighborhoods (Hyde Park to Edgewater), countries across the world (Chennai to Venice) industries (private to public sector, entrepreneurs to graduate students and everything in between), and pizza predilections (deep-dish, thin-crust, and yes, even New York-style).

  • Chicago Dialogue Project

    2017 Impact Project Spotlight


    The 2017 US Presidential election centered race and religion as defining and dividing forces in American society. With that backdrop, our Hub used 2017 to develop the Chicago Dialogue Project, an initiative designed to create awareness, spark dialogue, and promote education about some of the most pertinent issues impacting Chicago youth. This yearlong series of facilitated discussions engaged Chicago teens on some of the most complex and divisive issues impacting their day-to-day, with conversations touching on community-police relations, immigration, and Islamophobia. Our goal was to empower young people to open up about how these issues impact them and eventually work alongside peers to develop actionable steps to address and remedy these issues.


      While hosting conversations was important, we believed that our work wouldn't be complete if we didn't equip and inspire young people to take immediate action. That's why we developed resource guides aimed at giving attendees a simple starting point. These resource guides were useful for students who:

      • Wanted to learn more about topics of discussion
      • Wanted to identify community members to connect with to drive change
      • Needed immediate help and/or assistance
      Check out our guides below:
    • Community

      We're more than a cohort of young professionals committed to changing Chicago for the better. Whether through targeted service events, city excursions, weekend working sessions, or impromptu coffees, we've grown into a tight-knit group of advisers and friends.

      Heba Ansari

      Vice Curator

      Christina Warner

      External Marketing

      Maya Cohen



      Writer, Educator, Storyteller

      Agam Arora

      Recruitment Chair

      Population Health

      David Anderson

      Alumni Chair

      VP Global Business Development

      Allen Linton II

      Impact Chair

      PhD Student in Political Science

      Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar

      External Affairs

      Director of Strive Together

      John Monaghan

      Events Chair

      Jon Fair

      Events Chair



    • About Us

      Get to know us some more

      Disciplined Growth

      Since our 2013 founding, we've added two cohorts of Shapers to number 35 Active Members and counting.

      Diverse Expertise

      Our community is built around complimentary skills & experiences: we make a difference in tech, finance, government, entrepreneurship, and everything in between.

      Chicago Roots

      We are Chicago: we're Hyde Park academics, Lake View cyclists, Downtown marathoners, Logan Square coffee obsessives, Pilsen street art enthusiasts, Wicker Park beer snobs, and Edgewater historians.

      Global Perspectives

      We hail from Asia to Africa, have gladly welcomed transfers from other Hubs (Italy, Jamaica, Israel, and India), and happily host visiting Shapers from around the world - most recently Mexico, Canada, and China.

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    • Don't be a stranger

      Check us out on social media or give us a shout at ChicagoGlobalShapers@gmail.com