• Chicago Global Shapers

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

  • Upcoming Event

    Monday 2/6 from 6 - 7:15 PM CGS will join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a panel of young speakers entitled “Your Global Life: Meaningful Travel.” As travel and tourism extend access to emerging markets, global citizens can use their dollars, time, and social media currency to achieve tremendous impact. Volunteer travel, international work fellowships, and working with socially responsible travel companies are all options for travelers seeking more meaningful and immersive experiences. How can the next generation of travelers benefit from – and support – the places they visit? Join us!

  • 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).

  • Impact

    While we value our connection to the World Economic Forum and the personal bonds we share with one another, we're laser-focused on getting things done. Each year, we select a set of impact projects that directly connect to improving the lives of Chicagoans. In 2015, we worked with My Block, My Hood, My City to develop organizational capabilities, scale operations, and execute cross-neighborhood excursions for underserved Chicago students.


    In 2016, we're pursuing two impact projects: one enhances the voices of Chicago youth via podcast storytelling in partnership with StoryCorps and the other tackles youth unemployment by partnering with LeadersUp to develop training & curricula that empower youth interviewing for and navigating a new job.

  • 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.

    Youssef Kalad


    Kate Le Furgy


    Heba Ansari

    Recruitment Chair

    David Gardner

    Alumni Chair

    Christina Warner

    Social Scribe

    Adia Gooden

    Impact 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.

  • Recruiting is closed for this cycle but check back in with us Spring 2017!

  • Don't be a stranger

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