Grit & Grace!

This past Tuesday we (K Cancer Softball) had the opportunity to co-host a Panel Discussion on Female Leadership in Downtown Chicago!  The event was held at the world famous business incubator, 1871.

The day started off when 20 of our young ladies, both softball players and siblings of our #teammates, met at the Harvard train station. We took over the first car of the 7:35 headed to downtown Chicago!  When we arrived in Chicago, the next stop on our itinerary for the day was the Panel Discussion at 1871, which is housed in the iconic Merchandise Mart, on the banks of the Chicago River. The topic was, “Female Leaders in Male Dominated Industries”.

The crowd of close to 300 heard from industry leaders who gave their advice and perspective on what it takes to not only survive, but thrive in today’s business environment. Our girls were not only given the opportunity to introduce the Moderator at the beginning of the discussion, they were also given the opportunity to ask specific questions during the Q & A session at the end of the event. We were incredibly proud of how the girls carried themselves at the event.

After the Panel Discussion, it was off to the Riverwalk for a box lunch. Then we took the Chicago Water Taxi down to Michigan Avenue. We walked the Magnificent Mile on the way to a tour of Lurie Children’s Hospital where we heard from representatives from the Social Workers and Child Life Specialists who care for our #teammates when they are there for treatment. The visit at Lurie’s was both emotionally and organizationally impactful. The way we provide the support that we do for local families battling childhood cancer will be changed by what we heard.

After Lurie’s, we stopped by Gino’s East for some famous Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. The pizza was great and we literally left our mark on the restaurant! They invite you to write on the walls 😉

We were having so much fun at Gino’s that we didn’t notice time had slipped away from us. We had 10 minutes to complete an 11 minute walk to the Water Taxi pickup spot or we would miss our train! I’m sure the regulars on Michigan Avenue were wondering where the string of 30 people were heading in such a hurry!  We made it just in time and were able to catch our train back to Harvard just in time.

It was a great day filled with fun and learning. I look forward to seeing the impact the day had on the young ladies of K Cancer Softball! Thank you Kastle Systems for providing this experience to the next generation of Socially Conscious Leaders!






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