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Emerging Leaders

Save the Date!

The next Emerging Leaders Meeting will be held April 19, 2018. Check back soon for more information!


Thanks to everyone who helped us kick off the first Emerging Leaders event of 2018 on Tuesday, January 30!

Guests had a chance to:

    • Tour the Hotel Zachary. A new addition to Wrigleyville, this boutique hotel is named after the original architect of Wrigley Field and is scheduled to open in early 2018.
    • Network with peers and enjoy appetizers and beverages at the Brickhouse Tavern.
    • Show off their ice skating skills at the outdoor ice rink at the Park at Wrigley.

View photos from the event online here.


Ready or not, here comes z

By now, you’ve heard of Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials.

Now, workforce analysts and marketers are turning their attention to Generation Z (1996-2009)—the oldest who turned 21 in 2017—to gain a better understanding of what will define and drive this next generation of workers and consumers. Learn more about Gen Z in generational expert Sarah Sladek’s whitepaper today.

Ready or Not Here Comes Z — Sarah Sladek


Want to see a snapshot of what the Emerging Leaders are all about?

Watch the February 10, 2017 Emerging Leaders Town Hall, moderated by Sarah Sladek of XYZ University.
Together, we asked and answered:

      • What is the best way to motivate us so we want to work to our full potential?
      • How can we best manage those that are older than us?
      • How do we gain the trust and respect of older generations while building our credibility?
      • How can we best communicate our insights and thoughts to get our point across effectively?


About the Emerging Leaders Section
The Emerging Leaders Section is comprised of MCA of Chicago members and selected Trusted Industry Partners who are 45 or under and who wish to play a key role in shaping how our industry will transform. Those who participate in the Emerging Leaders Section will have a passion for discussing industry problems and devising potential solutions, will be interested in sharing and adapting new technologies to revolutionize the state of the industry, and are comfortable networking with others in similar roles across different companies.

Why should I participate in the Emerging Leaders Section?
The Emerging Leaders Section is a chance for younger industry professionals to enhance their capacity to work strongly and smartly. You will:

          1. Learn more about our profession in a comfortable environment.
          2. Network with people your age in the business.
          3. Connect with established industry leaders.
          4. Design and access educational opportunities for your career stage.
          5. Engage with relevant cutting-edge products and services.

Who is eligible to participate in Emerging Leaders Events?

          • If you are an employee of an MCA member company and are 45 or under, you are automatically invited to participate! Get on the list and sign up for event updates by emailing emergingleaders@mca.org.
          • In an effort to build long-lasting networks and foster an exchange of ideas between young industry leaders and suppliers, individuals who meet our Emerging Leaders criteria and hail from industry supplier companies may be considered for inclusion as a Trusted Industry Partner (TIP). To be invited to participate, a potential TIP must be first recommended by an MCA member whom they know and trust. Potential TIPs will then be considered and notified if approved to join.