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Open Chicago Annual Business Conference

  • November 05, 2016
  • 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • East–West University, 829 S. Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605


  • Only for guests who are currently enrolled in graduate/undergraduate/highschool program.

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OPEN Chicago is proud to announce its Annual Conference to be held on Saturday November 5th, 2016 at the East-West University, Chicago. Come join us for a day of learning and networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders in Chicagoland and the Midwest.

What is the Event?

This is our premier public event that will provide both learning and networking opportunities to the business and entrepreneurial communities of Chicagoland and the Midwest. Attendees are invited to join us in these learning conversations with our high-profile speakers and successful panelists while networking and socializing.

The theme of this year’s conference is:


Event Details:

When: Nov 5th, 2016 from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Where: East–West University, 829 S. Wabash

Ave Chicago, IL 60605

Program Details:

9:30 - 10:00am: Networking over coffee

10:00 - 10:20am: Welcome Address by Mr. Haris Ahmed – President OPENChicago; CEO, Pragmatium Consulting Group, Inc.

10:20 - 10:30am: Address by Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi – Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago

10:30 - 11:15am: Fireside Chat #1: Mr. Salman Amin – COO, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 

11:15 - 12:00pm: Signature Leadership Development Exercise: Mr. Navaid Abidi – CIO, NextCapital Group

12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break

1:00pm - 1:30pm: Fireside Chat #2: Mr. Dilawar Syed – President OPEN Global; President, Freshdesk

1:30 - 2:15pm: Panel Discussion #1 – Bootstrapping and Raising Capital: Mr. Asif Khan – CEO, Caremerge & Carter Kennedy – CEO, SoloInsight Inc.

2:15 – 2:30pm: Energizer Exercise on Skill Building

2:30 – 3:15pm: Panel Discussion #2 – Scaling Businesses: Dr. Fahim Rahim & Dr. Naeem Rahim – Co-Founders Idaho Kidney Institute and Ansir Junaid, CEO PWC International, Inc

3:15 – 3:45pm: Final Fireside Chat: Michael J. Anderson, Speical Agent in Charge Chicago Divison, FBI

3:45 – 4:00pm: Close

4:00 – 6:00pm: Networking Reception

Who should attend?

  • Startup Founders and Co-Founders
  • Corporate Leaders
  • Mentors and Advisors
  • Investors and Service Providers (legal,finance, marketing, etc.)
  • Civic Leaders
  • Professionals
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs
  • Students

Become a Sponsor:

OPEN Chicago organizes multiple events during

the year on entrepreneurship and leadership. For

our Annual Business Conference, we are expecting

over 200 participants. If you are interested in

showcasing your products and services to this

target market, please contact Aamir Chalisa: 

chalisas@aol.com or 847.924.4058

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