MARCH 18-20

Virtual

Junto

Virtual Junto

Cornelius McGrath

CURATOR & HOST

Cornelius McGrath

CURATOR & HOST

MARCH 18-20, 2021

Dearest Members, Guests & Friends,

The March 2021 Virtual Junto is upon us. It feels as if a few lifetimes have passed since we last convened in December.

March’s theme is “The 21st Century”  a phrase used to describe our expectations for the modern-day. But also a phrase with wildly different connotations in today’s zeitgeist.

Through the lens of politics, design, hospitality, and business, we’ll aim to define what the 21st Century means to us, to the domains we care about, and how those answers can foster progress for society writ large.

Our speakers are a bespoke group of investors, chefs, entrepreneurs, politicians and designers who architect futures that define new eras for the worlds they inhabit.

In other words, they are the 21st Century.

SPEAKERS & SCHEDULE


THURSDAY, MARCH 18TH

Come As You Are, Come As You Want To Be

Info: World-class designer Marissa Cummings makes a plea for you to don your most favourite outfit and mix your best cocktail for a chat on fashion, un-fashion and what in the world you’re wearing right now.

Listen to Marissa break down her incredible career in the fashion world, how’s she expressed herself through the career moves she’s made, the cities in which she’s lived and the people she’s been surrounded by, as she makes her case for why the zeitgeist surrounding trends, influencers and fashion is ripe for an adjustment.

“Everyone has been isolated, given the opportunity to be comfortable in themselves, discover what they like, what they wear, who they dress for.”

Speakers: Marissa Cummings; Maison Piquant
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM (CT)

FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH

Building 21st Century Politicians

Info: Join co-founder of Apolitical, Lisa Witter, as she articulates her vision behind creating 21st Century Politicians.

Lisa will share why she believes political leadership and policymaking to be the vehicle through which most things scale, how 21st-century politicians can drive business and entrepreneurship, as well as how Apolitical thinks about creating a platform for politicians everywhere to create meaningful change.

Speaker: Lisa Witter; World Economic Forum; Exponential View
Time: 11:00 – 12:30PM (CT)

Welcome to The Junto: Happy Hour

Info: Grab something cold, let your hair down and join us for a drink as we get to know one another. We’ll dissect our 21st-century ambitions, intentions for the weekend and share what The Junto can give you for years to come.

Speaker: Cornelius McGrath, Cam Perna & Josh Whelan.
Time: 5:00 – 6:30PM (CT)

Chicago Chef’s Table Dinner: Funkenhausen (Invite-Only)

Info: Mark Steuer, Head Chef & Owner of Bib-Gourmand Restaurant Funkenhausen, has prepared a special 5-course off-menu experience to celebrate the first Junto of 2021.

Mark’s fireside chat during dinner will reflect on a crazy last 12 months for the restaurant world at large and begin to frame up what he thinks 21st-century hospitality looks like.

Speaker: Mark Steuer; Favourite Dishes
Time: 8:00 – 10:00PM (CT)

SATURDAY, MARCH 20TH

Entrepreneurship with A Margin of Safety

Info: Join investor and Founder of Emeth Value Capital, Andrew Carreon, as he shares his playbook for becoming world-class at whatever it is you do. This roundtable discussion will focus on a set of timeless principles that enable you to reach the top of your game, regardless of the century you find yourself in.

Speaker: Andrew Carreon
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM (CT)

Chicago Chef’s Table Dinner: Funkenhausen (Invite-Only)

Info:Mark Steuer, Head Chef & Owner of Bib-Gourmand Restaurant Funkenhausen, has prepared a special 5-course off-menu experience to celebrate the first Junto of 2021.

Mark’s fireside chat during dinner will reflect on a crazy last 12 months for the restaurant world at large and begin to frame up what he thinks 21st-century hospitality looks like.

Speaker: Mark Steuer; Favourite Dishes
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM (CT)

JOURNAL X 1727 MAGAZINE

REGISTRATION

FORMAT & BREAKS

90 minutes is ‘scheduled’ for each talk. But not all talks will last 90 minutes. In fact, I fully expect some to last several hours. Talks follow the School of Life’s conversation menu format – you can familiarize yourself with that style here.

All conversations are peer-to-peer driven; speakers are merely meant to provoke conversation. They do not have all the answers. Come ready to inquire, debate, and have some fun.

There are several hours between each talk. This is by design. I’ve been to my fair share of conferences and have always wondered: whoever thought that having 16 talks back-to-back with no Q+A or break was valuable?

By all means use the breaks to recharge, live your lives, take your dogs for walks, or join that legendary quarantine Zoom call that’s the new highlight of your social life. 

My real hope, however, is that you’ll the time to talk to one of your fellow members via FaceTime, Zoom, or (dare I say it) Skype.

After all, this is the real value of the Junto: the community.

Breaks are a time to explore even deeper personal conversations in a more intimate space. Know where and with who you want to invest your time over the course of the weekend.

SEND OFF

Remember: The Junto is a space to follow your deepest curiosities through the lens of love, life and action. So can learn what you don’t know, and teach what you do. 

Go first. Bring your A-Game. And let the fireworks begin. 

Cornelius McGrath

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