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Category: Industry Immersion

Advice From a Presentation Guru on Leadership and Communicating Authenticity

By John Matthew Simon At times, the hardest part about leadership can be conveying your beliefs effectively and convincing others to share them. This is why Brian Burkhart, founder of the presentation and strategy firm SquarePlanet, emphasizes that “a presentation is an opportunity.” At the core, effective presentations require a deep understanding of what you believe. And this

Chicago International Film Festival: A Conversation with Michael Barker, Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Picture Classics

  By Evyenia Constantine This year’s Chicago International Film Festival featured the debut of Industry Days, a series of panels featuring an impressive lineup of both up and comers, and veterans of the film industry. Michael Barker, Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Picture Classics, took part in an intimate one on one conversation with festival

At Threadless, It’s All About The Art

By John Matthew Simon “We never want to become static,” said Jeffrey Guerrero, the graphics coordinator at Threadless, as he gave us a tour of their Madison Street madhouse on Chicago’s near west side. Founded in 2000 by Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart, the e-commerce platform and artist community is the longtime darling of Chicago’s

As Chicago’s Film and TV Business Booms, Periscope Grows With It

By Daniel DvorkinOver the past number of years, the landscape in Chicago’s film and TV world has been changing. With Cinespace coming into the picture, four major shows in production (not including Showtime’s currently filming Chicago project, Executive Produced by Common), and production companies springing up like rabbits, there became a great need for a

Tips for Successful Professional Engagement in the Creative Sector

By Colin DeKuiper Opportunities to speak with industry professionals abound, whether you are still in school and can attend invited speaker events and conferences or network with alumni, or are in a professional setting such as a work event, social event, or a colleague-referred meeting. It is important that you are well prepared to maximize

MSLCE Student Gets Advice from Facebook, Pandora on SF Trek

By Robyn Latchford Our trek began with Michael Holtmann, who spoke of his work for the National Endowment for the Arts and his current work for the Center for the Art of Translation. We all loved his congenial manner and his insightful stories about his career path and finding enjoyment in his work. I especially

Student ‘Ready to Pursue My Dreams’ After MSLCE Trip to SF

By Kaitlin Very The San Francisco trek was truly invaluable to me. While both of the other treks were great learning experiences, what set this last one apart was the unique balance of nonprofit and for-profit industry leaders with whom we met. Our speakers represented a wide variety of industries and roles, and they all

Threadless Founder Describes Starting Company as a Hobby at MSLCE Event

By Amy A. Ross It took Threadless six years of success to persuade its founder and CEO, Jake Nickell, that it was capable of becoming something more than side-project. Although the rapid growth of his business venture had provided proof that he did in fact “know how to build e-commerce websites,” it took a little