Focus Group Debriefing: What's Keeping Your Team from Being Great?

For nearly a decade IHCC’s Substance-Free Workplace program has partnered with small businesses to promote drug-free work environments that support healthy and productive teams. In response to member feedback, however, we will be expanding program services to address the larger goal of building great teams that drive small business success. 

In order to ground any new program development in the real needs of our community, IHCC conducted a focus group to explore what barriers prevent businesses from making their teams as great as they could be. The highlights from the session are detailed below.

If you are interested in reading the full report, click here. If you would like to learn more about how IHCC can help you build a better, engaged team, contact Liana Bran at 312-425-9500. 

Applications for ENTERpreneur, Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for ENTERpreneur, a six-week innovative, hands-on summer program for high school students interested in entrepreneurship.

Students learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and business planning through working on their own business plan in class sessions three times a week. The program is built on exposure to college-style learning, incorporating exposure to local academic institutions & universities. Students also learn about the college admissions process and how to position themselves for success in college.

Topics include:  

  • Business Planning
  • How to Lead a Team
  • Networking for Success
  • Business Financing
  • Marketing
  • Technology

Each week, prominent local business owners, entrepreneurs and tech executives visit with students to share their stories, and provide students both career and academic advice. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony in which each student presents their business pitch.

ENTERpreneur, funded by the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship, began the summer of 2014 in partnership with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. In 2016, ENTERpreneur expanded to include more students from schools across the Chicagoland area and sessions were held at 1871. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony in which each student presents his/her business pitch.

ENTERpreneur is open to all high school students from the Chicagoland area in good academic standing. Sessions will be held Tueday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm from June 20 - July 20, 2017. More details about eligibility can be found here.

Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2017 at 11:59pm. To apply, click here. For more information, contact Kelley Francis at (312) 425-9500.

2016 ENTERpreneur Program Highlights

IHCC program director Liana Bran to be a panelist at Health & Benefits Leadership Conference

IHCC program director Liana Bran at an IHCC Breakfast Meeting

IHCC program director Liana Bran at an IHCC Breakfast Meeting

IHCC team member Liana Bran has been selected to speak on a panel at the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference presented by Human Resources Executive.

The conference, being held in May in Las Vegas, is the nation’s most innovative conference on benefits for employers. Employers who attend gain ideas and useful solutions to craft a benefits program that will attract top talent, retain employees, and improve workplace cultures.

Liana’s extensive experience in the employee wellness space as the director of the Substance Free Workplace Program at IHCC will be highlighted in a pre-conference Symposium Panel titled “Women in Business — Removing Barriers, Building Bridges — What Professional Women Need to Know”.  Also speaking on the panel are Maggie Hsu, Consultant to Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; Jae Kullar, Manager of Health and Wellbeing, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Dr. Tausha Robertson, Entrepreneur and Technology Advisor, SXSW Advisory Board Member.

"Global Women 4 Well-Being's symposium is bringing together a powerful forum of women in business to share essential knowledge and experience. I am honored to be among such talented colleagues and inspiring leaders,” said Liana.

For more information on the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference, click here. To learn more about how IHCC can help your company achieve its workplace wellness goals, you can reach Liana at 312-425-9500.