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4 Ways to Unlock Your Team's Creativity

Harvard Business Review outlines four ways leaders can get their team’s creative juices flowing. And they support the improv-based methods pioneered on our stages that inspire ground-breaking comedy.

July 29-31: HCI Employee Engagement Conference

Stop by the SCW booth or session at HCI Employee Engagement Conference July 29-31 in Denver, CO!

July 11: ANA Content Marketing Conference

Second City Works hosts Members of Association of National Advertisers (ANA) for the ANA Content Marketing Conference on Thursday, July 11 in the UP Theater.

August 13-14: Canadian Meetings & Events Expo

Second City Works takes to the stage at the Canadian Meetings + Events Expo. Our own Sandy Jobin-Bevans will emcee Canada's largest and longest running conference for meeting and event professionals.

August 27-28: IL CPA Summit 2019

Second City Works presents a keynote and flash sessions for Members of the Illinois CPA Society at the IL CPA Summit 2019.

September 10-12: HCI Learning & Leadership Development

Members of the Second City Works team will be attending the HCI Learning & Leadership Development event in Boston, MA!

September 15-18: 18th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute

Second City Works is attending the 18th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute! Visit us at Booth #217 to hear more about how Second City Works uses those same methods to create professional development, content, and events that drive personal growth and organizational improvement.

October 21-22: People + People Marketing Conference

Second City Work to host the People+People™ Conference at Second City October 21-22, 2019 with Red Caffeine.

November 5-7: TMRE

Second City Works to facilitate workshop at TRME November 4 in Las Vegas.

July 24: Chicago Innovation Summit

On Wednesday, July 24th, Chicago Innovation and The Executives' Club of Chicago will co-host the 4th annual Chicago Innovation Summit where Executive Director of Insights & Applied Improvisation, Kelly Leonard, will be on the panel for "Every Innovation Tells a Story."

3 Improv Principles That Will Grow Your Business Development

There is more than one way to generate business, and Empower, an award-winning media agency, is spearheading a corporate-wide shift focused on techniques and processes from the comedic world of improv.

That's a Wrap: Highlights from ATD 2019

Highlights from ATD 2019, the world's largest talent development conference.

Creatively Risk It All

As an artist, you long for the day that you finally find your voice; that unique perspective that lends to your experience, observations and opinions.

The Role Of Laughter & Humor In The Workplace

Because I work for The Second City, a lot of people assume all I do at my job is laugh.

Relinquishing Power: The Hidden Strength Of “I Don’t Know”

So…I went to Harvard. But honestly, I’m not being modest when I say, I’m not that smart.

Judgement-Less Creativity

Remember make believe? As kids, the world is a game.

Cultivating Success

Before I came to the big city, I lived in a small town.

Learn To Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

When I was starting out in Chicago theater I was fortunate to work with some of the city’s more renowned and well respected actors.

Forging Fearlessness

April is Stress Awareness Month, and while stress can loom on the horizon like a rain-cloud or just show up like an uninvited house guest, it’s our awareness of how we handle stress that can be beneficial.

Improvisation In A Crisis? The Science Says Yes (And)

A colleague sent me the blog first thing this morning. I’m guessing it was sent to inspire or incite – it’s not clear which just yet.

Solving Backwards In A 1000 Words. Can You Picture It?

There’s not a great way to write about success without seeming self-aggrandizing or falsely humble. So, I’ll attempt to relay a recent success by first explaining a project that was so necessarily a group effort, it defies outright ownership.

Lead Change

Unless you’ve been smart enough to live under a rock for the past year, you know we’ve had sweeping changes in our political leadership.

Black-Ish History Month

It’s been almost 25 years since I started writing sketch comedy and performing improvisation

How To Have More Fun At Work

Some days, work feels like, well, work.

New Year’s Resolution: “Know Your Audience, Know Your Talent”

The turn of a new year is always a wonderful time to take stock of lessons learned from the previous year and to celebrate accomplishments.

5 Ways To Be The Hero Of Meeting Planning

I spent the last six years in sales at one of Chicago’s major convention hotels.

An Improviser’s Guide To Finding Insight Or, Five Ways To Get From Data To Insight

There is a moment in the creation of every Second City sketch revue where a scene is in precarious shape: The director and the cast know they have something there, but it’s not there yet.

Improvisation As Habit And Productivity Enabler

We’re taping a podcast this Friday with Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habitand his newest book Smarter Faster Better.

I Went Back To School And Learned How To Open A Door

It’s true – I went back to school and learned to open a door. I promise this is not a metaphor.

Ethics And Improvisation

I was prepping for a podcast interview with Erica Salmon Byrne of Ethisphere and Jen Ellison who, in addition to her work directing and teaching at Second City, leads an Ethics in Gaming class at DePaul University.

Teaching That Sticks

My friend sent me an article from the Economist under the banner of “Education Reform.”

Improvising Radical Candor at ATD2019

Learn more about Improvising Radical Candor at the ATD International Conference & Exposition, the world's largest, most comprehensive event for talent development and learning professionals.

Radical Candor and Second City Works Take You from HaHa to Aha with Improvising Radical Candor

Improvising Radical Candor combines the expertise of Radical Candor with the innovation of Second City Works.

Is Your Workplace A Joke? A Comedy Club Might Help

Comedy clubs are more than just laugh factories these days. Increasingly they are making cameos in your office with workforce and leadership training initiatives.

We Should Take Humour in the Workplace More Seriously

Humour is something that the majority of us use and enjoy instinctively, but there is plenty of scientific research to confirm what those natural impulses tell us: humour is good for us.

An Innovative Approach

The Washington Post examined how an increasing number of workplaces are relying on new methods to tackle anti-harassment training. Second City Works was featured in the story as an industry innovator using humor and empathy to create safer environments.

The Future of Aging

Kelly Leonard presented at the 2018 NIC Conference (National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care) last month on the future of aging. Kelly talked about Second City's Improvisation for Caregivers program and how it has helped him during his own caregiving story.

The Link Between Empathy and Leadership Performance

What is the link between empathy and leadership performance? Find out in a new and interesting podcast with Deloitte's Kim Christfort.

How to Build Connections Through Comedy in Marketing [Podcast]

Bumper Carroll, VP of Creative at Second City Works, joins the Content Experience Show to discuss comedy in marketing and risk-friendly environments.

Want to Run a Good Meeting? First, Take a Comedy Class

Harvard professor and behavioral scientist Francesca Gino writes about what improv training can teach leaders about having meetings that actually accomplish something.

Cox Automotive Canada’s Women With Drive Event Celebrates Progress, Drives Equality

Cox Automotive Canada's annual Women With Drive event is an inclusive movement built to support female successes and aspirations. This year's event did not disappoint and Second City Works was there.

Twitter plays a massive game of one word at a time

What happens when 55 million followers engage in an online game of one-word story? Twitter decided to find out with a simple less-than-280-character tweet.

How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete, and Succeed

"Critical skills and expertise are imperative for companies and their employees to succeed in the future, and the most forward-thinking companies are being proactive in adapting to the shift in the workforce."

How an improv class is helping the anxious

An estimated 12% of all US adults experience social anxiety disorder at some time in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you take the current population, that's nearly 40 million people. Find out how an improv class is helping the anxious.

The Theory of Applied Improvisation

The Innovation Crush podcast provides all the “who-to-know” and “what-to-know” you'll ever need to know. Kelly Leonard joins long-time idea maker and host Chris Denson to talk about Second City’s evolution as a business and how improv often leads to the best innovation.

Second City Works Site Wins Awwwards Mobile Excellence Site of the Week

Second City Works is pleased to announce that our new site is the winner of the prestigious Awwwards Mobile Excellence Site of the Week. We are excited to see our work recognized for its innovative concept and execution!

If Comedy Is Making You Feel Bad, You’re Not Paying Attention

New York Times critic and author Jason Zinoman ultimately makes the case for the power of comedy. ("Comedy has become essential to how we see ourselves.") In the article, Second City Works is referenced as an effective, on-trend way to improve the bottom line.

Behavioral Science + Improv = Better Communication

A behind the scenes look at The Second Science Project: A collaboration between Second City and The Booth School of Business that blends insights from Behavioral Science with applied improvisational exercises to inform and engage people to be better communicators.

Heartland Dental Introduces a New Leadership Summit for Dental Students

A career as a dentist means balancing a passion for patient care against the perils of overseeing the business side of a dental practice. These competing priorities can trip-up even the most seasoned dental professionals...

Improvisation is ‘yoga for your social skills’

It turns out improv isn’t just about comedy — in fact, it didn’t even start out that way.

M&M'S® Empowers Chicago Teens To Step Up To The Mic In Support Of Fourth Annual Red Nose Day

For the fourth year in a row, M&M'S is partnering with Red Nose Day to help America come together to raise money for children in need.

July 29-31: HCI Employee Engagement Conference

Stop by the SCW booth or session at HCI Employee Engagement Conference July 29-31 in Denver, CO!

July 11: ANA Content Marketing Conference

Second City Works hosts Members of Association of National Advertisers (ANA) for the ANA Content Marketing Conference on Thursday, July 11 in the UP Theater.

August 13-14: Canadian Meetings & Events Expo

Second City Works takes to the stage at the Canadian Meetings + Events Expo. Our own Sandy Jobin-Bevans will emcee Canada's largest and longest running conference for meeting and event professionals.

August 27-28: IL CPA Summit 2019

Second City Works presents a keynote and flash sessions for Members of the Illinois CPA Society at the IL CPA Summit 2019.

September 10-12: HCI Learning & Leadership Development

Members of the Second City Works team will be attending the HCI Learning & Leadership Development event in Boston, MA!

September 15-18: 18th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute

Second City Works is attending the 18th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute! Visit us at Booth #217 to hear more about how Second City Works uses those same methods to create professional development, content, and events that drive personal growth and organizational improvement.

October 21-22: People + People Marketing Conference

Second City Work to host the People+People™ Conference at Second City October 21-22, 2019 with Red Caffeine.

November 5-7: TMRE

Second City Works to facilitate workshop at TRME November 4 in Las Vegas.

July 24: Chicago Innovation Summit

On Wednesday, July 24th, Chicago Innovation and The Executives' Club of Chicago will co-host the 4th annual Chicago Innovation Summit where Executive Director of Insights & Applied Improvisation, Kelly Leonard, will be on the panel for "Every Innovation Tells a Story."