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September 21-23: HCI Learning & Leadership Development Conference

Stop by our booth or watch the Second City Works Interactive Keynote at HCI Learning & Leadership Development Conference.

September 13-16: 19th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute

Visit Second City Works at booth #805 at SCCE’s annual Compliance & Ethics Institute.

August 18-19: Canadian Meetings & Events Expo

Stop by the Second City Works booth or visit Emcee Sandy Jobin-Bevans as he takes the stage Canadian Meetings + Events Expo.

July 27-29: HCI Employee Engagement Conference

Stop by our booth or watch the Second City Works Interactive Keynote at HCI Employee Engagement Conference.

[Webinar] From Yes And To Thank You: How Improvisation & Behavioral Science Make Work Better

Kelly Leonard to deliver webinar 'From Yes And To Thank You: How Improvisation & Behavioral Science Make Work Better' presented by The Institute for Performance and Learning.

May 17-20: ATD International Conference & Exposition

Visit Second City Works at booth #542 during the ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition.

[Webinar] Developing Leadership At Every Level: An Improvisational Approach

Kelly Leonard to deliver webinar 'Developing Leadership At Every Level: An Improvisational Approach' presented by Chief Learning Officer.

How To Stay Resilient During Uncertain Times: Lessons From An Improviser

I’m writing this from my home. I’ll be here for awhile. Doesn’t feel great. But some of my colleagues at Second City Works reminded me that these can also be lemonade days where we try something new and different.

Why So Serious? How Humor Can Boost Your Compliance Training

There is an ever-increasing amount of data and research that shows humor is a vehicle for insight and behavior change. I wouldn't believe us either, so we have proof!

[Listen] Private Equity Firm Takes a 'Yes And' Approach

SCW facilitators join the 'Private Equity Funcast,' a podcast hosted by firm ParkerGale to discuss their recent professional development for senior executives to foster growth, teamwork, and innovation. Oh – and don’t miss the end when the crew improvises a song.

Event Wastes Not And Wants Not At The Second City

ReFED, an innovative nonprofit committed to reducing food waste, wanted to celebrate a year of milestones with their stakeholders in a memorable, entertaining, and uniquely-Chicago way, so they turned to The Second City to host a festive bash for guests.

What’s Feedback Got To Do With Creating An Ethical Workplace?

When building ethical cultures, leaders need to model the behaviors we desire for our employees: we need to operate in a mode of value and respect; we need to be radically candid with one another; and we need to do all of this in a useful and timely manner.

How To Stay Resilient During Uncertain Times: Lessons From An Improviser

I’m writing this from my home. I’ll be here for awhile. Doesn’t feel great. But some of my colleagues at Second City Works reminded me that these can also be lemonade days where we try something new and different.

Why So Serious? How Humor Can Boost Your Compliance Training

There is an ever-increasing amount of data and research that shows humor is a vehicle for insight and behavior change. I wouldn't believe us either, so we have proof!

Event Wastes Not And Wants Not At The Second City

ReFED, an innovative nonprofit committed to reducing food waste, wanted to celebrate a year of milestones with their stakeholders in a memorable, entertaining, and uniquely-Chicago way, so they turned to The Second City to host a festive bash for guests.

What’s Feedback Got To Do With Creating An Ethical Workplace?

When building ethical cultures, leaders need to model the behaviors we desire for our employees: we need to operate in a mode of value and respect; we need to be radically candid with one another; and we need to do all of this in a useful and timely manner.

How To Use Improv To Up Your Legal Marketing Game

The tenets and skills of improv aren’t just for the budding comedy star. In a recent National Law Review article, legal marketers were encouraged to “unlock their Yes, And” as a way to stay relevant and agile in the ever-evolving industry.

Future-proof Your Workforce (or How To Not Let Robots Win): LinkedIn's 2020 Emerging Jobs Report

In LinkedIn’s third-annual LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report, soft skills (or as we like to call them, human skills) are listed as 1 of 3 trends set to define the jobs of tomorrow in 2020.

Why Netflix Practices Failing In Order To Succeed

Stanford University lecturer Dan Klein was recently interviewed by This Working Life regarding failure, Netflix, and why more offices need improv training.

Play The Scene You’re In, Not The Scene You Want To Be In

Kelly Leonard and Anne Libera speak at the Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit about how they managed their daughter Nora's cancer journey with deliberate practices that created an ensemble out of caregivers.

Improvised Conversations: Sarah McEneaney, PwC

Sarah McEneaney is a Partner and the Digital Talent Leader for PwC who joins Improvised Conversations to discuss infinite learning, the Digital Accelerator program, and using improv as a lens to practice the human-centered skills centered around the change strategy at PwC.

Ethics And Compliance: A Method For Insight And Action

Humor is a vehicle for insight and improvisation provides a practice in applying that insight into real-world situations. In other words: comedy grabs the attention and improv improves the action.

5 Things To Know from Learning 2019

Members of Second City Works enjoyed a packed three days of learning and development content, got our steps in, and basked in the sunshine at the Woodstock of learning, aka Learning 2019, held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

How Improvisation Changes the Brain

A recent article in Psychology Today by Clay Drinko, Ph.D., examines the brain activity while improvising (or being totally focused and present) and suggests how we can utilize improv thinking to make our work and daily lives richer.

LinkedIn TalentConnect 2019 Highlights

A few of us from Second City Works braved the late-September Dallas heat to eat some brisket, listen to country music, and attend LinkedIn’s TalentConnect conference bringing together over 4,200 recruiting, HR, and learning professionals.

To Develop Leadership Skills Practice in a Low Risk Environment

Developing leadership skills, like anything else, requires practice to gain confidence and feel prepared when leader-ing in the wild.

5 Ways To Make Your Strategic Meetings More Productive

Strategic planning meetings are popping up on calendars. How are you feeling about being trapped in a room with your co-workers for an extended period of time? Here are 5 ways to make your strategic meetings more productive.

Do This To Make Your Onboarding More Effective

To set new hires at any level up for success, companies need to think beyond just tactical onboarding initiatives and give equal focus to assimilating them into the cultural and team dynamic.

Using Laughter and Storytelling to Connect People and Boost Accountability

By bringing laughter and storytelling into corporate training you can create a learning experience that is engaging, memorable, and leads to higher retention, recall, and behavior change.

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.

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.

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.

Caring Across Generations + Cleveland Clinic: Improvisation for Caregivers

Improvisation for Caregivers is a unique and compelling collaboration between Second City Works and Caring Across Generations.

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.

This Comedy Group and Brand Consultancy are Bringing an Improv Event to Atlanta

When it comes to getting ideas and creativity flowing, sometimes laughter is the best option—at least, that’s what leaders at Kantar and The Second City have found with their new collaborative improv-based event coming to Atlanta.

Why Every Business Leader Should Study Improv

I have been doing improv since I was in high school and now at the age of 34, I've been teaching improv (to high schools, middle schools and adults alike) for over ten years.

Heartland Dental Introduces Dental Leadership Summit

Effingham-based Heartland Dental, the largest dental support organization in the country, unveiled its newest supported initiative, Launch.

IAHSS 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition Recap and Photos

April 15-18, 2018, marked the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety’s 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition. The event returned to Chicago where the IAHSS was founded in 1968.

Can an INTJ do Improv?

Hopefully I have very few things in common with Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs. But, apparently, we are both INTJs as characterized by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Improv Comedy Helps People With Parkinson's

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. About one million Americans are affected by the neurodegenerative disease, and now, there’s an improv comedy troupe in Naples dedicated to people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their partners.

September 21-23: HCI Learning & Leadership Development Conference

Stop by our booth or watch the Second City Works Interactive Keynote at HCI Learning & Leadership Development Conference.

September 13-16: 19th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute

Visit Second City Works at booth #805 at SCCE’s annual Compliance & Ethics Institute.

August 18-19: Canadian Meetings & Events Expo

Stop by the Second City Works booth or visit Emcee Sandy Jobin-Bevans as he takes the stage Canadian Meetings + Events Expo.

July 27-29: HCI Employee Engagement Conference

Stop by our booth or watch the Second City Works Interactive Keynote at HCI Employee Engagement Conference.

[Webinar] From Yes And To Thank You: How Improvisation & Behavioral Science Make Work Better

Kelly Leonard to deliver webinar 'From Yes And To Thank You: How Improvisation & Behavioral Science Make Work Better' presented by The Institute for Performance and Learning.

May 17-20: ATD International Conference & Exposition

Visit Second City Works at booth #542 during the ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition.

[Webinar] Developing Leadership At Every Level: An Improvisational Approach

Kelly Leonard to deliver webinar 'Developing Leadership At Every Level: An Improvisational Approach' presented by Chief Learning Officer.

January 22-24: HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Second City Works is attending the HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show. Visit us at Booth #633 to discover the different ways Second City Works can power up your HR department.

October 29: SITE Canada Education Day 2019

Attend our Interactive Breakout Workshop and connect with Second City Works attendees at SITE Canada Education Day 2019

October 27-30: Learning 2019

Second City Works to host 2 sessions and opening entertainment for Learning 2019 in Orlando, FL

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.

October 14-16: Chief Learning Officer Symposium

Second City Works to lead pre-networking edu-tainment and session at Chief Learning Officer Symposium.

October 8-10: I4PL 2019

Visit Second City Works at booth #50 and attend our session, "Improvisation for Leading Through Change" at I4PL 2019 in Toronto, CA

LEADING WITH LAUGHTER: HOW VERIZON USES IMPROV TO DEVELOP EFFECTIVE LEADERS

How do you equip leaders to improve their collaboration, innovation, and empathic communication capabilities? Register for this webinar and learn how we brought Verizon our unique perspective on ideation, collaboration, agility, and embracing the unknown.

September 22-24: ILSHRM HR Conference & Expo

Second City Works takes to the stage at the ILSHRM HR Conference & Expo. Interested in learning how the fundamentals of improv can help you become a more effective communicator? Stop by our session or visit us at our booth to learn more.

September 25-27: LinkedIn Talent Connect 2019

Stop by our interactive keynote or visit with Second City Works attendees at LinkedIn Talent Connect in Dallas, TX

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.

September 10-12: HCI Learning & Leadership Development

Second City Works to lead session at the HCI Learning & Leadership Development conference

August 27-28: IL CPA Summit 2019

Stop by and visit Second City Works at our booth, keynote, and flash sessions at the Summit19 hosted by the Iillinois CPA Society

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.