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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.

Using Improv To Unite Your Team

As it turns out, the same old, same old won’t cut it in the workplace to inspire collaboration and engagement from your team.

The Bulls Aren’t The Only Team That Plays At The United Center

To celebrate the operational success of back-to-back events, the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, approached us to create 'The Half Daily Show', a half day professional learning and development session.

What's Missing In New Manager Training?

According to new research from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) most organizations can improve at developing new managers, especially when it comes to promoting interpersonal people skills like communication, empathy and creating human connections.

Unplug Like An Improviser

Improvisers have a knack for forgetting all about their tempestuous devil devices and staying in the present moment with their peers, thanks to a few non-battery-life-sucking-habits.

Improvisation Is People Centered Rapid Prototyping

Why are millions of dollars spent on advertising campaigns that are not effective?

Yes, And is Zappos Approved

Zappos, the legendary online retailer, has a recommended book list for both its employees and customers. Our book, “Yes, And,” is listed alongside a bunch of terrific books about business, culture and innovation. So that’s pretty cool.

Improvised Conversations: Using Humor to Talk about Difficult Subjects

Kelly has an Improvised Conversation with Anne Libera, Director of Comedy Studies at The Second City and Columbia College Chicago to discuss using humor to talk about difficult subjects.

Lennox and Second City Works Collaborating to Make a Difference

Second City Works recently collaborated with client partners Lennox International, GE, and others to produce the newly released Real Biz Shorts Anti-Harassment video content.

All Content Is Local

Regardless of the size of your company, you’ve probably attended a big conference or corporate tour.

How Being Others Focused Can Support A Harassment-Free Workplace

Becca Barish speaks about how concepts core to improvisation can make people feel valued and validated.

Fearless Girl To A Fearless Improviser

We can look ahead, empowered, unafraid of failure, aware of the real, imperfect world we live in, but confident in our ability to continue to change it.

What The Comedian Learned From B2B Content Marketers

At Second City, we sweat the details in customizing our message to our audience.

Getting Old White Guys To Come To Your Diversity Training

“Where are all the old white guys,” I blurted out, accidentally voicing what I was thinking. Everybody in the room looked at each other and grew quiet. It was a terrible question.

Here’s Why Your Team-Building Events Are Falling Flat

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice Everything, and companies large and small are gearing up for the last quarter of the year.

The Path To Creativity

The irony is not lost on me that I am sitting here with writer’s block while I try to write an essay on creativity – and yet, it is this exact problem that has plagued the creative mind from its inception.

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.

[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.

LISTEN: Kelly Leonard Talks Improv as Human Practice on A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation

Kelly joins the podcast A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation to talk about the connection between improv and innovation, business skills, behavioral science, caregiving and how the principles of improv are deeply connected to the basic principles of functioning better as a human being.

LISTEN: The Power of Improv Within Corporations

Kelly Leonard joins the #UnlockingInnovation podcast with EX3 Labs to talk about cultivating talent, responding in the face of ambiguity, why improv can help solve problems in communication, and washing dishes with Jon Favreau.

Kelly Leonard talks Improv in Everyday Life in the PPG Paints Green Room with WGN Radio

Kelly Leonard visits the PPG Paints Green Room with WGN Radio to talk about how he got his start at The Second City, what he’s learned from his dad, and how improv can help you in your everyday life.

LISTEN: Using Improv to Enhance Creativity and Connection with Others

Listen: Kelly Leonard recently shared on the Mission Daily podcast why improv is at the core of what makes us human and how we can use the practice to enhance our own creativity and connection with each other.‍

Lights! Camera! Feedback!

Second City Works and Radical Candor bring together learning and development leaders from some of the world’s top organizations to exchange ideas, gather insights and share laughs at a Launch Partner Summit for a workplace comedy online learning program available in early 2020.

A New Orientation Workshop Pushes Law Students to Practice ‘Hearing One Another’

Students at the University of Chicago Law School are learning that active listening in 'Hearing One Another,' a workshop developed by the Second Science Project founded at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in collaboration with The Second City.

LISTEN: Better Your Business with The Second City Works and The Hero Factor

Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation, sat down with Entrepreneur Weekly to explain how improv is helping entrepreneurs follow their fears, hone their pitches, and learn to collaborate.

Improv and Business Share the Same Stage

Kelly Leonard recently spoke on the Outside In podcast, hosted by Charles Trevail to talk about how applying improv to business teaches us to listen and focus effectively, collaborate with others, and be ready for change.

The Act of Improv(ing) You

In a world where rapid change and innovation take center stage, interpersonal skills are now, more than ever, vital in ensuring the success of individuals and organizations.

Second City Celebrates 12 Years of Laughs at the Chicago Blackhawks Convention

Since 2008, The Second City and Second City Works have been proud to participate at the Chicago Blackhawks Convention with a live performance that brings together two of the legendary entertainment institution’s favorite things: comedy and hockey.

Improvising Radical Candor Offers A Fresh Approach to Implementing Radical Candor

Radical Candor and Second City Works continue to grow their partnership with Improvising Radical Candor: Digital, a suite of digital videos and support materials that will offer a scalable way for organizations to implement Radical Candor’s proven feedback framework. 

What Second City Works Taught SNL’s Chris Redd

Chris Redd is a current cast member on SNL, nationally touring stand-up comedian, and budding movie star. But a lucky few might recognize him from one of the professional gigs he did while working for Second City Works as one of our wildly talented performers.

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.

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.