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July 27-28: HCI Employee Engagement VIRTUAL Conference

Join us for HCI's Employee Engagement virtual conference to learn how to create open lanes of communication in the virtual workplace.

The Second City's Commitment

Updates from The Second City.

Engaging Remote Employees With Breakthrough Communications

There are specific risks associated with today’s work environment—data security and inappropriate social media posting, for example—in which it is important to communicate about best practices with far-flung employees.

[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.

Ethisphere Aligns with Second City Works to Offer Real Biz Shorts

The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business practices, announced today a new alliance with Second City Works.

Try These Improv Exercises To Practice Resilience in the Time of Coronavirus

Here are three exercises that can help individuals discover and implement a resiliency practice for themselves and their work teams - virtual or otherwise.

3 Ways To Help Your Virtual Teams Thrive During A Difficult Time: An Improvisational Approach

In improvisation we are taught to play the scene we’re in, not the scene we want to be in which forces us to embrace uncertainty, unease and disconnectedness.

The Wednesday Works Break

Every Wednesday, join us for a 30 minute show. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the laughs.

How 20 Minutes of Improv Can Increase Uncertainty Tolerance

It has long been accepted that practicing improv helps people better adapt to change and think more creatively, but there was little scientific evidence to back it up...until now!

Chicago's Mayor Proves Laughter Is Also Contagious

The Washington Post noticed that Chicago's typically very serious mayor Lori Lightfoot has turned to humor (and some famous Second City alumi) to spread the word about, and get people to pay attention to, her stay-at-home orders.

Lennox and Second City Works Collaborating to Make a Difference

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

The Second City Does Improv of its Own, Bringing Comedy to Your Couch

The Second City Brings Comedy to Your Couch! New live-streamed entertainment, education & business programming launches online.

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 Humor and Storytelling to Connect People and Boost Accountability

By bringing humor 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

The Second City's Commitment

Updates from The Second City.

Ethisphere Aligns with Second City Works to Offer Real Biz Shorts

The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business practices, announced today a new alliance with Second City Works.

Chicago's Mayor Proves Laughter Is Also Contagious

The Washington Post noticed that Chicago's typically very serious mayor Lori Lightfoot has turned to humor (and some famous Second City alumi) to spread the word about, and get people to pay attention to, her stay-at-home orders.

The Second City Does Improv of its Own, Bringing Comedy to Your Couch

The Second City Brings Comedy to Your Couch! New live-streamed entertainment, education & business programming launches online.

[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.

July 27-28: HCI Employee Engagement VIRTUAL Conference

Join us for HCI's Employee Engagement virtual conference to learn how to create open lanes of communication in the virtual workplace.

[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.

The Wednesday Works Break

Every Wednesday, join us for a 30 minute show. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the laughs.

[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.

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 26 Webinar: All the World’s a Brandstage (Or, This Little Piggy Went to Market Research)

Join Second City Works for an unconventional and interactive live webinar featuring the power of improv and Brandstage on July 26, 2019.

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."