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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.

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.

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.

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 talks to Anne Libera, who runs Second City's Comedy Studies Program with Columbia College, about how humor can be a vehicle to address tricky subject matter and strengthen bonds between people, communities and organizations.

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.

Ethics And Compliance: A Method For Insight And Action

Fordham law professor, Alison Taylor, has a great piece in the Harvard Business Review that was just published called 5 Signs Your Organization Might Be Headed for an Ethics Scandal.

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.

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.

Thinking Improv? Do It. My First 18 Magical Hours

Let’s set the stage, so to speak. I recently turned 50, delightfully married for nearly half of those years (yes, same wonderful woman, DeDe, just to be clear) and am a mid-level executive with a large healthcare system.

The Unlikely Skill That Can Make Anyone a Better Leader

Methods used by Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade can increase creativity and deepen bonds with employees.

RewireU, Don’t be the Knob and Tube of Your Industry

Kevin began his career studying improv comedy in 1984 with the Second City in Toronto. He left his sales position with a major Computer company to perform with the Second City on the main stage at the Old Firehall…

Kantar And Second City Works Form Joint Venture, Brandstage™

Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP, and one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy groups, announced today it has formed a joint venture with Second City Works...

How Funny Makes Money

Many people know that The Second City in Chicago is a factory of funny, turning out some of the kings and queens of comedy since it opened in 1959. But did you know that funny makes money, too?

New Partnership With Second City Works And Booth School Of Business

Second City Works, the business-to-business arm of the iconic comedy theater The Second City, announced an academic partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to explore how evidence-based insights and practices of improvisation can enhance...

Kelly Leonard | Learning Lessons Through Improv | TEDx Zumbro River

Kelly Leonard is the Executive Vice President of The Second City and the President of Second City Theatricals.

Four Improv Techniques That Can Help You Communicate Better

Have you heard the one about the man who took off his pants in the middle of a corporate training exercise?

How Can Comedy Help Biglaw With Issues Related To Gender, Diversity, And Inclusion?

It’s no secret that America’s largest law firms are lacking in diversity.

How Improv Can Transform Your Creativity

I picked up the microphone and looked out at the crowd of business people, gathered in neat rows on the top floor of a Chicago skyscraper. They were here for a talk about IDEO and design thinking.

Leading Creative Minds Requires Creative Leadership

End the fun? Nah. But leading creative minds requires creative leadership.

Improv Training Is Making Management Throw Away The Script

The next consultant to visit your office may not be from McKinsey.

How Improv Can Make You A Better Leader

Second City, Chicago’s renowned comedy school and theater, shows that the funny business translates to your own business far more than you’d expect.

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."