Monthly Salon Series

Monthly Salon Series

Salons are a time-honoured forum for discussion and exchange of ideas. Chicago+Acumen is continuing this tradition by hosting a monthly series of salons inspired by the values and principles of Acumen. There are no right or wrong answers and we’re not trying to solve problems by the end of each event. The purpose of the Salon is simply to have a great conversation with really interesting people. Chicago+Acumen chapter members will help guide the conversation around our themes.

BACKGROUND: The salons are based on material from Acumen’s Global Fellows leadership training program. Chicago+Acumen was offered a leadership workshop by the Acumen team in December 2011. It was there that our chapter leaders decided to create a monthly discussion series so that the rest of the Chicago community could experience this inspirational material and conversation.

WHO: Each salon hosts Chicagoans from all different backgrounds – designers to bankers, non-profit founders to students… and of course, Chicago+Acumen chapter volunteers. It’s about the exchange of new people and new ideas.

WHAT: The purpose of the salon is simply to have a great conversation with inspirational people. Each salon has a different theme and will be based on a set of readings and videos related to that theme. These will vary from short stories to historical speeches and range across international and local topics. You never know where the conversation will take you (or where you will take the conversation!).

HOW: Contact us at to register. Once registered you will receive the reading and video content via email along with an overview of what to expect throughout the evening.

WHY: Acumen is dedicated to inspiring moral leadership. These conversations spur your imagination and challenge you to think about poverty, business and the relationship that exists between them in new ways. They’re a great place to meet new people that are interested in social enterprise.

If you have any questions about the +Acumen salons please contact us at