Johnson Club of Chicago Annual Predictions Event

by Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D)


Wed, 21 Feb 2018

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST (GMT-6)

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Westin Chicago River North

320 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

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The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Johnson Club of Chicago cordially invite you to join them for the

Annual Chicago Predictions Event


Charles A. Mellowes, MBA '96, chairman and executive VP of strategic planning and business development at Charter Manufacturing

Forged By Family

What makes family businesses unique? It is the alignment of family, business, and ownership coupled with the opportunities and many challenges those present. Family businesses are the drivers of the world economy, from the corner store to the Fortune 500. Often misunderstood, they are the fabric that binds our local communities and the innovators that create nearly 80 percent of all new jobs.

With roots dating back to 1906, Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family business. Learn how they have remained innovative, diversified, and an industry leader, all while defying many of the odds that have beset their peers.

Join us as Daniel G. Van Der Vliet, John and Dyan Smith Executive Director of Family Business, Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell, leads an in-depth fireside chat with Mr. Mellowes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Westin Chicago River North
320 N. Dearborn StreetC
hicago, IL 60654


Alumni and guests: $60
Current students: $40

Fees include drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

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This event is open to all Cornell alumni!


Let us tell you a little more about the Johnson Predictions series.

How did the Prediction series get started?

First launched by the Johnson Club of the Bay Area 23 years ago, the Predictions series quickly became a tradition supported by Johnson alumni clubs throughout the U.S. Every year, Predictions events welcome all members of the Cornell community to come, mingle, and listen to top leaders and thinkers share industry insights for the coming year.

What is the format?

Each event opens with a networking cocktail reception that includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. The following program includes an update, a Predictions announcement, and a TED-style talk by the keynote speaker followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Why are they called Predictions events?

In addition to a forward-looking keynote presentation, club leaders collaborate to create a short list of business-related questions for attendees, who are asked to cast their best predictions for 2018. Those who offered the most accurate responses to the 2017 Predictions questions will be honored at this year's events.


For more information, contact the Johnson Alumni Affairs Office at

1-800-847-2082, ext. 2 or at alumni@johnson.cornell.edu.


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Westin Chicago River North

320 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

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Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D)
Co-hosted with: Smith Family Business Initiative

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