iSpi Deep Dive: Cultural Competencies

The progression toward cultural competence and understanding is vital to effective entrepreneurship, and to maximizing one’s business reach and network. This presentation will broaden your understanding of cultural competence and the nuances therein, addressing individual and systems level prejudices, use of language, and self-evaluation. You will walk away from this course with a better understanding of your global audience, and the awareness to communicate effectively with diverse populations.

Learning Objectives
Participants will gain an understanding of workplace diversity and inclusion.
Course will cover system level privilege and oppression.
participants will gain cultural competencies to help them reach a broader audience with their business.

Facilitated by Susan Faupel, MSW, Training Institute Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

DSI Members get a discount to only $15 for these classes. If you don’t know your Member Code, email Lisa in the DSI Office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Public Speaking & Making the sale through effective communication

You’ll leave this interactive session ready to take center stage. In this training you will learn the important ways that public speaking and writing differ, and will be challenged to find your authentic voice and posture to succeed at public speaking. Participants will practice and prepare elevator speeches and receive immediate feedback from one another.

Learning objectives
Participants will be challenged to concisely tell their story.
Develop an elevator pitch.
Learn the tips and tricks of talking in front of an audience.
Participants will gain feedback through peer critique.

DSI Member receive a discount and only pay $15 for this class. If you don’t have your Member Code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Leveraging Social Media

Lead by: Larry Johnson, Sikich

97% of businesses are active on social media, but only 20% are seeing actual results. Your social media expertise can help produce the results that every business dreams about. In this presentation you’ll learn how to: leverage internet marketing and social media to get massive results; create social media marketing strategies that blow away the competition; and impress clients with your social media expertise and high-level knowledge.

Learning Objectives:
Learn the basics of utilizing each platform, creating content appropriate for each and developing a calendar for posting.

DSI Members enjoy a discount to iSpi classes. If you don’t have your Member Code to only pay $15, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Strategic Planning

Lead by: Nikki Baker, Founder, Recycled Cottage

Aimed at helping you plan for the future and to expect the unexpected, you’ll leave this presentation with practical strategies you can implement right now to make a noticeable difference in the performance of your start-up. You will dive into the 3 pillars of the Rockefeller Habits including priorities, data and rhythm.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn basic strategic planning concepts and exercises like mission, vision, SWOT, Power and Interest, Ho-Shin Affinity.
Participants will leave having identifying their organization’s strategic direction.
Participants will have a sample plan.

DSI Members get a discount and only pay $15 for these sessions. If you don’t have your Member Code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Case Study: Downtown Business Custom Cup

Hear from Brent Boesdorfer of Custom Cup from ideation to implementation – how these entrepreneurs turned a hobby into a business.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will gain real world insight into a successful startup.
Hear how to manage people, time, and resources.

DSI members get a discount and only pay $15 for these sessions. If you don’t have your code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Canvas and Cocktails

Lead by: Sarah Beth Eck, Community Manager @ iSPI and their Amazing Chalk Artist

Creativity skills and innovation training are recognized as start-up essentials – after all, being different is a major source of competitive advantage. In this workshop you’ll explore techniques to help you unlock your creativity and transform ideas into reality.

Learning Objective: Untap creative energy while creating a masterpiece.

DSI members get a discount of only $15 per session at iSpi. If you don’t have access to your DSI Member code, please email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSPI Deep Dive: Investment

Angel Investment, Series A, seed funding… what does it all mean, and when do I need it?

Learning Objective:
Participants will gain a clearer understanding of the various types of investments and will learn when to seek and how to ask for investment based on their business stage.

Facilitated by Greg Turk, Director of Investments at Teachers Retirement System of Illinois

DSI members get a discount and only pay $15 for this session. If you don’t have the DSI Member code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSPI Case Study: How to Pivot When Your Market is Shifting

Markets change; don’t get stuck in a rut. No one has a crystal ball, but this workshop will help you identify the signs that your market is shifting and ways that you can shift with it.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn how to forecast market trends and learn how to quickly pivot their business.

Facilitated by Staci Crane, CISA, MBA, Internal Audit Director, Horace Mann

DSI members get a discounted rate of $15 for this session. If you don’t have the code to enter at the registration linnk, email Lisa in the DSI office.

Deep Dive: Digital Marketing Trends Part II

2017 marks a new era in marketing trends as digital becomes the single largest media investment channel, passing television for the first time. Barnabas Helmy, CEO and founder of Smashtoast Inc., will provide an in-depth look at emerging trends in digital marketing in this two-part training series.

DSI Members receive a 15% discount on workshops and classes.