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CreativeMornings: Breakfast and a Talk, with Shilpa Alva

March 29, 8:30am – 10:00am


CreativeMornings organizes stimulating talks over coffee and nosh, always for FREE and open to everyone. This month the Chicago chapter of this international breakfast lecture series for the creative community comes to Catalyst Ranch, giving the mic to Shilpa Alva, Founder and Executive Director of Surge for Water.

In 2008, CreativeMornings was born out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.

Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals.

From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings‘ Chicago team is seven years strong and host at Catalyst Ranch for the second time with Shilpa Alva.

CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local partners, generous venues, and longterm global partners.

Everyone is welcome.

Everyone is creative.

Just register beforehand to reserve your spot.

Click below to RSVP, beginning Monday March 25!

CreativeMornings March Theme: Water

It’s the main source of all life. The lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies.
It’s the liquid that we don’t drink enough of, yet waste effortlessly.
It’s home to millions of species, mysteries, and undiscovered knowledge.
We know more about the stars in the sky than the depths of our oceans.
We can use it to save lives. If used foolishly, it can take lives.
We think there is an abundance, yet only one percent can be touched. If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life?

About the Speaker

Shilpa Alva is the Founder and Executive Director of Surge for Water, a Chicago based nonprofit organization that has provided safe water and sanitation solutions to 1 million people in 11 countries. The spark that led Shilpa to the founding of Surge, started when she was just 7 years old, while visiting extended family in India. However, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, she joined the Corporate world. From here, she enjoyed rapid early career success, earned her MBA, and continued up the Corporate ladder.

Eventually, Shilpa came to the hard realization that she was not living in true alignment with her purpose. This led to Surge’s eventual founding and to her leaving a successful career and secure lifestyle. This leap of faith has lead to great things, both through the joy she experiences in her daily purpose-driven life and through the communities who benefit from Surge’s work every single day. In addition to her passion for safe water and global development, Shilpa loves to travel to new countries, read, practice yoga, meditate, and dance offbeat.

CreativeMornings Live Talk and BreakfastEveryone is creative.

A creative life requires bravery and action, honesty and hard work. We are here to support you, celebrate with you, and encourage you to make the things you love.

We believe in the power of community. We believe in giving a damn. We believe in face-to-face connections, in learning from others, in hugs and high-fives.

We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighborhoods and cities around the world.

Everyone is welcome.

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