Young Innovators

The CNT Young Innovators are a community of young professionals working to actively engage with new ideas about urban sustainability and resilience.

The CNT Young Innovators board hosts a variety of educational, outdoor, and social activities throughout the year. To stay updated on Young Innovators events, subscribe to their mailing list below or join the Young Innovators group on LinkedIn. You can also see photos from past Young Innovators events on Flickr.

Reflecting on 2016

In 2016, the CNT Young Innovators based their year of programming around the Rockefeller Foundation's City Resilience Framework, a tool developed by Arup to help facilitate the conversation about cities' resilience needs, opportunities, and solutions.

The City Resilient series had four parts, each of which represented an essential dimension of the Framework:

  • Health & Wellbeing: panel discussion at the Illinois Medical District on the role of medical districts in creating and maintaining healthy, resilient cities
  • Infrastructure & Environment: panel alongside YPT-Chicago exploring the CREATE Program and what it means to have a resilient passenger and freight rail network in the Midwest region
  • Economy & Society: guided tour of The Plant, a closed-loop urban farm in Back of the Yards
  • Leadership & Strategy: interactive panel/charrette on fostering integrated planning of cities with CNT’s very own Scott Bernstein and Erin Grossi

We also hosted a number of social and networking events around the resilience conversation in Chicago and across the United States.
The group’s momentum is sure to continue throughout 2017, and we’re looking forward to setting plans into motion. Check back often and subscribe to our email list on this page!

Become a member!

As a member of CNT’s Young Innovators, you’ll receive first access to limited attendance Young Innovators events, discounts to CNT events and talks, and most importantly, a voice within the leading group of emerging sustainability advocates in Chicago. Join us today!

Young Innovators Board

The current board members are:

Kristin O’Brien, Co-Chair
Test Manager, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Bo Peng, Co-Chair
Data Scientist, Datascope Analytics

David Berman
Service Planner, Chicago Transit Authority

Catie Boehmer
Annual Giving Manager, The Field Museum

Kevin Dunphy, AIA, AICP
Architect & Urban Planner, CannonDesign

Cassie Halls
Project Associate, Shared-Use Mobility Center

Andrew Irwin
Experienced Consultant, West Monroe Partners

Michael Kaplan
Associate, Related Midwest

Austin Millet
Project Operations Coordinator, MSDSonline, a VelocityEHS company

Jameson Skaife
Landscape Architect, RATIO

To learn more about the Young Innovators or inquire about partnerships, please email Kate Borghgraef.

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