I want to make Chicago the STEM Capital of the World. If you want to know how WE are going to do that, you should sign up for the LaSalle Street After Hours Event to support the Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

At this year’s event, which is chaired by OCC Executive Chairman Craig Donohue, I will be the featured speaker and will address this issue. I want to make Chicago the capital of the world for when people think of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). This is not a marketing program, I want it to be real.

It was just a mere 121 years ago that Chicago was last STEM Capital of the World. In 1893, the world was introduced to electricity by Westinghouse, which invented a light bulb to get around Thomas Edison’s patent after Edison’s General Electric lost the bid to power the fair to Westinghouse and forbid the use of their lamps.

It was the the 1893 Columbian Exposition where the world first met George Washington Gail Ferris Jr.’s “Ferris Wheel,” which turned around the fortunes of the event. The first automatic dishwasher was first shown at the 1893 World Fair, as were the first commemorative postcards and stamps from the U.S. Post office. Products introduced included Cracker Jack’s, Cream of Wheat, Juicy Fruit gum and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

And the fair was reported on by reporters and editors of William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher and founder of Boy Scouts of America.

This year’s LaSalle Street After Hours Affair will be held on November 13, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM at The Atrium of 311 South Wacker Drive. You can sign up to attend at http://www.chicagobsa.org/event/lasalle-st-after-hours/1391771.

Here is a link for the brochure for the event: http://www.chicagobsa.org/document/2014-lasalle-brochure/142280

Corporate sponsors need to get their orders in this week to be included in the program.

This industry has long supporter the Boy Scouts and my presentation will take that support to a new level. Come to this year’s event and find our more.

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