Media Experts Launch Made In Chicago Speakers Bureau

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Local Chicago speakers have banded together to form a new type of speakers bureau. Core members will vote for the first roster of 100 to 150 new speakers for the year 2014.

“We have a special ‘tone’ of speakers who speak from the heart with great passion and sincerity about diverse subject matters,” says co-founder Jean Pickering. “We know this core group will choose other powerful speakers."

Jon-David, aka The Mafia Hairdresser, and Digital Marketing & Tech Expert, Jean Pickering, aka The Tektite Groups, are launching Made In Chicago Speakers Bureau. Their inspiration came about because they saw how conventions and meeting planners were saving money by hiring their popular local group of public speakers. For the next three months they will commence with only six speakers and this small group will be responsible for the branding of Made In Chicago Speakers Bureau. This core group is also responsible for vetting over 100 known and unknown speakers for the coming year’s new roster.

Made In Chicago Speakers Bureau will also offer mentorship and media training to Chicagoland speakers. Because their core members are media experts, meeting planners/conventions and groups can option additional coverage for their events. Made In Chicago Speakers Bureau will also utilize a multi-platform app for clients to preview, select and schedule their speakers. This may revolutionize the speaker bureau industry.

The Core Voter Speaker Members are: Liz Strauss, International Business Strategist & founder of SOBCON; Ramon DeLeon, International Keynote Speaker; Theresa Carter, Emmy Winner & Founder of The Local Tourist; Johanna M Cook, aka Momma Cuisine & Cooking Personality; Rashid Temuri, Founder of @ChicagoCabbie; and Jill Salzman, Founder of The Founding Moms, the Founding Kit & many other ventures.

Tuesday, June 24th: Around Chicago Live, one of Chicago’s premier networking events, will be hosting the launch of Made In Chicago Speakers Bureau on June 24th at the Chicago Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario, Chicago Il, 60654.

The preregistration price for the event is $15. No tickets will be sold at the door, June 24. The ticket includes complementary drinks & horse d’oeuvres. Tickets are available at,,

This is a casual dress summer patio event where to meet, mingle and network with the co-founders and core speaker members. Also: grab an application to become a Made In Chicago member and receive a collector launch T-Shirt made possible by iCandee Marketing.

Attendees should use the hashtags: #MICSB and #AroundChicagoLIVE during the event.

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