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WBC Recruiting Next Round of Fellows

WBC Recruiting Next Round of Fellows

Opportunities to impact Chicago’s future, while gaining valuable experience

World Business Chicago is currently recruiting for the next round of its Fellowship Program that begins March 1, 2018. The program provides exclusive professional development opportunities for mid-level executives to help drive Chicago’s strong economic growth.


Since the program’s inception in 2012, WBC fellows have advanced more than 30 programs and initiatives to drive inclusive economic growth, including: mHUB, ChicagoNEXT, CASE (Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy), Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and MATTER.


WBC’s Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for professional growth by leading
impactful economic development projects. WBC is currently recruiting fellows for projects and initiatives including:

  • CASE (Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy) – building upon CASE’s work to grow the initiative strategically
  • ChicagoMade – supporting Chicago’s creative industries
  • CRGI (Chicago Regional Growth Initiative) – developing methodology for creating new partnerships
  • WBC process improvement – helping shape WBC into an agile and hyper-efficient organization that delivers meaningful innovations
  • WBC public relations – collaboration with WBC’s communications team
  • Workforce development – leading and promoting unified communications and infrastructure for engagement


Fellows are crucial to WBC’s work, while also greatly advancing the individual’s professional development, the sponsor company or organization, and city of Chicago. At the same time, sponsor companies create exceptional engagement opportunities for employees that grow networks, advance skills, and increase talent retention.

“Jim Arvin’s experience allowed for him to more fully understand aspects of business completely different than what he has experienced at EY. He will be a much better person both professionally and personally, for his time at WBC,” said Jim Knightly, Arvin’s manager at Ernst & Young.

Participants in the program develop, implement and lead large-scale and highly-visible projects and initiatives, while driving inclusive economic growth. They build an expansive and diverse professional network, and enhance their knowledge, leadership skills and strategic thinking, while gaining exposure to new industries and diverse stakeholders.



World Business Chicago welcomes fellows from a diverse array of industries and backgrounds and hosts approximately 12 fellows each year (two classes per year, four to six months each). Ideal candidates have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of work experience. They must have demonstrated project leadership, and be an entrepreneurial thinkers, adaptable and flexible to perform in a fast-paced environment with a positive attitude.

To apply, candidates must have approval from their company or organization and two professional references. The selection process includes in-person interviews with WBC, an essay on WBC projects of interest and final approval from WBC.

To join apply to the WBC Fellowship Program and make a meaningful impact on Chicago’s future, or for more information visit


WBC fellows work with companies, governments, nonprofits and other organizations to address complex, global challenges on a local scale. WBC is thankful for its partners that contribute talent,  ideas, financial and  in-kind support, and more to help elevate Chicago’s presence in the global economy:



American Library


AT Kearney

Avison Young

Austin African American

Business Networking

Association (AAABNA)

Bain & Company

Bank of America

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Business Leadership Council

CIBC (formerly PrivateBank)

Clune Construction

Comcast Corporation

CohnReznick LLP

Coyote Logistics


DeVry Education Group

Exelon Corporation


Ford Motor Company

Fulbright Scholar Program





Grant Thornton

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Joliet Junior College


Madison Dearborn Partners

Mesirow Financial

Northern Illinois University

Morgan Stanley


Societe Generale


United Airlines

University of Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago

Wells Fargo

Zurich North America




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