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“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”

– David Rockefeller

Happy Friday all!  Ease yourself into the weekend with this episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch – we’ll kick it off with Tom Gimbel, Founder and CEO of the LaSalle Network.  Tom talks about how you can increase productivity and foster good work habits.  How do you optimize your time and the time of the people around you when you’re in the office?  Tom has the answers.  The LaSalle Network was recently named to the 2015 list of Best Places to Work in Illinois for the fourth year in a row.

Next, Andrea Hanis – editor at Blue Sky Innovation – joins Steve to discuss The Illinois Institute of Technology’s new effort to re-brand themselves as Illinois Tech.  It’s a lot easier to say isn’t it?  She’ll also take a look at the future of crowdfunding in Illinois.

Then, author Vivian Dittmar talks about why emotional intelligence is the key to maintaining a healthy work space.  Vivian explains how you can cultivate and maximize your emotional potential and intelligence both at home and in the office.  She’s the author of the must-read book The Power of Feelings: A Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence.

Social media expert Scott Kleinberg wraps up the week by giving you a preview of this year’s emoji candidates.  Good news – one of the candidates is a bacon emoji! He’ll also take a look at Facebook Sports Stadium, the social media giant’s new effort to bring you the most up-to-date information in the sports world.  Think ESPN meets Facebook.  We’ll have all that and more on this episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch!