The Big Event: Growing the Talent Economy

Join Lake County Partners and hundreds of business and community leaders as we work toward strengthening, sustaining and leveraging Lake County's business assets.

When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:00 am (Registration & Networking), 8:00 am to 9:30 am (Breakfast & Program)
Where: Grand Marquee Pavilion, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, Illinois, 60069
Local Food: Lincolnshire Marriott Resort's breakfast menu includes seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients
Registration: $60 per person
Chairman's Circle Table Sponsorship: $1600

Parking: Free parking can be found in the hotel's north or south lots. Please note that the main hotel entrance is currently under construction. The Big Event can be accessed through the entrances with awnings at the north and south lots. Look for Big Event signage to direct you towards the event.

If you will be using social media at The Big Event, please use the hashtags #LCPBigEvent & #TalentEconomy in your posts!

Featured Speakers

Matt Carmichael, Author 

Matt Carmichael is a respected journalist, speaker and demographics expert. His book, Buyographics, analyzes the changing population of the U.S. and its impact on critical business and civic functions from marketing, to product development to urban planning and transit. As a researcher and editor at Advertising Age, Crain's Chicago Business and, he has been awarded top honors in national and local journalism competitions. His work has appeared in more than 100 media outlets globally. Matt frequently appears on radio and TV across the U.S. including recent interviews on WNYC, NPR’s Marketplace and others. Currently, Matt serves as the director of editorial strategy for Ipsos, North America, where he is the editor of GenPop.


Sumit Desai, CFA, Mesirow Financial Wealth Advisors

Sumit Desai is a Vice President and Director of Research in Mesirow Financial’s Wealth Advisors business. He serves on the Wealth Advisors Investment Committee and is responsible for due diligence and ongoing monitoring of equity, fixed income, and global allocation funds for implementation into client portfolios. Sumit joined Mesirow in February 2017 and has 15 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Mesirow he spent 12 years at Morningstar, Inc., where he held senior analyst positions in the firm’s mutual fund and equity research groups. His investment views have been regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets and publications.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland-area, Sumit earned a BA in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and a member of the CFA Society Chicago.  Mesirow Financial is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. For more information, visit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Due to demand, we have expanded our sponsorship packages for the Big Event - click here to view available sponsorship packages.

To pursue one of the packages and take advantage of this unique opportunity for exposure and recognition in front of Lake County’s business community, please contact Lake County Partners’ President & CEO Kevin Considine at 847-597-1226 or

Lake County Partners would like to thank and recognize our many sponsors for their contributions and commitments to the Big Event. Click here to see this year's sponsors.

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