Interested in getting involved with The Gray Matter Experience? Volunteering is a great way to help nurture and inspire some of Chicago’s brightest up-and-coming talent and play a role in how they view and change the world. There are a ton of ways to get involved; read below to see how you can work with our #GMEChangers!
We are always looking for volunteers who:
….are familiar with the biz dev process:
You understand how to take an idea from vision to scale, and can advise our students on strategic planning, product development, marketing, stakeholder development, and more.
...can leverage their working experience:
You’ve learned a lot from your work experience and are eager to share this wisdom with others who are not as far along the path.
...have done the critical personal work around diversity, equity, inclusion:
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Understanding their experiences, meeting them where they are, and helping them navigate their journey as entrepreneurs is critical to their success now and in the future.
You understand that listening is the most critical skill in your coaching tool box.
And most importantly....
...have a positive attitude! - You always see the best in the entrepreneur and use a number of tactics to motivate them to find solutions to their venture’s issues.
There are numerous volunteer roles at TGME, including but not limited to:
Share your entrepreneurial journey with students through a Q & A session facilitated by our students.
Have experience developing a business and want to share your experience and expertise with students? Lead a short lesson using our curriculum (and your personal experience) to teach students a new business concept.
Drop in to one of our workshops to help students brainstorm their business ideas.