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    Tom Packard

    Director of Event Operations

    Born and raised as a Chicagoan/Evanstonian, Tom studied Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago for his bachelors and Urban Planning at University of Illinois at Chicago for his masters. Having worked in special events for the last 10 years, Tom has been part of some of the largest out-door events Chicago has to offer – as well as some of the smaller community oriented ones. At the age of 19, he encouraged his friends to pool their energy and resources to start a nonprofit arts organization, Echoes of Chicago. Echoes celebrates local artists and musicians through cultural events, donates 100% of the profits each event to other nonprofits, and raises awareness of the issues that the benefitting nonprofits address. Discussing new ideas with his friends has continuously been Tom’s inspiration; often considered long-winded, he is no stranger to THINK OUT LOUD. Tom is excited to be a part of the CIW team, establishing spaces for new ideas and conversations that are the most relevant today… not tomorrow.

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