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Get your ideas out in the open

Building connection to a new community of leaders

Ideas tend to flow more freely in a Walkshop than they would around a conference table. People are more inclined to ‘think outside the box’, and come up with fresh and radical insights and innovations when they go off the grid for a few days. And by the second day of the hike - the normal inhibitions and pretense all melt away while you focus on the trail, your destination, your companions, and yourself. After all, nature nurtures.



Find inspiration as you begin your journey away from your daily routine.


Dedicate time to thinking about the changes you’d like to make - one step at a time.


Gain connections, fresh insights, and support from leaders across the industry in your new endeavors.

Our Team


Jessie is the owner and founder of The Improv Effect which was started to help individuals and organizations reach their full potential by means of professional development training and executive coaching. She regularly uses Improv to help people connect - both on an off the trail.

She is the co-author of CTRLShift 50 Games for 50 ***Days Like Today and is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and with Fortune 500 companies worldwide. 


Mark is the CEO of Table XI - a custom software design and development company founded in Chicago in 2002. He is also the founder of the international Ops-Conf retreat which brings together software companies from around the world who share the same values and struggle with similar challenges. He is the author of the Sticky Note Game and the creator of the Inclusion Meeting Cards.

In the Chicago community, he is actively involved in improving arts education in public schools and joined the Board at Ravinia to support the Reach*Teach*Play initiative, bringing music education to schools across Chicago.


MJ is a product and technology advisor who focuses on creating solutions to the most challenging business and product problems.  She is a passionate advocate for bringing transparency, authenticity and humanness back into leadership, and focuses much of her energy on finding ways to elevate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.    

Outside of work, MJ is an avid runner, hiker, and camper, and really wants to own small farm animals one day.  General rule is that MJ just wants to get outside, be amongst trees, and breathe in the pine.


Stretch your legs. Stretch your creativity.

The Walkshop is a unique way to bring industry leaders together in a different kind of setting. Unlike other events, conferences, or un-conferences that rely on post it notes, board rooms, and conference tables - this is an opportunity to get yourself - and your ideas - out in the open. The change in environment, the change in routine, and the physical activity lead to a very different kind of interaction. 

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Connecting through shared values and shared experience.

The Walkshop is an invite only experience that brings thought leaders together from their various fields, unified by a desire to explore unique ideas for themselves and their business, to try to do something truly unique:

Wander where the wifi is weak.


Where does your path lead?

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
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