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Kennedy nephew is keynote speaker at Morton College’s Economic Summit

Former President of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Christopher G. Kennedy discusses the role colleges play in the future of the economy for the state of Illinois during the Friends of Morton Foundation's Economic Summit held at Morton College Thursday.
Former President of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Christopher G. Kennedy discusses the role colleges play in the future of the economy for the state of Illinois during the Friends of Morton Foundation's Economic Summit held at Morton College Thursday.

CICERO – Chris Kennedy, former president of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, was the keynote speaker at the Friends of Morton Foundation’s second Economic Summit on Thursday, in the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium on the Morton College campus, 3801 S. Central Avenue, Cicero.

The Economic Summit featured a few key events, including a speed-networking segment for students, where they got the chance to chat with high level executives from around the local area and hone their networking skills.

Executives from MacNeal Hospital, Midway Airport and Marquis Sales, among others, participated in the event. A panel discussion, featuring executives from CareerBuilder and other staffing organizations focused on helping students break into the career market.

"In reality, it's just a great way to elbow with people they would have never met," Friends of Morton Foundation spokesman Sallie Nyhan said.

Chris Kennedy, former president of Merchandise Mart, delivered a speech to cap off the Summit on the importance of education today as a successful individual in the workforce tomorrow.



Students of Morton College were allowed to attend the event free of charge.

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