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Business leaders share 60 ideas during Shaw Media, La Grange Business Association panel

Mike Murrill (left), CEO of Amita Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange, answers a question from the audience as celebrity designer Frank Fontana (right) looks on Nov. 15 during Shaw Media and the La Grange Business Association's 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes event at Via Bella in Countryside.
Mike Murrill (left), CEO of Amita Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange, answers a question from the audience as celebrity designer Frank Fontana (right) looks on Nov. 15 during Shaw Media and the La Grange Business Association's 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes event at Via Bella in Countryside.

LA GRANGE – The La Grange Business Association and Shaw Media teamed up to bring together business leaders to present "60 Ideas in 60 Minutes" on Nov. 15 at Via Bella in Countryside.

Six professionals in fields ranging from marketing to health care leadership formed a panel of experts who gave business advice to about 70 business professionals at the event, which also included breakfast.

The speakers were celebrity designer Frank Fontana, hospital CEO Mike Murrill, Chicago White Sox Vice President of Community Relations and White Sox Charities Executive Director Christine O'Reilly, Shiftgig President Jeff Pieta, Cynthia Raymond with Raymond & Associates and Dude Wipes co-founder and CEO Sean Riley.

The event was moderated by Kris Lonsway, an executive coach and management consultant.

Murrill, president and CEO of Amita Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange, spoke about "safety huddles," which staff have every day to maximize safety and teamwork. He said creating and maintaining a healthy, sustainable culture where people can connect internally is important for business leadership.

Pieta, a graduate of Lyons Township High School and co-founder of staffing agency Shiftgig, said people tend to limit themselves unnecessarily by what they determine they don't want to do professionally.

There also was time for questions after the six panelists spoke. Attendees asked about mentorship, business financing and content development for podcasts.

Fontana, a celebrity home designer who hosted HGTV's "Design on a Dime" and hosts the WGN Radio 720 show "The Frank Fontana Show," responded to the question about podcast content by saying developing engaging, entertaining content, providing it for free and having people re-post it is important.

"We live in a world where giving away free content is everything," he said.

Attendees also received a brochure containing the 10 tips presented by each expert.

La Grange Business Association leadership plans to host the event again around the same time next year.

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