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West Central Association 100 Year Celebration

HBK proudly sponsored the West Central Association’s 100 year milestone celebration on Wednesday, October 17th.  The WCA is an association that began in 1918 and is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of its member businesses, institutions, and organizations in one of the fastest growing areas of Chicago.

Movie Premier: This Changes Everything

On Sunday, October 14th HBK employees and Strive members attended a movie premier for the film, “This Changes Everything” as part of Chicago’s International Film Festival.  The movie takes an investigative look at gender disparity in Hollywood featuring personal testimonies from countless actresses and directors such as Meryl Streep, Geena Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Rashida Jones, and Tiffany Haddish.  Movie-goers were later treated to a Q&A session with the director,

2018 APWA Iowa Chapter Conference

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Iowa Chapter hosted their 2018 Fall Conference in Iowa City!  This conference is recognized for offering excellent opportunities for members to expand knowledge, network, elect officers, and recognize award winners.  HBK employees spent the beautiful fall morning doing just that, and even won the competition for “Highest Score” and “Women’s Longest Drive.”

MSI: Science Works Career Fair

On Saturday, October 13th HBK attended the Museum of Science and Industry’s 6th annual “Science Works Career Fair!”  HBK was 1 of over 45 companies that participated, making this year’s celebration the largest one yet with over 7,000 museum attendees.  Companies are asked to demonstrate how science works in the “real-world”, sending a message that anyone with a passion can become a scientist or engineer. 

Chicago Hawkeye Pitch-Off

On Thursday, October 11th HBK was a judge at the University of Iowa’s first ever Hawkeye Pitch-Off in Chicago.  This “Shark Tank” style competition gave contestants an opportunity to compete for seed funding to support their business.  Contestants were given the opportunity to network with local businesses and investors before giving a quick 5-minute attention-grabbing pitch on why they should win support.  The evening resulted in

Schuylkill Banks River Clean-up

On Friday, October 12th HBK in Pennsylvania took time to lend a hand cleaning up their neighborhood at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.  Volunteers cleaned up the riverbank and beautified the surrounding area with freshly planted greenery.  Thank you to our East Coast volunteers for getting out there and making an impact!   

Women’s Energy Network Panel Discussion

On Thursday, October 11th HBK participated in a WEN Panel Discussion at the Catalyst Ranch in Chicago.  The panel featured a ComEd rates manager, an attorney who represents rate cases, and an ICC representative who all shared their advice and experiences with the subject.  Discussions and networking opportunities like this are just one of the many benefits WEN provides as an international association for women professionals.

Casa Central Annual Awards Dinner

October 11, 2018 marked Casa Central’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton Chicago.  As the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest, Casa Central provides various family-centered programs that are central to the community.  This event supports Casa Central’s mission “to be the conduit through which thousands of individuals build hope for the future, while equipping themselves to achieve a sustainable, higher quality of life for

Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner

Tuesday, October 9th, was the 19th annual awards dinner benefitting the Chicago Public Library & The Chicago Public Library Foundation.  The awards were presented to beloved author Judy Blume, renowned astrophysicist and host of NOVA, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sanchez.  HBK attended the dinner in support of the Chicago Public Library Foundation and their dedication to launch and sustain

2018 ASCE Annual Awards Dinner

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted their annual awards dinner on Thursday, October 11th at Navy Pier.  As one of the nation’s largest sections, the ASCE Illinois Section represents more than 2,700 members and provides them with a platform to mentor, learn, teach, and participate in something larger than themselves.                  

2018 BGE Smart Energy Open

On Monday, October 1, HBK spent the day enjoying the fall weather on the greens of the third annual BGE Smart Energy Open.  The Open benefits Susan G. Komen, the worlds largest breast cancer organization, and all their work funding breast cancer research while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.

Fit Company Challenge

On Saturday, September 29, HBK took part in our 2nd annual Fit Company Challenge.  The Fit Company Challenge is the only major fitness event for the corporate sector and as such it is designed to get employees energized, motivated, and working together towards common goals.  Employees tackled 3 fitness courses that tested strength, stamina, and conditioning.

IPLSA Golf Outing

The Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association hosted their Northeast Chapter Golf Outing on Friday, September 28th at White Pines Golf Club.  Part of the proceeds from the day will be donated to the IPLSA Scholarship Fund. HBK is a proud supporter of IPLSA and their mission to include the advancement of the Land Surveying profession by promoting high standards of practice and conduct, by upholding the Illinois Land Surveyors

IEEE Panel Discussion

The IEEE PES Society, Chicago Chapter and the City Colleges of Chicago hosted a panel discussion to discuss careers in the engineering, transitioning to a four-year university and an open Q&A session. This was open to all students with an engineering focus of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and civil. A PES Chapter is a technical sub-unit of one or more IEEE Sections and it consists of

SOS Villages Evening of Hope

HBK joined SOS Children’s Villages Illinois Annual Evening of Hope event. This year they honored their builders and visionaries, who empower them to build the future of foster care.   SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Each Village offers comprehensive services including: individual and group counseling, mentoring, and educational and cultural enrichment opportunities. This highly supportive setting provides children a