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MEETING OF MINDS

The St. Louis Regional Chamber unites STL innovators for an evening of ideas and discussion.

BY KRYSTIN ARNESON + PHOTOS BY WESLEY LAW

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LIVE and the St. Louis Regional Chamber brought together 25 of St. Louis’ boldest minds on March 2 at The Dark Room in Grand Center in celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship in St. Louis. And—true to form for the diverse set of St. Louis visionaries— guests shared far more than a delicious meal. Ideas related to economic growth, attracting and retaining talent and fueling creative minds were discussed over courses that included carrot and ginger demi soup, German-style potato salad with kale and flash-fried braised pork, beef

short ribs and chocolate cake with a port whip and caramel sauce. Keeping with the innovation theme of the evening, ALIVE hosted a live Twitter chat through which both readers and guests could follow along with the discussions. “When good wine, amazing food and bold minds meet, anything can happen,” ALIVE tweeted at the start of the dinner. As it turns out, we were right. As guests enjoyed the delectable courses by Chef Ben Sarver, several gave speeches honoring the night’s attendees and the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s efforts to inspire a greater St. Louis.

St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan shared an inspiring message of progress that encouraged everyone in the room to “fail forward fast”—a phrase that quickly became a lasting mantra not only of the evening but of discussions occurring long after the night drew to a close. St. Louis Regional Chamber Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Jason Hall shared thoughts about the future of innovation in the city and called on those at the dinner to address St. Louis’ and the region’s areas for im-

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