Courageous Minds Only

10/19/2023 | Hybrid 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm CST
  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage

Join us for the Courageous Minds Only Community Event (In-Person & Virtual)!

Discover the courage, inspiration, and battle-tested ideas from top leaders at Kraft Heinz, Ferrero, AON, and ThoughtWorks who are driving their brands and companies forward in an uncertain world.

Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, seize the opportunity to expand your network and gain valuable insights. Don’t miss out – register now, invite your friends, and be a part of this transformative experience!

Networking opportunities will start at 5:30PM CT for those joining in person. Authentic panel discussion will begin at 6:00PM CT for those attending in person and virtually.

Event Start Date:
October 19, 2023
Event End Date:
October 19, 2023
Event Venue:

Join us, in collaboration with The Garage Group, for an in-person and virtual community-building event for a panel discussion with battle-tested leaders on how they are navigating the current market turbulence and increased headwinds within themselves, their teams, and their companies.

If you join us in Chicago, you’ll find opportunities to collaborate and network with corporate leaders, startup founders, investors, and professional peers from different backgrounds for courage, inspiration, and ideas as you’re building your company and career in the midst of uncertainty.

Courageous Minds Only, started by The Garage Group, is a Global Community whose mission is to build a network of courageous leaders and inspire them to find new, creative solutions for growing their brands and companies in uncertainty. Find the courage you need to take the next step in your career. Remember, all it takes is a community, ideas, and some courageous inspiration! 


Please sign up to attend below!



Courageous Minds Only Founder & Moderator – Jason Hauer, Co-Founder, The Garage Group and CEO, hauerX holdings

Jason Hauer is a visionary serial entrepreneur, growth CEO, and investor. As a Co-founder of The Garage Group, Jason has made significant contributions to solving innovation and growth challenges for F1000 brands and businesses, employing startup-inspired approaches. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to create Courageous Minds Only, a global movement that empowers leaders with courage, inspiration, and ideas to navigate a rapidly changing world. Recently, he founded hauerX holdings, a private investment and new ventures holding company that invests in, grows, and sells disruptive B2B technology, media, and services companies. Recognized by Inc. 500, Jason is a highly sought-after speaker, panel moderator, and thought leader in entrepreneurship, courageous leadership, and disruptive brand growth, having conducted interviews with over 100 influential brand figures. With his dynamic presence and innovative insights, he continues to inspire leaders to operate courageously as they drive disruption across industries.

Jen Akhtor – Global Head of Strategic Initiatives, Aon

Jen Akhter has 20 years of industry experience in both the carrier and the agency sectors, and currently leads as the Global Head of Strategic Initiatives for Aon Growth Ventures.

She leads a team of colleagues who are thought leaders, subject matter experts and directors of diligence related to defined growth initiatives and innovation at scale. Her team is dedicated to new programs–from ideation, development, and through to deployment–on products and solutions which drive Aon’s Innovation strategy worldwide.

Daniel Vera – Vice President R&D Product Technical Performance for Cookies & Mainstream Chocolate

Daniel Vera a Global Research & Development Executive with 19 years of multinational food industry experience across 4 different countries Mexico, United Kingdom, Italy, and USA. Currently the Vice President of R&D for at Ferrero responsible for the successful Product Technical Performance and in market implementation of the Cookies, Cones, Pie Crusts and Mainstream Chocolate brands in North America.  Received his BSc. Engineer in Food Industries from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and a MSc. Agri-food from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. His professional journey began in 2004 with PepsiCo International where he had the opportunity to work fourteen years based in Mexico and in the United Kingdom. Since 2018 he transitioned to Ferrero in Italy and from October 2019 based in USA.

Alan Kleinerman – Vice President, Head of Disruption at The Kraft Heinz Company

Marcelo De Santis – Chief Digital Officer, ThoughtWorks