Who to Watch at Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Borris Powell

There's a lot to wrap your mind around with the approaching Chicago Ideas Week, the weeklong invasion of super-smart and super-influential folks taking place at venues all over town from Oct. 8 to 14.

We're helping with a series of speaker profiles designed to highlight the speakers who will benefit you, the Chicago entrepreneur. There are just over 100-plus speakers announced so far, and more to come.

In this profile: Borris Powell

Accolades: His stunning signature gowns won the 2011 Oscars Design Challenge after only starting his company six years ago. Have you heard of the Oscars?

Why you should care: Powell became infatuated with design after taking a sewing class, and, as mentioned above, has been having a pretty good year. He’s busying himself prepping the launch of his new men’s line which “will include looks for the sophisticated and fashion-forward executive.” Even if you don’t care about fashion or aren’t an executive, Powell is a testament to the fact that you can be struck by inspiration, follow it and then have great success. Isn’t that what entrepreneurship is all about?

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When you can see him: Oct. 13, Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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