Saya Hillman

Saya Hillman

Saya Hillman:

Likes lists.

Does not believe in work/life balance.

Says possibility/the unknown is her drug of choice.

Is never disappointed.

A graduate of Boston College, Saya worked as an associate producer for a documentary film company before founding her digital media company, Mac ‘n Cheese Productions, which quickly grew a teaching element, bringing videography, photography, blogging, and entrepreneurship to hundreds of Chicago Public School students from high-poverty communities.

When her love for throwing dinner parties accidentally (yet welcomingly) led Mac ‘n Cheese to grow a ‘Connecting Strangers-to-Strangers’ branch, Saya found a way to turn her “Things I Want to Get Paid to Do” list into a business. Today, having hosted more than 900 people in her living room, Saya spends her time as nametag-crafter, discussion-facilitator, event-curator and life-navigator at her Mingler, Supper Club, Potluck!, Fear Experiment and Tool-Belt events, bringing strangers (who are required/encouraged to attend solo) together to experience possibility and the unknown – and to make new connections.

Chosen as one of Brazen Careerist’s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch in 2012, Saya also travels the world speaking. Well, she’s actually only taken a twenty-seven minute Brown Line ride downtown to speak, but she’s OPEN to traveling the world to speak. It’s on her list.

Past Presentations

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008