The Industry Sharing Table

Lisa Montgomery, director of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Employer Engagement, approached IIT Dining Services in 2013 with an idea for an event that would facilitate impactful conversations for students. The event was named the Industry Sharing Table and is hosted once a month in The Commons.

Students involved with Illinois Tech’s professional student organizations, honor societies, and Ph.D. program are invited to have lunch with alumni, industry partners, and advisors with the goal of meeting, learning, networking, and connecting with influencers in their field of study. This program strengthens the connection between the groups and helps students to build skills in the areas of leadership, community, and innovation.

The Students

The executive board members of 36 professional student organizations, three honor societies, and Ph.D. students at Illinois Tech have participated in this program.  These groups collectively represent half of the student population and this event promotes introductions, collaboration, and shared interests.

Groups Include:

Professional Student Organizations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association for Computing Machinery-Women
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Structural Engineers Association
  • Veterans

Honor Societies

  • Chi Epsilon
  • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
  • Tau Beta Pi

To date, more than 2,000 students have participated in this program. This program has been supported since its beginning through the generosity of Sodexo who donates a preset number of meals for each event.

For more information regarding the Industry Sharing Table, please email