Table XI and 18 Coffees are teaming together to bring you a weekly community video call to connect leaders and executives who are trying to steer their organization through historically chaotic times. Spearheaded by the companies’ leaders, Mark Rickmeier and Caleb Gardner, join us for weekly discussions aimed at providing both timely insight and regular community support.

Every Friday at 3:30 P.M. CT, we’ll navigate topics such as the difference between “peace” and “wartime” CEOs, distributed storytelling, staying visible when working from home, rituals to adopt to maintain culture and connection, and more. Sign up below and we’ll send you the calendar invite to join the Zoom group video call.

Courageous Executive Hour


Mark Rickmeier is the CEO at Table XI, a UX research, design, and software development company based in Chicago. Over the past 18 years, he has created more than 100 mobile apps, custom-built web applications, and intuitive user experiences for companies like Tyson Foods, Discover, AccuWeather, and the Field Museum. Rickmeier also authored the Sticky Note Game (a process designed to improve employee engagement and career growth) and is the creator of the Inclusion Meeting Cards (a game designed to improve communication and collaboration at work). He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Fast Company on changes in the software development industry and regularly contributes in Chicago's Forbes Council. Philanthropically, he is the President of the Alliance for Excellence board in Lake Bluff and chairs technology on Ravinia's Associate Board in Highland Park. 

Every Friday from 

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST


Caleb Gardner is the managing partner of 18 Coffees, a community-driven strategy and innovation firm. Caleb has unique professional experience—from startups to nonprofits, from Fortune 100 clients to heads of state. For three years, Caleb served as the lead strategist for President Obama’s political advocacy group, OFA, one of the largest digital programs in existence, with a millions-strong email list and massive social media following. As a founder partner at 18 Coffees, Caleb helps build innovation capacity within businesses trying to change the world, powered by a community of talent that helps organizations solve problems, bring new ideas to life, and get a foothold in the future. From digital grassroots campaigns with President Obama to Fortune 100 consulting at Bain & Company and Edelman, Caleb has spent his career in digital innovation, for a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors.