ACT-W CHICAGO 2017

Join us for speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions,
a career/exhibit fair, and so much more. This regional happy hour and one-day conference
focuses on providing content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in Chicago.

All proceeds from our second annual ACT-W Chicago Conference go towards providing
STEM education programs to local high school girls through ChickTech.

ACT-W DOC & TALK PARTY

Enjoy exclusive access to the She Started It Documentary & Panel Discussion. She Started It explores female under-representation in entrepreneurship and challenges, solutions, and overcoming all barriers.

October 18th, 2017

Chicago Theater @ Moto Mobility
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1800, Chicago, IL 60654

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

ACT-W KICKOFF PARTY

Join us as we kick off the conference at the ACT-W Kickoff Happy Hour. Enjoy an exclusive experience to mingle with industry leaders, celebrate with other like-minded people, and enjoy a night on the town before the conference.

October 19th, 2017

1871 – River North
222 Merchandise Mart Plz Ste 1212, Chicago, IL 60654

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

ACT-W CONFERENCE

This conference is packed with hands-on workshops, motivating sessions, a career/exhibit fair, and tons of networking. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with women in tech and professionals in Chicago.

October 20th, 2017

The Chicago School
325 N Wells St.,
Chicago, IL 60654

9:30 AM – 5:10 PM

CHICAGO

“Northeastern University is working hard to increase diversity in tech through our Computer Science programs, and ACT-W represents an amazing opportunity to both share our story and promote increased representation of women in tech professions!”

– Bryan Fouquet, Associate Director at Northeastern University

Gold Sponsor

ChickTech is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing the participation of girls and
women in STEM while creating a culture of inclusion for all. We organize local conferences, hands-on workshops and mentoring support for K-12 and professionals to boost participants’ sense of belonging, interest, and self-confidence in technology and engineering.

We envision a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay,
participation, and treatment of women.

Want to get started now? Visit Chicago.ChickTech.org for more information!

CHICAGO

“CDK Global is dedicated to increasing diversity in tech. Our efforts span middle school, high school,
tech professionals, and those considering tech. ACT-W represents an amazing opportunity to
both share our story and promote increased representation of women in tech professions!”

– Kevin Brinkley, Director Technical Talent Acquisition at CDK Global

National Platinum Sponsor

CONFERENCE KEYNOTES

FRIDAY, OCT 20, 2017

Katy Lynch
@jennyFarver

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

@jennyFarver
@dr_helensun

Helen Sun, Ph.D., CTO, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. | Keynote: A Personal Journey and Career Transformation

@dr_helensun
@thekatylynch

Katy Lynch, Co-Founder & CMO, Codeverse | Keynote: What it Really Takes to Be a Successful Leader

@thekatylynch
Katy Lynch, Co-Founder

Katy Lynch, Co-Founder & CMO, Codeverse | Keynote: What it Really Takes to Be a Successful Leader

SHE STARTED IT DOCUMENTARY SPEAKERS

WEDNESDAY, OCT 18, 2017

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Beth Palmer, Chapter Leader, ChickTech | Documentary MC

Beth Palmer, Chapter Leader, ChickTech | Documentary MC

Taruna Rai, Chapter Leader, ChickTech | Documentary Moderator

Taruna Rai, Chapter Leader, ChickTech | Documentary Moderator

Janice Levenhagen, CEO, ChickTech | Documentary Panelist

Janice Levenhagen, CEO, ChickTech | Documentary Panelist

Amanda Boleyn, Host, She Did It Her Way | Documentary Panelist

Amanda Boleyn, Host, She Did It Her Way | Documentary Panelist

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jessica Tenuta, Co-Founder

Jessica Tenuta, Co-Founder & CPO, Packback | Documentary Panelist

Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, Founder

Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, Founder & CEO, KSP Partnership | Documentary Panelist

Caroline Thompson, Electrical Engineer, Motorola | Documentary Panelist

Caroline Thompson, Electrical Engineer, Motorola | Documentary Panelist

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

Jenny Farver, VP of Engineering, Civis Analytics | Keynote: How Leaders Talk

HAPPY HOUR LOCAL DJ & ARTISTS

THURSDAY, OCT 19, 2017

Rae Chardonnay - Best Chicago DJ

Rae Chardonnay - Best Chicago DJ '16 @djraechardonnay raechardonnay.com

Morgan Durrah @morgandurrah rawartists.org/ morgandurrah

Morgan Durrah @morgandurrah rawartists.org/ morgandurrah

Carla Michelle Perez @cmpowns carlamichelle perez.com

Carla Michelle Perez @cmpowns carlamichelle perez.com

Annalise Copenhaver @annalisecopes annalisebeverly copenhaver.com

Annalise Copenhaver @annalisecopes annalisebeverly copenhaver.com

Jordan Bercasio   Carlos Medina II @7femininecups 7cupsof femininity.com

Jordan Bercasio + Carlos Medina II @7femininecups 7cupsof femininity.com

HAPPY HOUR DISCUSSION TABLE SPEAKERS

THURSDAY, OCT 19, 2017

Tashiara Little, Dir Corporate Engagement, Chicago Tech Academy | ChiTech Academy

Tashiara Little, Dir Corporate Engagement, Chicago Tech Academy | ChiTech Academy's Young Womens Leadership Society

Tiara Wheatley, Asst. Principal, Chicago Tech Academy | ChiTech Academy

Tiara Wheatley, Asst. Principal, Chicago Tech Academy | ChiTech Academy's Young Womens Leadership Society

TJ Pavlov, Program Manager, Chicago Tech Academy | ChiTech Academy

TJ Pavlov, Program Manager, Chicago Tech Academy | ChiTech Academy's Young Womens Leadership Society

Autumn Schultz, Lead Design Researcher, ShopRunner | User Interviews: Getting the Most Out of Talking to Your Customers

Autumn Schultz, Lead Design Researcher, ShopRunner | User Interviews: Getting the Most Out of Talking to Your Customers

Colleen Wilson, Founder

Colleen Wilson, Founder & CEO, Collaborate Chicago | Navigating Your Career Path at Each Step in Your Career

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder, K H Connection | Navigating Your Career Path at Each Step in Your Career

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder, K+H Connection | Navigating Your Career Path at Each Step in Your Career

Ellen Young Eichman, Consultant Manager, Slalom | Consulting as a Career Option: Merging Tech with Business

Ellen Young Eichman, Consultant Manager, Slalom | Consulting as a Career Option: Merging Tech with Business

Sharon Bautista, User Experience Researcher, Mozilla | So You Want to Get Involved? Using Your Tech Skills for Social Good

Sharon Bautista, User Experience Researcher, Mozilla | So You Want to Get Involved? Using Your Tech Skills for Social Good

Jodi Bondi Norgaard, Consultant, JB Norgaard Enterprises, Inc. | Beyond Mainstream: Creating Change with a Mission-Driven Company

Jodi Bondi Norgaard, Consultant, JB Norgaard Enterprises, Inc. | Beyond Mainstream: Creating Change with a Mission-Driven Company

Alicia Warren, Product Designer, Allstate | 2 Brains, 1 Design: An AgileXP Pairy Tale

Alicia Warren, Product Designer, Allstate | 2 Brains, 1 Design: An AgileXP Pairy Tale

Allison Steinhauer, Product Designer, Allstate | 2 Brains, 1 Design: An AgileXP Pairy Tale

Allison Steinhauer, Product Designer, Allstate | 2 Brains, 1 Design: An AgileXP Pairy Tale

Amanda Bajic, Bank of America | Differences in Thinking Leading to Workplace Success

Amanda Bajic, Bank of America | Differences in Thinking Leading to Workplace Success

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS & LEADERS

FRIDAY, OCT 20, 2017

Stephanie Gogul, Learning And Development Specialist, Outcome Health | Essential Leadership Skills; What Great Managers Do Differently

Stephanie Gogul, Learning And Development Specialist, Outcome Health | Essential Leadership Skills; What Great Managers Do Differently

Riana Lynn, Founder

Riana Lynn, Founder & CEO, FoodTrace Inc. | Driving Impact and Building Diverse Entrepreneurial Communities

Lauren White, Systems Engineer, Cisco | The Power in YOU

Lauren White, Systems Engineer, Cisco | The Power in YOU

Mimi Li, Investor, Nano Gas Technologies, Inc. | For Love AND Money: Protect Your Interests While Working for Startups

Mimi Li, Investor, Nano Gas Technologies, Inc. | For Love AND Money: Protect Your Interests While Working for Startups

Christine Lambino-Cunliffe, Owner, Bobo Strategy | From $15 to $2 million: How We Bootstrapped Our Business

Christine Lambino-Cunliffe, Owner, Bobo Strategy | From $15 to $2 million: How We Bootstrapped Our Business

Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC | The Leader is YOU - Get Inspired to Influence for Impact

Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC | The Leader is YOU - Get Inspired to Influence for Impact

Mary Grygleski, Senior Software Engineer, U.S. Cellular | Career Coach

Mary Grygleski, Senior Software Engineer, U.S. Cellular | Career Coach

Alicia Dale, Strategic Business Architect, Next Level Architecture | Career Coach

Alicia Dale, Strategic Business Architect, Next Level Architecture | Career Coach

Annette Memishofski, Practice Manager, Director of App Dev | Career Coach

Annette Memishofski, Practice Manager, Director of App Dev | Career Coach

Ellenore Angelidis, Global Director, Amazon | Secrets to Building and Leading a Diverse High Performing Team

Ellenore Angelidis, Global Director, Amazon | Secrets to Building and Leading a Diverse High Performing Team

Jerry Koudelik, DriveStaff | Career Coach

Jerry Koudelik, DriveStaff | Career Coach

Brian Garofola, VP Global Platform Engineering, CDK Global | Self-Awareness

Brian Garofola, VP Global Platform Engineering, CDK Global | Self-Awareness & Feedback: Tools for Effective Leadership

Monique Wingard, Founder and CEO, SAVVY Consulting and Communications, LLC | Seniors Rock: Your LinkedIn Profile Should Too

Monique Wingard, Founder and CEO, SAVVY Consulting and Communications, LLC | Seniors Rock: Your LinkedIn Profile Should Too

Lorena Mesa, Software Engineer, Sprout Social, Inc. | What is Cyberbullying? A Natural Language Approach to Detecting Cyberbullying

Lorena Mesa, Software Engineer, Sprout Social, Inc. | What is Cyberbullying? A Natural Language Approach to Detecting Cyberbullying

Gabrielle Crevecoeur, Open Source Developer Evangelist, Microsoft | Learn About NodeBots: Use JavaScript and Node.js to Create Your Own NodeBot!

Gabrielle Crevecoeur, Open Source Developer Evangelist, Microsoft | Learn About NodeBots: Use JavaScript and Node.js to Create Your Own NodeBot!

Ruth Sandescu, Security Project Manager, Uptake | Challenges and Opportunities for Women Looking to Blaze Their Own Trail in Technical Roles

Ruth Sandescu, Security Project Manager, Uptake | Challenges and Opportunities for Women Looking to Blaze Their Own Trail in Technical Roles

Angela Dugan, Principal Consultant and Agile/DevOps Practice Lead, Polaris Solutions | Metrics that Matter

Angela Dugan, Principal Consultant and Agile/DevOps Practice Lead, Polaris Solutions | Metrics that Matter

Kanchana Welagedara, Member, Apache Software Foundation | Springboot Apps on AWS cloud

Kanchana Welagedara, Member, Apache Software Foundation | Springboot Apps on AWS cloud

Stacy Nadeau, CEO, StacyNadeau.com| Suit Up to Break Through: How to Break Through The Glass Ceiling Without Bleeding To Death

Stacy Nadeau, CEO, StacyNadeau.com| Suit Up to Break Through: How to Break Through The Glass Ceiling Without Bleeding To Death

Saloni Shah, Software Engineering Supervisor, CDK Global | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Saloni Shah, Software Engineering Supervisor, CDK Global | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Keelin McDonell, VP, Narrative Science | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Keelin McDonell, VP, Narrative Science | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Christy Hopkins, Principal Consultant

Christy Hopkins, Principal Consultant & Recruiter, 4 Point Consulting | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Margaret Jastrebski, SVP, ShopRunner | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Margaret Jastrebski, SVP, ShopRunner | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Marissa Halpert, Web Developer, iStrategyLabs | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Marissa Halpert, Web Developer, iStrategyLabs | Panel: Navigating Your Career Path Without Impostor Syndrome on Your Back

Cate Brady, VP Business Development, ViMedicus| Startup You! You Are an Entrepreneur Even If You Don’t Realize It

Cate Brady, VP Business Development, ViMedicus| Startup You! You Are an Entrepreneur Even If You Don’t Realize It

Aarthi Raju, Partner Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services | IoT and the Cloud: Managing Scale, Security, and Data

Aarthi Raju, Partner Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services | IoT and the Cloud: Managing Scale, Security, and Data

Yvonne Jackson, Senior Manager, Strategy and Marketing Technology, ICF | 4 Reasons Why Women Will Rule IoT

Yvonne Jackson, Senior Manager, Strategy and Marketing Technology, ICF | 4 Reasons Why Women Will Rule IoT

Elysia Lock, Solution Architect, Slalom Consulting | Writing

Elysia Lock, Solution Architect, Slalom Consulting | Writing & Managing Tests

Karlin Kappala, Solution Architect, Slalom Consulting | Intro to Agile Testing Concepts

Karlin Kappala, Solution Architect, Slalom Consulting | Intro to Agile Testing Concepts

Tiffany Roesler, VP Leadership

Tiffany Roesler, VP Leadership & Organizational Development, Talener | Busting Myths & Negotiating with Style

Sarah Mitchell, Product Marketing Specialist, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Sarah Mitchell, Product Marketing Specialist, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Cory Liebgott, Senior Product Manager, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Cory Liebgott, Senior Product Manager, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Joan O’Dwyer, Product Manager, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Joan O’Dwyer, Product Manager, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Bree Devries, Software Engineer, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Bree Devries, Software Engineer, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Shilpi Sharm, Software Engineer, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Shilpi Sharm, Software Engineer, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Aparna Padki, Software Engineer, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Aparna Padki, Software Engineer, DocuSign | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Aida Bryce, Sr. Dir Product Management, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Aida Bryce, Sr. Dir Product Management, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Anjali Pilgulwar, Sr. QA Manager, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Anjali Pilgulwar, Sr. QA Manager, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Ashley Purdy, Career Advisor, Metis | Data Science Job Search 101 #ProTips

Ashley Purdy, Career Advisor, Metis | Data Science Job Search 101 #ProTips

Tiffany Larson, Software Engineer, Arity | How to Create a Personal Board of Directors

Tiffany Larson, Software Engineer, Arity | How to Create a Personal Board of Directors

Suzzette Jaskowiak, Senior Director, Walgreens | Gender Equality in Large Organizations

Suzzette Jaskowiak, Senior Director, Walgreens | Gender Equality in Large Organizations

Julia Kanouse, CEO, Illinois Technology Association | The Career Lattice:  Forward Doesn’t Have to Equal Up

Julia Kanouse, CEO, Illinois Technology Association | The Career Lattice: Forward Doesn’t Have to Equal Up

Anjali Pilgulwar | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Anjali Pilgulwar | Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Aida Bryce, Sr. Dir Product Management, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Aida Bryce, Sr. Dir Product Management, DocuSign| Panel: The Secret Sauce for Creating Passion in the Workplace. This is Not About Dating.

Zaynaib Giwa, Student, Northwestern Coding Bootcamp | Is FreeCodeCamp a Good Way to Learn How to Code? - Intro to Data Analysis with R

Zaynaib Giwa, Student, Northwestern Coding Bootcamp | Is FreeCodeCamp a Good Way to Learn How to Code? - Intro to Data Analysis with R

Parind Shah, Vice President, Bank of America | Pains of an Entrepreneur

Parind Shah, Vice President, Bank of America | Pains of an Entrepreneur

Ron Smith, Co-Founder, IncBuilders | Pains of an Entrepreneur

Ron Smith, Co-Founder, IncBuilders | Pains of an Entrepreneur

Tiffany Larson, Software Engineer, Arity | How to Create a Personal Board of Directors

Tiffany Larson, Software Engineer, Arity | How to Create a Personal Board of Directors

CHICAGO

“Dev Bootcamp works to build inclusivity in tech and to support women in technology at every step at their career. We are thrilled to work with Chick Tech and the ACT-W conference as a step in realizing our vision of a vibrant, diverse and welcoming technology industry.”

– Emily Moss, Community Marketing Manager at Dev Bootcamp

National Career Fair Sponsor

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM: ACT-W Watch & Talk Party at Moto Theater
She Started It Documentary & Panel Discussion

 

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Kickoff Happy Hour at 1871

 

Friday, October 20th, 2017

9:30 AM – 5:10 PM ACT-W Conference at The Chicago School

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM: Registration & Networking Breakfast

 10:10 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome & Logistics

10:20 AM – 11:25 AM: Keynote Speakers

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Lightning Talks

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:10 PM: Career/Exhibit Fair & Career Advancement Sessions

 

“Thank you for bringing lots of talented instructors into one place!”

– ACT-W Attendee

 

“ChickTech has opened up doors for me on so many levels. I have met the most amazing people,
worked with incredible organizations, and have been able to collaborate with the most
influential members in the technology industry.”

– ChickTech Volunteer

 

“I think this conference was possibly the most perfectly executed event I’ve attended.”

– ACT-W Attendee

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Is your organization hiring, interested in supporting diversity, and expanding your market share?
We would love to discuss sponsorship options and add your organization to the Career/Exhibit Fair!
Please email Jenny.Morgan@chicktech.org to discuss this amazing opportunity to bring
diversity to tech.
Conference proceeds go directly towards providing STEM
education to young girls in your local community.

JOIN US THIS FALL

Interested in volunteering at ACT-W Chicago?

We are looking for members to join our ACT-W Planning Committee
and day-of volunteers as well!