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.


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


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


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

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


“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 for more information!


“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


Interested in hosting a hands-on workshop, being a speaker, or holding a seat on a panel? 
We would love to hear from you! Please fill out the Call For Proposals Application and please
include the estimated presentation time you would prefer. We look forward to meeting you and
thank you for supporting ChickTech’s ACT-W Conference!
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Have questions? Email!

Janice Levenhagen - Keynote SpeakerJanice Levenhagen
CEO, ChickTech


Asha Sharma
COO, Porch


Brian Retford,
1026 Labs, Inc.

Stephanie Kim
Developer Evangelist, Algorithmia

Reetu Gupta
Co-Founder and CEO, Cirkled in

Erica Melzer
Community Marketing Manager, Dev Bootcamp


“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



Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM: ACT-W Watch & Talk Party
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

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Registration & Networking Breakfast

 10:30 AM – 10:35 AM: Welcome & Logistics

10:35 AM – 11:25 AM: Keynote Speakers

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM: Lightning Talks

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch

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

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Post-Conference Happy Hour

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Birds of a Feather Offsite Dinners

“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



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 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.



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!