2018 Midwest Women in Tech Conference

A Women Tech Founder's Event

UI LABS at 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago
April 26, 2018 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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THIS IS YOUR TIME... TO LEAD.

The Midwest’s most innovative female founders, funders, and leaders are coming together to equalize the power of the tech industry

Connect and learn leadership heart, hacks, and more. From panels to pitches: Catch the fire.

Women Warriors & Tech Leadership

Learn how you can change the world:
7 events
17 innovative leaders
1 powerful day

Learn what it takes to become a Tech Warrior from the Midwest's most powerful and innovative female leaders. Panels to pitches, we'll share the secrets to drive your success!
Leadership development attendance certificates included

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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

CONFERENCE
SPEAKERS

ANDREA
ZOPP

ANDREA ZOPP

WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO

CAYETANA
POLANCO

KRISTI ROSS

TASTY TRADE
WiTA Award:
Women Tech Founder

CARALYNN NOWINSKI
COLLENS

CARALYNN NOWINSKI COLLENS

UI LABS

Know what you bring. Know what you don’t bring. And build a team that covers everything you need.

- Angie Hicks, Angie's List

CONFERENCE AGENDA

CONFERENCE
AGENDA

7 EVENTS TO HELP YOU DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL IN THE MIDWEST'S INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM:

9:00-9:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

9:30-10:15 am

Opening Remarks

10:15-10:30 am

Kristi Ross: Women in Tech Leadership

10:30-11:20 am

Warrior Wisdom for Tech Entrepreneurs - PART I

Meet the 2017 Midwest Women in Tech Award Winners! Learn what drove these trailblazing innovators to create battle-ready businesses, and learn about the arsenal of strategies that will drive your mission to success.

Jamie Migdal, Founder of Fetchfind 
Donna Beasley, Founder of Kazoom Kids Books 
Dima Elisa, Founder of VisMed3D 
Cayla Weisberg, Partner at InvestHER Ventures 

11:30 am-12:15 pm

The Future for Female Engineers

Meet some of the Midwest's leading engineers and learn how you can navigate the minefields, and reap the rewards in this powerful industry.

11:30am -2:00 pm

Tech Demos in Action

See innovation in action and meet the female founders behind it. Hands-on demos, from wearable fashion to robotics.

12:15-1:15 pm

Lunch

Presented by JarBar

1:15-2:00 pm

Power Networking through Wearables

Presented by Microsoft

Take networking to a new level through wearable technology. Make the connections that matter and enjoy the experience! Share your interests and be matched to the people you came to discover.

2:00-3:15 pm

Warrior Wisdom for Tech Entrepreneurs - PART II

Presented by Insperity

Meet the 2017 Midwest Women in Tech Award Winners! Learn what drove these trailblazing innovators to create battle-ready businesses and about the arsenal of strategies that will drive your mission to success. Stories from:

Katy Lynch, Founder of Codeverse
Caye Polanco, Founder of Keyo
Aviva Rosman, Founder of BallotReady
Shaniqua Davis, Founder of Noirefy
Marie Hale, Founder of @Revenue

3:15-4:45 pm

The Titans’ Roundtable

Presented by UI Labs

What does the #MeToo Movement in Chicago mean for our corporations, government organizations, and private innovation spaces? Meet the Titans of the Midwest's Innovation Ecosystem as they engage in a discussion on the critical issues facing  female leaders. From AI to cybersecurity, we'll help you navigate today's workplace from the female leadership perspective.  

Be battle-ready and learn:
   • The ramifications of current trends and conversations   
   • How today's organizations are embracing "the new normal"   
   • What you need to know to be ready for tomorrow's threats and opportunities

Andrea Zopp, CEO of World Business Chicago
Pallavi Verma, Senior Managing Director for Accenture
Caralynn Collens, CEO of UI Labs

3:15-5:00 pm

Young Tech Delegates

60 students from underserved communities will be provided with a full day of opportunities to engage with role models and connect with the tech community. 

5:00-6:30 pm

Pitch Party! Powered by JP Morgan Chase

Presented by JP Morgan Chase

Women Tech Founders is partnering with JP Morgan Chase Bank and other leaders to mentor 10 diverse and innovative startup companies who will compete in our 2nd Annual Pitch Event. Teams have been nominated by incubators and diverse communities throughout the Midwest and will be competing before investors for cash prizes and more.

6:45-7:30 pm

Cocktail reception

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We are all a thread in the talent tapestry. A snapshot in the cosmic, collective collage.

- Michele Jennae, Rise Up Creativity

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WHY WOMEN TECH FOUNDERS?

The Midwest Women in Tech Conference connects you with the Midwest’s most innovative thought leaders including:

• Visionary Startup Founders
• Leading Investors
• Trailblazing Enterprise Leaders

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Hundreds of the Midwest's most influential founders and leaders are gathering in Chicago this April. Join these powerful women and let's drive change together.