ACT-W CHICAGO 2016

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

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

Are you a student? Use the promo code: student50 to get 50% off any ACT-W ticket!

ACT-W KICKOFF PARTY

Join us as we kick off the conference at the ACT-W Kickoff Happy Hour – sponsored by General Assembly.
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 13th, 2016

The Merchandise Mart
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North
350 West Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL. 60654

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ACT-W CONFERENCE

This conference is packed with workshops, breakout sessions, motivating presentations, a Career Fair, FREE professional headshots, and tons of networking time to connect with others. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with women in tech in the Chicago area.

October 14th – 15th, 2016

The Merchandise Mart
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM / 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CHICAGO 2016

“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

Platinum Sponsor

OUR SPEAKERS

The Relationship Between Diversity, Innovation, and Technology

Simona Rollinson - CIO, Cook County Government

The Relationship Between Diversity, Innovation, and Technology
Women in Technology

Alicia Dale - Strategic Business Architect, Next Level Architecture

Women in Technology & Business
Be The Programmer's Boss

Alison Stanton - Founder & Chief Problem Solver, Stanton Ventures

Be The Programmer’s Boss
An Exercise in Design Thinking

Marie Macaisa - Head of Content Strategy, Uptake

An Exercise in Design Thinking
Narrowing Collaboration and Communication Gaps Between Distributed Teams

Saleha Amreen - Software Engineer, CDK Global

Narrowing Collaboration and Communication Gaps Between Distributed Teams
Mock Interview

Stella Nisenbaum - Data Services Manager, Yello

Mock Interview & Resume Workshop
Intro to Web Concepts

Arelia Jones - Developer, CareerBuilder

Intro to Web Concepts
Career Goals: Learning How to Iteratively Set Our Goals

Lorena Mesa - Data Engineer, Sprout Social

Career Goals: Learning How to Iteratively Set Our Goals
Business/IT Transition Path: Where I Should Be?

Tanita Siripanich - Enterprise Business Architect, STA Group

Business/IT Transition Path: Where I Should Be?
Productive Programming Habits

Marshall Shen - Software Engineer, ContextMedia, Inc.

Productive Programming Habits
In God We Trust; All Others Bring Data

Katarzyna Siwek - Senior Software Developer, UL LLC

In God We Trust; All Others Bring Data
How To Be Everything: A Look at the Way We Give Advice

Lauren Scott - Software Engineer, Braintree

How To Be Everything: A Look at the Way We Give Advice
Making Career Management a Lifelong Philosophy

Cory Liebgott - Senior Product Manager, DocuSign

Making Career Management a Lifelong Philosophy
Level Up From Hardware Noob to Hardware Node

Gabrielle Crevecoeur - Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Level Up From Hardware Noob to Hardware Node
Stand Out, Get Hired!

Katy Martin - Career Developer, Dev Bootcamp

Stand Out, Get Hired!
Stand Out, Get Hired!

Molly Owens - Career Developer, Dev Bootcamp

Stand Out, Get Hired!
Your Change Intelligence to Lead Organizational Change

Barbara Trautlein - Principal, Change Catalysts

Your Change Intelligence to Lead Organizational Change
Fear and (Self) Loathing in IT – A Healthy Discussion on Imposter Syndrome

Angela Dugan - Microsoft ALM Practice Manager, Polaris Solutions

Fear and (Self) Loathing in IT – A Healthy Discussion on Imposter Syndrome
The Beauty and Truth of Epistemic Big Data in 3D

Bill Guschwan - Lecturer, Columbia College

The Beauty and Truth of Epistemic Big Data in 3D
The Beauty and Truth of Epistemic Big Data in 3D

Dima Elissa - CEO & Founder, VisMed-3D

The Beauty and Truth of Epistemic Big Data in 3D
Build Modern Web Apps Using Angular, Typescript

Vamshi Reddy - Software Engineer, CDK Global

Build Modern Web Apps Using Angular, Typescript & Bootstrap
Women Bridging the Tech Chasm

Mary Grygleski - Senior Software Engineer, U.S. Cellular

Women Bridging the Tech Chasm
Mentoring Startups: Startups, Incubators, and Funding

George Vukotich - Advisor/Educator, George Vukotick Consulting

Mentoring Startups: Startups, Incubators, and Funding
Mock Interview

Jess Rudolph - Strategic Account Manager, Microsoft

Mock Interview & Resume Workshop
Cory Liebgott - Senior Product Manager, DocuSign

Cory Liebgott - Senior Product Manager, DocuSign

Mock Interview

Kailin Liu - Regional Operations Manager, Uber

Mock Interview & Resume Workshop
Mock Interview

Jason Allen - Chief Technology Office, Yello

Mock Interview & Resume Workshop
Mock Interview

Riley Hutchinson - Talent Acquisition, Yello

Mock Interview & Resume Workshop
An Exercise in Design Thinking

Kyra Foster - Director of User Experience, Uptake

An Exercise in Design Thinking
 
CHICAGO 2016

“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.”

– Eleanor Whitney, Community Marketing Manager at Dev Bootcamp

National Career Fair Sponsor

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Holiday Inn Chicago – Mart Plaza River North

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Kickoff Happy Hour Sponsored by General Assembly

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

9:00 AM – 10:25 AM: Registration & Networking Breakfast 

 10:25 AM – 10:30 AM: Welcome & Logistics

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM: Keynote Speakers

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM: Lightning Talks

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Career Fair & Career Advancement Sessions

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Optional Off-site Activities

 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

9:00 AM – 9:25 AM: Registration & Networking Breakfast 

 9:25 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome & Logistics

9:30 AM – 9:55 AM: Keynote Speakers

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Career Fair & Career Advancement Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Optional Off-site Activities

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

– ACT-W Seattle Attendee

 

“Our team was totally inspired by all of the incredible women they got to connect with,
and saw a lot of interest in our organization as a result. Thanks for all the effort you and your team
have put into making the conference a success! We will be back!”

– ACT-W Sponsor

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Is your organization actively hiring?
Interested in declaring your commitment towards diversity?

Email us at actw_chi@chicktech.org or reach out to jenny.morgan@chicktech.org
to find out about how to get involved!

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