In response to these concerns, we commissioned a report to be issued by Kelly Stickel,Co-Founder, President and Global Community Builder at Remodista. As a neutral third party, Kelly accepted the responsibility of acting as the Techweek Chicago 2014 Ombudsperson. As promised, we are making her full report available today. We are also working with our key stakeholders to ensure that we take all necessary steps to address all concerns and determine the way forward. As such, we have the following action items that we can announce right now:
- Earlier this year, our board identified the need for a full-time CEO, and we will be moving full steam ahead with this search. Any suggestions (or excellent applicants) are welcome, and should be sent to [email protected]
- We have sent out an attendee survey to the 13,000+ attendees from the recent Techweek event for additional insight and feedback. This added feedback will be an excellent supplement to the report findings, as well. We’d love for you to take the survey, which can be found here.
- We have a new, more comprehensive, and secure process in place for vetting our marketing materials and external communications, which includes all content and photos that are used
- We will deeply consider each suggestion made in Kelly’s report and determine how to best incorporate or implement them into our processes.
- We plan to keep the community updated on our progress and will be posting updates right here on our blog.
We want to thank Kelly for coming in on short notice, working with our team as we prepared for a major event, and for executing her report in the requested short timeframe. We value Kelly’s findings and suggestions and look forward to implementing changes to truly be an inclusionary platform for all who have a passion for technology and innovation.
We also thank you, the Techweek community, for continuing to push us and make us better – we are dedicated to earning and keeping your trust.
You can find Kelly’s report in full here.