We are committed to providing an open and inclusive platform upon which to celebrate and enable innovation and technology, and as we continue to respond to the recent community discussions about Techweek and women in technology, we have seen the need for an independent, third party ombudsperson to represent the interests of the community and provide us with feedback on inclusivity at Techweek Chicago 2014 and our future events.
We have hired Kelly Stickel, Co-Founder, President and Global Community Builder at Remodista. Kelly has a background of over 10 years in management consulting, staffing, vendor relations, and alliance partnerships, as well as, an advocate for women in business and technology. She is an active member of the tech community in Chicago with a deep commitment to connecting and supporting women in business and tech. As an independent ombudsperson, Kelly can provide Techweek with constructive, impactful feedback.
As Techweek’s ombudsperson, Kelly will:
All of Kelly’s findings, assessments, and recommendations will be published within two weeks of the conclusion of Techweek Chicago 2014, without internal editorial control, on the Techweek blog. A copy will also be provided to anyone who requests it, including sponsors.
We are dedicated to remaining transparent and accountable and are looking forward to bringing Kelly on board to help provide us with recommendations for improvement as she takes a deeper dive into the concerns expressed by the community, and into Techweek as an organization, as well.