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The Techweek Women’s Leadership Fellows Program was developed to showcase, celebrate, and enable emerging female leaders in business and technology.

Techweek is accepting nominations for our 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Fellows Program. In addition to having a full access Summit pass, Fellows will also be invited to attend Friday afternoon of programming including a dedicated luncheon, Elevate’14 thought leader sessions and the first annual Elevate’14 wine+networking reception.

All fellows will receive complimentary Summit badge access to Techweek.

We are pleased to announce our
2014 Techweek Women’s Leadership Fellows:

Marian Adly, V.P. of Quality and Compliance, NextLevel Health Partners
Janell Baxter, Assistant Professor / Coordinator Programmer Majors, Columbia College
Sarah Bennett, Account Executive, Highwire Public Relations
Hope Bertram, President, Digital Megaphone
Vanessa Bisceglie, President, EHR & Practice Management Consultants, Inc. & Doctor Patient Portal, Inc.
Laura Bleill, Assistant Director for External Relations, University of Illinois Research Park
Marisa Bryce, CEO, Co-Founder, ConversePoint
Caroline Carter, Intern, dough, inc
Ce Cole Dillon, Chief Operating Officer, Student Loan 411 LLC
Gloryvee Cordero, Co-Founder, Ziipa, LLC.
Stephanie Daniels, UX Designer/Web Developer/Aspiring Entrepreneur, Freelancer
Jen Gallas, Director of Marketing, Resultly
Molly Garris, Digital Strategy Director, Leo Burnett / Arc Worldwide
Pat Garrison, Executive Assistant, Lightbank
Brie Gorlitsky, Controller, Upshot Inc.
Shalini Gupta, Director – Client Services, Iris Mobile
Anne Hartnett, Managing Partner, Agent Publishing LLC
Cheramie Hibbler, IT Support Team, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA)
Tracy Jarema, Associate, Alvarez & Mars
Katie Jones, Digital Sales Manager, IDG Tech Network
Peg Keiner, Instructional Technology Coach K-5 , Oak Lawn- Hometown School District 123
Zenah Khawaja, Chief Technology Officer, Semiautomatic Semiotics
Kristi Klemm, VP of Marketing, EVENTup
Natalie Knoll , GM , Sodexo
Renee Kofi – Bruce, CTO
Tanya Landsman, Associate Mobile Developer, Cars.com
Nidhi Luthra, IT Infrastructure Team Lead, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.
Ran Ma, Cofounder, Voltset
Lisa Magnuson, Senior Director, Brand & Strategy Communication, McDonald’s USA, LLC
Hilary Marsh, Chief Content and Digital Strategist, Content Company, Inc.
Rachel McHenry, Accountant, Pritzker Group
Jamie Migdal, Founder and CEO, FetchFind
Reva Minkoff, Founder & President, DigitalGroundUp Inc.
Shilpa Mohanty, Director Of Social Media, Save the Water
Liz Morgan, Enterprise Account Executive, Salesforce
Leasa Navarro, Founder & CEO, Sitter.ly
Colleen O’Toole, Executive Director, Elmspring Accelerator
Rebecca Otis, Content/Social Media Manager, Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing
Kelly Royer, Relationship Manager – Sales Solutions, LinkedIN
Barbara Rozgonyi, Founder, CoryWest Media LLC
María Sefidari, Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation
Layne Shapiro, Vice President, Relia-Source
Kate Stevenson, Executive Director, Chicago Association of Direct Marketing Educational Foundation
Katie Struve, Rising Senior in International Relations, University of Colorado at Boulder
Milena Sukovic, Owner, Concentric Inc.
Heidi Sullivan, SVP, Digital Content, Cision
Adrienne Szewczyk, Director of Marketing, Lextech Global Services
Stephanie Wildman, IT Project Lead, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA)
Melissa Wilson, Chief Spark Officer, The Spark Tank
Melissa Wood, Illustrator, M Wood Pen

Elevating women in dialogue, action and business

Techweek Chicago has had a multi-year history of both Women in Tech panels and networking events and has had similar programming planned for 2014. Techweek has recently learned some lessons and spurred local and national dialogue indicating that there is still much to be addressed relating to gender and success in the workplace. While Techweek examines our own practices, we’d also like to use our platform for others to highlight ways that women and men can continue to make progress on these issues. We aim to do this in an open and direct forum while incorporating professional networking in a respectful but fun environment

Nominate yourself or an emerging female leader for the Women’s Leadership Program to be a Fellow. Details and the nomination form are at the top of this page.

Elevate’14 Schedule:
Friday, June 27


Lunch and networking for Women’s Leadership Fellows, Black Pass holders,and Summit Pass holders | Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza


Keynote luncheon panel | Straight talk: How to Fund, Launch, Bootstrap and Grow a Business | Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza


Amanda Lannert
CEO of JellyVision


Linda Darragh
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kellogg*


Sheila Talton
CEO of Gray Matter Analytics


Suzanne Muchin
Principal at Mind + Matter Studio

Thank you to everyone in the Techweek community who is reaching out and offering to help shape this effort. We’d especially like to acknowledge Melinda Kramer, former CTO of Grosvenor and Techweek Executive Advisory Board member for her leadership.


Women’s Leadership Fellows Reception | Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza

An opportunity for fellows to be introduced and interact with leaders from across the full spectrum of Chicago’s tech community, featuring remarks from Kristi Ross, co-CEO and President of dough, Inc. and winner of Women in Tech Moxie Award, and Avery McCall, UN GirlUp Ambassador


Women in Tech: Defining the Issues and Driving Solutions | Campfire Stage | Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza


Anthony Burke Boylan
Owner, Boylan Media Management


Jayna Cooke
CEO & Partner, EVENTup


Tiffany Farriss
President, Palantir.net


Brent Payne
CEO, Loud Interactive

Heidi Sullivan Senior Vice President of Digital Content, Cision

Heidi Sullivan
Senior Vice President of Digital Content, Cision


Innovation and women’s empowerment: Lessons learned | Campfire Stage | Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza


Hope Bertram
Founder & CEO, Digital Megaphone

Sarah Doherty Co-Founder & CTO, TeleHealthNow

Sarah Doherty
Co-Founder & CTO, TeleHealthNow

Sue Purvis Outreach and Education Advisor, USPTO

Sue Purvis
Outreach and Education Advisor, USPTO

Liz Vellojin Founder, Argyle Search Partners

Liz Vellojin
Founder, Argyle Search Partners


Tech Should Be More X and Less Y: How to Leverage Our Platforms for Impact


Sabeen Ali
Co-Founder & CEO, AngelHack


Fred Hoch
CEO, Illinois Technology Association


Melinda Kramer
CEO, KloudVentures LLC


Iain Shovlin
Chairman, Techweek, Guild Capital


Howard Tullman
CEO, 1871


Elevate’14 Networking Reception presented by DIRTT | 325 N. Wells, 10th Floor | SOLD OUT


Grab a drink and discuss what’s next in business and technology with the Techweek Women’s Leadership Fellows, speakers, and other Techweek attendees. Enjoy a relaxed evening at DIRTT’s Penthouse and River Deck, where you can look over to the Merchandise Mart South Drive and enjoy the beautiful Chicago summertime.