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ARA Chicago: Women in Business & Tech: Celebrating Breakthroughs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There is still a long way to go, but there is much to celebrate for women in the business and tech community. Join ARA Chicago for a night of celebration as we honor the breakthroughs and successes made on this front by women in the Chicago area. The night will feature one-on-one conversations with women who have broken through barriers, innovated, and leaned on the support of mentors and organizations to achieve their goals. With time for questions and candid dialogue throughout, take this opportunity to learn from innovators and leaders in our space – and consider how you can get involved to inspire others.

Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards will moderate a discussion with Sharon Schneider, Co-founder and CEO of Moxie Jean

Holly Copeland
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will lead a conversation with Nancy SullivanCEO and Senior Managing Director of IllinoisVENTURES, LLC

Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder of i.c.stars will discuss attracting, retaining and advancing women in tech with Harper Reed, Founder of Modest and former CTO for Obama for America

Acclaimed Chicago DJ Megan Taylor will be performing throughout the night!

A summary of the event logistics follows:


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Studio Paris at Paris Club, 59 West Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60654. Valet parking available.


$15 using the PayPal form below

NOTE: 50% of your registration fee will be donated to ARA’s non-profit partners, Chicago Tech Academy and i.c.stars. Registration fee includes wine, beer, and light appetizers during the networking reception. You must be 21 to attend.

Sponsors & Contributors:

This ARA event is sponsored by the Chicago Innovation Awards and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Thank you for supporting women in technology!

Chicago Innovation Awards  DCEO

There will also be a free raffle for attendees with great prizes, including an in-studio photography session at Mark Brown Photography, an Aveda gift basket and gift certificate for a haircut and partial highlight at Tracy Adduci Salon, a Cut + Style, Color Bar Service, Wash House Experience, and an hour massage at The Hair Loft, a one month membership at Fitness Formula Club, a happy hour package including 2 hours of open bar for 20 people at Sedgewick’s Bar & Grill, 3 private Pilates sessions at Helios Center for Movement, $100 of gift certificates to Four Corners Tavern Group, one month of unlimited yoga at Core Power Yoga, personal training session with Sheena Lawrick and 2 body composition measurements at Windy City CrossFit, $50 gift certificate to Vinyl, a 5 pack of classes to Shred415, $25 gift certificate to Rockit, $50 gift certificate to Sunda, the VIP experience (including bottle service) at Ay Chiwowa, one month pass and personal training session at David Barton Gym, $80 credit to and more.