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Chicago 2016 Speakers

Evelyn Sanguinetti
Evelyn Sanguinetti
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Micae Brown
Micae Brown
Event Emcee
Kelli Dragovich
Kelli Dragovich
Senior Vice President of People
HIRED
Desmond Clark
Desmond Clark
Former Chicago Bear & Wealth Advisor
Cayla Chambers
Cayla Chambers
Partner
InvestHER Ventures
Nin Desai
Nin Desai
CEO
NIN Ventures
Lakesha Rose
Lakesha Rose
Founder & CEO
Rose Phillips Online
Genevieve Thiers
Genevieve Thiers
Founder
SitterCity
Justin Romano
Justin Romano
CEO & Co-Founder
Backspace
Tricia Montgomery
Tricia Montgomery
Founder & CEO
K9 Fit Club
Mike Anguiano
Mike Anguiano
CEO
Knnected
Fabian Elliott
Fabian Elliott
Founder & CEO
Black Tech Mecca
Rosemary Krieger
Rosemary Krieger
President
Dolphin Promotions
Alisha Serras
Alisha Serras
Owner
Cucina Moda
Julius Givens
Julius Givens
Founder & CEO
The Explorer Program
Aaron Gillum
Aaron Gillum
Managing Director
Caerus Investment Partners
Ali Smith
Ali Smith
Principal
TillmanCarlson
Elizabeth Peterson
Elizabeth Peterson
Founder
Eastwood Group
Will Robinson
William Robinson
Vice President
Silicon Valley Bank
Rachael Portell
Rachel Portell
Founder & CEO
Taylored Wines
Vivek Mehra
Vivek Mehra
Founder & CEO
ParqEx
Roshan Parikh
Roshan Parikh
Founder & President
Chicagoland Smile Group
Rebecca Lima
Rebecca Lima
Founder & CEO
MENT
Ishan Daya
Ishan Daya
Founder
Crafty
Ann Marie
Ann Marie
General Managing Director & Founder
Vue Capital
Phil Castro
Phil Castro
Founder
BarPass
Esther Joy King
Esther Joy King
Founder
Flashbulb Media
Jennifer Guzman
Jennifer Guzman
Sales & Business Development
EmPower HR
Jamal Jackson
Jamal Jackson
CEO & Managing Attorney
Jackson Corporate Law Offices
Terri Brax
Terri Brax
Founder
Women Tech Founders & TeacherCare
Dina Fenili
Dina Fenili
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Kimpton Gray
Stella Ashaolu
Stella Ashaolu
Founder & CEO
WeSolv
Pam Buchanan
Pam Buchanan
Managing Director, Global Corporate Client Group
NASDAQ
Jimmy Odom
Jimmy Odom
Senior Policy Advisor
IL DCEO
Mindi Knebel
Mindi Knebel
Founder & CEO
Kaizen Health
Sandee Kastrul
Sandee Kastrul
President & Co-Founder
i.c. stars
Samantha Bonamassa
Samantha Bonamassa
Attorney
Simon Compliance
Shaniqua Davis
Shaniqua Davis
Founder
Noirefy
Nancy Fallon-Houle
Nancy Fallon-Houle
Business Lawyer
Velocity Law, LLC
Ric Gruber
Ric Gruber
President
Brandless
Mindi Knebel
Allie LeFevere
Founder & Creative Director
Shameless.ly
Cameka Smith
Cameka Smith
Founder & CEO
The BOSS Network
Laurie Underwood
Laurie Underwood
Founder & Designer
Wanda Grace
Alven Diaz
Alven Diaz
CTO
Conference Solutions
Maudlyne Ihejirika
Maudlyne Ihejirika
Author
Escape From Nigeria

What to Expect

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Chicago 2016 Partners & Sponsors

HIRED
PeopleVine
Conference Software Solutions
WolfPoint Advisors
Power Crunch
EmPower HR
Luxe
Shameless.ly
MKX
Jackson Corporate Law
BOSS Network
Camp Campbell
Inspired Catering
communitas events
Social Enjoyments
Venue Logic
Infiniscene
Velocity Law
Bangtel
1871
Entrepreneur
Kellogg
Chicago Innovation Awards
MAKE Offices
WGN Radio
WBDC
Chicago Inno
Women Tech Founders
InvestHer Ventures
k9fitclub
WiStem 1871
tasty trade
BarPass
FemCity
Nin Ventures
chicago-innovation-women
Dolphin Promotions
Sitter City
Backspace
SocialTechPop
Ms. Tech
Illinois Technology Association
WeWork
Bloguettes
Intellectual Nonsense
uBack for Good
Windy City Cosmo
Black Tech Mecca
Lincoln Park Young Professionals
Hyde Park Venture Partners
Women Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Network
Dream, Girl Film
Greater Waukegan Development Coalition
The HUB
Teacher Care
Lake Forest Business Accelerator
Gray Matter
She Says Chicago
WeSolv
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Noirefy
Shoe Drop
Brrrilliant
Babies4Babies
Square Planet

Thank You to Chicago 2016 Host

Kimton Hotels: The Gray

122 W. Monroe

Topics of Discussion


Adversity

Leadership

Diversity

Capital

NGO Grants

Government

Crowdfunding

Institutional Lending

Marketing

Partnerships

Branding

Business Development

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