1871 Tech Incubator, Chicago, IL (60654)
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 hundreds of women attended the first ARA Mentors event at 1871 Chicago’s Tech Incubator. The goal of the event was to have a conversation with leading women who work in male-dominated sectors such as the culinary world, banking, and sportscasting.
The four Chicago women who participated on the ARA Mentors panel were Stephanie Izard, Executive Chef for Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Top Chef Season 4 Winner (@stephandthegoat), Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust (@connieleads), Sarah Spain, espnW Columnist & TV Personality, SportsCenter Anchor & Host for ESPN1000 (@SarahSpain), and Retired Colonel Jil Morgenthaler, Author, Leadership, Expert, International Speaker. I.C. Stars founder Sandee Kastrul (@sandeekastrul).
ARA aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.
At the direction of moderator Sandee Kastrul, the women in the audience stood upon their feet and shouted “We are here!” in unison at the beginning of the event.
An employee at 1871 said this was the most women she has seen at an 1871 event since she started working there.
“Cover ever ground you stand on with confidence, courage and character”, said Connie Lindsey who gave many memorable advice to the women in attendance.
Confidence and leadership advice were among the main topics the panelists shared. Watch the BreakingVoices.com video of the key takeaways they hope every women will apply to their professional lives.
According to a 2012 Dow Jones study, startup companies with more female executives were more successful than their counterparts. For more data points on technology and women, read Tech Republic’s 15 key statistics on the state of women in tech.
ABOUT ARA Mentors
ARA Mentors support the advancement of women in IT by offering opportunities for women to mentor and to become mentees. The ARA event at 1871 was sponsored by Enova, a financial services company.
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