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You can't expect to achieve anything if you never take any risks, and if you don't embark on adventures, you're not going to gain any new experiences. It's simple.
Hear how five local creatives and entrepreneurs went against all odds to pursue their passion, career or side project and turn what they love into what they do. Our speakers will discuss and share tips on:
Curated and hosted by General Assembly, you’ll get 5 tips in 5 minutes from 5 speakers, then you’ll get to ask questions at the end.
Join us for a fun night filled with a good ol' dose of inspiration and hang around for a drink, delicious cookies donated by Warm Belly Bakery, and a chat afterwards too.
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Will is the GM of Chicago Inno, a digital media and events company focused on local tech and innovation. Previously, he led the marketing team at FanFueled, an engagement marketing startup, and helped build the PR department at Wayfair, a Boston-based e-commerce site. He also messes around in the Chicago comedy scene.
Carlos M. Salinas
Founder & CEO,
Carlos is the Founder and CEO of Spanish Media, a U.S. Hispanic digital marketing agency. He is a marketing technology and digital transformation professional with two decades of experience working with Fortune 1000 companies, Federal agencies, tech startups, and small businesses in the strategy and execution of digital, social, and mobile marketing initiatives.
With a focus on data analysis and programmatic media, Carlos helps organizations find and convert customers in the $1.5 trillion U.S. Hispanic market. His work with brands and agencies revolves around the use of technology to uncover customer insights, craft memorable branding messages, and optimize the ROI of digital media investments for advertisers targeting the U.S. Hispanic market.
A leading expert in U.S. Hispanic programmatic marketing, Carlos has contributed to news outlets like Crain’s Chicago Business, Portada Magazine, Telemundo, and spoken at various events about the application of technology to power Total Market strategies. His company ranks #1 nationwide in every search engine for all terms related to Hispanic digital marketing.
Carlos was born in Mexico City and is active in events that foster diversity and promote cultural awareness. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS from Chicago State University.
Partner & Director of Product,
Angela Vitzthum is Director of Product and a Partner at SnapMobile, a startup that builds custom mobile apps at an expedited pace. A majority of her days are spent meeting with clients to take a product concept through feature refinement, implementation options and overall strategy to solve problems with mobile.
Angela is deeply rooted in the Chicago design community having spent 10 years in the space doing everything from design to overseeing a creative staffing firm. She is on the Board of Directors for AIGA Chicago and is a firm believer in the fake it 'til you make it mentality.
Amanda Boleyn Host, She Did It Her Way Podcast; Founder, MASH Entities, INC
Amanda is on a mission to help more women succeed and break into the entrepreneurial world. Back in May 2012, Amanda took her own leap of faith and left Corporate America to go out on her own. Since then she has worked with over 10,000 individuals shifting mindset and changing behaviors through sales training and leadership development programs across the globe.
She Did It Her Way was noted as a "Top 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs" and one of the "12 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes. Each week She Did It Her Way speaks with a successful female entrepreneur who shares the ups and downs of her journey to creating her business.
Chief Product Officer,
Born in southern California with a skateboard in hand, Anthony now resides in Chicago with his partner Lindsay and their two young daughters Phoenix and Ivy Willow. Over his career Anthony has led Product & Technology organizations for 15+ years at both Fortune 50’s and Startups leading organizations ranging from 1,200 on through 2. Additionally Anthony has built technologies that have received 8 patents. With a passion for Product, Design, mobile, hardware design, cars, and market place business there is no better place for Anthony currently at SpotHero. When away from the office Anthony can be found kayak’ing lake Michigan, performing music, or building robots and drones with his two daughters.
FWD.us is an advocacy organization created to help organize the broader tech community to promote a bipartisan policy agenda – including comprehensive immigration reform, education reform, and support for scientific research – that will boost the knowledge economy to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment, now and in the future. You can learn more at www.FWD.us.
Warm Belly Bakery is an artisanal cookie bakery located in the heart of the West Loop! Warm Belly is the passion project of Chef Joe De Le Pena and Francis Wisniewski, who are on a mission to make Chicago’s most memorable cookie. Our unique cookies weigh in at 4 oz each and come in yummy flavors like Maple Bacon Bourbon, Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, and Stuffed Nutella. Warm Belly Bakery. Cookies so good, they’re like a hug for your belly!
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