Women in Tech Breakfast
10

Friday, 10 February

8 9:30 am CST

GA Chicago @ Freehand Chicago

19 E Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Freehand Hotel logo
ChickTech Chicago logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

Women in Tech Breakfast

Kathryn Smith Photo


Software Engineer, Capital One

Cayla Weisberg Photo


Partner, InvestHER Ventures

Megan McCann Photo


President and Founder of McCann Partners; Co-Founder of ARA Mentors

10

Friday, 10 February

8 9:30 am CST

GA Chicago @ Freehand Chicago

19 E Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Freehand Hotel logo
ChickTech Chicago logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

We invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast for Women in Technology. We are featuring great women in tech to give their insight on how they reached their level of success, advice on navigating the workplace, and how we can help the next generation of women in tech.

Join us for lightning talks by a handful of amazing women in the Chicago tech scene and take a deeper dive into the issues women face in the tech industry and find solutions to how we can rise above the obstacles and thrive in this growing field.

  • Breakfast 8:00am-8:30am
  • Lightning Talks 8:30am-9:00am
  • Connecting and Sharing 9:00am-9:30am

Please note that by RSVPing for this event you are agreeing to receive communications from event partners.

About the Participants

Kathryn Smith Photo

Software Engineer,
Capital One

Kathryn Smith is a software engineer at Capital One in Chicago, IL. She recently completed her Master of Science in Computer Science at the University of Chicago and is the Program Lead on the ChickTECH leadership team. Her favorite languages are Python and JavaScript, and in her free time she enjoys training for marathons, traveling, and spending time with her partner and cats.

Cayla Weisberg Photo

Partner,
InvestHER Ventures

As partner at InvestHER Ventures, Cayla focuses on investing in emerging technology companies founded and led by women. With a track record for scaling early-stage start up's, Cayla analyzes deals with a sales lens: offering hands on partnership to each of InvestHER's portfolio companies. Her expertise includes: software enabled business services, data driven products, and enterprise solutions for untapped markets.

Megan McCann Photo

President and Founder of McCann Partners; Co-Founder of ARA Mentors

Megan McCann, President and Founder of McCann Partners, is an established IT recruitment and technology services leader in Greater Chicago. She is known for building and leading highly successful IT services firms and for the work she does to advance diversity and cultivate talent across the technology industry.

In the course of a nearly two-decade career, Megan co-founded and helped build Geneva Technical Services (GTS) and was a strategic force in growing SelecTech — both premier IT recruitment firms. Megan’s responsibilities at each organization spanned every aspect of business development, management, client service, P&L oversight and solution design and execution. It was extensive and invaluable business management and recruiting experience, which prepared Megan well for her latest endeavor: launching and leading the Chicago-based McCann Partners. Founded in 2011, McCann Partners has already become a trusted talent acquisition partner to technology and business leaders across a variety of industries and is known for a hands-on and highly collaborative approach to meeting the IT talent needs of its clients.

Passionate about attracting, retaining and advancing women in technology, Megan co-founded ARA -- a national organization promoting women in technology through mentorship, networking and open discussion.

Megan was named to the 2015 TechWeek100 list, recognizing her significant impact on technology and innovation in Chicago, as well as BlueSky Innovation's Vault, featuring 100 of Chicago’s most compelling innovators and entrepreneurs.

Megan has a deep commitment to giving back to the local community, especially to organizations supporting young people and big dreamers. She has been actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois and i.c.stars, an organization dedicated to grooming future business and technology leaders where she serves as Board Member and Vice Chair of the Events Committee, as well as Strategic Advisor to their staffing services business line.

About Our Partners

Freehand Hotel

Freehand Hotel is located in Chicago’s downtown River North neighborhood, housed in a classic 1927 building. Inside, we’ve collaborated with design firm Roman and Williams to transform the former Tokyo Hotel. On the lobby floor you will find a second edition of our celebrated Broken Shaker mixology bar, serving up signature cocktails and bites. Café Integral welcomes you as you enter the hotel to try out fine Nicaraguan coffee and seasonal dishes. With innovative design, affordable shared and private rooms, dynamic food and beverage programs and a comfortable community atmosphere your choice for a stress-free stay in Chicago couldn't be simpler.

Freehand is part of a larger hotel group, Sydell Group, which includes NoMad, Line, and Saguaro.

ChickTech Chicago

ChickTech Chicago is a chapter of ChickTech, a national non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of girls and women in technology while improving the culture of the industry itself. From local conferences to hands-on workshops to mentoring, we create an inclusive community for girls and women that increases their sense of belonging, interest, and self-confidence in technology and engineering.

Refund Policy

Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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