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General Assembly Chicago invites you to join us for our monthly Women in Tech Breakfast series featuring women in tech and entrepreneurship to provide 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 succeed.
Join us for lightning talks by a handful of incredible women in the Chicago tech and entrepreneurship scene. We will 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.
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Felicia Shakespeare Founder, A Purpose Driven Woman LLC | Author | Speaker
Felicia Shakespeare is a native Chicagoan who has achieved success in both the business and the education sectors. She is an author, international speaker, educator and entrepreneur. Felicia's career experience spans through years of working for Fortune 500 companies and for the third largest school district in America. Felicia’s mission is to inspire others to be intentional about living a life of faith and purpose. She is the Founder of A Purpose Driven Woman LLC, a personal development company focused on providing a safe space for women to receive business, personal and professional growth resources for their business and in life through online and offline platforms. Some of her pivotal business exposure came while working for tech icon IBM Corporation in the areas of Sales, Operations and Account Management in the Global Financing and Global Services Divisions. After a successful career at IBM Felicia redirected her professional training to a career in education for the classroom, in the Professional Development of school and teacher leaders. Felicia has held a number of successful roles at both the school and the central office district level both in tech, teaching and administration. She often says that she is "in the business of educating."
Felicia is the recipient of the WNBA Chicago Sky's Redefine Possible Women's Leadership Award, the Dream Conference Aspiring Entrepreneur Award, and was selected as Author of the Year Finalist in the small business category for her independently published book "You Are Your Brand: Building From the Inside Out!" Felicia in May 2018 founded "mClass: Master Mentor Motivate" the signature women's empowerment community powered by A Purpose Driven Woman LLC. This year her second A Purpose Driven Woman Conference will be held on Saturday November 9, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the curator and host of the A Purpose Driven Woman Podcast which she shares powerful insights and a mix of a high quality line up of guest entrepreneurs, career and ministry professionals.
Felicia has spoken for several thriving women and entrepreneurial focused organizations to include; FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective, Dress For Success Worldwide Success Summit, Top Ladies of Distinction Leadership Conference, The Black Women's Expo, Anita Borg and more. She has recently developed partnerships and facilitated brand development workshops for top organizations like Penske Corporation, i.c. Stars and the Chicago Public Library. She enjoys family, life and new travel experiences.
Ashley Powell Speaker and Coach
Ashley Quinto Powell is the Director of Business Development at Table XI. She speaks nationally on Salary Negotiation for Women in Tech, sharing knowledge that she gained from negotiating on both sides of the table for a decade. She negotiates with and on behalf of freelance consultants and full time employees and clients. She has been quoted in MSNMoney.com and the Huffington Post and is the subject of a children's book, "She's a Technology Sales Executive and She's My Mom".
Silvana Favaretto Founder of The Tulle Project | Art Director Freelancer
Silvana has worked as an Art Director for over a decade, but her greatest masterpieces are the personal canvases on which she’s imprinted her boldness. Born in Brazil, she moved to Chicago 13 years ago and started cutting away the superfluous things in her life that held her back: false narratives fueled by society’s expectations of what she, as a woman, should be. Instead, she focused on being her truest, most extraordinary self.
It started with a simple idea to wear tulle skirts every day for 100 days and document her journey on Instagram. Stepping into that first skirt—made of layers of beautiful tulle—actually helped her shed the layers of insecurities and fear that had accumulated over the years. As every girl who’s ever worn a tutu or a princess dress knows, being dressed in sparkles, ruffles, and poofy, pretty things makes it feel like EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
The skirt became a symbol of happiness, confidence, assertiveness, and most importantly, freedom. This experiment in April 2016 caused a shift in Silvana’s perception about who she was, and she began to embrace the vulnerability, emotions, boldness and femininity she once hid away. This newfound freedom opened her up to new experiences, new conversations, new relationships, and a new way of life. And it was contagious. Her experiment sparked a movement, known as The Tulle Project.
Today, Silvana inspires other women by embracing a childlike enthusiasm and zest for life as a woman. Her optimism and clarity about her own true self empowers other women to chip away at their own timidity about who they are. She thrives in building other women up. Her broad strokes of bold have touched women across the country, who don the symbolic tulle skirts to pursue their own freedom to be themselves. Led by Silvana, The Tulle Project has taken beautiful, sophisticated skirts and transformed them into a symbol of feminine strength—charging women to express themselves, take ownership of their stories and create the life they’ve always wanted.
Janice V. Rodriguez President, Adelante Live Inc. | Founder, Las Locas Comedy
Janice V. Rodriguez, is a Chicago based entrepreneur and comedian. As president of Adelante Live Inc. (adelantelive.com), a nationwide event marketing agency celebrating its 15th year in business, Janice uses her years of experience in the modeling and marketing industries, to oversee an agency that focuses on developing, executing and managing live marketing programs by leveraging forward-thinking software. In 2017, Janice, a self-proclaimed workaholic decided to strike a better work/life balance by allowing herself the time to do the one thing she always wanted to try - standup comedy. Today Janice regularly performs at Chicagoland area showcases and has performed at comedy clubs Zanies, Improv, The Drop (South Bend), Laugh Factory, Comedy Shrine and Jackie Knights (St. Augustine, FL). She has also been invited to perform at several comedy festivals such as Chicago Women's Funny Festival, SheDot (Toronto), Lady Laughs (Madison) and LaughFest (Grand Rapids). Janice is also a founder and producer of Las Locas Comedy, a comedy showcase that features Latina/Latinx comedic talent and other favorite ‘locas’ of any background. Las Locas Comedy was recently honored to be selected and to perform a sold out show as part of Steppenwolf Theater’s Winter 2019 Lookout Series. Please visit janicevrodriguez.com for future performance dates.
Product Marketing Manager,
Alyssa is the Product Marketing Manager at ReviewTrackers. Born and raised in Chicago, she has been working in the local tech industry for over eight years. Alyssa’s experience with sales, customer success, technical implementations, as well as marketing fuels her drive to foster the growth and success of early-stage start-ups. Her passion for travel, culture, and creative brand experiences contributes to her current career path within Product Marketing.
ITA offers innovative business services that enable Illinois technology companies to scale through collaboration, education, talent development and industry visibility. Learn more at illinoistech.org .
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.
TechNexus aligns startups and enterprises to drive commercial activity that solves real world problems.
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We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.
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