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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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Trisha Degg VP, Talent Programs and Operations at Illinois Technology Association (ITA) & Executive Director, TechForward
Trisha Degg is the VP of Talent Programs for Illinois Technology Association – a business services organization focused on helping great tech companies scale. Trisha helps ITA’s 500-plus member companies navigate Chicago’s talent pool to find the best of the best. With almost 10 years of corporate recruiting, campus recruitment, and HR experience, Trisha excels at finding new ways to locate talent, and is passionate about networking. She works with the heads of HR/Talent at ITA member companies to help develop and refine their procedures and processes. Trisha’s specialties are talent attraction and retention, organizational development, manager training, interview skills/resume writing, building and refining internship programs, and employment branding. She also acts as Executive Director of ITA's newly launched philanthropic arm, TechForward. TechForward's goal is to support STEM education in Illinois, focusing on under-served communities to help promote diversity in STEM careers.
Trisha works closely with the local community, including universities throughout the country, to help build strong talent pipelines. She speaks at panels and guest lectures in classes, conducts one-on-ones with students, and builds relationships with campus career centers. She also serves on the strategic planning committee for ThinkChicago, sits on FWD.us Innovation Council, and works on talent initiatives with America’s Urban Campus and World Business Chicago. Trisha also volunteers her time with StartUp Institute, General Assembly, and ChiTech Academy, to support future tech talent in Chicago. Trisha acted as a talent mentor for Elmspring, an accelerator dedicated to supporting emerging real estate technologies. She is also a board member of Expanding Your Horizons Chicago (EYH), helping support STEM education for middle school girls.
Reach out for networking opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter: @ITABuzz and @tdegg.
LeeAnn Marie Webster
Email with H.E.A.R.T.
LeeAnn Marie Webster is the creator of Email with H.E.A.R.T. She helps entrepreneurs build, grow and nurture their email lists through her programs Just Done It Weekend, Just Grow It Club, and Totally Telesummits. She is an inspirational speaker, lawyer, coach and entrepreneur with 20 years experience in marketing and business development in a range of industries. LeeAnn is a digital nomad, having spent a full year traveling the US and putting the mobility of her business to the test! She has been featured in The Huffington Post, WGN Radio, Los Angeles Times and various national and local media outlets.
Founder & CEO ,
Debbie Pickus has a black belt in Shotokan karate, has been a fitness professional for over 20 years and is the former co-owner of a Title Boxing Club. She works with and speaks to groups about harnessing this power to create confidence, energy and success in their business and personal lives.Her company, Team Fireball, Inc. was founded with the concept of doing something unique, powerful and active to FIRE UP the average workplace team building event. It rapidly became much more. With the rise of workplace violence, the #metoo movement and hostile terminations, physical and mental self- defense became the cornerstone of the business and companies are now understanding the importance of incorporating personal safety training for their employees. She recently launched a coaching program that combines the Power of Decision mindset work with her martial arts and self-defense background to pack a punch to that mental bully residing inside us all. This workshop can be combined with Breakthroughs- A board breaking event. Her company has a mission to deliver these empowering programs to those affected by domestic violence, changing the mindset, self- esteem and belief systems of those who feel trapped by their circumstances. She has worked with many of the DV focused organizations in the Chicago area.
Managing Director & Global Ecosystem Program Leader,
Claudia Kuzma recently joined Protiviti as the Global Leader-Ecosystem. Based in Chicago, Claudia is a member of the Global Solutions Leadership team. Her primary role is to design and implement Protiviti’s Ecosystem program as it is aligned to embed innovation in service delivery strategic driver. Protiviti’s Ecosystem Program is focused on being an efficient, sustainable while enhancing growth strategies. The programs helps to identify, develop and grow key third-party alliances for Protiviti, while collaborating across Protiviti’s leadership team to identify ways to enhance offerings with ecosystem partners. Claudia brings over 20 years of experience in corporate alliance management and financial services. She has deep expertise in end-to-end alliance strategy, planning, recruitment, and program management. Prior to joining Protiviti, Claudia was Director of Alliances in Grant Thornton’s financial services advisory practice where she achieved growth by developing its global and national alliance strategy and standardizing its ecosystem framework. Previously, she was Global Alliance Director focused on financial services at Informatica. Earlier in her career, Claudia held progressively senior enterprise strategy and management leadership roles. Claudia earned a master’s degree in liberal studies and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication at North Central College. She also holds certification in Alliance Management from The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals. https://www.strategic-alliances.org/default.aspx
Seminar Series on "Taking Care of #1"
After paying off over 200k in graduate student loan debt and building a career in management consulting, real estate and sales operations, Miriam turned her attention to mentoring others. She noticed that folks, especially women and minorities, are not properly educated on topics so pertinent to their long term prosperity and success. So she decided to dedicate her next career to changing that.
Miriam now gives seminars to universities and corporations. In her presentation series, "Taking Care of #1", Miriam tackles topics such as taking control of your finances, saving for retirement, restructuring and paying down student loan debt, talking to your manager about money and promotion, increasing your workplace EQ, and considerations in renting vs buying. Miriam is an educator, not because she has a degree in education (she has a law and business degree), but because she's spent her career in corporate America learning it the hard way, and then advocating for others, sharing her successes and missteps along the way.
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.
Protiviti is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration to help leaders confidently face the future. Protiviti and our independently owned Member Firms provide consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit to our clients through our network of more than 70 offices in over 20 countries.
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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