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The WTF Awards

UI LABS at 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago
November 8, 2018
Chicago
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We're building an army of female role models to balance the power of a male industry.

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Everyone suffers when a woman or a minority - or a woman who is a minority - can’t get a seat at the table. Without them, we’re failing to leverage the full force of our collective brainpower. We’re missing out on better products. Faster innovation. A more prosperous and productive future for everyone.

- Melinda Gates

The WTF Awards Gives you:

• Access to today's most exciting innovators and leaders
• A diverse sisterhood with a powerful spirit of comradery
• Improv-driven hosts who use comedy as a weapon for social change
• A NATIONAL network of innovative female founders, investors, leaders, and talent
• A way to rise within the powerful women-in-tech ecosystem

Learn what it takes to become a Tech Warrior from the Midwest's most powerful and innovative female leaders. Panels to pitches, we'll share the secrets to drive your success!

AGENDA

2:30pm
Register & Mingle
3:30pm
Invest in Women PitchFest
6:00pm
Cocktails, Exhibitors, and Networking
7:00pm
The 2018 WTF Award Show
9:00pm
Networking
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6 REASONS Attendees Love WTF Events:

1. Female founders connect to female investors
2. Investors find a uniquely qualified deal flow
3. Leaders find a pipeline of diverse, innovative, educated talent
4. New talent finds inspirational role models they can relate to
5. Innovative companies find the industry’s influencers
6. Leaders find a gratifying way to give back to the female community

Learn what it takes to become a Tech Warrior from the Midwest's most powerful and innovative female leaders. Panels to pitches, we'll share the secrets to drive your success!

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

CONFERENCE
SPEAKERS

ANDREA
ZOPP

ANDREA ZOPP

WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO

CAYETANA
POLANCO

KRISTI ROSS

TASTY TRADE
WiTA Award:
Women Tech Founder

CARALYNN NOWINSKI
COLLENS

CARALYNN NOWINSKI COLLENS

UI LABS

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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7 EVENTS TO HELP YOU DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL IN THE MIDWEST'S INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM:

9:00-9:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

9:30-10:15 am

Opening Remarks

10:15-10:30 am

Kristi Ross: Women in Tech Leadership

10:30-11:20 am

Warrior Wisdom for Tech Entrepreneurs - PART I

Meet the 2017 Midwest Women in Tech Award Winners! Learn what drove these trailblazing innovators to create battle-ready businesses, and learn about the arsenal of strategies that will drive your mission to success.

Jamie Migdal, Founder of Fetchfind 
Donna Beasley, Founder of Kazoom Kids Books 
Dima Elisa, Founder of VisMed3D 
Cayla Weisberg, Partner at InvestHER Ventures 

11:30 am-12:15 pm

The Future for Female Engineers

Meet some of the Midwest's leading engineers and learn how you can navigate the minefields, and reap the rewards in this powerful industry.

11:30am -2:00 pm

Tech Demos in Action

See innovation in action and meet the female founders behind it. Hands-on demos, from wearable fashion to robotics.

12:15-1:15 pm

Lunch

Presented by JarBar

1:15-2:00 pm

Power Networking through Wearables

Presented by Microsoft

Take networking to a new level through wearable technology. Make the connections that matter and enjoy the experience! Share your interests and be matched to the people you came to discover.

2:00-3:15 pm

Warrior Wisdom for Tech Entrepreneurs - PART II

Presented by Insperity

Meet the 2017 Midwest Women in Tech Award Winners! Learn what drove these trailblazing innovators to create battle-ready businesses and about the arsenal of strategies that will drive your mission to success. Stories from:

Katy Lynch, Founder of Codeverse
Caye Polanco, Founder of Keyo
Aviva Rosman, Founder of BallotReady
Shaniqua Davis, Founder of Noirefy
Marie Hale, Founder of @Revenue

3:15-4:45 pm

The Titans’ Roundtable

Presented by UI Labs

What does the #MeToo Movement in Chicago mean for our corporations, government organizations, and private innovation spaces? Meet the Titans of the Midwest's Innovation Ecosystem as they engage in a discussion on the critical issues facing  female leaders. From AI to cybersecurity, we'll help you navigate today's workplace from the female leadership perspective.  

Be battle-ready and learn:
   • The ramifications of current trends and conversations   
   • How today's organizations are embracing "the new normal"   
   • What you need to know to be ready for tomorrow's threats and opportunities

Andrea Zopp, CEO of World Business Chicago
Pallavi Verma, Senior Managing Director for Accenture
Caralynn Collens, CEO of UI Labs

3:15-5:00 pm

Young Tech Delegates

60 students from underserved communities will be provided with a full day of opportunities to engage with role models and connect with the tech community. 

5:00-6:30 pm

Pitch Party! Powered by JP Morgan Chase

Presented by JP Morgan Chase

Women Tech Founders is partnering with JP Morgan Chase Bank and other leaders to mentor 10 diverse and innovative startup companies who will compete in our 2nd Annual Pitch Event. Teams have been nominated by incubators and diverse communities throughout the Midwest and will be competing before investors for cash prizes and more.

6:45-7:30 pm

Cocktail reception

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We are all a thread in the talent tapestry. A snapshot in the cosmic, collective collage.

- Michele Jennae, Rise Up Creativity

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Being a member of WTF connects you with the Midwest’s most innovative thought leaders including:

• Visionary Startup Founders
• Leading Investors
• Trailblazing Enterprise Leaders

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The nation's most influential female founders and leaders are gathering in Chicago this November to celebrate our best and brightest. Join us and let's drive change together.