358 W. Ontario St. #3W Chicago, IL 60654
In celebration of Black History Month, we invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast about how women of color are succeeding in tech and fostering the next generation of leaders in Chicago.
The breakfast will feature lightning talks by a handful of amazing women in the Chicago tech scene and take a deeper dive into the issues they face in the tech industry and solutions to how to rise above the obstacles and thrive in this growing field.
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Felicia Renee Shakespeare is a native Chicagoan who has achieved calculated success in both the business and the education sectors. She is a bestselling author, brand strategist, speaker, technology educator, entrepreneur, and empowerment coach. Felicia's career experience spans through years in both the business and education sectors, working for Fortune 500 companies and supporting one of the largest school districts in America. 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. Felicia redirected her skills to the education sector and 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 understands well the challenges that women can face.
Felicia has spoken for several thriving women and entrepreneurial focused organizations to include; 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 such as Penske Corporation, i.c. Stars and the Chicago Public Library. Her inspiration comes from empowering others to be intentional about living a life of faith and purpose. In the fall
Afenya Montgomery is a speaker, leader
She soon climbed the nursing ladder to Master of Science in Nursing and MBA with a focus on executive leadership. Leveraging her unique ability to share perspectives with employees at every level of an organization, Afenya works as an engagement coach with Chicago’s leading medical academic center. She is also CEO and founder of the iCAN Collective. The iCAN Collective is a professional development platform connecting entrepreneurs and career professionals to resources, information, business partnerships
A strategist by nature and designer at heart, Nneka Ude is a highly versatile marketer and tech enthusiast who has spent the last 16 years connecting the dots between people, brands, and culture for brands like Stella Artois, Maker’s Mark, CenturyLink, Coca-Cola, and Barefoot Wines. In 2017, she founded Welcome To THE PATH, a media startup and digital community exploring the impact and influence of the African diaspora in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, tech
As long as she can remember, Nauje Change has had a passion for occasions where creative and analytical thinking meet. Her love of left and right brain thinking eventually led her to a career that was the perfect
When Nauje realized that the beauty resources she was looking for did not, exist her love for creative and analytical thinking led her on another journey…entrepreneurship. Tapping into her passion for artistic expression through beauty and professional experience, she started to create a platform where African American women could celebrate the beauty of their identity through shopping
Amanda Spann is a branding consultant & app entrepreneur. Sitting at the intersection of product and promotion, she helps brands take their ideas from concept to creation and then build a buzz around them. Amanda was previously a co-founder of
EvolveHer is a creative workspace designed for women to connect, collaborate & curate a life they love. EvolveHer not only provides a beautiful workspace but also offers a robust schedule of custom programming to support its community of women in all aspects of life (business development, wellness, and connections). The 5,000 square foot River North loft was intentionally designed to inspire creativity and serves as a unique space to host off-sites, private events, and