ChiWitCon : Reconnect
Showing Up and Leading in the Hybrid World

September 8, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The hectic two years of a global pandemic have altered our work and home lives in no small measure. As we return to working together, navigating a mix of in-person and virtual spaces, each of us carries with us to work the impact of the time we spent apart. As we recalibrate our routines and adjust to yet another phase full of unknowns, how can we show up for each other (and ourselves) in the hybrid world? Join the powerful community of Chicago’s women technologists for this year’s CHIWITCON: Reconnect, a half-day of inspiring conversations and workshops designed to expand your network, broaden your community, and help you craft your narrative in this new chapter.

CHIWITCON™ is an inspiring gathering of technologists from Chicago and beyond. Open to all genders across all platforms and technologies, the CHIWITCON™ brings the achievements, aspirations, and career interests of inspiring individuals in technology to the forefront. Listen to exciting speakers with plenty of discussion time and enjoy a fireside chat. Stay for the fun, relaxing networking opportunity following the conference.


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  1. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM : Lunch and Networking (Policy Center)

    Lunch networking will include easy icebreaker activities and interactive poster/mural for participants to engage with the theme of the day.

  2. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM : ARA Panel (Policy Center)
    The Pandemic’s Catalyst Effect: The Great “Re”, Presented by ARA
    Recent research from Gallup’s Global Workplace 2022 report highlights the changes on the work front. A few statistics for context:
    • 60% of people are emotionally detached at work, and 19% are miserable.
    • Only three in ten workers are thriving in their overall wellbeing.
    Beginning in early 2021, we saw an ongoing economic trend in which employees voluntarily resigned from their jobs. The Great Resignation was coined and became known as the Big Quit and the Great Reshuffle. Causes include wage stagnation amid the rising cost of living, long-lasting job dissatisfaction, safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the desire to work for companies with better remote-working policies.
    The world has seen (and continues to navigate) massive shifts due to the pandemic; behaviors, the economy, medicine, and more have been impacted over the past two years. 2020 will forever stamp and change our lives. We all have experienced response shifts–our personal “re” moments. What was yours? Recalibrate? Reclaim? Reinvent? Reset?
    During TED-style presentations, hear from three female Chicago technology leaders about their journey over the past two years and how their individual “re” moments impacted their decisions, actions, and outcomes. Immediately following the talks, we will host an interactive audience Q&A with the presenters.
    Speakers include:
    ARA, an organization that aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology, is pleased to partner with the Women of Enova for the seventh consecutive year of ChiWitCon. We believe women’s voices are critical to all aspects of life, and our mission continues to be one of support, action, and, ultimately, lifting other women.
  3. 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM : Workshop by Kat Knight (Policy Center)

    After hearing from a handful of incredible panelists on their “Re” moments, we turn the focus to you! In this session you will work in small groups to “re-craft” your story, “re-define” what you need in this “re-invented” work environment, and gain helpful tips on how to “re-engage” and support one-another through the rest of the conference and beyond.

  4. 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM : Networking and Trivia

    Join us for rooftop drinks and compete in women-in-tech themed trivia for a chance to win a networking dinner!


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