ChiWitCon : Breaking Barriers
Women taking charge and pushing forward no matter what the barriers may be.

October 4, 2023

Breaking barriers is a testament to the indomitable spirit of women, who fearlessly embrace the challenges ahead, shatter stereotypes, and forge a path of progress.  Join the powerful community of Chicago’s women technologists for this year’s CHIWITCON: Breaking Barriers, a 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. 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM : Registration and Networking
  2. 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM : Intro and Opening Remarks

    Join Ana Lebron in the main room for opening remarks

    Location: Oak

  3. 09:15 AM - 10:00 AM : Morning Keynote- Know & Speak Your Value - Aïcha Ly

    Create your success story by mastering the art of conveying your value with confidence and clarity

    Location: Oak

  4. 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM : Track - Leadership Skills - From Here to There: Unlocking Your Potential - Nina Meehan

    Stuck in stress and overwhelm? Frustrated that you know a change needs to happen, but there is no path forward? Learn the process of getting “From Here to There.” Identify where you are stuck–creativity, connection or communication–and understand the tools to go from idea to action.

    Location: Oak

  5. 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM : Track - Career Development - Diving Into New Technologies: Hacks to Work More Efficiently learning - Rain Leander

    As a Software Developer, I’m constantly exploring new technologies, and currently, I’m delving into a fresh backend tool; join me as I share insights, practical examples, and tips for efficient learning.

    Room: Lincoln III

  6. 10:50 AM - 11:20 AM : Track - Leadership Skills - Leveling the Playing Field in Executive Recruitment - Meghan Anzelc and Christina Fernandes-D'Souza

    We will share our experiences, including challenges and benefits, building the first Data & Analytics function at a leading global executive search firm, using analytics to improve services, including increasing consistency with which potential candidates were surfaced and reducing potential for bias.

    Location: Oak

  7. 10:50 AM - 11:20 AM : Track - Career Development - The NASA Window Concept: Positioning You For Promotion - Pamela Coley

    An HR Professional reveals the insider secrets about how The NASA Window Concept will help you spot, position, and seize the opportunities to advance your career instead of waiting on the annual reviews or your manager to promote you.

    Room: Lincoln III

  8. 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM : Track - Leadership Skills - Re-skilling in a World of Generative AI Systems - Tiffany Prince

    Amidst debates about machines taking over jobs, it’s crucial to discuss how generative AI systems like ChatGPT and MS Bing are sculpting the modern workspace.

    Location: Oak

  9. 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM : Track - Career Development - How Far We’ve Come: Developments in Sex Discrimination Law - Jeanne Szromba

    A discussion of some of the seminal cases in the area of sex discrimination in employment, the role of the EEOC, and where we are today.

    Room: Lincoln III

  10. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM : Lunch

    Location: Oak

  11. 01:10 PM - 02:10 PM : ARA Panel - Women in Tech and Business - Breaking Barriers and Paving the Way

    Join us for inspiring and empowering fireside chats as we celebrate and recognize women’s remarkable achievements in technology and business. This portion of the Conference brings together a diverse group of accomplished women who have overcome obstacles and shattered glass ceilings and are now paving the way for the next generation of IT and business leaders.

    Location: Oak

  12. 02:20 PM - 02:50 PM : Track - Leadership Skills - Getting Sh*t Done: Becoming or Being a Modern Manager - Christine Sandman Stone

    Real talk and practical advice about how to grow your career either by moving to or being a modern manager who delivers results and gets the best from teams.

    Location: Oak

  13. 02:20 PM - 02:50 PM : Track - Career Development - How to Win Executive Buy-In on Your Great Ideas - Sasha Reznik

    Do you have a proposition for a new idea or change, but need to win over future teammates, decision makers, or senior executives? Gain valuable insights to help drive opportunity to enlist others in helping you turn your good ideas into greater solutions!

    Room: Lincoln III

  14. 03:00 PM - 03:45 PM : Afternoon Keynote - Sowing Seeds of Psychological Safety: Cultivating a Thriving Work Environment - Semira Allen

    This talk explores the parallels between gardening and fostering psychological safety in the workplace, highlighting the significance of addressing overt discrimination, subtle biases, and implementing nurturing practices to create an inclusive and empowered work environment

    Location: Oak

  15. 03:45 PM - 04:00 PM : Closing Remarks

    Join Jasmine Kent in the main room for closing remarks

    Location: Oak

  16. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM : Happy Hour

    Location: East Room


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