Leadership Circles


ITA’s Leadership Circles provide an opportunity for senior leaders to exchange information and ideas, to work together to optimize best practices and find ways to accelerate growth and learning. By providing a selective, strategic and structured way for business leaders to engage with their peers, participants will become more capable, effective leaders.

Each Circle is composed of 8 – 12 senior leaders. While specific titles don't matter, most participants hold Director, VP or C-Level titles or have responsibility for a significant function within their organization. Facilitated by an executive coach, participants will meet once a month for four months.



“It has been great to learn and share with peers in the Chicago tech space. It’s been therapeutic to understand similar struggles that companies share. It has also been really helpful to have a network of people to run ideas by and seek advice on challenges.” 

  • Vice President of Strategic Growth, Vibes

“This experience has evolved my leadership into a new level and the selection of the tech leaders was extremely well executed. We learned a lot from each other! It has been amazing to receive support, create relationships and a stronger community with other Chicago tech leaders. Our group will continue to meet and support and encourage each other even after the program is over. The program provided insights and feedback to my leadership style that I do not get in my data-to-day work. It is extremely useful to get this feedback from peers and then learn how to improve.” 

  • Director Data Science & Engineering, Jellyvision

“I've been through quite a few leadership trainings and circles in the past. I can honestly say that this one was different. The assembled group was great -- Chicago tech professionals from different industries with strong experience worth learning from. We were able to create a safe space where everyone was comfortable sharing deep insights on their own experience, challenges, and faults. On top of it, the group became comfortable enough to challenge each other and give advice. Really happy to come out of this experience with a stronger network and a sense of growth.”

  • VP Software Engineering, Centro


Get started

Apply online, download the brochure for more information or contact us at circles@illinoistech.org



What are Leadership Circles?

While many well-known forums focus on the CEO or founder, ITA’s Leadership Circles have been built for the functional leaders at high growth tech companies. The goal of ITA’s Leadership Circles is to extend that benefit to the rest of the leadership team; To provide participants with the opportunity to build productive, collaborative relationships with other senior leaders. The curriculum is based off of real time challenges that the participants face and will be curated by the executive coach once all applicants are accepted. 


Who is eligible to participate? 

ITA’s Leadership Circles are geared towards senior leaders in the Chicago tech community.


How long does the cohort run for?

The cohort runs for four months, participants will meet once a month.


How many participants are part of the cohort?

The cohort is limited to 8-12 participants. 


How do I apply?

Applying is easy! You can find the application here.


What is the application deadline?

Application deadline is midnight (12 am) on July 31, 2020.


When will applicants be notified if they have been accepted into the program? 

We will notify you of acceptance by August 7, 2020. You must commit to the program by August 14, 2020.


What is the cost?

Cost per individual is $2000 for ITA members and $4000 for non-members.


How do participants pay for the program?  

Participants may either be sponsored by their companies or cover the costs themselves. 


What is the time commitment? 

You can expect to meet with your cohort once a month for 4 hours, typically 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Outside of meeting hours you will be asked to connect with a fellow cohort participant.


What are the planned dates for the program? 

The meeting dates are August 26th, September 23rd, October 21st, and November 18th. 


Where does the cohort take place?

Meetings will be a mixture of virtual and in-person, as the condition dictates.


Who is responsible for the cohort?

The Illinois Technology Association and 1871 developed and launched the program as part of their ongoing initiatives to promote career advancement in Chicago. 

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