Women Influence Chicago
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Striving to make Chicago the leading tech ecosystem for women



Women Influence Chicago Initiative, powered by ITA, operates as an umbrella organization to cultivate women leaders, connect the community and increase female leadership at growth and enterprise tech companies. Through pre-workforce and in-workforce education for both men and women, the initiative aims to catapult women into roles of influence as a member of the C-Suite, as Presidents/CEOs and into Public Advisory Board positions.

The following three key areas will be the focus of the Women Influence Chicago Initiative:

  • Pre-Workforce: enabling and supporting getting more women into technology through mentorship, education, STEM programs.
  • In-Workforce: guiding and educating Chicago tech companies, as well as male and female employees of those organizations, on creating prosperous and inclusive environments for women.
  • Positions of Influence: growing the number of women on boards and in the C-Suite at Chicago tech companies.

The Advisory Board of Women Influence Chicago tackled, as one of its first projects, the development of a set of best practices to guide and educate Chicago tech companies on creating successful and inclusive environments for women:


Women Influence Chicago: Creating a Thriving Work Environment for Women


Founding Partners





Aimee Schuster, Principal, AHS Consulting (Co-Chair)

Kelly Stickel, CEO, Remodista (Co-Chair)


Advisory Board Members

Leon Chism, CTO, DialogTech

Kimberly Greuling, Director of Engineering, Backstop Solutions

Mary Kate Love, Engagement Manager, DMDII at UI Labs

Carmen McDonald, Product Design Lead, CDW

Keelin McDonell, VP Professional Services, Narrative Science

Tom Nawara, Partner, IBM

Lisa Olmstead, SVP International CIO, TransUnion

Julie Rodgers, COO, Hireology

Candice Savino, VP Engineering, Trunk Club

Christine Schoeff, SVP Talent & Development, Vibes


Community Manager

Julie Piatek, Social Media Manager, Cars.com


PR / Marketing Partner

Allison Ward, Vice President of PR and Partner, Walker Sands


Key Readings

Blog posts from our Advisory Board

Check out our Medium feed here


Interesting Articles

How 34 Illinois tech organizations are working to close the diversity gap

Advancing Women Technologists into Positions of Leadership

Female CEOs in Chicago Lose Ground

Why Diversity Matters

How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley

Tech Companies Recruiting at an Awkward Time

Men who want to fight sexism at work: Read Sheryl Sandberg’s blunt advice


Press Releases

ITA Launches Women Influence Chicago Initiative




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Chicago, IL 60606

PH: 1.312.435.2805

Email: collaborate@illinoistech.org