Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing
Women in Technology

Our Story

The concept for ARA began quite simply ― it started eight years ago as a quarterly dinner between three IT professionals and friends living in Chicago. The dinner offered a way to discuss general industry trends and advice for women working in IT.

Over the years, more friends and colleagues started joining in these dinners, offering insights, tips and career advice. Pretty soon, these “small dinners with friends” blossomed into major events each quarter – with a current list of 350+ senior women IT executives, the group officially named itself the Chicago Executive Women’s Networking Group.

Sensing an interest and need for a formal organization to provide opportunities for women in IT to learn and advance their careers, ClearEdge Marketing CEO and Founder Leslie Vickrey, McCann Partners Chief Growth Officer Jane Hamner, and McCann Partners President and Founder Megan McCann, formally founded ARA in early 2013.

Our Focus

We help businesses bolster the numbers and the influence of women working and advancing in technology roles, while helping women navigate IT career paths and challenges.
Events + Programs

Bringing the industry together to discuss the issues, trends and challenges facing women in tech

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Thought Leadership

Providing organizations and their tech employees with networking and development opportunities and resources

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Where We Are

CHICAGO

Founding City in 2013 where ARA made its start. Now after many years Chicago is taking the world by storm, leading change.

NEW YORK

Harvey Nash and a committed following in NYC made this our second expansion in 2013, taking a bite out of the Big Apple.

SEATTLE

When Seattle was added to the ARA family it was raining with support from organizations to increase women in STEM.

HOUSTON

Texas is a big deal and ARA members, supporters and enthusiasts are making a difference in the South.

STAMFORD

Connecticut is rich with history on the East Coast and ready to make a difference by increasing Women in Tech.

DALLAS

Midwest meets Southwest in Dallas where female leaders and technologists are plentiful and ARA is connecting them.

SILICON VALLEY

A known epicenter of technology talent combines with ARA to enhance and increase Women in Technology.

About Us

The challenge that exists, the future landscape of technology, and the opportunities that evolve.

Across seven cities in the US and growing, ARA is making a difference for women in, aspiring and advancing in technology.
CHALLENGE
  • Not Enough Women in Technology
  • Lack of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Limited Talent Pipeline
  • Minimal Mentor Program Support
FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • Job Opportunities will Flourish 
  • Will Women Be Part of the Equation?

 

OPPORTUNITY

Be an organization committed to attracting, retaining and advancing women in technology roles and leadership

 


PARTICIPATION: For the last 5 years women have made up only 21% of technical roles.

ATTRITION:  "Women working in STEM fields are 45% more likely than men to leave within the year."

Sponsorship

We help businesses bolster the numbers and the influence of women working and advancing in technology roles, while helping women navigate IT career paths and challenges.
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Make a Difference - Become a Sponsor

Our sponsors help us to provide programs and events that support women in technology careers.
Sponsorship opportunities include Annual Program Support, Event Specific, Mentorship and In-Kind Venue.

Are you Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Contact us at info@aramentors.com

Our Sponsors

Our Community and Industry Partners

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Events

July 1st, 2021

Women in Tech July event-01

ARA was created to support women in technology and help navigate the road to advancement. This mission is the same force behind the Women in Tech series hosted by Tential. 

Join us July 1st to hear from high-powered panelists discuss how they have progressed their careers, gotten a seat at the table and managed to balance their work lives. 

Event Details

 

August - December 2020

 Building upon our June 2020 “Allyship in Action” Webinar, ARA is producing a five-part series in partnership with three visionary organizations: i.c.stars, Chicago Tech Academy and Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE). This continuing series is designed to help ARA members learn how to become better allies to marginalized and disenfranchised colleagues and neighbors.
 

About Our Speakers

We understand your resources are valuable and you want to see an impact when you apply them.
Learn about the network of sponsors, supporters, and collaborators here.
ACCOMPLISHED

Experts in their fields who bring knowledge and inspiration to our members.

INSTRUCTIVE

Speakers able to turn their knowledge and expertise into shared experiences our members can learn from and implement.

PASSIONATE

People who are excited about technology and how it shapes our world today and tomorrow.

OPTIMISTIC

Change agents and visionaries who see a way forward to more diversity and inclusion in IT.

Perspectives

We share interviews, tips to advancement, professional experience and so much more...


ARA delivers valuable insight, experience, tips!

From the "In Her Own Words" series to the interviews with female leaders from cities across the US with companies like Uber, Microsoft, Google, AON, McDonalds, and so many more our blog is designed to deliver great to-the-point tips that you can apply to Advance your career in technology.

PART 5: SHINING THE LIGHT ON INVISIBLE TALENT
December 8th Thank you to all who joined ARA’s “Shining the Light on Invisible Talent,” the final installment of our five-part Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action series, produced in partnership with BWISE, Chicago Tech…
PART 3: CHANGE STARTS AT HOME RECAP
October 13th The World Economic Forum predicts full economic parity is 257 years away (roughly 8 generations!), and that was before COVID. At ARA, we say that’s far too long. In this Webinar, we…
PART 2: STRUCTURAL RACISM EXAMINED RECAP
September 15th During the discussion, our panel of experts explored how institutional racism shapes lives from childhood to adulthood in the United States, discussing where structural racism thrives in America’s institutions. We also examined…
The Hope Needs You
Recap and Celebration of our 1st Allyship, Advocacy & Taking Action Event “The hope needs you.”  Those are the moving words that helped bring to conclusion the first in ARA’s five-part Allyship, Advocacy &…

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