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Chicago Women in Technology Conference, CHIWITCON, is back!

The Chicago Women in Technology Conference, CHIWITCON, is back! We’re honored to be a sponsor and host a panel discussion during the half-day event on September 8 from noon to 5 p.m. CT. We look forward to gathering in person again this year and hope to see you at CHIWITCON: Reconnect! Get your name on the waitlist now!

Together We Rise — Leadership Development Virtual Event

Join ARA , ClearEdge Marketing, and McCann Partners, in welcoming The Lady Leaders Book Club, a group of experienced authors and industry leaders — from CEOs to Presidents to Founders and Co-Founders — as they bring their book to life. Together We Rise recounts the uplifting true stories of 15 passionate and unstoppable lady leaders. Their chapters are filled with advice on staying afloat, creating and seizing opportunities, and establishing yourself as a powerful… Read More »Together We Rise — Leadership Development Virtual Event

The Power of Your Story

Each of us has our own unique story created by the ups and downs we’ve faced to get where we are today. These stories have power that can reach beyond ourselves and impact those following in our footsteps.  Event Details

The Power of Your Story

Inspiring women share their journeys of challenge and triumph, from being their own career champion and overcoming adversity to finding their own voice and confidence to growing their network and personal brand, these leaders will share real-world stories about getting promoted, being heard and getting noticed. TAKEAWAYS Lama Abu-Amara, Manager, Cybersecurity Practice – IT Risk Advisory at CFGI, shared her story as a 17-year-old Jordanian student who overcame the challenges… Read More »The Power of Your Story

Allyship in Action Series

In 2020, ARA produced a five-part series titled “Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action” in partnership with three visionary organizations: Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), Chicago Tech Academy and i.c.stars. Event Details

Series Resources

Below is the full list of books, articles, organizations and other resources panelists and attendees shared over the course of the series. Series Partners BWISE Chicago Tech Academy i.c.stars Articles/Reports 2020 Champions For Change Report Check Your Blind Spots Bus Tour – The CEO Action Plan The Groundwater Approach — Racial Equity Institute “Raj Chetty in 14 charts: Big findings on opportunity and mobility we should all know” – Brookings The… Read More »Series Resources


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 Academy, and i.c.stars.  Our final event got to the core of ARA’s mission: advancing women in the workplace. Black women and women of color, along with transgender people and people with disabilities, face the greatest obstacles when it… Read More »PART 5: SHINING THE LIGHT ON INVISIBLE TALENT


November 10th In the fourth event of our “Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action” series, our panel of experts challenged listeners to rethink the essential economic role education, training opportunities, jobs, mentorship, recognition, advancement and ownership play in creating equity in workplaces. They shared their knowledge and perspectives on oppressive poverty and discussed how we can be effective in the struggle to build equitable educational and career opportunities for students, job… Read More »PART 4: BREAKING THROUGH POVERTY LINES THROUGH EDUCATION & JOB CREATION 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 looked at what we can do to accelerate the journey by starting at home and what can be done with our children to break the cycles of racism, sexism, stereotyping and other forms of bias. Speakers shared… Read More »PART 3: CHANGE STARTS AT HOME 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 how LGBTQ, people with disabilities and women are affected by the written and unwritten rules of these institutions. And, we addressed intersecting demographic traits that shape our unique identities and profoundly affect our experiences at work… Read More »PART 2: STRUCTURAL RACISM EXAMINED RECAP