ARA Chicago

Breaking Barriers: Lessons Learned from Trailblazing Women

Technology is not the only industry facing a gender gap. As the breakdown of men to women in the labor force balances out at 50/50, women across diverse industries have broken down barriers, overcome obstacles, and risen to the top of their fields.

Sadie’s Random Acts of Kindness Day – #ForSadie

In honor of ARA co-founder Megan McCann’s niece Sadie who passed away a year ago today from complications associated with Aicardi Syndrome, we officially name November 19th Sadie’s Random Acts of Kindness Day and will celebrate it every year in her honor.

Mentorship Forum Presented by ARA Chicago & Ms.Tech

ARA Chicago’s next event will be a Mentorship Forum presented in partnership with Ms.Tech, one of ARA’s affinity partners. This event will bring together women in tech from different stages of their career for networking and discussion on common questions from the ARA and Ms.Tech communities.

Women in Business & Tech: Celebrating Breakthroughs

There is still a long way to go, but there is much to celebrate for women in the business and tech community. Join ARA Chicago for a night of celebration as we honor the breakthroughs and successes made on this front by women in the Chicago area. 

Career and Mentorship Speed Networking Event

ARA Chicago’s next event will be a Career and Mentorship Forum —a speed mentoring event— on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A special thank you to Greenberg Traurig for donating their space for the event!

Panel at 1871 on Women in Technology: The Male Perspective

The conversation about attracting, retaining, and advancing women in technology is not one that can be had in isolation, especially when organizations large and small are feeling the effect of talent shortages. During this panel, male leaders from different facets of the Chicago technology community, will share their perspective on what is necessary for women to play a more significant role

In Partnership with the Illinois Technology Association to Host a Speed Networking Event for Women in IT

ARA Chicago, in partnership with the Illinois Technology Association, is pleased to share the details of our next Women in Technology Career and Mentorship Forum — a speed networking event. Special thanks to Ifbyphone for donating their space, which was recently featured on Chicago Creative Space, highlighting its cool arrangement and unique connection to company culture.

Panel Discussion with Female Executives in IT

The evening is designed to help attendees learn and understand what career options exist within IT, as well as other areas that directly impact IT, and will offer ample opportunity for questions, learning, and networking.

Panel Discussion on Advancing Women in Technology

With special thanks to our event sponsor, Fieldglass, and in partnership with Illinois Technology Association (ITA), our next event will feature a panel discussion comprised of current female executives in IT, those who started in IT (coding!) and worked their way up to the C-Suite in an operations role outside of IT, and someone who is at the Chief Marketing Officer level who works in technology/partners with technology.