Past Events


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EVENT: Together We Rise — Leadership Development Virtual Event on August 23rd at 12pm CDT

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 woman in the business world.

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On Tuesday, August 23rd , you’ll hear from these Together We Rise contributors:

Anna Frazzetto, Chief Digital Technology Officer, Tential

Janette Marx, CEO, Airswift

Joanie Bily, President, RemX Staffing & Chief Workforce Analyst, EmployBridge

Kelly Boykin, Head of MSP, Real Staffing, SThree

Kendra Cato, Director Enterprise Strategy, Bullhorn

Lauren B. Jones, Founder & CEO, Leap Consulting Solutions

Leslie Vickrey, Founder & CEO, ClearEdge Marketing (Moderator)

Rhona Driggs, CEO, Empresaria Group plc

Robin Mee, President & Founder, MeeDerby

We hope to see you there! Save your virtual seat here.

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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. 

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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.

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Allyship in Action

Never has the nation felt the need for change quite like now. This event included real conversation about racial injustice and what we can do to increase empathy, deepen our understanding, and take action.

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We celebrated and honored women pioneering their industries. The evening, hosted by Leafly, kicked off with a review of the key findings from the 2019 Harvey Nash and ARA Women in Tech Survey. We met three LEADing women from the sports, venture capital and cannabis industries as they each present a unique perspective during a 10-minute lightning talk followed by a moderated, group Q&A. 

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ARA Dallas Launch

Our exciting inaugural ARA Dallas event, held on October 10, 2019 sponsored by GDH Consulting, Inc., explored the findings from the 2019 ARA and Harvey Nash Women in Tech Survey and was followed by insights from our powerhouse panel, featuring inspiring Dallas-area technology, diversity and inclusion, and talent acquisition executives.

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ChiWitCon 2019

ARA hosted a fireside chat during ChiWitCon which sold out this year. The event was full of amazing speakers, panels and networking.

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A Roadmap to Close the Gender Gap

ARA Chicago teamed up with JP Morgan Chase at PEAKS to talk about how to transform culture and diversify the hiring practices of organizations to close the gender gap.

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2019 Celebrating Women in Innovation (Chicago)

ARA partners with Chicago Innovation in an annual event celebrating women in innovation which includes panels, networking and organizations in trade show style who support women in business, technology and innovation. From education to capital financing to support this is the place to network.

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How We built this!

ARA Seattle combined forces with Textio to explore the gender balance in ultra successful companies.

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