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Hundreds of Chicago Women in Tech Attended ARA Mentors Event at 1871 Chicago Tech Incubator

Published: Dec 12, 2014

ARA Mentors Event
at 1871 Chicago’s Largest Tech Incubator
December 10, 2014 Chicago, Illinois

1871 Tech Incubator, Chicago, IL (60654)

On Wednesday, December 10, hundreds of women attended the first ARA Mentors event at 1871, Chicago’s Tech Incubator. The goal of the event was to have a conversation with leading women who work in male-dominated sectors such as culinary arts, banking, and sportscasting.

The panel was comprised of four Chicago women:Stephanie Izard, executive chef for Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, and Top Chef Season 4 winner (@stephandthegoat)Connie Lindsey, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust (@connieleads Sarah Spain, ESPNW columnist & TV personality, SportsCenter anchor and host for ESPN1000 (@SarahSpainRetired Colonel Jil Morgenthaler, author, leadership expert, international speaker; and I.C. Stars founder Sandee Kastrul (@sandeekastrul.


ARA Mentors

ARA Mentors Panel


ARA aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.


ARA Mentors

ARA Mentors Event Attendees

At the direction of moderator Sandee Kastrul, the women in the audience stood upon their feet and shouted "We are here!" in unison at the beginning of the event.


An employee at 1871 said this was the most women she has seen at an 1871 event since she started working there.


ARA Mentors Chicago Women in Tech Event


"Cover ever ground you stand on with confidence, courage and character," said Connie Lindsey who gave memorable pieces of advice to the women in attendance throughout the panel.


Confidence and leadership were among the main topics the panelists shared. Watch the video of the key takeaways they hope every women will apply to their professional lives.


ARA Panelists summarize leadership skills they hope women will include in their professional development.


According to a 2012 Dow Jones study, startup companies with more female executives were more successful than their counterparts. For more data points on technology and women, read Tech Republic’s 15 key statistics on the state of women in tech.



ARA Mentors support the advancement of women in IT by offering opportunities for women to mentor and to become mentees. The ARA event at 1871 was sponsored by Enova, a financial services company.

For more information about the ARA Mentors visit ARA Mentors

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