Chicago Creative Speed Mentoring Event 2018

Have you always wanted to have a mentor to help maximize your potential?

Do you want to interact with inspiring and successful creative women entrepreneurs in Chicago?

Have you ever attended networking events hoping to meet and learn from women leaders you admire, only to find that approaching them is just too awkward?

No matter what point you are in your career, having a mentor can help you flourish, improve your personal and professional development.

Join Chicago creative women entrepreneurs at our second speed mentoring event where you'll get a chance to have a one-on-one discussion with our mentors. You'll have up to 3 mentors to talk to and ask them the question around career, personal & professional development, and insights on creative entrepreneurship.

OUR MENTORS:

ARI KRZYZEK, Creative Director & Chief Designer of Chykalophia and Founder of Creative Women's Co.

Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

 

LAUREN RAMSEY, Chief Engagement Officer of Betsy Bash

Lauren Ramsey is a Social Story Teller. Throughout her life, she has lived in five countries and visited thirty countries across four continents. At a young age, she not only knew how to adapt to new environments, cultures and ways of life, but she did not see it as anything other than normal. Throughout her life and career, this unique skillset has complimented her analytical mind and helped her to adapt to new teams, understand problems from a different point of view and find new ways to tackle and solve any problem.

 

DANNIE FOUNTAIN, Strategist. Author. Educator. Dannie

Dannie Lynn Fountain is a marketing and business strategist for creative entrepreneurs. Earning her business acumen working in marketing for brands such as Whirlpool and H&R Block, she has a combined 9 years experience as an entrepreneur and strategist. She works with entrepreneurs and corporate clients alike to brainstorm, strategize, and implement strategic plans and processes to better their business and increase their sales. Beyond strategy, Dannie is the author of three books on entrepreneurship, a regular speaker on strategy worldwide, and a digital nomad. Her work has been submitted to and recognized by Cannes Lions, the Effies, and more.

 

KELLY PAGE, Founder and Curator of Grateful4Her

Kelly Page has a PhD in the ‘Knowledge of the Web’ and an obsession with social storytelling. She has dedicated over 18 years to working and learning about the social design of learning, communications and social media.

Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed business, education and technology journals, and been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal. Her work has received awards from IDMA and a BIMA - Best in British Digital. Kelly is regularly invited to speak on topics such as Social Leadership, The Art of Social Media and Women in Business, Technology and Leadership. She has spoken at TEDx, Ignite and Pecha Kucha and she opened TedxCardiff with her talk: "Rediscovering Friendship.”

She is a consultant for the Arts and Business Council (A&BC) of Chicago and Founder and Curator of Live What You Love, LLC and the social initiative, Grateful4Her.

 

DENISE LAURIN-DONATELLE, Artist and Educator

In her business, Living Creatively, Denise guides individuals to rediscover their own magnificence through art and creativity. 

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in art from NIU. In addition, Denise has studied at The School of the Art Institute, the American Academy of Art, Cole Studio, The New York Academy of Art and with contemporary realist David Kassan. Her media include oil painting, graphite, charcoal, pastels, and photography. Her work has been exhibited in many venues in the Chicago area and New York City.

Denise is on the art faculty at Elgin Community College and Waubonsee Community College. She has traveled widely to see great works of art in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. Prior to her teaching career, Denise managed her own graphic design business for over twenty years. She won national recognition for her work and was named Woman of the Year from Women in Design/Chicago.

SHAROKINA PAZAND, Founder and Event Director of CityGirl Events

Sharokina Pazand is the Founder and Event Director of Citygirl Events, an experiential event planning firm in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. She has created a successful business from the ground up but most importantly, has surrounded herself with the most talented individuals in the business! Sharokina takes pride in her holistic and methodical planning approach. She draws from each client's individual style and unique history to create an unforgettable and unparalleled occasion. Citygirl’s work has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, Elle Decor, Chicago Tribune, The Knot Magazine, Bridal Guide

Magazine, ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine, and the Style Me Pretty blog. Sharokina was also recently one of the exclusive wedding planners featured on Lifetime’s Hit TV Show Married at First Sight - Season 5 that was filmed in Chicago. She has also been teaching classes on entrepreneurship, both via her online platform and in person, including being a recurring teacher at the Next Door Cafe.

 

ALICIA DRISKILL, Founder & CEO of EvolveHer

Alicia Driskill, Founder of EvolveHer, curates events and workshops that help women evolve and live a life they love. Prior to launching EvolveHer, Alicia worked as Vice President of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG, one of the world's most innovative companies. She also served as a Senior Executive at Live Nation and People.com. After a 17 year career in entertainment & media working alongside the industry's most elite, Alicia decided to evolve her own career path and open EvolveHer, Chicago's first creative workspace designed for women.

 

HEATHER VICKERY Founder, Life + Business Coach of Vickery & Co.

Heather Vickery is a Success Coach and Event Planner with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and successful business owner. Heather’s coaching program helps entrepreneurs identify and work through personal and professional limits. She helps her clients build better business strategies and identify boundaries that together help elevate their lives and businesses to new levels of success. She runs a series of workshops and is a public speaker where she trains other entrepreneur’s on getting to the empowering side of fear, creating balance, time management, as well as countless systems, strategies and boundaries.

 

Brandi Morlen, Visual Designer

Brandi currently designs for Newell Brands, Outdoor & Recreation division here in Chicago. Throughout her design career, she’s been fortunate enough to experience varied industries and collaborate with a diverse group of creatives throughout. Brandi also taught English as Second Language for two years in Busan, South Korea, where she was able to explore the field of education with a design lens and experience a part of the world that had much to offer her personal and professional life. These interactions and relationships proved to her that, at our core, we all seek similar goals in life and design is a critical tool we can use to reach them. In addition, Brandi is passionate about Service and Human Centered Design and is actively involved in organizations that support this growing industry.

 

Michael Donnelly, Founder of FWD Collective & CEO of Red Suede Shoes

A true Events & Experiential Marketing Evangelist, Michael has worked hand in hand with the American Marketing Asso, DHL, Microsoft, and a number of Chicago’s emerging startups in addition to being the force behind the some midwest’s largest tech and business events. Whether on stage or behind the scenes Michael follows the mantra ‘business gets done when people have fun’. Outside of digging in with clients, in 2016 she founded the FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective hosting summits nationally dedicated to professional inclusion.

 

Sharon Ringiér, Founder and CEO of theI’m Possible Women’s Empowerment Collaborative™

Sharon Ringiér is the Founder and CEO of the I’m Possible Women’s Empowerment Collaborative™ which was designed to help female entrepreneurs grow their businesses and themselves to their fullest potential. We produce conferences, ultimate masterminds, small business panels, networking events just to name a few. Lady leaders become members to move their dreams forward. We work our mastermind principles that work every time for everyone. We are so effective in the principles by which we create our masterminds that our ladies call it the supermind. And the supermind solves all problems, gets all solutions and creates a harmony and balance that women have been starving for.

 

Shirley Yang, CEO & Founder of Muses

Shirley Yang is the Founder and CEO of Muses, a global brand builders' network with 30,000 members in 75 countries. Shirley has helped thousands of YouTube and Instagram stars rise to fame as well as hundreds of companies from small businesses to the Fortune 50's strategize social media and influencer marketing strategies. Shirley's background is in Engineering and product development, she's led product tech teams at NBC, Amazon, Sony, and Fox. Shirley is also on the Advisory Board for DoSomething.org and a startup mentor at 1871, the premier startup hub in Chicago.

Lisa Guillot, Founder of Be Bright Lisa Coaching and Step Brightly Creative

Lisa Guillot is a brand strategist and professional life and leadership coach. She has helped clients create profitable businesses, hit the $1M mark, leave jobs to start careers they love, start families, sell artwork at prices that they once thought impossible, transform their relationships to self-care and leadership all in spans of 6 months or less. Dubbed a branding expert by the Chicago Tribune, Lisa brings heart, soul, and action to every conversation. She delivers her brand strategy and leadership coaching through one-on-one coaching, intensives and workshop settings. On top of her coaching practice, Be Bright Lisa Coaching, Lisa is the founder of Step Brightly, a boutique brand consultancy, and co-founder of Forth Chicago.

 

Angela Wang, CEO of X • Angela Wang& CEO/ Founder of Wekaw

As an entrepreneur and innovator, Angela Wang has built companies with missions, from technology-enabled coaching platforms to high-end fashion brands. She saw the importance of empowering women to be true to themselves, and created a lifestyle brand that expresses a woman’s inner beauty and powerful self. Her coaching company has helped millions of people build emotional resilience and live happier, more fulfilled. She has been featured in multiple publications, including ChicagoInno, Michigan Ave Magazine, Voyage Chicago, Rebellious Magazine, Scene Chicago, etc. Her designs have been in Chicago Woman Magazine, Midwest Fashion Week, Columbia Fashion Show, Chicago fashion week and multiple luxury hotels.

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Creative Women’s Co. is series of intimate gatherings for creative women entrepreneurs to connect with each other on a personal level, learn together and spark collaborations.

Building and fostering genuine relationships among creative women entrepreneurs can be challenging. At Creative Women's Co. we believe that it all started at a personal level connection. We value intimate networking events as a way for us to get to know each and everyone who attend the events. Our events are less like meeting up with random professionals but a gathering to see friends, learn together and create collaborations.

 

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