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Stories of visionary women in tech.
Women Tech Founders tells stories and lessons to inspire, educate and connect women in the tech ecosystem, from aspiring founders to leading funders.

We use storytelling, video and networking events to build deep connections, drive inclusiveness through profitability, and infuse diversity into tech.

Our vision is a tech industry that drives everyone’s potential to reach their dreams, advance business, and change the world.
WTF Founding Leaders
Terri Brax

Terri Brax

CoFounder, CEO
Also Founder & CEO of TeacherCare

Sharon Schneider

Sharon Schneider

CoFounder
Also Founder & CEO of Moxie Jeans

Bradley LaRocco

Bradley LaRocco

CoFounder
Also Founder of Missing Button Entertainment

Riana Lynn

Riana Lynn

CoFounder
Also Founder & CEO of FoodTrace

WTF Leadership Council/Advisors
Sandee Kastrul

Sandee Kastrul

President & Co-Founder
i.c.stars

Samara Meija

Samara Meija

Senior Associate
MATH Ventures Partners

Julie Novak

Julie Novak

CEO
PartySlate

Gerri Kahweiler

Gerri Kahweiler

Founder & Partner
InvestHER Ventures

Cayla Chambers

Cayla Chambers

Partner
InvestHER Ventures

Sonia Nagar

Sonia Nagar

Vice President
Pritzker Group

Ruth Minnik

Ruth Minnik

Global Development
UniSpace

Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson

Executive Managing Director
Savills-Studley

Kendra Chaplin

Kendra Chaplin

Founder
Chicago Woman Magazine

Amanda Signorelli

Amanda Signorelli

CEO
TechWeek

Desiree Vargas

Desiree Vargas

Founder
Pearachute & Give Forward

Katy Lynch

Katy Lynch

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
Codeverse

Jennifer Smith Tapp

Jennifer Smith Tapp

Editor
Chicago Woman Magazine

Dima Elissa

Dima Elissa

CEO
VisMed 3D

Esther Joy King

Esther Joy King

Sr. Advisor
State of Illinois

WTF Committee & Team Leaders
Marketing
Brand Director
Ari Krzyzek

Ari Krzyzek

Co-Founder & Creative Director
Chykalophia

Content Co-Chair
Kiley Peters

Kiley Peters

Owner & CEO
Brainchild Studios

Video Co-Director
Tracy Hatfield

Tracy Hatfield

Co-Founder & CEO
Social Snacks

Video Co-Director
Kayla Flam

Kayla Flam

Co-Founder & COO
Social Snacks

MWiT.com Site Manager
Katie Lord

Katie Lord

Founder
Katie Lord, Inc

Graphic Design
Cecilia Bissoli

Cecilia Bissoli

Freelancer
Cecilia Bissoli
Social Media Co-Chair
Shirley Yang

Shirley Yang

Founder
Muses App

Public Relation
Challin Meink

Challin Meink

Marketing & Comms
Consultant

Newsletter

Kelly Long

Events
Co-Chair
Kathy Cohen

Kathy Cohen

Manager – Management Consulting
Accenture

Co-Chair
Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins

Co-Founder
Designer Share

Partnership Liaison
Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Co-Facilitator
WiSTEM

Power Points
Deena John

Deena John

VP of Client Engagement
SGK

Stage Manager
Melanie Husk

Melanie Husk

Financial Advisor
World Equity Group

Photography
Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett

Owner
Linda M Barrett Productions

Advisor
Julie Novak

Julie Novak

CEO
PartySlate

Education
Advisor
Sandee Kastrul

Sandee Kastrul

President & Co-Founder
i.c.stars

Co-Chair
Kaitlin Reimann

Kaitlin Reimann

Co-Founder
uBack

Co-Chair
Beth Bond

Beth Bond

Founder
Community Startups

Corporate Memberships
Corporate Memberships Co-Chair
Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson

Executive Managing Director
Savills-Studley

Corporate Memberships Co-Chair
Ruth Minnik

Ruth Minnik

Global Development
UniSpace

Individual Memberships Co-Chair
Melanie Husk

Melanie Husk

Financial Advisor
World Equity Group

Treasurer
Leslie Meisner

Leslie Meisner

Local Sponsor
Leslie Meisner Consulting

Tricia Meyer

Tricia Meyer

Local Sponsor
Meyer Law

WTF supports the future of our city, our nation and our world
We have reached a crisis point. Girls are not pursuing STEM studies, and those in STEM careers are not staying long. While the issues are complex; there are limited role models for our young girls; there is limited mentoring and sponsoring for STEM women…
WTF will make a sustainable impact.

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