Discover events that advance women in the tech startup ecosystem

WTF is recognized for its innovative events celebrating successful female founders, funders, and leaders.  Our events plug you into the startup ecosystem, engage you in “hot” topics and trends impactings the the industry, and  expose you to a diverse range of role female models to advance your career and entrepreneurial dreams. 


WTF Wednesdays

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Annual Innovation Conferences

April 22, 2021

Meet the world’s leading female tech innovators and leaders. 

Annual Women-in-Tech Awards


08oct3:30 pm9:30 pmThe 2020 Women in Tech (WIT) Awards


Investor Panel Opportunities 


Invest in Women.

Interested in being a ChangeMaker? Join VCs, angels and philanthropists looking for today’s most exciting, new female-led startups.

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Student Tech Founders

Invest in Our Future.

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Networking and Speaker Events.


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See how our powerful network of female leaders can benefit your organization. Contact for partnership opportunitites.

Past Events

MWiT Pitch Training at Microsoft

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2018 Midwest Women in Tech Conference

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Private MWiT Salon

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Thu, November 30, 2017

Coffee with JB Pritzker & Women Tech Founders

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You’re invited to a private coffee with JB Pritzker and Women Tech Founders.
Connect with JB Pritzker 1 on 1 to talk about the vital WTF issues that matter to us all.
Plus: Meet 2017 Midwest Women in Tech Awards winners in a room of female leaders who make change happen.

Please note: This event will be limited to a representative group of Women Tech Founders’ members. Invitations are not transferable.



Fri, October 20, 2017

Hidden No More Meets WTF

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Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, a group of 28 international STEM leaders, brought together by the Dept. of State to launch the #HiddenNoMore campaign will be visiting Chicago and has requested a meeting with Women Tech Founders.

We are inviting a handful of our members to join us for this private networking event. If you are interested in an intimate opportunity to meet inspiring women in STEM from around the world, sign up as soon as possible! The evening is limited to our leadership, team volunteers, and members: however, this event will be capped for deeper networking opportunities.



Thurs, November 9, 2017

Midwest Women in Tech presents:
The WTF Awards

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WTF’s Premier Event will be launched by JB Pritzker on November 9th! Your host Sandee Kastrul and a star-studded event of the Midwest’s most innovative female leaders and investors will make this THE Celebration you can’t miss!



Tue, May 23, 2017

Founder & Funder Networking Night

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Hear Stories by Leaders who used WTF Moments to “Flip the Script”.
Then, join them in personal conversations, or share your WTF Moment!

WTF’s Networking Night Syncs Founders, Funders, Leaders & Learners

  • Experience small group, leader-led circles designed to make networking fun and financially rewarding.
  • Talk one-on-one with female VCs, founders, and leaders in the industry.
  • Get personalized answers to move you forward.

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Tues. March 28, 2017

Technori Partner Events:
Women Changing the World

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WTF partners with great tech showcase platforms who care about diversity and inclusion. Join our partnership with Technori, the region’s first monthly tech showcase. Watch emerging tech founders (50% women-led startups) present their startups at the classic Chase Auditorium every month.

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Thurs. March 23, 2017

MWiT Conference

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“The Midwest Women in Tech (MWiT) Conference” hosted at Google Chicago. Join our first full-day regional event for women leading tech. This premiere event celebrates, connects and advances Midwest women in technology. Hear from leading founders including Angie Hicks, CEO of Angie’s List. Attend investor panels, founder workshops, startup tradeshows and various networking events at this capstone event.

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February 15, 2107

Women Driving Excellence
Chicago Auto Show

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Hosted by the Metropolitan Bank. Join our panel of trailblazing founders and funders as they share their adventures investing in tech startups.


December 8, 2016

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce + Women Tech Founders
Top Tech Trends for 2017

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Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Google Chicago
320 North Morgan Street Suite 600, Chicago

Chamber Member: $35/person
Non-Chamber Member: $70/person

Registration: Kim Rodgers
(312) 494 – 6772

Join local technology leaders for an in-depth discussion on the state of tech in Chicago. Learn about the latest trends that will impact your organization and Chicago’s opportunities for growth and investment over the coming year.

• Terri Brax, Founder & CEO, Women Tech Founders
• Emile Cambry Jr., Founder & CEO, Blue 1647
• Jeff Hirsch, Head of Technology for Advisor and Asset Management Products, Morningstar
• Ted Souder, Head of Industry, Google

Marcus Leshock, Feature Reporter, WGN Morning News


December 1, 2016

Invest in Women

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1:00 p.m.
Leading Women in Tech: Top Chicago tech leaders share their thoughts on trends, collaborating, startups and how to foster relationships for business growth.


Congratulations on a fantastic event! Everyone I spoke with was thrilled with the event and were very impressed with your program. Thank you for all your hard work and support in organizing this event.

SUSAN A PAYNE, Executive Vice President at Metropolitan Capital

I'm excited to be a part of this strong community of Chicago women and am so glad we are having events like these to share and support each other in all of the amazing things we're working on.

CARRIE SHAW, CEO & Founder at Embodied Labs

Last night's event was so energizing and inspiring! Terri you were fabulous as a moderator and selected wonderful panelists. Thank you so very much.

ELLEN ROGIN, Director at Metropolitan Capital Bank, NY Times Bestselling Author

This was a really great event. I thoroughly enjoyed the panel and their amazing creativity and stand for the economic need to invest in women entrepreneurs.

CHAREENE GOODMAN, Managing Director at Elevate Global

Thank you very much for including me in the event last night. It was a fabulous panel. Those founders are amazing women...that give me hope for our future.

GERRI KAHNWEILER, Founder & Partner of InvestHER Ventures

It was an amazing experience and an honor to sit and talk with a room full of such accomplished women! I am so thankful for the work that you do to bring together and support women founders and your example continues to inspire me to be the best founder/leader/mentor that I can be!

CAYE POLANCO, Co-founder of Keyo

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Women Tech Founders (WTF) celebrates female leaders in technology.
Each event spotlights diverse female founders, funders, and leaders in the tech industry. WTF events inspire, advance and connect women to take the power of technology and rock their dreams. Interested in moving forward, or helping others to move forward, in an inclusive tech community? Join us!

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