Discover events that advance women in the tech startup ecosystem.

WTF is recognized for its innovative events celebrating the learnings of successful female founders, funders and leaders. Each event offers a scalable mentorship approach that connects the ecosystem while addressing  “hot” issues and includes networking and direct time to engage with a range of successful founders and leaders in the community.



Women Tech Founder Events

Upcoming Events


Tue, May 23, 2017

WTF Stories & 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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Our Past Events


February 15, 2107

Women Driving Excellence
Chicago Auto Show

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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.


Thurs. March 23, 2017

MWiT Conference

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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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Tues. March 28, 2017

Technori Partner Events:
Women Changing the World

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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.

Eventbrite - 2016 Midwest Women in Tech Conference


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


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


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

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Is your organization committed to advancing women in tech? Show your dedication. Choose one of our innovative sponsorship programs or customize an event for your organization.

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!