Chicago CEOs Power the Connected Family

Date(s) - 04/19/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Make Offices

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Tech in Motion: Chicago

Chicago CEOs Power the Connected Family

Tech in Motion: Chicago

A select group of Chicago-based leaders will discuss the enormous unmet needs parents face, how recent demographic and technological trends are creating new opportunities to solve them — and why Chicago has become such a great environment for this innovation.

Jennifer Owens is founder and president of Jennwork, an agency designed to support organizations and companies focused on serving women, their families, careers and communities through relatable content. Most recently, Jennifer launched Spring.St, the place for smart women. Before that, she served as editorial director of Working Mother Media, reaching millions of women each month, and in 2010 founded the Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), home to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Working Mother/Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women and the National Association of Female Executives Top 50 Companies.

Elizabeth Harz is an experienced technology executive who has led both startups and global businesses through periods of tremendous growth. As CEO of Sittercity, she is leading the company on an ambitious course to improve the way child care works. Prior to joining, she held leadership positions with consumer and B2B brands including Yahoo!, Electronic Arts, Chegg and CNET. As a working mother of two, Elizabeth is thrilled to be using her talents and experience to tackle a challenge that she lives and breathes every day.

Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the founder & CEO of Pearachute and mother/stepmother of three fantastic children, Griffin, Aedan, and Danielle. She created Pearachute out of her own frustrations with constantly having to reschedule Griffin’s activities because of unexpected changes in her family’s schedule. As a working mom, she wanted the activities her family invested in to be a source of happiness—not stress. Now, she loves dropping into All-Age classes with her kids on the weekends. Prior to launching Pearachute, Desiree founded one of the world’s first crowdfunding platforms, GiveForward. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and the impact it has on our communities and spends her free time mentoring and teaching entrepreneurs.

Lisa Souter has always been fond of starting things. At Georgetown (MSB ‘97), she co-founded Uncommon Grounds cafe on campus. While an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, she co-founded the Client Coverage Group. And while at Harvard Business School (MBA ‘04), she co-founded the Boston chapter of Minds Matter, and three years later, she did the same in Chicago. But most recently, Lisa is a proud mom of boys who got tired of driving around in a filthy car…so she started Sparkl, a waterless, eco-friendly car wash that comes to you through the touch of an app. Lisa lives in Chicago with her family, and drives a much cleaner car.


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