Women in Tech Breakfast

Date(s) - 12/08/17
7:30 am - 9:30 am

Freehand Chicago

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Women in Tech Breakfast


Friday, 8 December 7:30 – 9:30 am CST

About This Event

We invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast for Women in Technology. We are featuring great women in tech to give their insight on how they reached their level of success, advice on navigating the workplace, and how we can help the next generation of women in tech.

Join us for lightning talks by a handful of amazing women in the Chicago tech scene and take a deeper dive into the issues women face in the tech industry and find solutions to how we can rise above the obstacles and thrive in this growing field.

  • Breakfast + Mingling 7:30am-8:00am
  • Lightning Talks 8:00am-8:45am
  • Connecting + Sharing 8:45am-9:30am

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About the Speakers

Dr. Kelly Page Photo

Social Design Ethnographer,
Live What You Love Studio

Kelly works at the intersection of social learning, communications and digital participation. She works with individuals and organizations interested in learning how they can be more effectively social. She has over 15 years research, teaching and consulting experience working with individuals and organizations across the education, arts and nonprofit sectors in the US, Europe and Australia.

Diane Latiker Photo

Founder and CEO,
Kids Off The Block

The mother of eight children, “Ms. Diane” has the children refer to her, is a 29 year resident of the Roseland community on the far south side of Chicago. She founded Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) in her home in July of 2003. Ms. Latiker was given this vision through her mother Evangelist Ruth Jackson. Ms. Jackson, saw that the youth in the neighborhood liked and respected her daughter. Looking at the children that were always at her home, Ms. Diane saw health professionals, doctors, lawyers, professional musicians, professional sports figures, politicians, and actresses, and the list goes on. Ms. Diane believed that she could make a difference in the community, and in the many youth that she came in contact with daily. She became encouraged and opened up her home to get these young people off the streets and involved in programs that would benefit them for the rest of their lives. KOB started out with ten neighborhood kids, and now has impacted thousands of lives.

Beth Shea Palmer Photo

Senior Content Strategist,

Beth currently leads digital content strategy at Motorola Mobility, bringing the Motorola brand to life on Motorola.com.

A native Chicagoan passionate about empowerment, Beth currently sits on Motorola’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and co-manages the nonprofit ChickTech Chicago.

Prior, Beth led marketing personalization at Nike, managed digital marketing at eROI, and helped launch an ecommerce startup. Her career began as a journalist for Chicago Tribune, Ad Age, and The Huffington Post.

Kimberly Lowe-Williams Photo

CEO & Executive Director,
The Difference Engine

Professional Technologist and Nonprofit Executive with a passion for empowering nontraditional technology professionals launch careers. Founder of The Difference Engine a web development apprenticeship program to help coding bootcamp graduates gain real world development skills working as teams to build real web applications and sites for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in need.

Marina Perla Photo

CEO & Founder,
Mojo Trek

Senior executive, entrepreneur and technology recruitment and consulting professional, Marina owns and manages Mojo Trek, a local technology consulting firm that delivers services to Fortune 1000 companies and prominent organizations in fintech space in Chicago. Prior to creating Mojo Trek, Marina successfully built her career as a Sr Sales Executive at a local consulting company, led marketing and business development efforts, and helped set strategic and tactical direction for the company.