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#GivingTuesday Feature Panel and Nonprofit Expo

From getting on a board to volunteering to starting something, there are many ways of taking action and giving back. Get inspired at our annual #GivingTuesday event and plot how you will take action.

  • Tue, Nov 27, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
  • Chicago, IL
Go Big! Building Your Team with Iditarod Racer Karen Ramstead

What does it take to build and manage a team when you want to "go as big as you can get"? Karen Ramstead, Iditerod racer and world-class leader, made this decision when she transitioned her career...

  • Thu, Oct 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
  • Forest Park, IL
Sell is a 4-letter word: How to drop the "S-bomb" and get paid for it.

You built your career, then started your own business doing what you love. Which is awesome - until you need to get new clients! How do you get new clients without being salesy?

  • Wed, Oct 17, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
Round Table: Time for a Desk, or an Office of Your Own? Real Estate Negotiation

There are so many questions as you grow your business, and where you do the work is an important one! Do I work at my kitchen table? What about a hot desk? Where do I put the employees I just hired?

  • Wed, Oct 3, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
Kayo Women's Private Equity Conference

Ellevate Chicago is pleased to announce Kayo's 6th Annual Women's Private Equity Conference: a 2-day event uniting women investors for networking, deal flow and panel discussions.

  • Tue, Oct 2 8:00 AM - Wed, Oct 3 5:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
Leadership Lunch with Rana Lee, Principal, SmithGroup

Join member Rana Lee, Principal with SmithGroup for an engaging Executive / Innovator Member discussion on September 10th. Lunch is included with registration.

  • Mon, Sep 10, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
diversiTECH Hiring Fair

Now is the time to explore new job opportunities. It's the third annual Hiring Fair with technology-focused, web- or mobile-based companies.

  • Wed, Aug 15, 2018 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
**Postponed**Brazen Global Event: the Brazen Growth Group Challenge

This event has been postponed.

  • Thu, Jun 21, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
High Heel Conversations: Spring Series

The speakers & audience will discuss the problems in the tech industry and issues affecting our daily lives. We’ll cover everything from taking a seat on a board to politics and workplace harassment.

  • Wed, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL
Design Your Life Workshop, Laurie Gerber Co-President, Handel Group

Are you ready to take on something really important this year––YOU?

  • Wed, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
FINFOUNDHer: Let the Adventure Begin! 5/19-20

FinFoundHer is the ultimate business adventure and path to funding workshop for women FinTech founders. Join us May 19-20 at EvolveHer, the chic new women’s co-working space in Chicago’s River North.

  • Sat, May 19 8:00 AM - Sun, May 20 5:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
Sips 'n' Tips: Personal Branding with Janine MacLachlan, Director Integrated Marketing, American Dental Association / Mentor at 1871

Join Janine MacLachlan for an evening of networking and discussion about personal branding. This event is geared towards Achiever-level members but all members and non-members are welcome.

  • Tue, May 15, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
Managing Money Better to Build Wealth

Keep more of what you earn (and invest) in order to live your dream life and prepare for retirement. This seminar will provide tips on how to manage your money better and build wealth.

  • Thu, Apr 26, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
Small Business Summit – Chicago

SharpHeels Small Business Summit is an intimate and engaging event designed to educate women with a passion for owning their own business. Hear advice from 20+ local small business owners.

  • Thu, Feb 22, 2018 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM CST
  • Chicago, IL
Chicago Mentoring Meet Up — Includes Professional Headshot

In what we are calling the "speed dating" of mentoring, members will have the opportunity to both receive and share meaningful career advice. Professional headshots will be taken on-site.

  • Wed, Oct 25, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
  • Chicago, IL
January Happy Hour

Kick off the new year with Ellevate Chicago!

  • Thu, Jan 26, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
  • Chicago, IL
Women in Business Summit & Pitch Competition

Join us as Sunshine Enterprises hosts its 2nd annual Women in Business Summit in Evanston! This year's summit will bring together entrepreneurs and working professionals from around the Chicago area. The event includes education, networking and a chance to win money for your business.

  • Sat, Aug 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
  • Evanston, IL
July Happy Hour

Join Ellevate Chicago for a happy hour at Aire Rooftop Bar at the Hyatt Centric in Chicago!

  • Thu, Jul 28, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL
Chicago Booth 11th Annual Women's Week

Join the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in this annual tradition of events celebrating women within the Booth community. Mix and mingle in casual conversations with alumnae, ...

  • Tue, May 26, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL
"Start-Up" Pitch Bootcamp - Session 1

*Only 15 seats available for Ellevate members who are not participating in the BEAM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, please register by Monday Oct. 27. Fee: $15 (Covers Food & Beverages) Are you an asp...

  • Sat, Nov 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
  • Chicago, IL
CANCELLED - October Workshop Series: Demystifying Angel Investing

Seed rounds. Fund raising. Deal terms. Accredited Investor. These are all terms that we hear with greater frequency these days. Many of us are curious about and eager to invest in startups, pa...

  • Sat, Oct 18, 2014 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL
September Fashion Event: 'A Night of Beauty and Business' with PrettyQuick

Join Ellevate and PrettyQuick for 'A Night of Beauty and Business'.PrettyQuick is a rapidly-growing tech startup headquartered in Chicago. Join us for an evening of business and beauty where founde...

  • Wed, Sep 17, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL
Founder Therapy - West Loop

I started this roundtable event 1.5 years ago and we've been going strong ever since, now in 3 locations throughout Chicago per month. I hope Ellevate members who run businesses will consider comin...

  • Tue, Sep 9, 2014 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL
July Speaker Series Forty Over 40 Women To Watch: Panel Discussion

Are you a millennial who feels stressed to achieve more, in less time? Are you killing yourself to hit a “30 Under 30” list? Or do you feel like you are “past your prime” and don’t think it is wort...

  • Thu, Jul 24, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
  • Chicago, IL