New Partnership Opportunities for Chicago Women Founders
What if Chicago Women Founders could collaborate differently? I started searching for answers to this question about a year ago, when I noticed the rapidly growing number of women founders in tech.
After interviewing dozens of women who took the leap into entrepreneurship, I saw an opportunity to make a difference. So I went on a mission to find new and innovative ways to foster more collaboration that focused on education and connections that could lead to more revenue for all women founders in tech.
In July of this year, I created Women in Growth Stage Tech—a vibrant community of founders that accelerates and promotes growth for all women-founded tech companies through connections, reach and partnerships. My assumption behind creating this group was, if women are already on a path to growing their companies, maybe creating new connections could help them grow more quickly. For a moment I questioned this assumption, until I read a new McKinsey Global Institute report indicating that “$12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality.”
Then I noticed the call to action: “The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.”
I could not stop thinking about the opportunity to add $12 trillion dollars to the global GDP. It was so compelling that I had to find new ways to combine my passion for learning and women growing their businesses. After 25 years in the learning industry, I formed Women in Growth Stage Tech to share what I have learned with a larger community—beginning with Chicago.
Soon after that, I discovered another way to impact the $12 trillion opportunity, so I began to pursue a new partnership that would forward leadership opportunities for women, and, I found it!
Last week, Women in Growth Stage Tech and Athena Alliance agreed to enter into a partnership agreement that will increase opportunities for women interested in serving on boards. We will share more about this agreement during our upcoming Think Tank 2.0 event on November 13th and 14th at the W Lakeshore.
Chicago’s community of women founders in tech have an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate vs. compete. The possibilities are endless!
- Practical, actionable steps to fuel your growth
- New Strategic partnerships
- Connections to CEOs, founders and leaders achieving real traction