1871 Event

International Women’s Day 2022

03/08/2022 8:30 am – 1:00 pm CST
  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage
  • DEI

1871 invites you to #BreakTheBias with us this 3.08 for International Women’s Day! Join us for a half-day of female-focused programming with two tracks – founder and leader. This event will be presented in a hybrid format, with the in-person experience taking place at 1871.

Event Start Date:
September 25, 2023
Event End Date:
September 25, 2023
Event Venue:

Our Keynote

Executive Chair of the Ulta Beauty Board of Directors


Mary Dillon is a Chicago-based business executive with more than 35 years of experience leading consumer-driven businesses. Prior to her current role as Executive Chair, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Ulta Beauty, where she and her team tripled the company’s market capitalization to more than $20B.

Mary Dillon


This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, a call for all individuals to imagine a gender equal world and strive to forge women’s equality and a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

Our free, virtual program will include a morning full of workshops, networking, and a special keynote speaker. Attendees can also choose between founder and leader program tracks. 

From challenge comes change, so register today and join us in celebrating International Women’s Day 2022!


Coffee & Networking

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM CST [In-person]

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM CST [Virtual]

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Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM CST


Betsy Ziegler

A lifelong problem solver, people leader, and learner, Betsy is the CEO of 1871, the #1 ranked private incubator in the world inspiring and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and innovators solving some of the world’s most important problems. Before joining 1871, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer, and the Associate Dean Degree Programs and Dean of Students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, she was a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office. She is a leader on multiple for-profit and nonprofit boards and is an investor in many young tech companies. ​

Leaders Track | Leading with the Power of Your Authentic Voice

9:40 AM - 10:25 AM CST


Margaret Izard
Margaret Izard Oskoui, Co-Founder and CEO of Peacock Voices

Margaret Izard Oskoui is an expert in vocal sound making who discovered her passion for helping people learn their voices over a decade ago. Margaret realized that facilitating people’s vocal journeys to find their voices and learn how to communicate was her true calling.​

Founders Track | Re-Wiring Negative Self-Talk

9:40 AM - 10:25 AM CST


Krissie McMenamin
Krissie McMenamin, Founder & Chief Explorer of askHuh?

Krissie loves getting curious about people. She's an entrepreneur, experience-creator, speaker, and space-holder, who believes we can change the world from the inside out, if we pause and ask… huh? Krissie combines her global upbringing, 15 years of marketing at public companies and startups, an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern, and her background in social emotional intelligence, team-building, and transformational leadership to support startups in developing more conscious, self-aware cultures, leaders and team members. She loves doing cartwheels and co-creating aha moments with others.


10:35 AM - 11:25 PM CST


Mary Dillon

Mary Dillon, Executive Chair of the Ulta Beauty Board of Directors.

Mary Dillon is a Chicago-based business executive with more than 35 years of experience leading consumer-driven businesses. Prior to her current role as Executive Chair, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Ulta Beauty, where she and her team tripled the company’s market capitalization to more than $20B.​

Leaders Track | Happy, Engaged, Resilient (H.E.R) Workplace: How Playing Big & Being Bold Help Women in Leadership Find Balance and Break The Bias

11:30 Am - 12:15 PM CST


Tiffany Yvonne
Tiffany Yvonne, CEO & Head of Strategy of She PLAYS

Tiffany Yvonne (Gratton-McDuffie), CPA, is the CEO and Head of Strategy at Playmaker Solutions (Formerly She Plays). She’s an Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader who uses her proprietary framework to shift employee experience for better retention, results, and ROI. Purpose-driven, edu-taining, and authentic are her adjectives. She is on a mission to help busy, ambitious, women leaders (and their allies) be more happy, engaged, and resilient at work. Her ventures have received media attention, earned Congressional Recognition, and her influence has spanned across generations from youth to C-suite leaders. Her unique brand of teaching and story-telling spark the curiosity leaders need to dig deep into their own story, skills, and experiences so they are equipped to win at work, succeed at home, AND design lives they absolutely love.

Founders Track |
Developing An Intentional Company Culture That Scales With You

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM CST


Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood, Co-Founder and CEO of Ama La Vida ​

Nicole Wood is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ama La Vida, an innovative coaching company which helps people to achieve both deep fulfillment and phenomenal success in their careers. She is a graduate of 1871's WiSTEM accelerator for female tech founders and holds degrees in Finance and Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University where she has been inducted into the alumni hall of fame. With a background in management consulting at PwC, she brings a new level of rigor, process and results-orientation to the coaching industry.​

Foram Sheth
Foram Sheth, Co-Founder & Chief Coaching Officer of Ama La Vida ​

Foram Sheth is the Chief Coaching Officer & Co-founder of Ama La Vida, an innovative career, leadership, life and health coaching company. Foram has been featured in publications like CNN, CNBC and The Chicago Tribune, where she shares her vision of making coaching accessible to people of all age groups and socioeconomic statuses. Foram is an adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and has a Masters in Learning and Organizational Change with her coaching certification in Organizational and Leadership Coaching from Northwestern University.​

Closing Remarks

12:20 PM - 12:30 PM CST

Lunch & networking

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM CST [In-person]

That’s a wrap! 😎 

This year's event is sponsored

A special thank you to our friends at think!, a Glanbia company, for making this event possible.


See you there!

Register for IWD '22:

Health and safety

The health and safety of our guests is of the utmost priority to 1871. All in-person attendees are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering, and we ask that anyone who is feeling under the weather switch to our virtual programming. 

Additionally, in-person guests are required to wear a mask when moving around the 1871 space, and encouraged to do so when in meeting rooms unless they are eating or drinking. Social distancing and spaced seating will be utilized and encouraged as possible. 

We are closely monitoring the health situation and will make adjustments as needed to ensure that all attendees are able to enjoy the programming safely. 

More information will be communicated to in-person attendees leading up to IWD 2022. With any questions, please contact events@1871.com